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Wednesday, August 29, 2018


TORONTO - The Calgary Stampeders are tops in the West Division, and a majority of media from across the country not only believe they'll stay there but will cap their season celebrating a Grey Cup championship in Edmonton.

The CFL released mid-season results of its inaugural media poll Wednesday. Voting concluded Tuesday with 50 individuals participating.

All expected Calgary to finish first in the West with 37 picking the Stampeders to capture the Grey Cup. The Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders both finished tied for second with five votes apiece.

Winnipeg, Hamilton and Ottawa all received one vote each.

Calgary has been a Grey Cup finalist the last two years.

Ottawa was an overwhelming choice to capture the East Division with 40 votes. Hamilton was next with eight while Toronto and Montreal each received a vote apiece.

The majority of respondents selected Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly as the favourite to win the CFL's outstanding player award for a second straight year. The league passing leader garnered 35-of-49 votes to finish ahead of Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (five votes) and CFL rushing leader Andrew Harris of Winnipeg (four votes).

Harris is the mid-season choice as the CFL's top Canadian award for a second straight year. He received 24-of-50 votes to finish ahead of Ottawa receiver Brad Sinopoli (16 votes) and Calgary linebacker Alex Singleton (seven votes).

Saskatchewan rush end Charleston Hughes - the CFL sacks leader with 12 - topped two categories. He received 43-of-50 votes as the acquisition to have made the biggest on-field impact this season. The Riders landed Hughes from Hamilton after the Ticats acquired him from Calgary.

Hughes also earned 27 votes as the CFL's top defensive player the first half of the season.

Other results included:

- B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay as the comeback player of the year (24-of-50 votes).

- Edmonton receiver D'haquille Williams as CFL's breakout player (23-of-50 votes).

- Edmonton defensive lineman Kwaku Boateng as '17 draft pick who's made biggest impact this year (32-of-50 votes)

- There will be a crossover this year (41-of-50 votes)

- Montreal quarterback Johnny Manziel as the CFL's biggest news story (33-of-49 votes).

- Toronto rallying from 24-point deficit to edge Ottawa 42-41 as most memorable game (33-of-50 votes).

- McLeod Bethel-Thompson's game-winning TD pass to Armanti Edwards against Ottawa as most memorable play (36-of-49 votes).

- Montreal linebacker Chris Ackie and Williams as most improved player (seven-of-43 votes apiece).

- Winnipeg being the team under the most pressure in second half of the season (22-of-50 votes).

- Toronto Argonauts being the non-playoff team with the best chance to turn it around (37-of-50 votes).

- Winnipeg's offensive line being the best over the first half of the season (22-of-50 votes).

- Saskatchewan having the best defensive line over the first half of the season (24-of-50 votes).

- Three quarterbacks will pass for more than 5,000 yards this season (18-of-50 votes).

- Winnipeg's Justin Medlock being the kicker most trusted to boot game-winning field goal (16-of-50 votes).

- B.C. running back/kick-returner Chris Rainey as the CFL's most exciting player (10-of-48 votes).

(Canadian Press)


Clarkenstein said...

Charleston Hughes has to be one of 3 in play for the MOP. Reilly and Bo Levi being the others.

Enigma said...

Having the best O-line and the best D-line is pretty significant. Considering that games are usually won or lost in the trenches, it's surprising a team like that only gets 5 votes??

Football Fan said...

Chris Rainey as the CFL's most exciting player, eh? That's a timely one. Personally I thought Crezdon Butler was pretty exciting when he RAN CHRIS RAINEY DOWN FROM BEHIND! Go Riders!