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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

RIDERS PLACE FOUR ON CFL 1ST ALL STAR TEAM

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce that four of their players have been chosen to the CFL All-Star team. One player from the Green and White was selected on offence, and three were selected on defence.

The CFL All-Stars were selected by members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. In total, 59 voters contributed to the selection of the 27 all-stars.

BRENDON LABATTE (GUARD): LaBatte just completed his 11th CFL season and seventh with the Riders. The University of Regina product played 18 regular-season games, spending time at left guard and centre. This is LaBatte’s sixth CFL All-Star selection after previously being selected in 2011, 2013-15 and 2017. The Riders’ 2018 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman has been previously selected a Division All-Star on nine occasions.

CHARLESTON HUGHES (DEFENSIVE END): For the third season in a row, Hughes led the CFL in quarterback sacks, picking up 15 through the 2018 regular season. The 34-year-old first-year Rider added 35 defensive tackles, three forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and one fumble return for a 57-yard touchdown. This is Hughes’ fifth CFL All-Star selection after being previously honoured in 2012-13 and 2016-17. He has been previously named a Division All-Star on seven occasions.

WILLIE JEFFERSON (DEFENSIVE END): Jefferson started all 18 regular-season games on the Riders’ defensive line. The 27-year-old Texas native registered a career-high 10 quarterback sacks while registering 34 defensive tackles. Jefferson also added two interceptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns. This is Jefferson’s second career CFL All-Star selection after previously being named in 2017. He was also named the Riders’ 2018 Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

ED GAINEY (HALFBACK): Gainey started all 18 regular-season games in the Riders’ secondary, collecting 51 defensive tackles, two special-teams tackles, one quarterback sack and one forced fumble. He also added three interceptions for 78 return yards and a touchdown. This is Gainey’s second CFL All-Star selection after previously being named in 2017.

(Ryan Pollock/Roughriders PR)

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