Lions 'Sack King' in line for award

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

The Canadian Football League's new sack king could be named the West's top Canadian today.

Second-round balloting results in the 2005 CFL Player Awards will be announced today and Lions' defensive end Brent Johnson could make the cut.

Johnson registered four sacks in Saturday's 13-12 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Place Stadium. He finished with a league-best 16 sacks and was named defensive lineman for the final week of the regular season yesterday.

Lions' kick returner Aaron Lockett -- B.C.'s special teams player of the year -- was also recognized as top special teams' player. The Lions, with a 12-6 record, waited until Sunday to clinch first place in the Western division.

Besides Johnson and Lockett, other Lions nominated for post-season recognition include running back Antonio Warren (outstanding player), linebacker Otis Floyd (defensive player), offensive lineman Bobby Singh (lineman) and defensive back Ryan Phillips (rookie).

Players of the year will be announced Nov. 24 at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.

Lions resume training tomorrow afternoon at B.C. Place Stadium where they will host either the Edmonton Eskimos or Calgary Stampeders in Nov. 20's Western final.

The winner advances to the 93rd Grey Cup championship on Nov. 27 under the dome.


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