Will CFL say 'Simon' for MVP?

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Geroy Simon is the B.C. Lions' nominee for most outstanding player in the West division.

"It's an accomplishment and it's my first time," Simon said. "I'm definitely excited about it."

Slotback Simon is up against running backs Kenton Keith of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Joffrey Reynolds of the Calgary Stampeders as well as Edmonton Eskimos' quarterback Ricky Ray. East and West candidates for the Canadian Football League's Nov. 16 player awards will be announced Tuesday.

Simon has 14 touchdowns, two less than league-leading Montreal Alouette Robert Edwards. He has a league-best 1,756 receiving yards and needs 281 more in Saturday's regular season finale at home against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to break Allen Pitts' 1994 record of 2,036 yards. "It's possible," he said.

"But I'm going to approach this week like every other week and that's to go out there and do whatever I need to do to help our team win." * In other Football Reporters of Canada voting, defensive end Brent Johnson was named B.C.'s nominee for outstanding Canadian and top defensive player.

Johnson was the CFL's 2005 outstanding Canadian.

Defensive lineman Aaron Hunt was named B.C.'s top rookie. Rob Murphy got the nod for outstanding offensive lineman.

Kicker Paul McCallum is the Lions' special teams' nominee.


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