Top honours for Leos

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

Four B.C. Lions are going to Winnipeg for Grey Cup week.

Aaron Hunt, Brent Johnson, Rob Murphy and Geroy Simon will find out Nov. 16 if they're winners of Rogers CFL Player of the Year Awards.

Last year's outstanding Canadian Johnson could repeat if he outpolls Charles Roberts, a Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive tackle from New Westminster.

Defensive end Johnson, once again the league's sack king with 16, was also recognized as the West's best defensive player. Blue Bomber Barrin Simpson, an ex-Lion, is the East candidate after a league-best 110 tackles.

Slotback Simon, B.C.'s touchdown leader with 15, is favoured against Winnipeg running back Charles Roberts. Roberts was the rushing leader with 1,609 yards while Simon was superior in the air with 1,856 receiving yards.

Lions' rookie left tackle Rob Murphy and Montreal Alouette Scott Flory are up for the offensive lineman award. Murphy's addition helped the Lions reduce sacks allowed from 74 in 2005 to 59 in 2006.

Hunt is the West's outstanding rookie after nine sacks and 14 tackles. Montreal's Etienne Boulay is the other candidate.

Calgary Stampeders' kicker Sandro DeAngelis prevented the Lions from a sweep. The league's top point-getter with 214 is a special teams candidate with Toronto Argonauts' counterpart Noel Prefontaine.

Lions are on hiatus until regrouping Saturday to prepare for the Nov. 12 Scotiabank West Championship at B.C. Place Stadium. A win would send the rest of the roster to Winnipeg for the 94th Grey Cup game on Nov. 19.


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