Numerous Leos going unrecognized

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:02 PM ET

This week, the CFL announced the team nominations for annual player awards and for the B.C. Lions, the list is most notable for who's not on it.

Missing from the list of nominees is defensive back Ryan Phillips, who leads the league with 12 interceptions, tying the Lions' single-season record.

Defensive end Cameron Wake is instead the Lions nominee for Outstanding Defensive Player, as well as being selected as the Lions Outstanding Rookie.

Wake has in fact enjoyed a stellar rookie season, with 68 tackles and 15 sacks, a stat he leads the league in.

Other Lions nominations include Joe Smith for Outstanding Player on the strength of his 18 rushing touchdowns, one shy of the league record; Rob Murphy, in familiar territory as the choice for Outstanding Lineman for the second year in a row; and Jason Clermont, returning to Outstanding Canadian waters, an award he won in 2004.

Last year, the Lions cleaned house at the CFL awards, bringing home the Outstanding Player (Geroy Simon), Outstanding Canadian and Outstanding Defensive Player (both awarded to Brent Johnson), Outstanding Lineman (Murphy) and Outstanding Rookie (Aaron Hunt) awards.

The team nominations are formed by five Football Reporters of Canada representatives for each CFL city, as well as votes from the head coach of each team.

Next week, the nominations will be narrowed to one selection from the West and one from the East, with the eventual winner of the award being announced during the CFL Awards ceremony, held leading up to the Grey Cup game.


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