Outstanding Leos

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:56 PM ET

For the second straight year, B.C. has a chance to clean house at the CFL Awards ceremony, earning nominations in five of six categories.

Most notably, first-year defensive end Cameron Wake could go home with an award in each hand, as he's up for Outstanding Defensive Player and Outstanding Rookie.

"A lot of the guys have been teasing me about it," said Wake. "Hopefully my play has spoken for itself over the last season. I'll keep my fingers crossed."

Other Lions receiving the nod as award finalists include Jason Clermont for Outstanding Canadian, Rob Murphy for Outstanding Lineman and Ian Smart for Outstanding Special Teams Player.

"I think it's just a product of the fact that we keep winning," said Clermont. "I think it's a testament to the quality of guys that we bring in, that each year we're able to put new guys forward."

For Murphy, who has been surrounded this season by allegations of being the dirtiest player in the CFL, being nominated for Outstanding Lineman for the second season in a row is vindication.

"I think when all is said and done and you watch me play, I don't do anything to intentionally hurt anyone or do anything like that," said Murphy. "I want people to not want to go against me, but at the same time, if you ask guys on the team, they're pretty happy with my performance. I definitely think people have started to realize that I played the same way I did last year, and no one said anything about it [then], so I'm happy that this has kind of subsided."

The only award the Lions won't challenge for is Most Outstanding Player.

Quarterbacks Kerry Joseph of Saskatchewan and Kevin Glenn of Winnipeg will compete for the award, despite B.C. running back Joe Smith being on the cusp of setting a new CFL rushing touchdown record and breaking a number of Lions single season records at the position.

"I still have records I'm trying to get even with," said Smith. "I got to get those two touchdowns, then I'll be happy."

The awards will be presented during Grey Cup week, on Nov. 22, in Toronto. The event will be hosted by Dan Aykroyd and will be a tribute to John Candy.


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