Friesen takes Buono

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:05 AM ET

Winnipeg quarterback Nathan Friesen is the recipient of the fourth annual Wally Buono Award.

Friesen twice led the Winnipeg Rifles junior football club to their only conference playoff berths.

In 2005, Friesen quarterbacked the Rifles to a 7-1 record and the club's first playoff victory and was named outstanding offensive player in his conference and an all-star quarterback.

Friesen was recruited by several Canadian Universities but decided to commit to his hometown University of Manitoba Bisons.

The award will be presented Sept. 29 at the 2006 Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction dinner.

The Wally Buono Award, given to the country's top junior player, was established in 2003.

Recipients must prove their athletic and leadership ability on the field as well as a high level of leadership within their community.

RHINEHART RECOGNIZED: Stampeders cornerback Coby Rhinehart is the CFL's defensive player of the week for his sensational game against Saskatchewan.

Rhinehart recorded nine tackles, two pass knockdowns, one sack and one interception.

"I'm happy about it but that individual stuff doesn't mean a whole lot to me," Rhinehart said.

"To win games, that's what means something to me. If we can go out every week and win consistently, that's the key."

Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Josh Ranek is the top offensive player with 164 yards rushing against Winnipeg.

B.C. Lions defensive end Brent Johnson, who leads the league with eight sacks, recorded one sack and two tackles against Edmonton.

Montreal placekicker Damon Duval connected on five of six field goals in a win over Toronto to claim special teams honours.

PICTURE OF HEALTH: The Stampeders are remarkably healthy through eight games, except for DB Crance Clemons (hamstring). Clemons has been out since the pre-season and still isn't practising.

"He's making some very good progress but he came out one or two days, maybe a week too early, and blew that hamstring and more," head coach Tom Higgins said.

"Now he's looking so much better. I'd like to think once we get the (bye after Saturday's game) then he'll probably be able to get a lot more practice."


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