Reynolds among CFL honoured Stamps

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

Joffrey Reynolds has been hogging the headlines.

Wednesday, though, the Stampeders’ star running back was thrilled to be sharing the spotlight with a couple of the Hoggies.

After helping the bruising ball-carrier rumble to his second consecutive CFL rushing crown, offensive linemen Ben Archibald and Dimitri Tsoumpas joined Reynolds on the West Division all-star team, which was announced Wednesday.

“I would say they’re two of the better offensive linemen in the league, and it’s just good to see them get the credit they deserve,” Reynolds said. “I tell you what, I don’t get far without them.”

Reynolds, Archibald and Tsoumpas headlined a list of eight Stampeders named to the divisional all-star team Wednesday. Slotback Jeremaine Copeland, cornerbacks Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner, kicker Sandro DeAngelis and punter Burke Dales were also saluted.

While Reynolds earned an all-star nod for the fifth consecutive season, Archibald and Tsoumpas are first-time West Division winners.

In fact, the Stamps haven’t landed two offensive linemen on the all-star team since 2005, when Jeff Pilon and Jay McNeil both made the grade.

“We’re not on the highlights making big catches or anything like that, so to get recognized at a position like offensive line, it’s a great feeling,” Tsoumpas said. “You know that you’re excelling and doing things at a high level, so hopefully I can continue to do that.”

“It’s uncharted territory for me,” Archibald added. “I would much rather not be noticed for individual achievements. As a line, I think we have some notoriety because we have the leading rusher and things like that, but in the future and after today, hopefully I can continue to be not noticed and just do my thing.”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders led all West Division outfits with nine all-stars, including five on the defensive side of the football. The Stamps had eight selections, the B.C. Lions had seven and the Edmonton Eskimos had three.

“When you have a lot of all-stars, I think it speaks volumes about your team,” DeAngelis said. “Although our record maybe isn’t what we expected it to be, it doesn’t mean we’re not a talented team and we’re not a very dangerous team, and I think every team in the CFL recognizes that.”

The league-wide all-star squads will be announced next Tuesday.

Extra points

OL Jeff Pilon missed practice Wednesday with the flu, while fellow OL Tim O’Neill (turf toe) did not participate in drills and is questionable for Sunday’s playoff game against the Eskimos.


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