Huf happy with lucky 13

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have an all-star for every single win this season.

The West champions put a league-best 13 players on the divisional squad, with six on offence, six on defence and one on special teams.

There were five first-time winners, while receiver Nik Lewis and defensive back Dwight Anderson were honoured for the second times in their careers.

“It demonstrated it was a team effort this year,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

“The competition throughout the league was keen. I’m glad for the players on our team that won this award.”

The Stamps defence, which finished tops in the CFL, had four of those first-time winners, as linebacker Juwan Simpson joined defensive linemen DeVone Claybrooks, Tom Johnson and Charleston Hughes.

“A lot has been said about Juwan and it’s well deserving,” Hufnagel said. “DeVone had to sit out a game or two because of the ratio but he’s a consummate professional. He’s a team leader and an excellent football player.”

Defensive back Brandon Browner won his third straight all-star nomination. On offence, quarterback Henry Burris (third), running back Joffrey Reynolds (sixth), receivers Romby Bryant (first) and Lewis and offensive linemen Dimitri Tsoumpas and Ben Archibald (second each) were honoured.

Punter Burke Dales picked up his third divisional all-star berth.

To round out the West team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders and B.C. Lions have six all-stars apiece, while the Edmonton Eskimos have just two all-stars in receiver Fred Stamps and defensive back Chris Thompson.

In the East Division, the Montreal Alouettes lead with nine all-stars, while the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have seven and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have four.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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