Eskimos name award noms

Eskimos Calvin McCarty (left), Tim St. Pierre (centre) and Aaron Fiacconi have been nominated as...

Eskimos Calvin McCarty (left), Tim St. Pierre (centre) and Aaron Fiacconi have been nominated as the team's most outstanding players. (EDMONTON SUN FILE)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:19 PM ET

EDMONTON - It was the first most outstanding player nominations of their careers for three Canadians on the Edmonton Eskimos.

Announced Wednesday, running back Calvin McCarty was named most outstanding player, long snapper Tim St. Pierre is the most outstanding special-teams player and centre Aaron Fiacconi is the most outstanding offensive lineman.

McCarty, who turned 26 on Tuesday, is in his fourth year as the team's go-to utility player. This season, he has been at tailback, running back, fullback, slotback, wide receiver and on special teams.

He is tied for first on the team with five touchdowns, is tied for second with nine special-teams tackles, is third with 278 rushing yards and fourth with 270 receiving yards.

St. Pierre received his first team award in three years in the league. The linebacker, from Hamilton, Ont., leads the Eskimos with 13 special-teams tackles while assuming the team's long-snapping duties this season.

A nine-year player from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Fiacconi received his first team award after starting 16 games in 2010. He earned the job of centering the O-line in training camp in 2009.

Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps received his second consecutive most outstanding player nomination Wednesday when the Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards were announced.

Representative from each CFL city, along with that team's head coach, voted for six categories of most outstanding on-field performance.

Stamps leads Eskimos receivers with 71 receptions for 1,105 yards, despite being held to 13 starts due to a shoulder injury. Three 100-plus yard games have contributed to his second 1,000-yard receiving season.

Linebacker T.J. Hill earned his first most outstanding nomination in his four years in the CFL. A 2008 East Division all-star, the former Montreal Alouettes defender leads the Eskimos with 85 tackles, putting him fourth overall in the league.

Hill also has eight special teams tackles, three sacks, three tackles for a loss, two knockdowns and three interceptions, one of which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown. He also has two recovered fumbles, returning one of those 18 yards for a touchdown as well.

The Eskimos most outstanding rookie nomination went to running back Daniel Porter, who rushed for 100-plus yards in each of his three starts in the last three weeks. The Louisiana Tech product was the offensive player of the week in Game 15 against the B.C. Lions here he rushed for 171 yards.

In five games, Porter rushed for 450 yards and two touchdowns on 67 carries.

The East and West nominees for the 2010 Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards will be announced on Nov. 11, while the league-wide winners will be announced during Grey Cup week at the Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards on Nov. 25 at the Winspear Centre.


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