Ray gets Esks' offensive nomination

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

EDMONTON - The 2011 Edmonton Eskimos most outstanding offensive player went to the quarterback by default. Ricky Ray was nominated for the award on a team where everybody almost did so much that nobody really stood out. “I think so. Another thing, too, is a lot of our receivers were hurt for quite a bit of the year,” said Ray, who was previously nominated in 2003, ‘05, ‘06 and ‘08. “So that definitely helped out my case a little bit. I think that’s what it came down to. “Three of our top American receivers missed three or four games each, so definitely that hurt them, and then (running back) Jerome (Messam) is obviously getting the top-Canadian award.” Also nominated were linebacker Rod Davis on defence and linebacker J.C. Sherritt as top rookie, while Greg Wojt is the top offensive lineman. “I’m proud of those guys and those personal accolades are recognition,” said head coach Kavis Reed, holding back a chuckle. “For me, I’ve never put a lot of stock in it because I don’t like the guys that vote for it.” The 2011 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards are selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada and CFL head coaches. The East and West Division nominees will be announced on Nov. 9. IN AND OUT: LG Greg Wojt sat out practice again on Wednesday and will not dress for Friday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. DE Greg Peach sat out for the first time on Wednesday. “Peach is going to be a game-time decision,” said Reed. “We didn’t practise him (Wednesday) because he had a little bit of a situation with his knee, with some soreness and we didn’t feel he really needed to practise.” gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca @SunModdejonge

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