Alouettes earn three CFL awards

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player....

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Player. (REUTERS/Todd Korol)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

CALGARY — It’s the most outstanding player against the most outstanding defender in Sunday’s Grey Cup.

For the second straight year, Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo won the CFL’s most outstanding player award at the awards ceremony Thursday at the Telus Convention Centre.

For the first time in his three-year career, Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick is the most outstanding defensive player.

Chick will be chasing down Calvillo in the 97th Grey Cup Sunday at McMahon Stadium.

“It’s going to be a great matchup and that’s what you want,” Chick said. “It’s the two best teams playing for it all on Sunday. It’s going to be a tight battle.”

The two players met before the awards night, and talked mostly about their alma mater, Utah State.

That alone makes them have a bond off the field, but Calvillo knows what he’s facing on it.

“It’s fun to meet some of these guys,” Calvillo said. “You don’t get a chance to talk on the field and it’s the last thing you want to do. He’s been dominant both last year and this year.”

The Montreal Alouettes took home three of the six individual awards. Along with the quarterback, right guard Scott Flory won his second straight most outstanding lineman award, while returner Larry Taylor is the top special teams player in just his second CFL season.

Cavillo topped Calgary Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds by taking 44 of 55 votes from members of the Football Reporters of Canada.

It was clearly deserving for the Als pivot, who finished with a 108.4 passer rating, a full 12 points better than the next-best QB.

With Calvillo at the helm, the Alouettes finished a league-best 15-3 and the awards reflect their season.

“It shows the type of team we have,” Taylor said. “The award is a great accomplishment for us individually, but we want to come out with the Grey Cup.”

Chick was the lone nominee from the Roughriders, who topped the West Division with a 10-7-1 record. He had 11 sacks as part of a dominating Riders defensive line, and beat out veteran Anwar Stewart of the Alouettes by a vote count of 34-21.

Flory anchors an offensive line that allowed the Als to have the top offence in the CFL. He received 37 of 55 votes to top Stamps left tackle Ben Archibald, who opened many holes for Reynolds as he led the league in rushing for a second straight campaign.

“I’m standing up here because of Anthony Calvillo, Avon Cobourne and all my linemates,” Flory said. “If not for them, I wouldn’t have the opportunity to have success. They make it easy playing with talented guys like that.”

Taylor scored three special-teams touchdowns this season, the most by any player. He edged out B.C. Lions linebacker Jason Arakgi 36-19 for the special-teams honours, although the Lions didn’t go home empty-handed.

Defensive end Ricky Foley, who led the CFL with 12 sacks, won his most outstanding Canadian award, while running back.

Martell Mallett took home the most outstanding rookie award.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats centre Marwan Hage won the Tom Pate Memorial Award, which is handed out each year for a CFL player who excels in community service.

The Commissioner’s Award, presented every year to the person who makes a tremendous contribution to Canadian football, went to Lions general manager and head coach Wally Buono.


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