Homestretch in CFL also about awards

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

Playoff positioning isn’t the only thing being decided in the final quarter of the CFL regular season.

The Edmonton Eskimos have 11 of the 93 players eligible for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award.

Running backs Brad Lester, Daniel Porter and Pascal Fils; defensive backs Corbin Sharun, Roderick Williams, Weldon Brown and Saleem Borhot; long-snapper Neil Puffer; linebacker Will Harris and receiver Nate Binder are all eligible, along with Tremayne Kirkland, who is no longer with the club.

The rookie of the year is selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s eight head coaches.

“I couldn’t tell you,” Eskimos head coach Richie Hall said of who tops his list. “I’d have to sit back and just think about what rookies are out there who jump out at me right now. But when you look at it, I think there’s a lot of players who had outstanding seasons who will slowly make their mark in the CFL and it will be interesting to see who ends up being it.”

As for his own club, Hall said none of them have really played for an extended period of time, aside from Williams and Brown. While some of his players are new to the CFL, like Larry Birdine and Kenneth Pettway, they aren’t classified as true rookies because of their history with the NFL.

“They’ve only played a few games,” Hall said of the Eskimos rookies list. “I’d have to sit there and think.”

One notable absence is Toronto Argonauts running back Cory Boyd, who leads the CFL in rushing this season, but was held off the list because he played one game with the Denver Broncos in 2008, but failed to record any sort of statistic.

The winner will be announced at the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards on Nov. 25 in Edmonton.


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