Speedy 'Gade misses out

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

The Renegades need to wait a least one more year to get their first CFL national award winner.

But B.C. Lions sensational QB Casey Printers won't have to wait a day longer. He was named the CFL's most outstanding player at last night's awards ceremony at Casino du Lac Leamy.

Renegades kick returner/receiver Jason Armstead was runner-up for the special teams trophy to Winnipeg's Keith Stokes, a near unanimous selection, with 41-of-42 votes submitted by members of the Football Reporters of Canada.

In his rookie CFL season, Armstead, 24, was sensational, both on special teams and as a receiver.

He led the East Division and ranked third in the league with 821 punt return yards on 64 returns with one touchdown.

Stokes was tops in the CFL with 949 punt return yards and four touchdowns. He also led the league with 1,112 kickoff return yards.

Printers won the outstanding player award by the narrowest of margins, taking 22-of-42 first-place selections to get the nod over Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo.

Printers led the league in pass completion percentage and passed for 35 touchdowns.

"This is a wonderful accolade, but I would trade it in for a Grey Cup, guaranteed, because the Grey Cup is the pinnacle of the CFL," said Printers.

Anwar Stewart of Montreal won the outstanding defensive player award, narrowly getting the nod over Calgary's John Grace, a former Renegades star. Stewart received 24 first-place votes to 18 for Grace, who led the Stamps with seven sacks and had three interceptions and 53 tackles.

'CHERISHED TIME'

"I always cherished the time I had in Ottawa," said Grace. "If it weren't for Ottawa, I probably would be back home working at some nine-to-five job."

B.C. receiver Jason Clermont won the top Canadian trophy over Toronto's Kevin Eiben.

Receiver Nikolas Lewis of Calgary was named top rookie. The top lineman award went to Saskatchewan's Gene Makowsky.

The Tom Pate Award, for outstanding contributions to the league, team and the community, went to Montreal's Barron Miles.

Miles delivered a moving acceptance speech, speaking about the premature birth of his two children and the near loss of his wife during the birth of their daughter nine years ago.

Former Ottawa Rough Riders quarterback Russ Jackson was presented with the Commissioner's Award by Tom Wright for contribution to amateur football in Canada.


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