Banks simply outstanding

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Korey Banks has his eye on an all-expense paid trip to Vancouver later this month.

Of all the Renegades, he has the best, and perhaps only real shot of winning one.

"That's pretty decent ... I've got to go out and put on a performance this week to solidify something," the Ottawa DB said upon learning the local Football Reporters of Canada chapter had voted him the team's nominee as both most outstanding player and most outstanding defensive player. "I need the vacation, and I've never seen a championship game in person before."

Banks, the CFL's co-leader in interceptions with nine, has zero hope of representing his division in a most outstanding player category that includes quarterbacks Damon Allen (Toronto) and Anthony Calvillo (Montreal), plus former Renegades receiver D.J. Flick (Hamilton). But he should be the favourite to make it to the final ceremony during Grey Cup week in B.C. as the East's most outstanding defensive player, going up against linebackers Michael Fletcher (Toronto) and Duane Butler (Montreal) and Ticats defensive lineman Adriano Belli.

"Obviously, Korey did a lot of good things for us," said Renegades defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall. "He made some big plays, particularly early in the season when we were winning some ball games, to help put us over the top."

DOUBLE FOR ST. GERMAIN

Veteran Val St. Germain was Ottawa's other double nominee, getting the nod as the team's most outstanding offensive lineman and its most outstanding Canadian.

Linebacker Kyries Hebert was chosen as the Renegades most outstanding special teams player and defensive back Greg Moss as Ottawa's top rookie.

Curiously, Jesse Lumsden is Hamilton's nominee as most outstanding first-year player, despite the fact he has only played six games and made four starts. Moss will also be up against Gatineau's Matthieu Proulx, a DB and special teams standout with the Alouettes.

"It was a learning experience for me and hopefully I'll continue to get better," said the diminutive Moss, who made the team out of the blue after earning an invite to camp from a free-agent tryout in Florida. "I felt I was destined to be here ... I'm happy and I'm proud to be here."

Two Renegades noticeable by their absence from the list of nominees are quarterback Kerry Joseph and defensive end Anthony Collier. Joseph is poised to become just the third QB ever to combine a 4,000-yard throwing season with 1,000 rushing yards, and Collier is a three-time defensive lineman of the week award winner, as well as a previous defensive lineman of the month and co-leader in league sacks. Yet both were plagued by inconsistency this season.


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