Logan one of 5 Bombers to make all-star team
By Jim Bender, QMI Agency
|Montreal Alouettes slotback S.J. Green (19) is unable to hold onto the ball in the end zone as he is covered by Winnipeg Blue Bombers safety Ian Logan (L) and defensive back Alex Suber (R) during first half CFL action in Winnipeg, on Oct. 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)
WINNIPEG - Safety Ian Logan was named to the CFL All-Star team for the first time Wednesday.
Logan was one of five Blue Bombers named to the dream team.
It was the first time a Winnipeg safety had earned the honour since Bennie Thompson earned the honour back in 1988.
"We really felt that Ian could have had good year last year but he had some injuries and missed some games," Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, who stopped practice held at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex to announce the stars. "He certainly has good instincts and he's certainly been healthy all year so, it's been a good season for him."
The Canadian picked off four passes and recorded 34 defensive tackles.
The other Bombers getting recognized were: guard Brendon LaBatte, defensive end Odell Willis, and defensive backs Jonathan Hefney and Jovon Johnson.
It was also the first such selection for both LaBatte and Willis.
"Certainly, we're proud of what those guys have done but we kind of ended our practice with, 'That's a great accomplishment but we want to be the best team in the Canadian Football League,'" LaPolice said. "But I'm very pleased for all those guys. Those guys are talented football players. It's well-deserved, they're good leaders and we think a part of good corps of guys who will play for us for a long time."
The biggest surprise was the perennial all-star defensive tackle Doug Brown was snubbed this go-round. But he shook it off, saying he had simply become part of a rotation on the D-line.
Johnson, who was named to the squad for the second time, led the league with eight interceptions, returning two of them for touchdowns, adding 55 defensive tackles and five pass knockdowns. While he excelled at cornerback, he also filled in at both halfback and safety and recorded at least one interception in each position he played in the secondary. Johnson was also named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Willis tied for the CFL lead in quarterback sacks with 13 to go with 27 defensive tackles and four forced fumbles.
Hefney, who also made the team for the second time, led the Bombers with 76 defensive tackles and tied for second with six picks. He added a team-high 11 knockdowns and recovered two fumbles.
The all-stars are selected by a combination of fan balloting, CFL head coaches and the Football Reporters of Canada.
Meanwhile, LaPolice was not ready to declare Buck Pierce as the starting quarterback for the East Final versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats here this Sunday.
"We'll see how he is, then make a decision," he said.
Pierce banged his throwing hand on a helmet during Wednesday's practice and looked very uncomfortable afterwards. But he said he was OK after practice.