Winnipeg – Quarterback Matt Nichols, who has posted a 9-3 record since taking over as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback, was Tuesday named the Bombers Most Outstanding Player in voting by members of the Football Reporters of Canada. Nichols replaced Drew Willy as the Bombers starter in game 6 of the season and has been instrumental in leading the Bombers into the playoffs after a 1-4 start to the season. Nichols has completed 70% of his passes for 3367 yards, 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Ironically, three of those 8 interceptions came in the only poor game Nichols has played, the Bombers 23-10 loss to Ottawa last weekend. Named Winnipeg’s top Canadian was running back Andrew Harris, who is 3rd in the CFL in rushing yards with 914 and has also added 549 yards receiving. Harris’s numbers are particularly impressive when you consider he has missed three games due to injury.
The Bombers nominee as Top Defensive player is Moe Leggett. Leggett shares the CFL lead with 7 interceptions and has repeatedly made big plays that have helped turn games around. The same could be said for Canadian safety Taylor Loffler, who was named the Bombers top rookie. Loffler, like Nichols, didn’t become a starter until the 6th game of the season. But he has been a force with over 50 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and countless big hits.
Kicker Justin Medlock, with a CFL leading 56 field goals, was an easy choice as the Bombers top special teams player. And big Travis Bond was named Winnipeg’s top offensive lineman. Bond is another player who didn’t get into the lineup until game 6. But his addition had a tremendous impact on the improvement of the Winnipeg offensive line.
The East and West Division nominees will be named next Thursday (Nov 10th).
CFL AWARD TEAM NOMINEES
BC LIONS- JONATHAN JENNINGS (MOP), SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN (DEF) SHAWN GORE (CDN) JOVAN OLAFIOYE (OL) CHRIS RAINEY (ST) ANOTNIO JOHNSON (ROOKIE)
CALGARY STAMPEDERS- BO LEVI MITCHELL (MOP), CHARLESTON HUGHES (DEF) JEROME MESSAM (CDN), DEREK DENNIS (OL), RENE PARADES (ST),
DAVARIS DANIELS (ROOKIE)
EDMONTON ESKIMOS– MIKE REILLY (MOP), ALMONDO SEWELL (DEF),
SEAN WHYTE (CDN/ST), JUSTIN SORENSON (OL), BRANDON ZYLSTRA (ROOKIE)
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS– NAAMAN ROOSEVELT (MOP), OTHA FOSTER (DEF), TYLER CRAPIGNA (CDN/ST), THADDEUS COLEMAN (OL), JUSTIN COX (ROOKIE)
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS– MATT NICHOLS (MOP), MOE LEGGETT (DEF),
ANDREW HARRIS (CDN), TRAVIS BOND (OL), JUSTIN MEDLOCK (ST),
TAYLOR LOFFLER (ROOKIE)
OTTAWA REDBLACKS- ERNEST JACKSON (MOP), DAMASO MUNOZ (DEF),
BRAD SINOPLI (CDN), JON GOTT (OL), TRISTAN JACKSON (ST),
JASON LAUZON-SEGUIN (ROOKIE).
HAMILTON TIGER CATS- ANDY FANTUZ (MOP/CDN), JOHN CHICK (DEF),
RYAN BOMBEN (OL), BRANDON BANKS (ST), BRANDON REVENBERG (ROOKIE)
TORONTO ARGONAUTS- BRANDON WHITAKER (MOP), SHAWN LEMON (DEF),
LIRIM HAJRULLAHU (CDN/ST), GREG VAN ROTEN (OL), SEAN MCEWEN (ROOKIE)
MONTREAL ALOUETTES- BEAR WOODS (MOP/DEF), SAM GIGUERE (CDN),
KRISTIAN MATTE (OL), STEFAN LOGAN (ST), JONATHON MINCY (ROOKIE)