I’d say Brett Jones’ CFL career is off to a nice start! One year after being selected rookie of the year, Jones was named the Top Lineman in the CFL at the annual awards ceremony last night in Vancouver. It’s hard to believe the 23 year old Weyburn product was taken 16th in the 2013 Canadian Football League draft. It’s the second straight year a Weyburn boy and former U of R Ram has been chosen top lineman with Brendan Labatte earning the nod last year. I’m hearing Jones is interested in NFL opportunities.
In other news from last night, B-C Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian became the first defensive player to capture the C-F-L Most Outstanding Player honour. Elimimian also went home with the defensive player of the year award. Running back Jon Cornish of the Calgary Stampeders is the C-F-L’s top Canadian, Toronto kicker-punter Swayze Waters was named top special-teams player and Edmonton’s linebacker Dexter McCoil picked up top rookie to round out the awards.
ANOTHER HONOUR FOR THE OUTGOING JIM HOPSON!
Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Jim Hopson has been honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada’s sporting culture. Hopson took over the Riders in 2005 and during his tenure the team has become the model franchise in the CFL. Hopson, a former Regina Ram, certainly has done his part in making Regina a desirable place for players.
ARE YOU WATCHING THE BIG GAME?
More than half the Canadians who took part in a recent online survey agreed the Grey Cup is an important national symbol but less than half that number plan on watching and younger Canadians are even less inclined. Overall, 47 per cent agreed “the Grey Cup is an important part of Canadian culture and identity” and another six per cent went even further, agreeing that it “defines Canadian culture and identity.” The response to the poll, which was conducted by the Angus Reid Institute and distributed to The Canadian Press, was fairly evenly split between men and women with men holding a slight edge but only 39 per cent of those between 18 and 34 were sold on the significance of the event. But when it comes to actually watching the CFL championship, only 24 per cent overall said they will definitely watch Sunday. Support in general for the Grey Cup and CFL was stronger in Western Canada and strongest of all in Saskatchewan.
Prediction: CALGARY 37 HAMILTON 20
And the Hec Crighton Trophy goes to……
Congratulations to Calgary Dinos QB Andrew Buckley as he was named the top player in CIS Football. Buckley was at the controls of the country’s most powerful offence as the Dinos became the first team in Canada West history to break the 5,000-mark in total offence. He had a 64.3 completion percentage, 2,175 yards in passing and 18 touchdowns while throwing only four interceptions, fewer than any other QB in Canada West.
CONGRATS IN ORDER FOR TWO MORE RAMS..
Rick Seaman has been honoured as the 2014 Football Canada Gino Fracas Award recipient presented to the CIS Assistant Coach of the Year. Seaman has been an assistant with the Regina Rams for 31 years, joining the team as a receivers coach in 1984. Under Rick’s tutelage , the Rams have enjoyed a talented group of receivers including future professionals Chris Bauman, Jason Clermont, Chris Getzlaf, and Jon Ryan and All-Canadians Shane Ostapowich, Brenden Owens, and Addison Richards.
Rick was my coach for 4 years and I absolutely love that man. His preparation and knowledge are unmatched. But what I really like about Rick is that he genuinely cares about his players off the field. Congrats buddy, it’s a well deserved honour!
And finally, Rams star receiver Addison Richards has been chosen to play in the East-West Shrine Game. The East–West Shrine Game is an annual postseason college football all-star game played each January since 1925 and matches teams of players who attended college in the Eastern United States against those schooled in the Western United States. The game and the practice sessions leading up to it attract dozens of scouts from professional teams. Since 1985, Canadian players playing in Canadian University Football have also been invited. Boy I’d love to see the Riders select the Sheldon Williams grad in the upcoming draft!
ENJOY THE GREY CUP AND THE VANIER CUP!