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Gainey, Reilly and Glenn named Shaw CFL Top Performers

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 — ​TORONTO (August 15 2017) – Ed Gainey, Mike Reilly and Kevin Glenn were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 8 of the CFL’s 2017 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.

DB | ED GAINEY | SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

Ed Gainey’s four interceptions led the way to a dominant home win for the Saskatchewan Roughriders over the BC Lions on Sunday.

Gainey’s four picks set a franchise record as he collected a hat trick by halftime in the 41-8 victory at Mosaic Stadium. Gainey added a touchdown, a fumble return and two defensive tackles to his scoresheet.

The product of Appalachian State got his first pick midway through the first quarter, diving in front of Shaquille Johnson on a long pass. At the close of the first he went up to catch another Jonathon Jennings pass and returned it 49 yards for a touchdown, snagging one more interception before the close of the first half. It was Gainey’s first career interception returned for a touchdown.

Gainey collected his fourth interception to set a new Roughriders record in the final minutes of the game. He became the ninth CFL player in history – and the first since 1990 – to collect four interceptions in a single game, just one off the record of five set by Rod Hill. The native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina has 18 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, one touchdown and this week’s four interceptions to his name in 2017.

QB | MIKE REILLY | EDMONTON ESKIMOS

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly recorded his fifth 300+ passing yard game of the season to keep Edmonton undefeated, now 7-0 following their 27-20 victory over Ottawa.

Reilly completed 27 of 38 passes (71.1%) for a game-high 384 passing yards including two touchdown passes. The Kennewick, Washington native also added a season-high 51 rushing yards in the game.

Edmonton received the opening kickoff in the game and went on a 10-play, 92 yard march that was capped off with a 35-yard touchdown reception from LaDarius Perkins to give the visiting side an early lead.

Reilly’s second touchdown pass came late in the fourth quarter when he found Chris Getzlaf in the back of the endzone for the eight-yard strike to give the Eskimos a 25-20 lead. Edmonton went for two and Reilly converted on a three-yard run to extend the lead to 27-20.

The eight-year veteran has 2,329 passing yards on the season, has recorded 13 touchdown passes and leads the way on QUAR with a rating of 96.3. This is Reilly’s second appearance as a Shaw Top Performer in 2017; he was previously named in Week 5.

Reilly has been named a Top Performer in Week 5 as well as Player of the Month for July.

QB | KEVIN GLENN | SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

Kevin Glenn registered 320 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Roughriders’ 41-8 win over West Division rivals the BC Lions on Sunday.

Glenn went 19-for 25, collecting 18 rushing yards of his own. His first touchdown pass of the game went to Bakari Grant, a 35-yard toss that set up Grant to hop three yards over the line.

Glenn got to work in the second quarter, setting up Cameron Marshall with a catch-and-run play for the major. He added one more with a seven-yard throw into the endzone to Duron Carter to solidify the Roughriders’ victory.

The 17-season CFL veteran passed Ron Lancaster to claim the sixth spot on the all-time CFL passing yards list with 50,933 career yards. It took Glenn just 273 games (195 starts) to reach the 50,000 mark.

Glenn currently sits fourth in the league in passing yards with 2104, and second in touchdowns with 14. He has a 71.3% completion rate and a 79.1 QUAR rating.

SHAW FANS’ CHOICE OF THE WEEK!

Justin Medlock won Week 7 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS LEADERBOARD

 

Rank

 

Player

 

2017 Points Total

Points Breakdown
1st place points 2nd place points 3rd place points Fan Choice Points Monthly Points
1 Mike Reilly 310 100 10 200
2 SJ Green 160 100 50 10
T-3 Justin Medlock 110 100 10
T-3 Ricky Ray 110 100 10
T-5 Duron Carter 100 100
T-5 Greg Ellingson 100 100
T-5 Ed Gainey 100 100
T-5 Travis Lulay 100 100
T-5 Jerome Messam 100 100
T-5 Diontae Spencer 100 100
11 Victor Butler 75 25 50
12 Martese Jackson 60 50 10
T-13 Solomon Elimimian 50 50
T-13 Trevor Harris 50 50
T-13 Maurice Leggett 50 50
T-13 Marken Michel 50 50
T-17 Weston Dressler 35 25 10
T-17 Jackson Jeffcoat 35 25 10
T-19 Bryan Burnham 25 25
T-19 Kevin Glenn 25 25
T-19 Charleston Hughes 25 25
T-19 Jonathon Mincy 25 25
T-19 Nick Moore 25 25

 

2017 SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Ricky Ray (TOR)* SJ Green (TOR) Jonathon Mincy (MTL)
2 Diontae Spencer (OTT) Trevor Harris (OTT) Weston Dressler (WPG)*
3 SJ Green (TOR)* Solomon Elimimian (BC) Victor Butler (TOR)
4 Travis Lulay (BC) Martese Jackson (TOR)* Nick Moore (BC)
5 Jerome Messam (CGY) Mike Reilly (EDM)* Charleston Hughes (CGY)
6 Duron Carter (SSK) Marken Michel (CGY) Jackson Jeffcoat (WPG)*
7 Justin Medlock (WPG)* Maurice Leggett (WPG) Bryan Burnham (BC)
8 Ed Gainey (SSK) Mike Reilly (EDM) Kevin Glenn (SSK)

 

2017 SHAW TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH

Month 1st 2nd 3rd
July Mike Reilly (EDM) Greg Ellingson (OTT) Victor Butler (TOR)

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Kyries Hebert handed a maximum fine following Week 8

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 — TORONTO (August 15, 2017) — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today:

Following a disciplinary hearing, Montreal Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert was handed a maximum fine for a high hit on Toronto Argonauts quarterback Cody Fajardo.

Toronto Argonauts offensive lineman J’Michael Deane was fined for a tourist hit on Montreal Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox.

An additional fine was added from Week 7:

Toronto Argonauts running back James Wilder Jr. was fined for illegally blocking low on a kickoff on Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman Derek Wiggan.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.

About the Canadian Football League

Today’s CFL is more than just our great game of football. It’s fans sharing their excitement for what they see on the field, and what they experience off it. Stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca. And join all of Canada as we celebrate the 105th Grey Cup, presented by Shaw, this November in Ottawa.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 — TORONTO (August 10, 2017) — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today:

Edmonton Eskimos receiver Vidal Hazelton was fined for a tourist hit on Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Don Unamba.

BC Lions linebacker Micah Awe was fined for a reckless and dangerous tackle on Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Duron Carter.

Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Henoc Muamba was fined for a high hit on BC Lions quarterback Travis Lulay.

An additional fine was added from Week 5:

Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Keon Lyn was fined for a tourist hit on Edmonton Eskimos receiver Brandon Zylstra.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.

About the Canadian Football League

Today’s CFL is more than just our great game of football. It’s fans sharing their excitement for what they see on the field, and what they experience off it. Stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca. And join all of Canada as we celebrate the 105th Grey Cup, presented by Shaw, this November in Ottawa.

VIA: https://press.cfl.ca/player-discipline-week-7-119923#

The reigning Queen of Country Pop and multiple Juno/Grammy award winning artist set to rock Canada’s biggest party at the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw on November 26th

Thursday, August 10, 2017 — OTTAWA, CANADA (August 10, 2017) – With just over three months to go until the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw kicks off in Ottawa, the Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today that the top-selling female country artist of all time, Shania Twain, will headline the Freedom Mobile Grey Cup Halftime Show on November 26th at TD Place in Ottawa. Canada’s largest annual sporting event will be broadcast LIVE on TSN, RDS, ESPN2, BT Sport and on TSN Radio and Sirius XM radio beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Twain’s Grey Cup performance celebrates her triumphant return and will follow the highly-anticipated release of her fifth full-length studio album, NOW, out September 29th. Solely written and co-produced by Twain, NOW marks her first album release since 2002’s UP!, the same year she first performed at the Grey Cup Halftime Show (Edmonton, 2002).

“It’s an absolute honour to return to the Grey Cup stage in the nation’s capital during Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Twain. “I’m thrilled to be coming home and being a part of the country’s biggest annual party.”

“Shania is a massive Canadian icon and a global superstar, so we are so excited that she will help us cap off such a significant year for our country at the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa,” added Randy Ambrosie, CFL Commissioner. “This promises to be a fantastic event and a special performance for our fans and viewers across Canada and all around the world. I can’t wait to get the party started at my first Grey Cup as Commissioner.”

Shania is a five-time GRAMMY Award-winner and the reigning Queen of Country Pop. With more than 90 million albums sold worldwide and U.S. sales topping 34.5 million, Shania remains the top-selling female country artist of all time. Shania’s albums include her Platinum-selling 1993 debut, SHANIA TWAIN; the GRAMMY Award-winning, Double Diamond-selling 1995 release, THE WOMAN IN ME; COME ON OVER, the best-selling studio album in Soundscan history by a female artist in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time with over 40 million units sold worldwide; and UP!, Shania’s third consecutive Diamond-selling album release.

Recognizing her indelible impact and achievements in music, Shania is the first and only female artist to receive CMT’s Artist of a Lifetime Award and the Country Music Hall of Fame recently opened the Shania Twain: Rock This Country exhibit. Shania was also honored with the Icon Award at Billboard’s Women in Music ceremony. Shania’s hits include “Any Man of Mine,” “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” “You’re Still the One,” and “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.

“Shania Twain is a Canadian legend and a musical star who will light up the Freedom Mobile Grey Cup Halftime Show,” said Chethan Lakshman, VP, External Affairs, Shaw Communications. “We are pleased to work with our partners at the CFL to bring Canadians and our customers exceptional experiences, and we can’t wait for Shania to bring the house down in Ottawa on November 26th.”

The 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Ottawa at TD Place. This year’s championship will be the first played in Ottawa since 2004 and the first in TD Place Stadium, which was rebuilt for the successful debut of the Ottawa REDBLACKS IN 2014. Less than 1,500 Grey Cup tickets are still available in a variety of sections and price points.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 — Week 8 kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the nation’s capital when the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos take on the Ottawa REDBLACKS in a 103rd Grey Cup rematch. Edmonton is looking to move to 7-0 for the third-time in their history.Friday Night Football features a homecoming for several Toronto Argonauts (Marc Trestman, Jim Popp, SJ Green, and Bear Woods) when they visit the Montreal Alouettes at 7:30 p.m. ET. In a tight East Division, Montreal can join the Argonauts at the top with a victory.

Hamilton comes home Saturday following a two-game Alberta road trip looking to get their first victory of the season, while Winnipeg is looking to extend their winning streak to three games. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

To conclude the week, after emerging victorious 30-15 last week, the BC Lions look to sweep their home-and-home series against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday night at Mosaic Stadium beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

HOMECOMING IN MONTREAL

  • When Toronto visits Montreal for a key divisional game on Friday it’ll be a homecoming for a quartet of Argonauts: Jim Popp (21 seasons with Montreal), S.J. Green (10 seasons with Montreal), Marc Trestman (5 seasons with Montreal), and Bear Woods (4 seasons with Montreal).
  • Popp led the Alouettes to three Grey Cup championships, eight East Division titles and Grey Cup appearances, ten first-place finishes, and 17 seasons with a record above .500. He led the Alouettes to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009 and 2010.
  • Green finished his 10 seasons with the Alouettes with 444 receptions, 6,526 yards and 42 touchdowns. He was a CFL All-Star in 2014 for the club.
  • Trestman went 59-31 (including 36-9 in home games) during his tenure as an Alouettes coach, leading to two Grey Cups and four first-place finishes, leading the CFL in scoring on three occasions.
  • Woods spent four seasons in Montreal where he was a two-time CFL All-Star and named Montreal’s Most Outstanding defensive player twice. He holds the franchise record for most tackles in a single season with 129.

ANDREW HARRIS THE DUAL-PURPOSE BACK

  • Harris has 105 touches, 65 carries for 283 yards (4.4 YPC) and 40 receptions for 318 yards (8.0 YPR) for a total 601 yards.
  • In his career Harris has recorded 50+ receptions in four of his seven seasons in the CFL. His career high was in 2012 with BC when he notched 75 receptions.
  • Harris’ average of 6.7 receptions per game has him on pace for 120 which would be a record for a running back (minimum 75 carries). On the rushing side, he is on pace for 195 carries and 849 yards. As a receiver, he is on pace for 954 receiving yards.
  • No player in CFL history has recorded 1,000+ rushing and receiving yards seasons in a single season. Robert Drummond was closest in 1997 (RUSH 935 yards, REC 798 yards) and 1998 (RUSH 1,134 yards, REC 840 yards). Drummond is the only player to reach 800+ rushing and receiving yards in a season.
Player Rec Year GP Per Game Team Rush Attempts
Craig Ellis 102 1985 16 6.4 SSK 149
Michael Clemons 93 1998 16 5.8 TOR 148
Craig Ellis 91 1984 16 5.7 SSK 141
Robert Drummond 85 1997 15 5.7 TOR 181

MILESTONES

  • Nik Lewis (1,011) is now seven receptions shy of sole possession of second on the all-time receptions list. He needs six catches to tie Ben Cahoon (1,017) and 18 to catch Geroy Simon (1,029).
  • With a 26-yard completion to Cameron Marshall in the second half of Saturday’s game, Glenn moved past Ron Lancaster into sixth place on the CFL’s all-time passing list. With 50,613 passing yards in his career, the next person to pass is Danny McManus with 53,255.
  • Roy Finch’s 103-yard punt return on Thursday was the second-longest in Calgary franchise history. With 514 punt return yards in five games he is on pace for 1,131 return yards which would be eighth highest all-time. His current 17.7 yards per punt return would be the best in a season, eclipsing the record of 16.8 yards per punt (Leon Bright 1980 and Larry Highbaugh 1975).
  • Darian Durant needs 62 yards to pass Tom Burgess (30,308) and join the Top 15 all-time. Durant needs 135 yards to pass Sam Etcheverry (30,381) for 14th.
  • Thus far we have had 125 players make their CFL debut in 2017. Across the league we have had 305 players make at least one start; Hamilton and Ottawa have had the most with 38 each. Winnipeg has the fewest with 29.

HIGH QB RATINGS

  • Net offence this season is currently at 756 yards per game – the second-highest since 1991.
  • Quarterback efficiency rating has grown four years in a row and is currently at an all-time high of 100.6. The interception rate in the CFL (2%) is the lowest it’s ever been in the CFL at one in every 49 pass attempts. The rate in the 1990s was double– 4%.
  • Three QBs have a rating over 90 (using the CFL’s new Quarterback Rating System known as QUAR, out of 100). Travis Lulay sits at 94.9, Mike Reilly at 94.5 and Bo Levi Mitchell at 90.5.
  • League-wide QUAR rating is 79.8, compared to 68.6 last season.
  • This season, games are averaging 624 passing yards per game – a 30% increase from 2014.

QUICK SLANTS

  • The REDBLACKS are the ONLY team in CFL history to have each of their first seven games in a season all decided by five points or fewer.  The only two teams to come close are Montreal in 2017 and Hamilton in 1999, with their first six games decided by seven points or fewer.
  • West Division teams have won nine straight games against East Division opponents.
  •  Zach Collaros makes his 50th career CFL start this week; his career record is 24-25. He is a perfect 3-0 versus Winnipeg all-time. Last week Collaros passed for a season-high three touchdown passes against Edmonton.
  • Two-and-Out rate has declined every year since 2014 and by 37% since 2013. This season the average for Two-and-Outs are 7.9 per game, or 29% of drives.
  • Despite rushing yards and attempts at a historic low, Edmonton has had three different running backs rush for 100+ yards in a single game three times this season: John White (104 yards vs. BC), Travon Van (103 yards vs. OTT) and LaDarius Perkins (105 yards vs. HAM).
  • REDBLACKS First-year player Keelan Johnson leads the league with 12 special teams tackles.
  • Edmonton becomes the 16th team in CFL history to begin the season 6-0. It’s the third-time Edmonton has managed this feat, and this week they’re looking to become the 13th team ever to begin the season 7-0. The last team to start 7-0 was Montreal in 2006, coached by Don Matthews. In the 2000s only two other teams started a season with seven wins in a row: BC in 2005 (11-0) and Montreal in 2002 (8-0).
  • Toronto native and Saskatchewan Roughrider QB Brandon Bridge completed all six of his passes, including two touchdowns, on Saturday night. He became the second Canadian QB to throw a TD pass this season (Andrew Buckley being the first).  The last time a pair of Canadian pivots passed for touchdowns in a season was in 1996: Giulio Caravatta and Larry Jusdanis.
  • Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson is averaging 100.3 yards per game, something that has been done just four times in the last 20 years: Adarius Bowman (2016, 103.6), Jamel Richardson (2011, 104.5), Geroy Simon (2006, 103.1) and Milt Stegall (2002, 105.3).
  • Ricky Ray’s streak of 300+ passing yard games came to an end at six games. The record in a season is 14, set by Doug Flutie in 1991.
  • Bye Week: Teams following a bye week this season are 2-3. Montreal comes off a Week 7 bye this week versus Toronto. Last season they were 1-1 off their bye weeks.
  • Home teams have bounced back compared to last year. Through 29 games, Home teams are 18-10-1 (.638). Compared to last year after 29 games, home teams were 11-17-1 (.397).

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Medlock, Leggett and Burnham named Shaw CFL Top Performers

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 — TORONTO (August 9th, 2017) – Justin Medlock, Maurice Leggett and Bryan Burnham were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 7 of the CFL’s 2017 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.

K/P | JUSTIN MEDLOCK | WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Justin Medlock’s buzzer-beater kick gave Winnipeg their second come-from-behind win in as many weeks, pulling them ahead of the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday in the final seconds.

The Santa Clara, California native earned 21 points for the Blue Bombers in their 33-30 win at TD Place. Medlock collected two singles, six field goals, and one convert.

His final attempt of the game, from 38 yards, came in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter in a tied game as quarterback Matt Nichols marched 33 yards down the field in 30 seconds to set up the former UCLA Bruin for the game-winning kick.

Last year’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and All-Star also added three punts for 124 yards (41.3 yards per punt) and seven kickoffs for 505 yards (72.1 yards per kickoff) including a pivotal single late in the fourth quarter on a kickoff in the game.

Medlock has made 18 of his 22 field goal attempts in 2017 for an 81.8% success rate, with a career-high punting average of 42.8 yards, is second in the league with 76 points scored and has gone a perfect 19 for 19 on convert attempts this season. In 2016 he made 60 of 68 attempts, going 39-for-39 inside 40 yards.

DB | MAURICE LEGGETT | WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Defensive back Maurice Leggett helped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a last-minute 33-30 win in Ottawa on Friday night with a big game.

Leggett collected a forced fumble in addition to seven defensive tackles, including two quarterback sacks. His first sack came at the end of the third quarter on quarterback Ryan Lindley, forcing a fumble and a crucial turnover on downs.

The Valdosta State alum wrapped up his second sack – and a four-yard team loss on the REDBLACKS – at the opening of the fourth quarter on Trevor Harris.

The McKeesport, Pennsylvania native has 20 defensive tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble and one interception in 2017.

WR | BRYAN BURNHAM | BC LIONS

Burnham reached 131 yards and a touchdown to help the BC Lions to their 30-15 win over West Division rivals the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night.

He caught five of six targets, starting off with a bang by going up for a 35-yard catch at the end of the first quarter.

The former member of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Travis Lulay straight down the middle at the top of the second quarter to strengthen the Lions’ early lead and make it 14-0 after Lulay’s conversion.

His 131-yard game marked the third time this season Burnham has gone over the 100-yard barrier.

Burnham has 32 receptions and two touchdowns on the season, making himself a vital part of BC’s offence. He is third in the league with 546 receiving yards.

SHAW FANS’ CHOICE OF THE WEEK!

Jackson Jeffcoat won Week 6 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS LEADERBOARD

 

Rank

 

Player

 

2017 Points Total

Points Breakdown
1st place points 2nd place points 3rd place points Fan Choice Points Monthly Points
1 Mike Reilly 260 50 10 200
2 SJ Green 160 100 50 10
3 Ricky Ray 110 100 10
T-4 Duron Carter 100 100
T-4 Greg Ellingson 100 100
T-4 Travis Lulay 100 100
T-4 Justin Medlock 100 100
T-4 Jerome Messam 100 100
T-4 Diontae Spencer 100 100
10 Victor Butler 75 25 50
11 Martese Jackson 60 50 10
T-12 Solomon Elimimian 50 50
T-12 Trevor Harris 50 50
T-12 Maurice Leggett 50 50
T-12 Marken Michel 50 50
T-16 Weston Dressler 35 25 10
T-16 Jackson Jeffcoat 35 25 10
T-18 Bryan Burnham 25 25
T-18 Charleston Hughes 25 25
T-18 Jonathon Mincy 25 25
T-18 Nick Moore 25 25

 

2017 SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Ricky Ray (TOR)* SJ Green (TOR) Jonathon Mincy (MTL)
2 Diontae Spencer (OTT) Trevor Harris (OTT) Weston Dressler (WPG)*
3 SJ Green (TOR)* Solomon Elimimian (BC) Victor Butler (TOR)
4 Travis Lulay (BC) Martese Jackson (TOR)* Nick Moore (BC)
5 Jerome Messam (CGY) Mike Reilly (EDM)* Charleston Hughes (CGY)
6 Duron Carter (SSK) Marken Michel (CGY) Jackson Jeffcoat (WPG)*
7 Justin Medlock (WPG) Maurice Leggett (WPG) Bryan Burnham (BC)

 

2017 SHAW TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH

Month 1st 2nd 3rd
July Mike Reilly (EDM) Greg Ellingson (OTT) Victor Butler (TOR)

About the Canadian Football League

Today’s CFL is more than just our great game of football. It’s fans sharing their excitement for what they see on the field, and what they experience off it. Stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca. And join all of Canada as we celebrate the 105th Grey Cup, presented by Shaw, this November in Ottawa.

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Four players fined following Week 6

Thursday, August 3, 2017 — TORONTO (August 3, 2017) — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today:

Montreal Alouettes defensive back Chris Ackie was fined for a high hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols.

Montreal Alouettes running back Stefan Logan was fined for comments that were critical of officiating following last week’s game against Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman was fined for unnecessary roughness on Montreal Alouettes offensive lineman Luc Brodeur-Jourdain.

BC Lions offensive lineman Kelvin Palmer was fined for an unnecessary hit to a vulnerable player (Odell Willis) in the game against the Edmonton Eskimos.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.

About the Canadian Football League

Today’s CFL is more than just our great game of football. It’s fans sharing their excitement for what they see on the field, and what they experience off it. Stay up to date on all the non-stop action at CFL.ca. And join all of Canada as we celebrate the 105th Grey Cup, presented by Shaw, this November in Ottawa.

VIA: https://press.cfl.ca/player-discipline-week-6-119018#

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — Week 7 begins Thursday night when the Toronto Argonauts host the Calgary Stampeders, who visit BMO Field for the first time since last November’s 104th Grey Cup presented by Shaw. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Friday Night features a pair of games. At 7:00 p.m. ET, the Ottawa  REDBLACKS come off a bye week to host the  Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are flying high following Week 6’s thrilling comeback victory. The second game has the Hamilton Tiger-Cats continuing their Alberta road trip when they visit the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos. Coverage begins at 9:30 pm ET.

Week 7 finishes in BC where the Lions look to bounce back from their loss to Edmonton when they play the Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7:00 pm ET.

COMEBACK FOR THE AGES

  • On Thursday night, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stormed back late in the game to beat the Montreal Alouettes 41-40.
  • In the final 48 seconds of the game Winnipeg was able to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick and score another touchdown with zeros on the clock.
  • The closest parallel to last week’s comeback was also executed by Winnipeg over Montreal on Oct. 17, 1999, when Winnipeg scored 13 points in the final 0:59.
  • Since 2005, there have been five occasions where the final play of the game was a game-winning touchdown:
Date Team OPP Won Details
Jul 27/17 Winnipeg Montreal 41-40 Andrew Harris 1-yd run.
Jul 31/14 Winnipeg Hamilton 27-26 Drew Willy 2-yd TD pass to Nic Grigsby
Oct 29/10 Montreal Toronto 37-30 Dahrran Diedrick fumble recovery for a TD
Jul 20/06 Winnipeg Edmonton 25-22 Kevin Glenn 100-yd TD pass to Milt Stegall
Oct 16/05 Montreal BC 46-44 Anthony Calvillo 20-yd TD pass to Dave Stala

MILESTONES

  • Nik Lewis (1,011) is now seven receptions shy of sole possession of second place on the all-time receptions list. He needs six catches to tie Ben Cahoon (1,017) and 18 to catch Geroy Simon (1,029).
  • Kevin Glenn (50,427) is 109 passing yards away from passing Ron Lancaster (50,535) for sixth all-time. Fifth on the list, Danny McManus, is 2,828 yards ahead of Glenn.
  • Ricky Ray (16,634) has become the Argonauts’ all-time passing leader surpassing long-time record holder Condredge Holloway (16,619).
  • Ray also became the Argos’ all-time leader in passing attempts 2,020) surpassing Holloway (1,989) and is only four touchdown passes away from becoming the club’s outright all-time leading passer.
  • Andrew Harris has made 37 receptions in five games – he’s averaging 7.4 per game and is on pace for 133 for the season. That is far ahead of the CFL record for running backs: 102, set by Craig Ellis in 1985.
  • Darian Durant (30,247 yards passing) needs only 62 more yards to pass Tom Burgess (30,308) and join the Top 15 all-time; Durant needs 135 more yards to pass Sam Etcheverry (30,381) for #14.

ONE EMPIRE UNDEFEATED

  • Edmonton is the lone undefeated team in the CFL. They became the 25th team in history to start the season 5-0 and this is the fourth time (1961, 1980, 2011 and now 2017) they have done so.
  • Since 1948, 24 teams (one in ever 25 teams, or just 4%) have started the season 5-0.
  • A team that has started 5-0 has NEVER missed the playoffs; seven of these teams (29%) went on to win the Grey Cup.
  • The cumulative season-ending record of those 24 teams is 285-107-4.725
  • 14 of the 24 teams to start the season 5-0 were able to extend their streak to 6-0.
  • Calgary has started 5-0 the most in the CFL, doing so six times (1948, 1949, 1971, 1991, 1993 and 1995).

QUICK SLANTS

  • In Ottawa’s four losses, the combined margin of loss is 10 points (2.5 points per game). They have had five games decided by four points or fewer. The record for most games decided by four points or fewer in a season is nine, achieved twice by Edmonton and once by Ottawa in 1993.
  • Montreal’s 183 rushing yards in Thursday’s game against Winnipeg was the second-most for a team in a single game. They had three rushers with 40+ yards: Brandon Rutley (76), Stefan Logan (48) and Jean-Christophe Beaulieu (42). Calgary trumped this record on Saturday night after they rushed for 188 yards led by Jerome Messam’s 91 yards on the ground.
  • Streak Ended: Calgary’s Marquay McDaniel’s streak of 78 consecutive games with a reception ended on Saturday night. His streak began on August 25, 2012 versus Saskatchewan.
  • Winnipeg’s Justin Medlock’s streak of 50 straight made field goals from inside the 40 ended after missing a 37-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
  • Mike Reilly’s streak of 220 consecutive pass attempts dating back to 2016 ended with two interceptions against the BC Lions in Week 6.
  • Andrew Buckley’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Parker was the first in his young career. It marked the first touchdown pass by a Canadian university product since Larry Jusdanis (Acadia) did it for Hamilton in 1996. It was also the first-time in CFL history that one Calgary Dino had thrown a touchdown pass to another.
  • Ray extended his streak of games with 300+ passing yards to six after passing for 386 yards versus Saskatchewan. His throwing totals are: 506, 323, 366, 330, 367 and 386. Ray is on pace for 6,846 passing yards. That would be an all-time record passing Doug Flutie’s mark of 6,619 set in 1991.
  • Returns: Roy Finch’s 97-yard punt return on Saturday was the second-longest in Calgary franchise history. It was the fourth punt-return touchdown in the CFL this season.
  • Rushing for 100+: Cameron Marshall rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries (6.1 yards per carry) against the Argonauts. It marked the fourth game this season a player has rushed for 100+ yards. Jerome Messam, Travon Van and John White are the other players to eclipse the 100+ yard mark.
  • Big Play Cunningham: Montreal’s BJ Cunningham is among the top 25 leaders in receiving yards and owns the largest average per catch with 18.3. He is the only player to average over 18 yards per reception.
  • This week’s Toronto vs Calgary game feature’s the top offences going head-to-head. Calgary averages 420.2 yards of net offence per game while Toronto averages 401.5.

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Coaches to get one challenge per game; CFL to hold national conference call at 2:00pm ET

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — TORONTO (August 2, 2017) — Coaches will be able to challenge only one play per game under changes to the video review system approved last night by the Canadian Football League. A national conference call with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and Senior Vice President of Football Glen Johnson will be held at 2:00pm ET today.

“We have a super game. Our elite athletes are treating us this year to incredible plays, close contests and even miracle comebacks. Scoring is up, penalties are down, and games are shorter. The last thing we want to have in place is an artificial impediment to our fans’ enjoyment of it all,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

”Video review, unfortunately, has become just that. It was put in place to fix egregious and indisputable mistakes that could affect the outcome of a game. It’s not being used that way now. Too many challenges and reviews are interrupting the game. Coaches, understandably since they are under pressure to win, have been using it to try to gain an advantage. Fans have been very clear with me that they want a change. We are delivering that change.”

The change is effective immediately.

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

What: CFL conference call regarding coaches’ challenge rule change

When:  Wednesday, August 2nd

2:00 pm ET

Call-In Number: 416.340.2217 / 1.800.806.5484

Passcode: 6147535#

On the call: Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner, CFL

Glen Johnson, Senior Vice President, Football

Prior to this change, each team had two challenges per game, and a third challenge was earned if a coach was successful with their first two challenges. Now they will only get one challenge for the entire game. They will still need to have a timeout to initiate a challenge. And if their challenge is not successful, they will still lose a timeout.

Ambrosie ordered an evaluation of the process after his latest visits to CFL stadiums this past weekend. The resulting proposal, to restrict coaches’ challenges to one a game, was approved last evening in a series of calls with the league’s Competition Committee, team presidents and lead Governors.

“We at the CFL want our players to know we want the focus on the field and on their amazing talents,” Ambrosie said. “We want fans to know we are in the business of doing all we can to provide the very best experience for them.”

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Reilly, Ellingson and Butler named Shaw CFL Top Performers

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 — TORONTO (August 2nd, 2017) – Mike Reilly, Greg Ellingson and Victor Butler were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Month for July of the CFL’s 2017 season.

Performer of the Month for July includes all appearances from Week 1 to Week 6.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.

QB | MIKE REILLY | EDMONTON ESKIMOS

Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly steered his team to a flawless 5-0 start to the 2017 season, collecting nine touchdowns, 1628 passing yards and a 72.3% efficiency rating along the way.

The Kennewick, Washington native also has 44 rushing yards. He has passed for over 260 yards every week in 2017. Until Week 6’s game against the BC Lions he was the only interception-free quarterback in the CFL, with 220 consecutive pass attempts without an interception.

Reilly leads the league’s QUAR quarterback ratings with a 91.1 efficiency rate.

In that July 28th game, Reilly sent a 108-yard pass to Vidal Hazelton, now the longest reception in Edmonton history.

Reilly is a two-time Grey Cup Champion (2011 and 2015) and a Grey Cup MVP (2015).

WR | GREG ELLINGSON | OTTAWA REDBLACKS

Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson started his fifth year in the CFL with a bang, collecting three touchdowns and turning in big performances.

Ellingson has collected over 100 yards three times in 2017, including standout performances against Toronto in Week 3 (170 yards, one touchdown) and Montreal in Week 5 (149 yards, one touchdown).

The Tampa, Florida native made the longest reception of his CFL career in Week 5 against Montreal, an 80-yard catch for a touchdown that gave the Ottawa squad their only win of the season.

Ellingson leads the league in receiving yards (643) and receptions caught (39). He reached over 1000 receiving yards both years with the REDBLACKS, 2015 and 2016, and is on pace to do so again.

He is a 2016 Grey Cup Champion and a CFL East All-Star, and was named a Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week in Week 20 of 2016.

DL | VICTOR BUTLER | TORONTO ARGONAUTS

First-year CFL player Victor Butler had an outstanding debut with the Toronto Argonauts, racking up three forced fumbles and 17 defensive tackles including seven quarterback sacks in five games played.

The former Oregon State Beaver had a standout performance in Week 3 against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, where he collected five defensive tackles alongside a hat trick of sacks against quarterback Trevor Harris for a total loss of 25 yards.

Although he missed the Argos’ Week 6 game with an injury, Butler continues to lead the league in sacks with seven, all earned in his first three games in the league.

While at Oregon State, Butler tied a school single-game sack record with four in the 2008 Sun Bowl, set a record for most tackles for a loss in a single season (21.5) and recorded 26 career sacks (second in school history).

 

SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS LEADERBOARD

 

Rank

 

Player

 

2017 Points Total

Points Breakdown
1st place points 2nd place points 3rd place points Fan Choice Points Monthly Points
1 Mike Reilly 260 50 10 200
2 SJ Green 160 100 50 10
3 Ricky Ray 110 100 10
T-4 Duron Carter 100 100
T-4 Greg Ellingson 100 100
T-4 Travis Lulay 100 100
T-4 Jerome Messam 100 100
T-4 Diontae Spencer 100 100
9 Victor Butler 75 25 50
10 Martese Jackson 60 50 10
T-11 Solomon Elimimian 50 50
T-11 Trevor Harris 50 50
T-11 Marken Michel 50 50
14 Weston Dressler 35 25 10
T-15 Charleston Hughes 25 25
T-15 Jackson Jeffcoat 25 25
T-15 Jonathon Mincy 25 25
T-15 Nick Moore 25 25

 

2017 SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Ricky Ray (TOR)* SJ Green (TOR) Jonathon Mincy (MTL)
2 Diontae Spencer (OTT) Trevor Harris (OTT) Weston Dressler (WPG)*
3 SJ Green (TOR)* Solomon Elimimian (BC) Victor Butler (TOR)
4 Travis Lulay (BC) Martese Jackson (TOR)* Nick Moore (BC)
5 Jerome Messam (CGY) Mike Reilly (EDM)* Charleston Hughes (CGY)
6 Duron Carter (SSK) Marken Michel (CGY) Jackson Jeffcoat (WPG)

 

2017 SHAW TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH

Month 1st 2nd 3rd
July Mike Reilly (EDM) Greg Ellingson (OTT) Victor Butler (TOR)

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