Avon Cobourne, Jerrell Freeman, Tim Maypray and Chris Getzlaf were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Week for the Division Finals weekend, the Canadian Football League announced today.
The four players were chosen by a panel of judges that includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde, now of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Cobourne was a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Final, leading the Alouettes to a dominant 48-17 victory over the Toronto Argonauts at Olympic Stadium. The Montreal running back accumulated a game-high 163 yards on 17 carries to go along with one rushing touchdown. Cobourne also added four receptions for 53 yards to bring his total to 216 yards from scrimmage in the winning effort.
The reigning Grey Cup MVP had eight plays that resulted in first downs for the Als, including five rushing and three receiving. His performance was highlighted by a 22-yard TD run in the third quarter.
Cobourne’s teammate Jamel Richardson was named as the runner-up
Saskatchewan linebacker Jerrell Freeman may very well have saved his team’s season by recovering a fumble in the Riders endzone late in the fourth quarter to help his team secure a hard fought 20-16 victory over Calgary in the Western Final. The Saskatchewan linebacker dove onto the ball after kick returner Ryan Grice-Mullen muffed a punt and the Stampeders knocked the ball into the Rider endzone. Fortunately, Freeman was in the perfect place at the perfect time and the recovery resulted in a touchback to get the Riders out of danger.
The second-year Rider led the way with a game-high nine tackles and one sack for a team loss of nine yards and the one fumble recovery.
He was a unanimous choice defensive player honours.
Special Teams Player of the week Tim Maypray was dynamic for the Als in the Eastern Final, returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown to give his club a commanding 17-0 lead midway through the first quarter against the visiting Argos. The spectacular return opened up the game and Montreal never looked back, defeating Toronto 48-17 to earn their third straight Grey Cup appearance.
The Als’ rookie was solid in his playoff debut, finishing the contest with 130 total return yards in the game, including three punts for 105 yards and two kickoffs for 25 yards. He was a unanimous choice for the award.
This week’s top Canadian,Chris Getzlaf continued his exceptional play against the Stampeders with a crucial six-yard touchdown grab from Darian Durant late in the first half. The TD got the Riders on the scoreboard after falling behind early 11-0 and helped shift the game’s momentum in favour of Saskatchewan.
The Regina native played a vital role in his team’s 20-16 triumph over the Stamps in the Western final with game-highs of eight catches and 109 yards to propel the Riders to a Grey Cup rematch with the Montreal Alouettes.
Sunday's referee will be Bud Steen. It will be his 7th Grey Cup, but the first in which he has been the ref. Steen is a 30 year vet.