We have reached the halfway point of the CFL season. Its time to start thinking about who could be in the running for the year-end league awards at the end of the season. The question I have is "If you had to pick a Most Outstanding Player right now, who would it be?"
The decision really isn't an easy one. While Winnipeg has the best record in the league at 7-2, is there anyone on that offence that comes out as an M-O-P candidate? What about their defence? Its been a team effort in Winnipeg. You can't take anyone from the Lions, Riders or Argos because of their dismal record. Anthony Calvillo has looked ordinary this year and while Hamilton receiver Chris Williams is likely a lock for the rookie of the year, he can't have an M-O-P title attached to that.
Despite his poor performance against the Eskimos on Labour Day, I would almost have to say the guy is Henry Burris. As I look at his numbers though, I see Calvillo is better than him in a lot of categories, but he has suffered tremendously since the Dario Romero hit while Burris, while struggling on Monday, has put up consistent numbers. I would almost have to vote for him. What about you?
Other award winners at the halfway point in my mind....
Defensive Player- Odell Willis
Canadian - Johnny Forzani
Special Teams - Sean Whyte
Lineman - Scott Flory
When it comes to the Riders, I would look at things this way.
MOP--Jerrell Freeman: In what was a poor first half, Freeman just continued being a beast game after game after game. He is just getting better and better and we might want to enjoy him now because I could see him playing in the NFL.
Canadian -- Keith Shologan: Shologan just keeps getting better and better and he is one of the reasons why its been very tough for opposition teams to run inside.
Special Teams -- Tristan Jackson: He has given the team some returns this year that have flipped the field. He's the only guy that really stands out considering the kicking game has been a mess.
Rookie -- Craig Butler: He is the only rookie seeing significant playing time, so I would have to go with him by default.
Lineman -- Gene Makowsky: If this is number 60s last year, he is going out with a bang as he is showing he is still as good as he ever was.
Feel free to agree or disagree and tell me who you think should be CFL MOP and Rider award winners at the half.