The Saskatchewan Roughrider nominees for the CFL awards were announced today. This year’s nominees are: Kory Sheets (Most Outstanding Player), Chris Getzlaf (Outstanding Canadian), Tyron Brackenridge (Outstanding Defensive Player), Brendon LaBatte (Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Levi Steinhauer (Outstanding Rookie) and Ricky Schmitt (Outstanding Special Teams Player).
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Player…has played 15 regular season games…registered 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns on 287 rush attempts…added 264 yards on 37 receptions…totaling 1,862 yards from scrimmage…began the season by recording six straight 100-yard games and has tied a franchise record with nine overall…named CFL Offensive Player of the Week twice this season…second straight season surpassing 1,000 yards rushing…last Roughrider to win Most Outstanding Player was Kerry Joseph in 2007.
MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN
Second career nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian…unanimous selection…has started 17 regular season games at receiver…has 63 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns…second career 1,000 yard season…was named CFL Canadian Player of the Week once this season…the last Rider to win Outstanding Canadian was Andy Fantuz in 2010.
MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman…Fourth career nomination as he was named Winnipeg Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011, 2010, 2009… has started in 17 regular season games at guard…last Roughrider to win this award was Gene Makowsky in 2004 and 2005.
MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Second consecutive nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Defensive Player…has started all 17 regular season games at safety…has 47 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, five pass knockdowns, three interceptions, and two tackles for loss…leads league with five forced fumbles…last Roughrider to win Outstanding Defensive Player was John Chick in 2009.
MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
Selected by the Riders in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 2013 Canadian Draft…unanimous selection as Riders Most Outstanding Rookie…played 13 regular season games…registered 11 special teams tackles and two forced fumbles…spent time as long snapper…last Roughrider to win Outstanding Rookie was Weston Dressler in 2008.
MOST OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER
First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Special Teams Player…has played in all 17 regular season games…has totaled 5,821 yards on 129 punts for a 45.1 yard average (net: 4,833 yards/37.5 average)…adding a league leading 5,131 yards on 79 kickoffs (64.9 average) …Corey Holmes won this award in 2002 and 2005.
The players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the CFL head coaches.