Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Joey Elliott, Alex Hall, Chris Williams and Cauchy Muamba were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Week for Week Eight, 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.

Following a breakout performance in Thursday night's win over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Blue Bombers quarterback Joey Elliott has been named the Offensive Player of the Week.

In his first start since Week 19 of the 2010 season, Elliott completed 33 of his 43 passes for 406 yards and a touchdown, leading the Bombers to a 32-25 victory. The 26-year-old had Bomber fans chanting his name following his 12-yard touchdown strike to receiver Chris Matthews, which gave Winnipeg their largest lead of the season.

Elliott wasn't the only member of the Blue and Gold earning accolades in Week 8, as his teammate, defensive back Alex Hall earns Defensive Player of the Week honours.

Hall was a force for the Bombers, registering one tackle and one sack, while forcing two fumbles. Hall's two forced fumbles were instrumental in Winnipeg's second win of the season, as his first with 2:07 remaining in the first quarter saved a touchdown and his second came midway through the fourth quarter as the Ticats were threatening to make a late comeback.

For the second time this season, Tiger-Cats kick returner Chris Williams has been named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Williams returned five punts for 146 yards and one touchdown, a 72-yard return off a 35-yard Mike Renaud offering for his fourth kick return for a TD this season.

He now sits just one return for a touchdown shy of Henry 'Gizmo' Williams, Bashir Levingston and Keith Stokes for the most kick returns for a touchdown in a single CFL season.

The Canadian Player of the Week is BC Lions safety Cauchy Muamba. The former St. Francis Xavier X-Men registered one tackle and had two interceptions in BC's 24-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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