Brandon Banks among six Ticats named East all-stars

It didn’t take long for Speedy to make the all-star team.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Brandon Banks, long known as an electrifying return man, was named an East Division all-star for the fourth consecutive season on Wednesday but was honoured as a receiver for the first time.

The 29-year-old Banks registered 1,011 receiving yards on the season but had just 58 of those through the first eight contests. His last 10 games – which coincided will the arrival of new head coach June Jones – Banks averaged over 95 yards per game.

Also receiving East Division nods from Hamilton: receiver Luke Tasker, offensive lineman Ryan Bomben, linebacker Larry Dean, defensive back Richard Leonard, and kicker Sergio Castillo.

This is the third time Tasker and Bomben have notched divisional all-star honours, while Dean, Leonard and Castillo were all selected for the first time. Hamilton’s Jalen Saunders, the third member of the Ticats to register at least 1,000 receiving yards this season, was left off the squad which is selected by local and national media as well as the head coaches from the East Division.

The Toronto Argonauts led the way with ten selections while the Ticats tied with the Ottawa Redblacks with six apiece. Montreal had three.

Over in the West, the Calgary Stampeders, tops in the West at 13-4-1 and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, second at 12-6 had seven representatives each.

Five former Ticats were also named as all-stars across the league. They include Ottawa receiver Greg Ellingson and kicker Brett Maher as well as  Toronto defensive backs Rico Murray Cassius Vaughn as well as Saskatchewan DB Ed Gainey.

Leonard, who is also a leading candidate for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award, took to Instagram to celebrate his win.

“It’s a blessing to be able to share my accomplishments this year with my Ticats family,” Hopefully this is the first of many. Blessed beyond measure and very grateful.”

Divisional award winners will be announced on Thursday with league awards handed out during the Grey Cup.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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6 Comments on Brandon Banks among six Ticats named East all-stars

  1. Amazing when you think Banks accomplished basically 1000 yards in half a season. Last time he took a pay cut…this time he’ll get a well deserved pay raise – unfortunately I don’t think it will be with the TC’s so long as the circus stays in town.

  2. Congrats to Banks and the other Ticats who made the all-star team. I’d be interested to know how Masoli did in the QB voting and wonder if any of the five will make the CFL team, when western teams’ players are included.

    Jones should be a candidate for coach of the year.

  3. Alex Droho // November 9, 2017 at 7:56 am //

    Got to respect Banks for sure. Shows the metal of the man as kept playing and excelling through adversity. The man casts a large shadow for sure. Want him on the Ti-Cats next year. Congrats to him and our other all-stars.

  4. Congratulations to all Cats All-Stars. Banks performance at WR really surprised me. Banks and Tasker have great chemistry with Masoli and I really hope Hamilton signs all 3 this off season.

  5. Just watched Marshall Ferguson’s entertaining CFL website article on why the Ticats have to bring JJ & Masoli back next year. He showed video clips of the breakdown of the spread offence and option-read plays that resulted in Banks’ TD on the pitch play against the Als, and Masoli’s 58 yd TD later in the game.

    There are two things that are obvious, and that is if JJ’s back, we need Masoli to run that offence; I don’t think Zack’s capable of it. It helps when you have a QB that’s built like a fullback. (Watch the clip of a TD Jeremiah scored in college, and the monster hit he laid on to get that score.) Also, decent speed on that 58 harder, being chased by DBs.

    I listened to Marshall Ferguson on TSN radio on our way home from the game last Friday. He said something that really stuck in my brain. He said, “part of the problem is, Masoli’s not everyone’s vision of what a pro quarterback is. Everyone’s image of the ideal pro QB is 6′ 4″ 215 lbs!” Masoli is definitely not that! He’s built like a fullback, and uses his skills accordingly. Appreciate him for using what he’s got, and what he’s got is tailor-made for the CFL.

    Anthony Calvillo was no one’s vision of the classic QB, and he had a real rough start to his career too, but look where he ended up. Don’t measure Masoli by how long he’s been in the league, measure him by how many games he’s played, then compare him to, say, – Mike Reilly?

  6. Ticat Mike // November 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm //

    Banks went to a guy who was on the cusp of being a has-been to a real cog in the machine. Kudos to BB for sticking with it and showing he could make plays as a receiver. Now, can we afford him? LOL…..do we want to?

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