Eskimos QB Reilly named to CFL all star team after winning MOP award

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly headlined the 2017 class of CFL all-stars announced on Tuesday, a week after earning the league’s most outstanding player award.

Running back Andrew Harris, who plays for his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers, was one of eight Canadians named to the league’s all-star team.

Brandon Zylstra (Edmonton), Greg Ellingson (Ottawa), S.J. Green (Toronto), Bryan Burnham (B.C.) and Duron Carter (Saskatchewan) were all honoured for their work as receivers.

Centre Sean McEwen (Toronto), offensive guards Brendon LaBatte (Saskatchewan), Matt O’Donnell (Edmonton) as well as offensive tackles Stanley Bryant (Winnipeg) and Chris Van Zeyl (Toronto) were the best offensive linemen in the CFL.

All six of the Calgary Stampeders’ league-leading selections came from defence or special teams.

Charleston Hughes (Calgary) and Willie Jefferson (Saskatchewan) were named all-stars at defensive end.

Micah Johnson (Calgary) and Almondo Sewell (Edmonton) were named as defensive tackles, while Alex Singleton (Calgary), Solomon Elimimian (BC) and Kenny Ladler (Edmonton) were recognized for their work at linebacker.

Chris Randle (Winnipeg) and Ciante Evans (Calgary) were honoured as cornerbacks. Ed Gainey (Saskatchewan) and T.J. Heath (Winnipeg) were selected at defensive back.

Taylor Loffler (Winnipeg) was chosen at safety.

Kicker Rene Paredes (Calgary), punter Ty Long (B.C.) and receiver/returner Roy Finch (Calgary) were the special teams selections.

The West division dominated the all-star team, earning 23 selections to the East’s four.

-CP

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4 Comments on Eskimos QB Reilly named to CFL all star team after winning MOP award

  1. BigRedMachine // December 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm //

    For all of the concern over the number of required starting Canadians, I find it interesting to note that 8 Canadians made the All Star list. One over the required starting 7…

  2. Lancaster/Reed // December 5, 2017 at 5:40 pm //

    What a shock, the league MOP makes the all star team. Really no issues with any of the choices, congrats to the winners. Long live the CFL.

  3. Edward Leslie // December 6, 2017 at 7:04 am //

    The headline said Reilly won MVP. In the CFL it’s MOP (Most Outstanding Player), which takes away the argument about “Who’s more important to their team?” (M.V.P.).

    The overall choices look good, but I would’ve chose Canadian Brad Sinopoli over Burnham. I really can’t see how Hamilton’s outstanding Cornerback, Richard Leonard was overlooked with the selections of Randle and Evans either. His numbers were superior.

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