Mid-season CFL player awards


Most Outstanding Rookie – HB Kevin Fogg, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Fogg has been dynamite for the Bombers on both defence and special teams this season. Providing consistently strong coverage at the tough weak-side halfback spot, Fogg has recorded 46 tackles (first among defensive backs), three interceptions (tied for second league-wide), and a sack in nine starts this season. The Liberty product has also been stellar in spot duty as a returner, averaging 17.2 yards per punt return (second in the league) with two touchdown returns that were called back due to penalty.

Honourable mentions: SB Ricky Collins Jr., Saskatchewan Roughriders; S Taylor Loffler, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; G Philippe Gagnon, Montreal Alouettes; CB Jonathon Mincy, Montreal Alouettes

Spencer Wilson

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – G/T Spencer Wilson, Calgary Stampeders

This 2015 CFL all-star has continued his excellent play this season, starting at both right guard and right tackle for an offensive line that is allowing just 1.1 sacks per game. Wilson’s versatility provides the Stamps with ratio flexibility — Dan Federkeil, the Stamps’ starting Canadian right tackle, has missed an average of 6.5 games per season due to injury since 2013 — without a drop-off in play. Calgary has rushed for 793 yards this season, second-best in the CFL.

Honourable mentions: T Jovan Olafioye, B.C. Lions; C Pierre Lavertu, Calgary Stampeders; T Tony Washington, Edmonton Eskimos; G Ryan Bomben, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

B.C. Lions' Chris Rainey is upended by Calgary Stampeders' Brandon Smith, back, after making a reception during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday June 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Most Outstanding Special Teams Player – RB Chris Rainey, B.C. Lions

Even in a season that has featured a number of kickers operating at exceptionally high levels, Rainey still deserves the nod for this award. Rainey’s 17.8-yard punt return average, should be able to maintain it, would break a CFL record. It also doesn’t hurt that the second-year Lion has two touchdown returns for touchdowns this season, tied for most in the league.

Honourable mentions: KR Brandon Banks, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; K Sean Whyte, Edmonton Eskimos; K/P Justin Medlock, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; K/P Brett Maher, Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Most Outstanding Defensive Player – DE Charleston Hughes, Calgary Stampeders

Age hasn’t slown down this nine-year Stampeder, who, at 32, has re-established himself as the CFL’s premier pass rusher. With seven sacks and two forced fumbles on the season, Hughes is producing at an elite clip despite consistently receiving extra attention from opposing teams.

Honourable mentions: LB Adam Bighill, B.C. Lions; LB Maurice Leggett, Winnipeg Blue Bombers; DT Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Eskimos; DE Alex Bazzie, B.C. Lions; DE John Chick, Hamilton Tiger-Cats


Most Outstanding Canadian – RB Andrew Harris, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

This award could easily go to Hamilton’s Ted Laurent, but offensive players tend to win-out at award time. Harris is on pace for a career-high 1,150 rushing yards this season — an impressive feat given the fact that rushing is down league-wide this year — and has recorded 351 receiving yards, first among running backs and seventh among Canadians.

Honourable mentions: DT Ted Laurent, Hamilton Tiger-Cats; WR Shawn Gore, B.C. Lions; RB Jerome Messam, Calgary Stampeders; SB Brad Sinopoli, Ottawa Redblacks

Bo Levi Mitchell

Most Outstanding Player – QB Bo Levi Mitchell, Calgary Stampeders

Quarterbacks and receivers will dominate this year’s M.O.P. conversation given the pass-happy nature of the league this season. Mitchell gets the nod for his ability to consistently put his team in a position to win with 2,857 passing yards, 15 touchdowns, and an ultra-low interception percentage of 1.3. With convincing wins over the Lions and Tiger-Cats over the past two weeks, Mitchell has the Stampeders running away with ultra-competitive West Division by the mid-season mark.

Honourable mentions: QB Mike Reilly, Edmonton Eskimos; QB Trevor Harris, Ottawa Redblacks; WR Chris Williams, Ottawa Redblacks; SB Adarius Bowman, Edmonton Eskimos

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.