Bo Levi Mitchell should be a lock to take home the CFL Most Outstanding Player award in 2016.
One CFL source says, “Calgary’s a 12 win team without Bo.” He makes a good Stampeders team elite. And not just when compared to the other eight franchises in the CFL this season, instead the 2016 version of the Stampeders stacks up against the best in CFL history.
Consider what Mitchell has accomplished without the 2015 CFL-leading receiver, Eric Rogers, who had 1,448 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns and 13 explosive plays of 30 yards or more, gone to the NFL. What did the Katy, Texas native do? Turn a new receiver in a budding star, Davaris Daniels. The young pass catcher had never played a professional down until August and Mitchell’s helped the quick ascension.
Are there even any other players who should be in the discussion? Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was the only other name league personnel men mentioned. So what’s the difference between Mitchell and Reilly as MOP candidates?
“Bo has the better team record and he’s more consistent.”
“If Bo had those two receivers [Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker] – wow.”
Other player evaluators believe it should be Mitchell taking home the award without question.
“What can’t you say? Best numbers. Best team. Most consistent.”
“Not sure how it’s not Mitchell.”
One CFL scout said: “It’s hard to name someone even close to Bo. He’s the best QB in the CFL on the team with the best record.”
Let’s look at what the 26-year-old has accomplished to date in 2016:
- 14 straight victories – new CFL record for a quarterback. Ken Ploen’s mark of 12 in a row stood since 1961.
- First 5,000-plus yard and 30 or more touchdown pass season.
- Leads the CFL with 5,385 passing yards 32 touchdown passes.
- Recorded 11, 300-yard passing games.
- Guided the longest single-season unbeaten run in CFL history (15-0-1).
- Captained the Stampeders to a perfect 9-0 home regular season record, only the seventh time in CFL history that’s been accomplished.
Those are just some of the – impressive – statistics.
The only quarterback in Stampeders history to throw for more yards in a season than Mitchell was Doug Flutie. In each of those three campaigns (1992, 1993 and 1994) the CFL Hall of Fame QB won the CFL Most Outstanding Player award.
Mitchell’s a great poster boy for the league: young, smart and selfless. After being named Calgary’s team MOP last year, the 26-year-old said he would’ve voted for Rogers and it should’ve been unanimous for the CFL’s 2015 top receiver.
Mitchell is a winner in every sense of the word. If he doesn’t play in Montreal on Saturday and the Stamps falter, that would only further prove his value to the franchise. Calgary’s pivot has compiled a ridiculous 43-7-1 record as a starter – the best record in a player’s first 51 starts in CFL history. No. 19’s .860 winning percentage is tops ever in CFL record books.
Bo knows winning and it’s time Bo gets to know what it’s like to be a Most Outstanding Player in the CFL.