The five biggest oversights in the CFL team awards

The CFL announced the team award winners on Wednesday. Here are the five biggest oversights.

1. Namaan Roosevelt over Darian Durant for Saskatchewan Most Outstanding Player

Durant started 15 games this season and is currently fourth in the CFL in passing yards while playing behind an inexperienced and oft-injured offensive line (he also leads the team in rushing.) Roosevelt played in just 11 games this season and is eighth in the league in receiving (though he will likely finish outside the top ten.) The team was 1-10 with Roosevelt in the line up while Durant has helped sparked the late-season resurgence that has given some hope to the Riderville faithful.

2. Taylor Loffler over Kevin Fogg for Winnipeg Most Outstanding Rookie

A Canadian safety, Loffler played in 15 games with 11 starts registering four interceptions and three forced fumbles. But fellow defensive back Fogg started 16 games, had the same number of interceptions while leading all rookie defenders in tackles. He also added 696 yards in punt returns, for a league-best 14.2 yard avaerage.

3. DaVaris Daniels over Alex Singleton for Calgary Most Outstanding Rookie

Daniels is 17th in CFL receiving with 895 yards and sixth in touchdowns with 10 and he did it all in just 11 games. But Singleton, a Canadian, played in all 18 contests, made 10 starts and registered 65 defensive tackles and nine more on special teams, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He led all rookie linebackers, regardless of nationality, in tackles.

4. John Chick over Simoni Lawrence for Hamilton Most Outstanding Defensive Player

Chick has the big sack number (14) to go along with 38 tackles but Lawrence is as complete a defensive player as there is in the league. He has 89 defensive tackles, four sacks, four pass knockdowns, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception (for a touchdown.) Those are impressive numbers but still don’t do justice to his versatility and athletic ability, not to mention his leadership.

5. Ernest Jackson over Chris Williams or Greg Ellingson for Ottawa Most Outstanding Player

Williams has more receiving yards, combined yards and touchdowns (in just 14 games) than Jackson while Ellingson has more yardage and more yards per catch. Williams is, by far, the more dynamic player.

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