Dean, Bomben double up as Ticat award winners

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced their award winners on Wednesday and it went pretty much as expected.

Linebacker Larry Dean won both the Most Outstanding and MostOutstanding Defensive player award after registering 93 defensive tackles, three sacks, eight quarterback pressures, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, five pass knock downs and one tackle for loss in 17 games this season.

Guard Ryan Bomben also doubled up, winning Most Outstanding Canadian and Offensive Lineman.

Kicker Sergio Castillo won the Most Outstanding Special Teams Award after converting 29 of his 34 field goal attempts (85.3%) and averaging 44.9 yards per punt on 94 attempts. He was also a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts of 50-plus yard. He suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 6 at Winnipeg.

Defensive back Richard Leonard is team’s the Most Outstanding Rookie after starting all 17 games at both cornerback and halfback  so far in 2017, posting 71 defensive tackles, three fumble recoveries, five interceptions, 12 pass knock downs and one tackle for loss. He also returned one of his fumble recoveries 84 yards for a touchdown after a blocked kick in Week 1 against Toronto.

Leonard and Castillo were unanimous selections by the six local members of the Football Reporters of Canada and head coach June Jones. They’ll now compete for the East Division Awards to be announced next week.

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