Riders’ Charleston Hughes: “If I’m not DPOY this year CFL is rigged”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ sack master has strong feelings about his dominant play this season.

Charleton Hughes has 10 sacks in seven games this season; no other player has more than five.

The 35-year-old hasn’t slowed down since he became a member of the Riders, recording 35 tackles, 15 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 17 games last season.

CFL veterans Shamawd Chambers (free agent) and Odell Willis (B.C. Lions) chimed in on twitter to talk up Hughes’ incredible production.

Willis feels defensive linemen aren’t fairly considered for the league’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player (MODP) award and, looking at recent history, he has a point.

Eight of the last nine MODPs have been linebackers. The lone outlier is Jovon Johnson from 2011, the only defensive back to ever win the award.

The most recent defensive lineman to be named MODP was John Chick in 2009. Curiously, nine of the 10 MODP awards from 2000-2009 were given to defensive linemen.

We may see that trend return in 2019. After all, there’s little doubt that Hughes will receive this year’s MODP award, provided he maintains his torrid pace.

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