Positive banned substance test removes Bombers’ Andrew Harris from Lou Marsh Award contention

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Andrew Harris has to be feeling blue about Lou.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back was left off the final ballot for the Lou Marsh Award given annually to Canada’s top athlete, professional or amateur, according to Toronto Star reporter Laura Armstrong:

The list of nominations initially included Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris — the first most valuable player and most valuable Canadian at the Grey Cup after he recorded 18 carries for 134 rushing yards, five catches for 35 receiving yards — but he was eventually removed from contention because he tested positive for a banned substance in August, for which he was suspended two games.

The Winnipeg native led the Bombers to their first Grey Cup in 29 years. Harris led the league in rushing for a third straight season, producing 1,380 yards on 225 carries — 6.1 yards per carry — while scoring four touchdowns on the ground. Through the air, Harris caught 70 passes for 529 yards and four majors. He missed two games due to his doping violation.

Because of the PED infraction, Harris missed out on the major individual CFL awards. Each CFL city has four media members who vote plus the team’s head coach. Harris’ head coach Mike O’Shea supported his star back as did 680 CJOB play-by-play man Bob Irving.

However, Winnipeg Sun reporter Ted WymanWinnipeg Free Press reporter Jeff Hamilton and TSN reporter Darrin Bauming did not. Harris swears contamination caused the positive test.

But Harris’ claim was not enough to sway voters in the CFL or nationally.