CFL unveils 167 candidates for Most Outstanding Rookie

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The Canadian Football League has released the names of the 167 players eligible for its 2021 Most Outstanding Rookie award. The recipient will be recognized at the CFL Awards on December 10 in one of the marquee events during Grey Cup Week in Hamilton.

The Most Outstanding Rookie award is selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. In order to be eligible, players:

  • Must have been named to the active 44-man roster of a member club of the CFL for a regular season game during the 2021 season; AND
  • Must not have dressed for a member club of the CFL for a regular season, postseason or championship game in any prior season; AND
  • Must not have dressed for a member club of the National Football League for a regular season, postseason or championship game in the current season or any season prior.

Previous winners of the Most Outstanding Rookie award include: LB Nate Holley, 2019; K Lewis Ward, 2018; RB James Wilder Jr., 2017; REC DaVaris Daniels, 2016; REC Derel Walker, 2015; LB Dexter McCoil, 2014; OL Brett Jones, 2013; REC Chris Matthews, 2012; REC Chris Williams, 2011; LB Solomon Elimimian, 2010.

B.C. Lions

Banks, Josh DL Wake Forest
Bonner, Tim DL Florida Atlantic
Broxton, Jarell OL Baylor
Butler, James RB Iowa
Camacho, Jimmy K Fresno State
Davis, Marcus WR UBC
Divinity, Michael DL LSU
Edwards-Cooper, Jalon DB Texas A&M Commerce
Flintoft, Stefan P UCLA
Gustav, Niklas DL Germany
Hammond, Courtney DL Western Oregon
Hardin, Kiante DB Pittsburgh State
Hastings, Cordell WR Acadia
Hladik, Ben LB UBC
Joyner, Austin DB Washington
Rourke, Nathan QB Ohio
Thurman, Kevin DL Arkansas State
Williams, Jordan LB East Carolina

 

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Calgary Stampeders

Adeyemi-Berglund, Isaac DL Southeastern Louisiana
Bane, Shawn WR Northwest Missouri State
Banks, Stefen DL Savannah State
Bell, Bryce OL Wilfrid Laurier
Bethune, Yurik DL Alabama A&M
Branch, Marcelis DB Robert Morris
Cowan, Brad LB Wilfird Laurier
Good-Jones, Julian OL Iowa St
Grace, Cody P Arkansas St
Graham, Elliot RB UBC
Gray, Kurtis LB Waterloo
Hakunavanhu, Luther WR York
Henry, Malik WR West Georgia
Holley, Nick WR Kent State
Killings, Dorian (DJ) DB Central Florida
Lee, Malcom DB UBC
Maier, Jake QB California Davis
Middlemost, Tyson WR McMaster
Moore, Charlie LB Calgary
Owens, Jarrell DL Oklahoma State
Richards, Ramon DB Oklahoma State
Seinet-Spaulding, Andrew DL McGill
Statz, Nick DB Calgary
Stewart, Silas LB Incarnate Word
Williams, Kobe DB Arizona State

 

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Edmonton Elks

Ankrah, Andrew DL James Madison
Blake, Eric DB McMaster
Clements, Malik LB Cincinnati
Cornelius, Taylor QB Oklahoma State
Costigan, Thomas DL Bryant University
Demery, D’Antne OL Florida International
Debaillie, Tibo DL Towson University
Edwards, Earnest WR Maine
Fletcher, Walter RB Ball State
Higby, Tyler OL Michigan State
Jack-Kurdyla, Tomas OL Buffalo
Karl, Hunter WR Calgary
Laguda, Afolabi DB Colorado
McDonald, Grant LB Calgary
Morgan, Nyles LB Notre Dame
Nelson, Cole DL Alberta
Nielsen, Steven OL Eastern Michigan
Pae, Alain DL Ottawa
Philip, Shaydon DB Alberta
Rector, Christian DT Southern California
Sandjong, Rossini DE York
Smalls, Albert DB Northern Illinois
Tyne, Malik DB Towson University
Williams, Darius DB Carson-Newman

 

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Saskatchewan Roughriders

Adams, Keion DE Western Michigan
Campbell, Christian DB Penn State
Ezeala, Christopher DE No College
Ferland, Logan OL Regina Thunder Jrs
Gates, DeMarquis LB Mississippi
Jana, Terrell WR Virginia
Jefferson, Cameron OL Arkansas
Marino, Garrett DT Alabama Birmingham
Morrow, Jamal RB Washington State
Nell, John Henry K No College
Pinckney, Michael LB Miami
Riley, Mattland OL Saskatchewan
Schaffer-Baker, Kian WR Guelph
Webb, Damon DB Ohio State

 

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Alford, DeAundre DB Tusculum College
Dheilly, Nicholas DL Saskatchewan
Gaskill-Cadwallader, Tanner LB Wilfrid Laurier
Hallett, Noah DB McMaster
Houston, Demerio DB Southern
Kramdi, Redha DB Montreal
Liegghio, Marc K Western University
Lowes, Robbie LB Regina
Maruo, Les LB Texas at San Antonio
McKnight, Kelvin WR Samford
Miller, Joshua DB Ball State
Mourtada, Ali K Pace
Rocquemore, Jontrell LB Utah State
Rose, Ezekiel DT West Virginia
Sayles, Casey DL Ohio
Schiaffino Perez, Sergio DB Saltillo Dinos
Tyrrell, James WR Concordia
Walker, Ricky DT Virginia Tech

 

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Autry II, Lee DL Mississippi State
Bennett, Mason DE North Dakota
Bertolet, Taylor K Texas A&M
Carney, Malik DL North Carolina
Cross, Nic LB UBC
Feltmate, Bailey LB Acadia
Garand-Gauthier, Felix FB Laval
Green, Marcus WR Louisiana at Monroe (NE)
Izinyon, David LB Rostock Griffins
Katsantonis, Stravos DB UBC
Lawrence, Desmond DB North Carolina
Manalo, Myles LB Western University
Murray, Jordan OL North Texas
Richards, Jarek LB Saint Mary’s
Schnitzler, Tom LS UBC
Stribling, Channing DB Michigan
Ternowski, Tyler WR Waterloo
Vornkahl, Travis OL West Texas A&M
White, Papi WR Ohio
Whitford, Joel P Washington
Whyte, Gordon LB St. Francis Xavier
Woodmansey, Coulter OL Guelph
Yarbrough, John OL Richmond

 

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Toronto Argonauts

Acheampong, Sam DT Wilfrid Laurier
Allen, Dejon OL Hawaii
Brissett, Dejon WR Virginia
Cassar, Jack LB Carleton
Churchill, Theren OL Regina
Giffen, Dylan OL Western University
Hagerty, Josh DB Saskatchewan
Hoyte, Trevor LB Carleton
Jeanpiere, Damion WR Nicholls State
Mencer, Eli DL Albany
Nicastro, Peter OL Calgary
Nield, Tommy WR McMaster
Oakman, Shawn DL Baylor
Pellerin, Dion RB Waterloo
Peters, Jamal DB Mississippi State

 

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Ottawa Redblacks

Abrahams-Webster, Treshaun DB Calgary
Asse, Ketel OL Laval
Auclair, Adam LB Laval
Basambombo, Dan LB Laval
Boyd, Dino OL Cincinnati
Bushell-Beatty, Juwann OL Michigan
Christion, Taryn QB South Dakota State
Davis, Ryan WR Auburn
Evans, Caleb QB Louisiana Monroe
Ferguson, Chris OL Cincinnati
Griffin, Frankie DB Texas State
Hornbuckle, Tre DL Duke
Lebreux, Clement DL Laval
Martin-Oguike, Praise DL Temple
McGloster, Jamar OL Syracuse
Muhammad, Brad DB Florida International
Nnoruka, Chigozie DL Miami
Phillips, Ervin WR Syracuse
Pickett, Andrew OL Guelph
Smallwood, Jordan WR Oklahoma
Szott, Jakob OL McMaster
Vrede, Tyron LB North Datoka
Williams, Terry WR Tennesse Martin

 

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Montreal Alouettes

Antwi, Jeshrun RB Calgary
Cote, David K Laval
Dequoy, Marc-Antoine DB Montreal
Harelimana Brian LB Montreal
Randle Jr., Rodney DB Lamar
Watson, Tre LB Maryland
Zema, Joseph P Incarnate World