The Eskimos have unveiled their list of nominees for the 2016 Shaw CFL Awards on Wednesday.
Quarterback Mike Reilly is a unanimous selection for Most Outstanding Player. Reilly leads the CFL in passing yards (5,554) and has thrown 28 touchdown passes to 12 interceptions. Reilly this season has recorded twelve 300 yard passing games, and a 70.7 per cent completion rate.
Defensive tackle Almondo Sewell is the Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Sewell leads the Eskimos in quarterback sacks with nine which is good for second in the CFL among interior lineman. His 34 defensive tackles are the most among interior lineman in the league.
Kicker Sean Whyte grabs two awards as the team’s Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Special Teams player. Whyte leads the CFL with a field goal success rate 93.5 per cent and has been good on 18 straight field goal attempts.
Offensive lineman Justin Sorensen is the Eskimos Most Outstanding Lineman. Sorensen started 16 games at centre this season, he has helped the Eskimos in record the second best net yardage, rushing yards, passing yards, and points scored totals in the CFL.
Receiver Brandon Zylstra is the Eskimos Most Outstanding Rookie. Zylstra has played the last five games for the Eskimos after starting the season on the practice roster. He has recorded 25 catches for 322 yards and has scored one touchdown.
Several veterans missed practice today. Offensive linemen Tony Washington and Matt O’Donnell, defensive backs Pat Watkins and Marcell Young, linebacker Kenny Ladler, and defensive end Marcus Howard. Head coach Jason Maas wouldn’t divulge what kind of lineup he would use on Saturday in the regular season finale at home to the Toronto Argonauts. Maas says he wants to make sure his lineup is healthy for the playoffs.
“We want to win the game obviously but secondary to that is health,” Maas said. “You do factor those things in when you look at resting guys that maybe are a little banged up and that’s where it might be a harder decision or an easier decision in some cases. We’ll look at everything and determine what’s best for our club going forward.”
Kick-off on The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium is 2pm, 630 CHED will have the pre-game show starting at 12:20pm.