A pair of Edmonton Eskimos have been named finalists for the Canadian Football League Awards.
Running back Jerome Messam has been named a finalist for the Top Canadian and linebacker J.C. Sherritt has been named a finalist for the Top Rookie in the CFL this season.
Messam, from Brampton, Ontario, finished third in the Canadian Football League this season with 1,057 rushing yards, behind Brandon Whitaker of the Montreal Alouettes (1378) and Cory Boyd of the Toronto Argonauts (1141). Messam became the first Canadian running back since Sean Millington of the British Columbia Lions in 2000 to rush for 1,000 yards in one season.
Messam will be favoured against Sean Whyte of Surrey, British Columbia– the kicker for the Montreal Alouettes.
Sherritt had 72 tackles and three sacks for the Eskimos. He’ll be the underdog against Hamilton Tiger Cats’ wide receiver Chris Williams, who led his team with 1,064 receiving yards.
Following are the other nominees with my favourites in bold:
Most Outstanding Player– QB Anthony Calvillo–Montreal Alouettes vs. QB Travis Lulay–British Columbia Lions
Most Outstanding Defensive Player–DB Jovon Johnson–Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. LB Jerrell Freeman–Saskatchewan Roughriders
Best Special Teams Player–KR Chad Owens–Toronto Argonauts vs. K Paul McCallum–British Columbia Lions
Best Offensive Lineman–OT Josh Bourke–Montreal Alouettes vs. OL Jovan Olafioye–British Columbia Lions