The Grey Cup is, of course, the final prize for Canadian Football League players. Today, the Stampeders are strong favourites to win the big mug. However, there are plenty of games still to be played.
Regardless, I am anticipating a big hardware haul of individual trophies for the Stampeders. As we head down the league homestretch, here is a look at the different candidates who could win individual awards.
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER—This is Bo Levi Mitchell’s trophy to lose. Yes, things change. Plus, let’s remember there are several other very good quarterbacks out there and this is usually a quarterback award. But given Mitchell’s individual showing and the team’s success, he’s at the head of the class.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—The Stampeders have allowed the fewest sacks in the league. They also have one of the top ground games in the league. Someone must be doing be in something right! That someone is Spencer Wilson. The versatile, dependable lineman is the glue to the Stampeders front five. He will certainly be in the mix in ’16.
OUTSTANDING ROOKIE—Halfway through his first season, Alex Singleton dislodged a veteran starting middle linebacker. That doesn’t happen every day. Taylor Reed wasn’t playing particularly poorly–Singleton just was playing better. Fabulous selection with the sixth overall pick in the draft. And he may not be the last linebacker in that family. His brother is a senior in South Dakota—eligible for the CFL draft this spring!
Those are my big three choices—today—for different CFL awards.
Rene Paredes and Roy Finch are having a fabulous seasons and will earn some special team player votes. Jerome Messam is also going to figure in the Canadian of the Year vote. Defensive player of the year for the Stampeders is hard to figure. Many deserving candidates.
Something to keep your eye on down the stretch