TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced today the team nominees for the 2011 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards.
The players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the CFL head coaches.
In this first ballot, FRC representatives from each CFL city plus the respective head coach submitted votes for the six categories. Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL club who through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards’ title – Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
The East and West nominees for the 2011 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards will be announced on Wednesday, November 9 at noon ET.
The league-wide winners will be announced during Grey Cup week at the Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards on Thursday, November 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.
Below are the first ballot nominee results:
* – Indicates a unanimous selection
Player – Travis Lulay* Defensive – Keron Williams Canadian – Paul McCallum* Offensive Lineman – Jovan Olafioye Special Teams – Paul McCallum* Rookie – Tim Brown
Player – Ricky Ray Defensive – Rod Davis Canadian – Jerome Messam* Offensive Lineman – Greg Wojt Special Teams – Corbin Sharun Rookie – JC Sherritt*
Player – Nik Lewis* Defensive – Brandon Smith Canadian – Jon Cornish* Offensive Lineman – Stanley Bryant Special Teams – Larry Taylor* Rookie – Demetrice Morley*
Player – Weston Dressler Defensive – Jerrell Freeman Canadian – Chris Getzlaf Offensive Lineman – Chris Best Special Teams – Chris Milo Rookie – Craig Butler
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Player – Jovon Johnson Defensive – Jovon Johnson Canadian – Cory Watson Offensive Lineman – Brendon Labatte Special Teams – Jovon Johnson Rookie – Clarence Denmark*
Player – Justin Hickman Defensive – Justin Hickman Canadian – Dave Stala Offensive Lineman – Peter Dyakowski Special Teams – Justin Medlock* Rookie – Chris Williams*
Player – Chad Owens Defensive – Lin-J Shell Canadian – Rickey Foley Offensive Lineman – Dominic Picard Special Teams – Chad Owens* Rookie – Chad Kackert
Player – Anthony Calvillo Defensive – Chip Cox Canadian – Sean Whyte Offensive Lineman – Josh Bourke Special Teams – Sean Whyte Rookie – Seth Williams