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TORONTO – Henry Burris, Joe Burnett, Justin Palardy and Andy Fantuz were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Week for Week 4 of the 2012 Canadian Football League Season.
The four players were chosen by a panel of judges that includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde, now of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris was named the Offensive Player of the Week following his stellar outing against the visiting Montreal Alouettes.
Burris threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns in Hamilton’s 39-24 win over the Als on Saturday, but most impressively, completed 27 of his 30 passes, tying Jason Maas for the fifth best single-game completion percentage in CFL history. It was also the highest percentage in history with at least 30 attempts.
Through four games this season, Burris leads the league in passing touchdowns with 11, and also has a QB rating of 113.9, the top rating among all starting pivots.
The Defensive Player of the Week is Edmonton’s first-year cornerback Joe Burnett.
In addition to registering three tackles in the Esks’ 27-14 win over BC, Burnett intercepted Lions quarterback Travis Lulay twice, including a 108-yard return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Burnett currently leads the CFL in interceptions with three.
Week 4’s top Special Teams player is Winnipeg’s Justin Palardy.
Palardy turned in an impressive performance on Wednesday night at Rogers Centre in Toronto, connecting on all five of his field goal attempts, as well as one extra point. Palardy accounted for 16 of Winnipeg’s 22 points.
The Truro, NS native leads all kickers with a 90.9 field goal percentage, missing just one of his 11 attempts so far this season.
Tiger-Cats receiver Andy Fantuz is the Canadian Player of the Week, following his big outing against the Alouettes. The Chatham, Ont. native registered a season-best 135 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions in Hamilton’s second consecutive win.
The seven-year veteran leads all Ticat receivers with 298 yards.