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TORONTO — The Canadian Football League announced today that Mike Reilly, John Chick, Swayze Waters and Andrew Harris were named the CFL Players of the Month for July.
The monthly awards include all games played from Week 1 to Week 5.
The four players were chosen by a panel of judges that includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly was named the Offensive Player of the Month for July. Through the first month of the season, Reilly passed for 1,142 yards on 110-for-173 passing (63.6%) and threw for nine touchdowns to help lead the Eskimos to a 4-1 start, currently good enough for a share of first place in the West Division.
Reilly also impressed with his legs by rushing for 221 yards on 28 carries (7.9 yards per carry), the most by any quarterback and seventh most in the CFL.
Reilly, a Kennewick, Washington native, had his best performance in Week 3.The product of Central Washington threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in Edmonton’s 27-11 win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS.
Against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 4, Reilly had his best rushing game, running for 96 yards while also throwing a touchdown in the Eskimos’ 26-3 win.
Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Month for July. Chick recorded six sacks, 11 tackles, one forced fumble and three tackles for a loss during the opening four games of the Roughriders’ 2014 campaign.
Chick has opened the season with at least one sack in each game and on two occasions, he notched a pair of sacks to catapult himself into the league lead.
The native of Gillette, Wyoming and product of Utah State was named Defensive Player of the Week for Week 5, in which he sacked Ricky Ray twice and added a tackle in the Riders’ dominant 37-9 win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Toronto Argonauts kicker and punter Swayze Waters was named the Special Teams Player of the Month for July. Waters went 13-of-14 (92.9%) kicking field goals to open the season, as well as boasting the league’s highest punting average at 46.8 yards.
The native of Jackson, Mississippi matched a career-high in Week 2 by making five field goals against the Calgary Stampeders, including a 51-yarder, equaling his career long.
The single season record holder in points at the University of Alabama-Birmingham is currently third in kicking points with 50.
BC Lions running back Andrew Harris was named the Canadian Player of the Month for July. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native has collected 579 yards from scrimmage and has recorded three touchdowns to begin the 2014 season.
Through five weeks, Harris leads the league in rushing yards with 311 on 56 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and is ranked fourth in the league in receiving yards with 268 on 18 receptions (14.9 yard average).
Harris’ best performance came in Week 3 when he took home Offensive and Canadian Player of the Week honours after rushing for 138 yards on 18 touches, scoring a touchdown and recording a team-high 65 receiving yards, in the Lions’ 26-13 win over the Roughriders.
Harris was also named Canadian Player of the Week in Week 4 after rushing for 72 yards, adding four receptions for 78 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Harris is second in the league in combined yards with 646 yards.