TORONTO -- Darian Durant, Chip Cox, Chris Milo and Marc-Olivier Brouillette were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Month for August, the Canadian Football League announced today.
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.
Darian Durant is the Offensive Player of the Month and through the four games, Durant completed 86 of 129 pass attempts for 1,172 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 31-year-old product of North Carolina has completed 160 of 236 passes (67.8%) on the season, while registering only one interception. He currently leads the league with 21 touchdown passes.
This is the second time in his career that Durant has been named CFL Offensive Player of the Month after being recognized for his play in September, 2010.
Milo was named Special Teams Player of the Month for the first time in his career after staying perfect through the month connecting on all 11 field goal attempts including a 47-yard long and all 13 convert attempts.
On the year, the 28-year-old product of Laval has made all 23 field goal attempts, the longest such streak in the CFL this season, as well as all 31 converts.
This is the second and third time this season that a Rider has been named CFL Player of the Month after Kory Sheets picked up the award for July.
Chip Cox was named Defensive Player of the Month. The CFL's leading tackler this season, continues to be a defensive pillar for the Alouettes, recording double-digit tackles on three occasions so far this year, including a season-high 12 on July 20 against Calgary. His league-leading 71 defensive tackles include nine for a loss and three sacks. He's also contributed on special teams, racking up six tackles in nine games. Between weeks six and eleven, he recorded 32 defensive tackles and one sack.
The club's all-time leader in defensive tackles with 558 is on pace to break his career-high 82 set in 2012. The 30-year-old is the second Alouettes defensive player to receive the honour this season as teammate and fellow linebacker Kyries Hebert also got the nod for his work in the month of July.
Brouillette was named Canadian of the Month, making the most of his increased playing time over the past five weeks and is on pace for his best season as a pro. His league-leading four forced fumbles have set up a pair of defensive touchdowns so far this year as teammates Jerald Brown and Shea Emry have each recovered and returned one for a major, from 54 and 38 yards respectively.
Filling in for the injured Kyries Hebert at the weak-side linebacker position, Brouillette has recorded a career-best four sacks-good for second on the team. The 27-year-old has also earned the CFL's Canadian Player of the Week honour on two occasions this season, in Weeks 8 and 10.