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Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Month

Canadian Football League October



Toronto, ON – (November 11, 2009) – Kevin Glenn, Justin Hickman, Jovon Johnson and Andy Fantuz were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Month for October the Canadian Football League announced today.

Note: The awards for October also take into account games played during the first week of November. 

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.


Gibson’s Finest CFL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

QB – Kevin Glenn – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Kevin Glenn had a fantastic month for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as he helped lead the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, and a home playoff date for the first time since 2001.

Glenn had one of the strongest months for a quarterback all season, as he threw for a total of 1,652 yards on 128 of 194 completions for a completion percentage of 66%. Glenn threw eight touchdown passes and rushed for another against just three interceptions in the month. 

His strongest game came against the Montreal Alouettes in a week 16 matchup as he threw for 506 yards and three touchdowns on 29 of 44 completions. For his efforts, he was named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Offensive Player of the Week for week 16. Glenn became the first player to throw for more than 500 yards since Jason Maas threw for 540 yards in 2004 with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Runners up
RB – Joffrey Reynolds – Calgary Stampeders
QB – Darian Durant – Saskatchewan Roughriders


Gibson’s Finest CFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

DE – Justin Hickman – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Justin Hickman was part of a tough Tiger-Cats defence that helped propel the team into the second seed in the East and a home playoff berth for the first time since 2001.

For the month, Hickman totaled 22 tackles including five sacks and one forced fumble.

His most dominant game came in week 15 in a matchup with division rival Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where Hickman collected eight tackles including one sack and a forced fumble.

For the season, Hickman finished second on the team in sacks with seven, behind only Khari Long who leads the team with nine.

Runners Up
LB – Jamall Johnson – Hamilton Tiger-Cats
LB – Otis Floyd – Hamilton Tiger-Cats


Gibson’s Finest CFL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE MONTH

KR/CB – Jovon Johnson – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

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Jovon Johnson was dominant on special teams for the Blue Bombers in the latter part of the season, as he led the Bombers to a 3-3 record and nearly willed his team into the playoffs.

For the month, Johnson totaled 566 yards on 24 kickoff returns for a 23.6 yard average, while also collecting 331 yards and a touchdown on 34 punt returns.

In week 14 against the Edmonton Eskimos, Johnson returned a missed field goal from the Esks’ Noel Prefontaine 118 yards for a touchdown that helped the Bombers win the game.

Johnson also had 25 tackles, five knockdowns and 2 interception returns in the month to round out his extraordinary effort.

Johnson was named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Special Teams Player of the Week three times in the month of October (weeks 14, 15, and 17).

Runners up
K – Damon Duval – Montreal Alouettes


Gibson’s Finest CFL CANADIAN PLAYER OF THE MONTH

SB – Andy Fantuz – Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Andy Fantuz continued his strong play in the month of October for the Roughriders, helping the team claim the top spot in the West for the first time since 1976.

Fantuz’s totals for the month were impressive, as he corralled 488 yards on 38 receptions (12.8 yard average) with two touchdowns.

His best effort came in week 16 against the Calgary Stampeders, where Fantuz caught for 149 yards and a touchdown on ten receptions to help the Riders reach a tie with the Stamps.

Fantuz finished the season second on the Riders in receiving yards with 882, behind only the injured Weston Dressler who collected 941.

- Unanimous Selection -

 

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