November 7, 2011

Adarius Bowman headlines Players of the Week


TORONTO — Adarius Bowman, Juwan Simpson, Paul McCallum and Andre Durie were named the Gibson’s Finest CFL Players of the Week for Week 19, the Canadian Football League announced today.

The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde, now of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.

Eskimos receiver Adarius Bowman is this week’s top offensive player, after leading the Esks to a narrow 23-20 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Bowman put up career-high numbers in the win, hauling in 10 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

His efforts helped the Green and Gold clinch a home playoff date in this Sunday’s Western Semi-Final against their provincial rival Calgary Stampeders.

Calgary linebacker Juwan Simpson is the Defensive Player of the Week, after helping the Stamps close out their regular season with a 30-24 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Simpson was all over the field on Saturday, leading the Calgary defence with a career-high 10 tackles. The fourth-year Stampeder finished the 2011 campaign with 55 tackles, good enough for second best on the team.

For the fifth time this season, Lions kicker Paul McCallum is the top Special Teams player, after ending his monstrous season with yet another strong outing.

McCallum connected on all five of his field goal attempts in BC’s 43-1 blowout win over the Alouettes, en-route to helping the Lions secure top spot in the West Division.

McCallum ended the season with a staggering 94.3 field goal percentage, a new CFL record.

Toronto Argonauts slotback/running back Andre Durie is the top Canadian Player of the Week, after his big day against the Ticats.

The Mississauga, Ont. native had eight receptions for a career-best 144 yards and a pair of touchdowns.