September 3, 2014

Riders duo take Player of the Month honours

The Canadian Press Staff

TORONTO — Adarius Bowman, John Chick, Tim Brown and Rob Bagg were named the CFL Players of the Month for August, the Canadian Football League announced today.

The monthly awards include all games played from Week 6 to Week 10.

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 slotback Adarius Bowman was named the Offensive Player of the Month for August. In the second month of the season, Bowman continued to build upon his great start to the 2014 campaign. He caught 29 passes totalling 383 yards and tallied a major in the four games that the Eskimos played.

Bowman saved his best game for last. In the Eskimos’ Labour Day Classic matchup against the Calgary Stampeders, the Chattanooga, Tennessee native registered eight receptions for 123 yards in a losing effort.

The former Oklahoma State Cowboy is having a banner year in his seventh season in the league. He is only five receptions shy of his career-high of 62 and is on pace to surpass his career-high of 1,153 yards.

At the midway mark of the season, Bowman leads the league in receiving yards with 742 – 145 yards clear of second place.

Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Month for August. Chick recorded six sacks, 12 tackles, one forced fumble and four tackles-for-a-loss to help the Riders go 5-0 in the month of August.

The native of Gillette, Wyoming recorded a trio of sacks in Weeks 7 and 8 to garner back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week honours. It was the first time a player had taken home the award in consecutive weeks since Renauld Williams accomplished the feat in Weeks 3 and 4 last season.

With 12 sacks on the year, the product of Utah Statehas already surpassed his career-high of11 set in the 2011 season.Chick sits at the top of the league leaderboard in sacks with Tristan Okpalaugo and Charleston Hughes tied for second with eight apiece.

John Chick was also named Defensive Player of the Month in July.

BC Lions returner Tim Brown was named the Special Teams Player of the Month for August. Brown returned a combined 522 yards and added a punt return touchdown as the Lions compiled a 3-1 record in the league’s second month.

In Week 8, former Temple Owl recorded 249 combined return yards in the Lions’ 33-17 victory in Toronto. He topped that impressive performance by collecting 277 the following week, including a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The native of Stockton, California leads the league in punt return yards with 625.

Brown was named Special Teams Player of the Week in Weeks 8 and 9.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Rob Bagg was named the Canadian Player of the Month for August. The Kingston, Ontario native caught 23 passes for 357 yards and scored a touchdown this past month.

Bagg is in the midst of one of the most productive stretches of his six-year career. He is currently on pace to eclipse his single-season career-bests in both yards and receptions.

Bagg’s best performance came in Week 6 where he caught six passes and registered a season-high 123 yards against the Ottawa REDBLACKS as the Riders left the nation’s capital with a 38-14 victory.

The former standout at Queen’s caught six passes for 90 yards and tallied a major to earn Canadian Player of the Week in Week 8.

Bagg is currently fifth in the CFL with 472 passing yards on 32 completions.