TORONTO – Zach Collaros, Eric Norwood , Weston Dressler and Shea Emry were named the Canadian Football League Players of the Week for Week 13 of the 2014 Canadian Football League season.
The four players were chosen by a panel of judges including: former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN, and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Week 13. Collaros completed 25 of his 35 attempts for 318 yards and threw for a touchdown, while running in another, as Hamilton stayed undefeated at Tim Hortons Field with a 25-23 win over the Eskimos.
The former Cincinnati Bearcat’s one-yard touchdown plunge early in the final quarter capped a 14-0 run by the home side which erased a 15-3 deficit.
Collaros’ short pass to Brandon Banks loomed large after the receiver ran the ball 44 yards for the touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
In six games this season, the Steubenville, Ohio native has passed for 1,472 yards, completed 69 per cent of his passes and has thrown seven touchdowns.
This is Collaros’ second career Player of the Week honour in his career. His first came in 2013, coincidentally in Week 13.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive end Eric Norwood was named the Defensive Player of the Week for Week 13. Norwood had a career-night, establishing new personal bests in tackles (7) and sacks (4) to help the Ticats improve to 3-0 at Tim Hortons Field.
The former South Carolina Gamecock frustrated the Edmonton offensive line the entire game. Norwood’s four sacks – three on Mike Reilly and one on Pat White – sent the Eskimos back a total of 15 yards.
The native of Acworth, Georgia leads the Ticats with seven sacks and has tallied 23 tackles this season.
This is the first Player of the Week honour of Norwood’s career.
Saskatchewan Roughriders punt returner Weston Dressler was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 13. Dressler returned a Brett Maher punt 78 yards for a touchdown in the Riders’ thrilling comeback victory over the visiting REDBLACKS.
Dressler returned a total of five punts for 103 yards (20.6 yards per punt).
The career touchdown and receptions leader at the University of North Dakota has returned 13 punts for 219 yards in four games played this season.
Two of his three majors on the year have come off punt returns.
This is the first time Dressler has been recognized as a Player of the Week this season and it is the second Special Teams Player of the Week honour of his seven-year career.
Toronto Argonauts linebacker Shea Emry was named the Canadian Player of the Week for Week 13. Emry recorded six tackles and a sack as the Argos registered a 40-23 victory over the Lions – the win is Toronto’s first in B.C. since the 2002 season.
The former University of British Columbia Thunderbird’s sack of Kevin Glenn in the third quarter resulted in a nine-yard loss and forced the Lions to punt.
The 6’0 228-pound Richmond, B.C. native leads the Argos in tackles with 49 and has one sack on the season.
In his seventh year in the league, Emry has accumulated five Canadian Player of the Week awards; this is his first this season.