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June 11, 2019

Mitchell headlines TSN’s top 50 players for 2019

The Canadian Press

TORONTO —  Two of this generation’s best quarterbacks continue to duel for the title of number one player in the CFL.

As Mike Reilly and Bo Levi Mitchell continue to go back and forth, this year it was Mitchell landing the No. 1 spot on TSN’s annual top 50 players list.

Last season Mitchell led the Stampeders to a 13-5 record, the best in the CFL, while overcoming an injured receiving corps to capture the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in November. The Stamps’ signal-caller, who’s entering his eighth CFL season at the age of 29, won the second Most Outstanding Player honour of his career in 2019.

For Mitchell, this marks the second time in three years he has earned the distinction of top player in the CFL, and third overall. Either Mitchell or Reilly has occupied the number one spot for five seasons running.

While the Lions and Eskimos share the lead with eight players each, Hamilton and Winnipeg dominate the top 10 players with a combined seven.

Five of the league’s starting quarterbacks made the list, including three of the top six, but as per usual, the receiver position was the most frequent, with 10 pass-catchers present, followed by nine defensive backs.

Only one kicker, last year’s rookie sensation Lewis Ward, made the list as he represents the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

The new season kicks off Thursday night when Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.

DISTRIBUTION BY TEAM

BC Lions – 8

Edmonton Eskimos – 8

Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 7

Saskatchewan Roughriders – 7

Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 6

Calgary Stampeders – 5

Montreal Alouettes – 4

Toronto Argonauts – 3

Ottawa REDBLACKS – 2

DISTRIBUTION BY POSITION

Wide Receiver – 10

Defensive Back – 9

Defensive Line – 8

Offensive Line – 7

Quarterback – 5

Linebacker – 5

Running Back – 5

Kicker – 1

1. BO LEVI MITCHELL | QB, CGY

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2. MIKE REILLY | QB, BC

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3. ADAM BIGHILL | LB, WPG

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4. MICAH JOHNSON | DL, SSK

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

5. ANDREW HARRIS | RB, WPG

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

6. JEREMIAH MASOLI | QB, HAM

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

7. WILLIE JEFFERSON | DL, WPG

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8. BRANDON BANKS | WR, HAM

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

9. DELVIN BREAUX  | DB, HAM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

10. STANLEY BRYANT | OL, WPG

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

11. TREVOR HARRIS | QB, EDM

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12. WILLIAM POWELL | RB, SSK

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

13. DEREL WALKER | WR, TOR

Photo: Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca

14. CHARLESTON HUGHES | DL, SSK

Photo: Matt Smith/CFL.ca

15. BRAD SINOPOLI | WR, OTT

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

16. LARRY DEAN | LB, EDM

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17. BRYAN BURNHAM | WR, BC

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18. LUKE TASKER | WR, HAM

Photo: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

19. GREG ELLINGSON | WR, EDM

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20. ED GAINEY | DB, SSK

Photo: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

21. MATT NICHOLS | QB, WPG

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22. SIRVINCENT ROGERS | OL, EDM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

23. SJ GREEN | WR, TOR

Photo: Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca

24. HENOC MUAMBA | LB, MTL

Photo: Dominick Gravel/MontrealAlouettes.com

25. TED LAURENT | DL, HAM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

26. BRANDON REVENBERG | OL, HAM

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27. TJ LEE | DB, BC

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28. JA’GARED DAVIS | DL, HAM

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29. DEREK DENNIS | OL, CGY

Photo: Walter Tychnowicz/CFL.ca

30. ALMONDO SEWELL | DL, EDM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

31. KAMAR JORDEN | WR, CGY

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32. BRENDON LABATTE | OL, SSK

Photo: Matt Smith/CFL.ca

33. DAVON COLEMAN | DL, BC

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

34. ERIC ROGERS | WR, CGY

Photo: David Chidley/CFL.ca

35. CJ GABLE | RB, EDM

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

36. DON UNAMBA | LB, EDM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

37. SUKH CHUNGH | OL, BC

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38. DARVIN ADAMS | WR, WPG

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39. SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN | LB, SSK

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40. TAYLOR LOFFLER | DB, MTL

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

41. JAMES WILDER JR. | RB, TOR

Photo: Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca

42. NICK MARSHALL | DB, SSK

Photo: Arthur Ward/CFL.ca

43. DON JACKSON | RB, CGY

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

44. AARON GRYMES | DB, BC

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

45. TOMMIE CAMPBELL | DB, MTL

Photo: Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

46. LEWIS WARD | K, OTT

Photo: Adam Gagnon/CFL.ca

47. ANTHONY ORANGE | DB, EDM

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

48. JOEL FIGUEROA | OL, BC

Photo: Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

49. ODELL WILLIS | DL, BC

Photo: Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

50. CIANTE EVANS | DB, MTL

Photo: David Chidley/CFL.ca