July 29, 2020

By the Numbers: A look at special teams


TORONTO — Since the voting for the All-Decade Team presented by LeoVegas began last month, the nominees for receivers, defensive backs, running backs, linebackers and offensive and defensive linemen have been revealed.

Next week, on Aug. 4, the nominees for the best special teamers will be released for fans and media alike to vote on the best of the best.

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Until the list of the best to suit up on special teams over the last decade is revealed, CFL.ca takes a look at some stats and milestones.


Special team tackles: With 185 career special team tackles, Mike Miller ranks second on the CFL’s all-time list. He is five short of Jason Arakgi (190) for the all-time career record.

Consecutive 20+ STT: Miller currently owns a streak of four consecutive seasons with 20 or more special team tackles, matching Bryan Crawford, Kyries Hebert, Aldi Henry, Brendan Rogers, and Walter Spencer. Should Miller reach 20+ next season, he will set the record for consecutive seasons, and tie Kyries Hebert for total seasons with 20+ special team tackles.


Banks MFGR yards: Brandon Banks ranks 8th all-time with 769 missed field goal return yards but could easily break the top-five soon. He is only 47 yards back of Bashir Levingston for fifth in career yards. Banks already holds the all-time record with five touchdowns on missed field goal returns.

Chasing Gizmo: Both Stefan Logan and Chris Rainey are within close range of the all-time kickoff return yards record, held by Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams at 7,354 yards. Logan ranks second overall with 6,683 yards and is just 671 yards back, while Rainey is third overall with 6,671 yards, just 683 back of the record. The next closest active player is Brandon Banks at 3,689 yards.

1K return yards: Rainey eclipsed 1,000 return yards for a fourth straight season in 2019, becoming the first player in CFL history to record four in total, let alone consecutively. He will aim to extend his streak to five.

Logan punt return yards: Stef Logan is 254 yards away from reaching 5,000 punt return yards in his career. Logan currently ranks fifth on the all-time yardage list, just 465 yards back of Marvin Coleman (5,211) for fourth all-time.


All-time attempts: Rene Paredes is moving up the list for all-time field goal attempts, currently sitting 16th overall with 456. However, he could reasonably move as high as 12th in the next full season he plays, trailing Gerry Organ (502) by just 46 attempts.

All-time accuracy: With more than 100 attempts, Lewis Ward fairly claims the title as the most accurate kicker in CFL history at 92.2%. Another active kicker in Rene Paredes, however, is just behind him at 86.8%, while Sergio Castillo sits at 87% on 92 attempts.

90% efficiency: Rene Paredes has had four seasons with 90% efficiency or better (min. 20 attempts), holding the all-time CFL record. Current Edmonton kicker Sean Whyte is second all-time in that regard at three seasons. 90% efficiency is incredibly rare, having occurred only 17 times with a minimum of 20 attempts in our history.

Medlock 50+ yards: Winnipeg’s Justin Medlock is the CFL’s active leader in 50+ yard field goals with 34 in his career, which ranks him third all-time. He is just three back of Dave Cutler for 2nd all-time, and six back of Troy Westwood for the all-time record of 40 field goals from 50+ yards in a career.

150 career games: Medlock is four games short of reaching the 150-career games milestone. Active kickers Rene Paredes (161) and Sean Whyte (154) rank ahead of him. Behind those three, the next closest kicker on the games played list is Boris Bede at 80 games.