TORONTO — Emmanuel Arceneaux, James Franklin and Brandon Zylstra were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 20 of the CFL’s 2016 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.

Shaw Top Performers Week 20


BC Lions leading receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux finished his season with an electric 180-yard receiving yard game in the Lions’ season finale, a 41-18 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place on Saturday.

The 6’2” receiver was targeted 11 times and caught 10 passes, including a pair of touchdowns, while setting a personal season-high 180 yards in a single game.

Arceneaux scored his first major midway through the first quarter. After he snagged a 36-yard completion, quarterback Jonathon Jennings found Arceneaux for a four-yard touchdown to give the Lions a 6-0 lead. His second of the night, from 13 yards out, came later in the first quarter; it was was his 13th touchdown of the season.

His second touchdown was also his 100th reception of the season, and his 10 receptions in the game also tied a season-high.

In his sixth season in the CFL Arceneaux set new career highs in receptions (105), yards (1,566) and touchdowns (13). This is the third time this season Arceneaux has topped the list as a Shaw CFL Top Performer (Weeks 14 and 18); he was also named a Top Performer of the Month in October.


James Franklin made the most of his opportunity to start Edmonton’s final game of the season and set a new personal high for touchdown passes in Edmonton’s convincing 41-17 victory over the visiting Toronto Argonauts.

Franklin completed 18 of 23 passes (78.2%) for 335 yards (tying a personal best) and passed for a career-high four touchdowns.

The product from the University of Missouri found Brandon Zylstra for two majors, the first coming midway through the first quarter from 28 yards out and the second in the second quarter, this time from 15 yards out.

Franklin’s two other touchdowns came on receptions from Shakir Bell and a 72-yard strike to Devon Bailey.


Edmonton receiver Brandon Zlystra joins his teammate James Franklin as a Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week following the Eskimos’ victory over the Toronto Argonauts in their season finale.

The CFL rookie set a new career high with nine receptions for 186 yards and scored two touchdowns in only his sixth CFL game.

Zylstra and Franklin developed chemistry early in the game. Franklin rolled out of the pocket and found Zylstra for a short pass; Zylstra did the rest to run it into the end zone for the 28-yard major.

Zylstra’s second touchdown of the game and third of the season came in the second quarter. Franklin was able to lob a pass over the defence to find Zylstra for the 15-yard score.

85 of Zylstra’s 186 yards came from yards after the catch versus the Argonauts.

The first-year player from Concordia College in Minnesota finished his season with 34 receptions for 508 yards and three touchdowns. Zylstra was recently named Edmonton’s Most Outstanding Rookie of the Year.


Mossis Madu Jr. won Week 19 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.


Rank Player 2016 Total Points
1 Bo Levi Mitchell 595
2 Emmanuel Arceneaux 400
3 Chris Williams 375
4 John White 325
5 Trevor Harris 320
6 Solomon Elimimian 250
7 Mike Reilly 220
8 Jerome Messam 160
9 Justin Medlock 135
T-10 Adarius Bowman 125
T-10 Rene Paredes 125
T-12 Larry Dean 110
T-12 Kevin Fogg 110
T-12 Simoni Lawrence 110
T-15 Shakir Bell 100
T-15 Bryan Burnham 100
T-15 Henry Burris 100
T-15 Kevin Glenn 100
T-15 Jeremiah Johnson 100
T-15 Jeremiah Masoli 100
T-15 Adrian Tracy 100
T-22 Zach Collaros 60
T-22 Andrew Harris 60
T-22 T.J. Heath 60
T-22 Maurice Leggett 60
T-22 Taylor Loffler 60
T-22 Naaman Roosevelt 60
T-22 John Chick 60
T-29 Clarence Denmark 50
T-29 James Franklin 50
T-29 Lirim Hajrullahu 50
T-29 Loucheiz Purifoy 50
T-29 Taylor Reed 50
T-29 Jamill Smith 50
T-29 Terrence Toliver 50
36 Mossis Madu Jr. 35
T-37 Emanuel Davis 25
T-37 DaVaris Daniels 25
T-37 A.J. Jefferson 25
T-37 Jonathon Jennings 25
T-37 Deon Lacey 25
T-37 Quincy McDuffie 25
T-37 Joe McKnight 25
T-37 Patrick Watkins 25
T-37 Brandon Zylstra 25


Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Simoni Lawrence* (HAM) Trevor Harris (OTT) Chris Williams (OTT)
2 Trevor Harris* (OTT) Chris Williams (OTT) Jerome Messam (CGY)
3 Chris Williams (OTT) Maurice Leggett (WPG)* Adarius Bowman (EDM)
4 Adrian Tracy (HAM) Trevor Harris (OTT)* Jonathon Jennings (BC)
5 Jeremiah Masoli (HAM) Naaman Roosevelt (SSK)* Mike Reilly (EDM)
6 Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY)* Lirim Hajrullahu (TOR) A.J. Jefferson (TOR)
7 Jerome Messam (CGY)* Louchiez Purifoy (BC) Rene Paredes (CGY)
8 Kevin Fogg (WPG)* Clarence Denmark (WPG) Deon Lacey (EDM)
9 Kevin Glenn (MTL) Zach Collaros (HAM)* Patrick Watkins (EDM)
10 Shakir Bell (EDM) Andrew Harris (WPG)* Justin Medlock (WPG)
11 Justin Medlock (WPG)* Soloman Elimimian (BC) Quincy McDuffie (WPG)
12 Jeremiah Johnson (BC) T.J. Heath (TOR)* DaVaris Daniels (CGY)
13 Larry Dean (HAM)* Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY) Emanuel Davis (HAM)
14 Emmanuel Arceneaux (BC) Jamill Smith (OTT) Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY)
15 John White (EDM) Emmanuel Arceneaux (BC) Mike Reilly (EDM)
16 Bryan Burnham (BC) Mike Reilly (EDM) John White (EDM)
17 Henry Burris (OTT) Taylor Loffler (WPG) Joe McKnight (SSK)
18 Emmanuel Arceneaux (BC) John Chick (HAM) Jerome Messam (CGY)
19 Solomon Elimimian (BC) Taylor Reed (OTT) Mossis Madu Jr. (OTT)
20 Emmanuel Arcneneaux (BC) James Franklin (EDM) Brandon Zylstra (EDM)

*Indicates Shaw Fan’s Choice of the Week


Week 1st 2nd 3rd
July Chris Williams (OTT) Trevor Harris (OTT) Mike Reilly (EDM)
August Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY) Rene Paredes (CGY) Terrence Toliver (HAM)
September Bo Levi Mitchell (CGY) Adarius Bowman (EDM) Solomon Elimimian (BC)
October John White (EDM) Emmanuel Arceneaux (BC) Mike Reilly (EDM)


Shaw CFL Top Performers Explained

What is the program?

The Shaw CFL Top Performers recognizes weekly and monthly player achievement in the CFL and is separate from our year end awards.

How does it work?

Each week and month during the CFL Regular Season a panel of CFL experts vote on the three top CFL Performers across the league in order. Those players are awarded points for each time they win.

Then we throw it out to you, the fans, to Retweet our Twitter posts announcing the winners. The player with the most Retweets will receive extra points and be crowned the Shaw Fan’s Choice of the Week. Remember, once the next Week begins voting ends; so get your RTs in fast!

What is the scoring system?

Here are the points for each award winner.

Shaw Top Performers of the Week Shaw Top Performers of the Month
#1 = 100 points #1 = 200 points
#2 = 50 points #2 = 100 points
#3 = 25 points #3 = 50 points
10 bonus points to the player with the most RTs