TORONTO — Charleston Hughes, Mike Reilly and Derel Walker were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 1 of the CFL’s 2018 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.


In his first game in green for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Charleston Hughes recorded three sacks for a loss of 24 yards and a fumble return to help secure the win over the Toronto Argonauts.

The Saginaw, Michigan native collected his first sack at the close of the first quarter, pushing through traffic to bring down pivot Ricky Ray, securing his 100th career sack.

Hughes kept up the pace, bringing Ray down again at the end of the second quarter. He completed the hat trick just a minute later with another sack, totalling three in the first half of the game. On the final play of the game, Hughes recovered an S.J. Green fumble before being tackled.

With 102 in his career, Hughes now trails Rodney Harding by three sacks to join the top 10 in CFL history.

He recorded 40 tackles and 11 sacks in 14 games in 2017.


Quarterback Mike Reilly threw for 408 yards and rushed for 43, throwing a touchdown pass and running two in to give Edmonton the edge in their 33-30 victory.

Reilly opened the game, which spanned six hours with weather delays, with a 101-yard touchdown play from deep in his own zone to put Edmonton ahead 7-0 after Sean Whyte’s convert.

The pivot snagged a touchdown of his own as the first quarter died, conducting a 10-play drive that culminated in a one-yard dive over the line to give Edmonton a comfortable lead.

Reilly kept his cool through two lightning delays, calling his own number once more and throwing a successful two-point convert to tie the game before marching down to put Sean Whyte in position for the win in a three-play drive.

Reilly threw for over 5000 yards in both 2016 and 2017. Last year he threw a career-high 30 touchdown passes and was named the 2017 Most Outstanding Player.


Receiver Derel Walker helped Edmonton win their 2018 season opener with an impressive 176 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Walker caught eight of 10 passes, including his longest play of the game, a 101-yard dash for a touchdown in the first quarter.

He made another 10-yard catch to close out the first quarter in a play that led to an Edmonton touchdown. Several of Walker’s other passes led to Sean Whyte field goals as he worked with Mike Reilly to give Edmonton a win in their first game of 2018.

The Hillsboro, Texas native collected 634 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2017, after a stellar 2016 season that saw him rack up 1,589 yards and 10 touchdowns in 18 games.

Walker was the 2015 Most Outstanding Rookie.

Rank Player 2017 Total Points
1 Charleston Hughes 100
2 Mike Reilly 50
3 Derel Walker 25



Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Charleston Hughes (SSK) Mike Reilly (EDM) Derel Walker (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