Stu Walters | Email Stu.Walters@corusent.com
The CFL held its annual award banquet Thursday night in Toronto and it was the versatile Chad Owens of the Argonauts winning the Most Outstanding player honor ahead of Stampeders running back Jon Cornish.
Owens led the CFL in receiving and return yards and accumulated a league-record 3,863 all-purpose yards.
Cornish, from New Westminster, B.C., wouldn’t leave empty handed as this season’s CFL rushing leader earned the top Canadian award ahead of Montreal Alouettes linebacker Shea Emry, of Richmond, B.C.
Emry would also give way to Edmonton Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt as the top defensive player
The BC Lions claimed one of the three awards they were nominated for, with Jovan Oliafoye winning offensive lineman of the year.
Lions kick returner Tim Brown was runner up to Tiger-cats receiver Chris Williams for most outstanding special team’s player.
Williams was the clear choice with a record six kick return touchdowns and claimed all but one of the 57 votes. In the league's top rookie race, Lions defensive lineman Jabar Westerman lost out to Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide out Chris Matthews.