Riders Announce Awards Finalists:

The Saskatchewan Roughrider nominees for the CFL awards were announced today.  This year’s nominees are: Kory Sheets (Most Outstanding Player), Chris Getzlaf (Outstanding Canadian), Tyron Brackenridge (Outstanding Defensive Player), Brendon LaBatte (Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Levi Steinhauer (Outstanding Rookie) and Ricky Schmitt (Outstanding Special Teams Player).

KORY SHEETS

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Player…has played 15 regular season games…registered 1,598 yards and 12 touchdowns on 287 rush attempts…added 264 yards on 37 receptions…totaling 1,862 yards from scrimmage…began the season by recording six straight 100-yard games and has tied a franchise record with nine overall…named CFL Offensive Player of the Week twice this season…second straight season surpassing 1,000 yards rushing…last Roughrider to win Most Outstanding Player was Kerry Joseph in 2007.

CHRIS GETZLAF

MOST OUTSTANDING CANADIAN

Second career nomination as Most Outstanding Canadian…unanimous selection…has started 17 regular season games at receiver…has 63 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns…second career 1,000 yard season…was named CFL Canadian Player of the Week once this season…the last Rider to win Outstanding Canadian was Andy Fantuz in 2010.

BRENDON LABATTE

MOST OUTSTANDING OFFENSIVE LINEMAN

First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman…Fourth career nomination as he was named Winnipeg Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2011, 2010, 2009… has started in 17 regular season games at guard…last Roughrider to win this award was Gene Makowsky in 2004 and 2005.

TYRON BRACKENRIDGE

MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Second consecutive nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Defensive Player…has started all 17 regular season games at safety…has 47 defensive tackles, six special teams tackles, five pass knockdowns, three interceptions, and two tackles for loss…leads league with five forced fumbles…last Roughrider to win Outstanding Defensive Player was John Chick in 2009.

LEVI STEINHAUER

MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE

Selected by the Riders in the fifth round (40th overall) of the 2013 Canadian Draft…unanimous selection as Riders Most Outstanding Rookie…played 13 regular season games…registered 11 special teams tackles and two forced fumbles…spent time as long snapper…last Roughrider to win Outstanding Rookie was Weston Dressler in 2008.

RICKY SCHMITT

MOST OUTSTANDING SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER

First nomination as Riders Most Outstanding Special Teams Player…has played in all 17 regular season games…has totaled 5,821 yards on 129 punts for a 45.1 yard average (net: 4,833 yards/37.5 average)…adding a league leading 5,131 yards on 79 kickoffs (64.9 average) …Corey Holmes won this award in 2002 and 2005.

The players were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and the CFL head coaches.

In this first ballot, FRC representatives from each CFL city plus the respective head coach submitted votes for the six categories. Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL club who through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards’ title – Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

The East and West Division winners for the 2013 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards will be announced on Thursday, November 7 at noon ET.

The 2013 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 21 at Conexus Centre in Regina. Tickets for the show are available at www.conexusartscentre.ca or by calling (306)-525-9999.  Select awards show tickets also provide access to the Leader-Post Player Awards Post Party at Conexus Centre.

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