CFL AWARD AND PLAY­OFF PICKS.

MOST OUT­STAND­ING PLAYER AWARD TO BE AN­NOUNCED ON NOV. 23

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One thing Ricky Ray has not done in 15 CFL sea­sons is win the league’s most out­stand­ing player award.

The Toronto Arg­onauts quar­ter­back has a chance to do it this year — he’s the East Di­vi­sion nom­i­nee for the third time in his ca­reer — but he looks des­tined to be a run­ner up again.

Quar­ter­back Mike Reilly of the Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos is the other fi­nal­ist for the CFL’s most pres­ti­gious award and he looks to have an edge, al­though a close vote is ex­pected.

Reilly, 32, and Ray, 38, both had bril­liant sea­sons in lead­ing their teams to the play­offs.

Reilly led the league with 5,830 pass­ing yards and 30 touch­downs. He also led by a wide mar­gin in deep com­ple­tions, with 39 passes go­ing for more than 30 yards and threw for more than 300 yards in 12 games.

The Es­ki­mos went 12- 6 and will play the Blue Bombers in Win­nipeg Sun­day in the West semi­fi­nal.

Ray was sec­ond in the league with 5,546 yards and led the league in com­ple­tions ( 474) and 300- yard pass­ing games (13). He led the Ar­gos to a 9-9 record and first place in the East Di­vi­sion. They will host the East fi­nal against ei­ther Ot­tawa or Saskatchewan on Nov. 19.

There is cer­tainly an ar­gu­ment to be made for Ray, who missed one game this sea­son and would have been close to match­ing Reilly’s yardage to­tal, had he played.

How­ever, Reilly’s sea­son is just too hard to ig­nore and he’s our pick to win the award.

The league an­nounced all of its di­vi­sion nom­i­nees on Thurs­day for the CFL Awards show, which will be held Thurs­day, Nov. 23 at the Shaw Cen­tre in Ot­tawa, with TSN’s James Duthie host­ing.

Here’s a break­down of all the awards and the nom­i­nees: ❚ Blue Bombers run­ning back An­drew Har­ris, who led the league in rush­ing yards (1,035), re­cep­tions (105) and yards af­ter the catch ( 687), will go up against Brad Si­nop­oli of the Ot­tawa Red­blacks for the most out­stand­ing Cana­dian award. Si­nop­oli had 91 catches for 1,009 yards this sea­son. ❚ Mid­dle line­backer Alex Sin­gle­ton of the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers will go up against line­backer Kyries He­bert of the Mon­treal Alou­ettes. Sin­gle­ton was the best player on the league’s most dom­i­nant de­fence and fin­ished with 123 tack­les. He­bert had 110 tack­les a bright spot for a Mon­treal team that went 3-15. ❚ Win­nipeg of­fen­sive tackle Stan­ley Bryant will go up against Toronto cen­tre Sean McEwen for the most out­stand­ing of­fen­sive line­man award. The Bombers al­lowed the fewest quar­ter­back pres­sures in the league ( 71) and were fifth in sacks al­lowed at 38. Toronto al­lowed 40 sacks and 130 pres­sures. ❚ Roy Finch of the Stam­ped­ers will face Dion­tae Spencer of the Red­blacks in the most out­stand­ing spe­cial teams player cat­e­gory. In just 13 games, Finch had 1,200 yards in punt re­turns ( 16.4 yards per re­turn) and scored three touch­downs. He also led the league in kick­off re­turn av­er­age yards, at 26.8 per re­turn. Spencer was fourth in punt re­turn av­er­age yards ( 13.3), first in missed field goal re­turn yards (260), and fourth in kick­off re­turn av­er­age yards (24.3). He had two touch­downs, one on a punt re­turn and one on a missed field goal and set a league record by record­ing 496 all-pur­pose yards in a sin­gle game. ❚ Run­ning back James Wilder, Jr., of the Ar­gos, who tore up the league in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, will go up against re­ceiver Marken Michel of the Stam­ped­ers for the most out­stand­ing rookie award. Wilder only be­came a starter in Week 13 but fin­ished with 872 rush­ing yards and 533 re­ceiv­ing yards along with five touch­downs. He al­ready beat out Hamil­ton de­fen­sive back Richard Leonard, who had seven in­ter­cep­tions, for the East Di­vi­sion nom­i­na­tion an should win the league award. Michel had 41 catches for 780 yards and three touch­downs. He led the league with an av­er­age of 19 yards per catch. ❚ Cal­gary coach Dave Dick­en­son, who led the Stam­ped­ers to a 13- 4-1 record is the West nom­i­nee for coach of the year. He will go up against Toronto’s Marc Trest­man, who led the Ar­gos to a 9-9 record and first place in the East Di­vi­sion. Toronto fin­ished 5-13 last sea­son, dead last in the East and out of the play­offs. This should be a very close vote.

MARK TAY­LOR / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos quar­ter­back Mike Reilly is the West Di­vi­sion nom­i­nee for the CFL’s Most Out­stand­ing Player Award, to be an­nounced on Nov. 23. Toronto’s Ricky Ray is the East Di­vi­sion nom­i­nee.

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