Masoli, Mitchell named finalists for CFL’s outstanding player award
TORONTO As the individual accolades pile up for Jeremiah Masoli, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback is quick to give credit to those who help make him look good.
Masoli was named the East Division nominee for the CFL’s outstanding player award Thursday. It came a day after Masoli captured his first-ever division all-star nomination.
“I feel like this about any individual awards in football, it’s obviously a huge team deal,” Masoli said. “I can’t do all these things without the line blocking for me, the receivers getting open and all that stuff.
“It’s a true team game and I just give all the props to my coaches and teammates.”
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is the West Division nominee. Voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches with the winner being honoured at the league’s awards banquet Nov. 22 in Edmonton.
Masoli, 30, had 5,209 passing yards (second-most) and 28 TDs (third overall) in his first full season as Hamilton’s starter. The five-foot-10, 220pound San Francisco native registered a league-high 12 300-yard passing games in helping lead the Ticats (8-10) finish second in the East Division.
Masoli was also the league’s second-leading rusher among quarterbacks with 473 yards. He anchored the CFL’s top offence (405.6 yards per game) despite an ever-changing receiving corps as veterans Shamawd Chambers, Chris Williams, Jalen Saunders, Terrence Toliver and Brandon Banks all suffered season-ending injuries during the campaign.
Even if Hamilton doesn’t reach the Grey Cup, Masoli will have company in Alberta. Ticats linebacker Larry Dean (defensive player) and guard Brandon Revenberg (top lineman) also received East nominations.