Ma­soli, Mitchell named fi­nal­ists for CFL’s out­stand­ing player award

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - DAN RALPH

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.

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