Owens named CFL's top player
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Toronto Argonauts wide receiver and kick returner Chad Owens highlighted the CFL's yearly awards, as he was named the league's top player Thursday.
Owens racked up 3,838 total yards to break Michael "Pinball" Clemons' single- season record for combined yards and become the first CFL player to amass at least 3,000 yards in three straight seasons.
He finished the regular season with 1,328 yards and six touchdowns on 94 receptions, and 2,510 combined yards on kick and punt returns.
The 30-year-old earned his first most outstanding player award and will seek to become the third player in four years to win both the MOP and the Grey Cup in the same season when his Argonauts face the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday.
Edmonton Eskimos linebacker JC Sherritt received the award for top defensive player by recording 130 tackles, three sacks and five interceptions this season. His tackle total snapped Calvin Tiggle's all-time single-season mark, which had held for 18 years.
Top Canadian honors went to Stampeders running back Jon Cornish, who collected a single-season Canadian record 1,457 rushing yards on 258 carries. He had five touchdowns on the ground and two through the air as he also added 338 yards on 38 receptions.
The CFL's top rookie was Winnipeg Blue Bombers wide receiver Chris Matthews. He led his team with 81 receptions for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats kick returner Chris Williams captured the special teams top player award by returning 78 punts for 1,117 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned five missed field goals for 256 yards and a score, which gave him a CFL-record six touchdowns on kick returns.
The outstanding lineman honor went to the British Columbia's Jovan Olafioye, who anchored a line that allowed the Lions to lead the league in rushing yards with 2,248. The Lions' offensive line also allowed a league-best 30 sacks.
11/22 22:12:15 ET