In the competitive landscape of Canadian football, the CFL’s October Honour Roll, in partnership with Pro Football Focus (PFF), spotlights the exceptional performances that punctuated the month. Let’s delve into the achievements that have these athletes at the forefront of their respective positions.
Offensive Command: Chad Kelly’s Precision Leads the Charge
Toronto Argonauts’ quarterback Chad Kelly has not only led his team to a flawless October with a 4-0 record but also carved a commanding position for himself with a stellar PFF grade of 92.2 over three games. Kelly’s arm precision sent 47 of his 69 passes to their mark, resulting in 727 passing yards and four touchdowns, with notable plays including six passes that soared over 30 yards and a memorable 45-yard touchdown. His agility on the ground was equally impressive, with six carries averaging 9.8 yards. Kelly’s prowess earned him two Honour Roll All-Week nods in October.
Defensive Vigilance: Mason Pierce’s Remarkable Impact
On the defensive end, Mason Pierce of the Argonauts matched the offense’s intensity, amassing a PFF grade of 90.7. Pierce’s contribution over 222 defensive snaps includes 13 tackles, a forced fumble, a sack, and an interception returned for a touchdown—his first. With a coverage grade peaking at 90.1, Pierce’s back-to-back All-week selections in October signify his critical role in Toronto’s perfect run.
The Wall of Winnipeg: Blue Bombers’ O-Line Shines
The offensive line of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers proved to be an unyielding force in October. As a unit, they achieved a commendable PFF grade of 80.7. Among the linemen, Liam Dobson (72.0), Asotui Eli (70.4), and Stanley Bryant (66.6) stood out as top performers, forming an impenetrable wall that played a significant role in their 3-0 success over the month.
CFL’s All-October Team
The month’s Honour Roll doesn’t end with individual glory; it encompasses a team of top-tier talent across the league:
- Quarterback: Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts | 92.2
- Running Back: Brady Oliveira | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | 82.4
- Receiver: Kenny Lawler | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | 78.9
- Offensive Line: Brett Boyko | Edmonton Elks | 73.7
- Defensive Line: Mustafa Johnson | Montreal Alouettes | 86.9
- Linebacker: Cameron Judge | Calgary Stampeders | 78.6
- Defensive Back: Mason Pierce | Toronto Argonauts | 90.7
- Kicker/Punter: Sean Whyte | BC Lions | 92.1
- Special Teams: Adarius Taylor | Calgary Stampeders | 90.8
The Honour Roll for October reflects not just stellar individual performances but also the teamwork and strategic play that are hallmarks of CFL success. As the season progresses, these athletes set the standard and build the excitement for the games ahead.
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