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PR: 167 Players Eligible For CFL Most Outstanding Rookie Award

First-year player to be recognized at CFL Awards as part of the 2021 Grey Cup Week in Hamilton

Thursday, November 4, 2021 — TORONTO (November 4, 2021) – The Canadian Football League (CFL) has released the names of the 167 players eligible for the 2021 Most Outstanding Rookie award. The recipient will be recognized at the CFL Awards on December 10 – one of the marquee events during Grey Cup Week in Hamilton.

The Most Outstanding Rookie award is selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. In order to be eligible, players:

  • Must have been named to the active 44-man roster of a member club of the CFL for a regular season game during the 2021 season; AND
  • Must not have dressed for a member club of the CFL for a regular season, postseason or championship game in any prior season; AND
  • Must not have dressed for a member club of the National Football League for a regular season, postseason or championship game in the current season or any season prior.

Previous winners of the Most Outstanding Rookie award include:

  • 2019: Nate Holley (CGY)
  • 2018: Lewis Ward (OTT)
  • 2017: James Wilder Jr. (TOR)
  • 2016: DaVaris Daniels (CGY)
  • 2015: Derel Walker (EDM)
  • 2014: Dexter McCoil (EDM)
  • 2013: Brett Jones (CGY)
  • 2012: Chris Matthews (WPG)
  • 2011: Chris Williams (HAM)
  • 2010: Solomon Elimimian (BC)

The following players are eligible to be named the 2021 Most Outstanding Rookie:

BC LIONS
NamePositionCollege
Banks, JoshDLWake Forest
Bonner, TimDLFlorida Atlantic
Broxton, JarellOLBaylor
Butler, JamesRBIowa
Camacho, JimmyKFresno State
Davis, MarcusWRUBC
Divinity, MichaelDLLSU
Edwards-Cooper, JalonDBTexas A&M Commerce
Flintoft, StefanPUCLA
Gustav, NiklasDLGermany
Hammond, CourtneyDLWestern Oregon
Hardin, KianteDBPittsburgh State
Hastings, CordellWRAcadia
Hladik, BenLBUBC
Joyner, AustinDBWashington
Rourke, NathanQBOhio
Thurman, KevinDLArkansas State
Williams, JordanLBEast Carolina
EDMONTON ELKS
NamePositionCollege
Ankrah, AndrewDLJames Madison
Blake, EricDBMcMaster
Clements, MalikLBCincinnati
Cornelius, TaylorQBOklahoma State
Costigan, ThomasDLBryant University
Demery, D’AntneOLFlorida International
Debaillie, TiboDLTowson University
Edwards, EarnestWRMaine
Fletcher, WalterRBBall State
Higby, TylerOLMichigan State
Jack-Kurdyla, TomasOLBuffalo
Karl, HunterWRCalgary
Laguda, AfolabiDBColorado
McDonald, GrantLBCalgary
Morgan, NylesLBNotre Dame
Nelson, ColeDLAlberta
Nielsen, StevenOLEastern Michigan
Pae, AlainDLOttawa
Philip, ShaydonDBAlberta
Rector, ChristianDTSouthern California
Sandjong, RossiniDEYork
Smalls, AlbertDBNorthern Illinois
Tyne, MalikDBTowson University
Williams, DariusDBCarson-Newman
CALGARY STAMPEDERS
NamePositionCollege
Adeyemi-Berglund, IsaacDLSoutheastern Louisiana
Bane, ShawnWRNorthwest Missouri State
Banks, StefenDLSavannah State
Bell, BryceOLWilfrid Laurier
Bethune, YurikDLAlabama A&M
Branch, MarcelisDBRobert Morris
Cowan, BradLBWilfird Laurier
Good-Jones, JulianOLIowa St
Grace, CodyPArkansas St
Graham, ElliotRBUBC
Gray, KurtisLBWaterloo
Hakunavanhu, LutherWRYork
Henry, MalikWRWest Georgia
Holley, NickWRKent State
Killings, Dorian (DJ)DBCentral Florida
Lee, MalcomDBUBC
Maier, JakeQBCalifornia Davis
Middlemost, TysonWRMcMaster
Moore, CharlieLBCalgary
Owens, JarrellDLOklahoma State
Richards, RamonDBOklahoma State
Seinet-Spaulding, AndrewDLMcGill
Statz, NickDBCalgary
Stewart, SilasLBIncarnate Word
Williams, KobeDBArizona State
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
NamePositionCollege
Adams, KeionDEWestern Michigan
Campbell, ChristianDBPenn State
Ezeala, ChristopherDENo College
Ferland, LoganOLRegina Thunder Jrs
Gates, DeMarquisLBMississippi
Jana, TerrellWRVirginia
Jefferson, CameronOLArkansas
Marino, GarrettDTAlabama Birmingham
Morrow, JamalRBWashington State
Nell, John HenryKNo College
Pinckney, MichaelLBMiami
Riley, MattlandOLSaskatchewan
Schaffer-Baker, KianWRGuelph
Webb, DamonDBOhio State
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
NamePositionCollege
Alford, DeAundreDBTusculum College
Dheilly, NicholasDLSaskatchewan
Gaskill-Cadwallader, TannerLBWilfrid Laurier
Hallett, NoahDBMcMaster
Houston, DemerioDBSouthern
Kramdi, RedhaDBMontreal
Liegghio, MarcKWestern University
Lowes, RobbieLBRegina
Maruo, LesLBTexas at San Antonio
McKnight, KelvinWRSamford
Miller, JoshuaDBBall State
Mourtada, AliKPace
Rocquemore, JontrellLBUtah State
Rose, EzekielDTWest Virginia
Sayles, CaseyDLOhio
Schiaffino Perez, SergioDBSaltillo Dinos
Tyrrell, JamesWRConcordia
Walker, RickyDTVirginia Tech
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
NamePositionCollege
Autry II, LeeDLMississippi State
Bennett, MasonDENorth Dakota
Bertolet, TaylorKTexas A&M
Carney, MalikDLNorth Carolina
Cross, NicLBUBC
Feltmate, BaileyLBAcadia
Garand-Gauthier, FelixFBLaval
Green, MarcusWRLouisiana at Monroe (NE)
Izinyon, DavidLBRostock Griffins
Katsantonis, StravosDBUBC
Lawrence, DesmondDBNorth Carolina
Manalo, MylesLBWestern University
Murray, JordanOLNorth Texas
Richards, JarekLBSaint Mary’s
Schnitzler, TomLSUBC
Stribling, ChanningDBMichigan
Ternowski, TylerWRWaterloo
Vornkahl, TravisOLWest Texas A&M
White, PapiWROhio
Whitford, JoelPWashington
Whyte, GordonLBSt. Francis Xavier
Woodmansey, CoulterOLGuelph
Yarbrough, JohnOLRichmond
TORONTO ARGONAUTS
NamePositionCollege
Acheampong, SamDTWilfrid Laurier
Allen, DejonOLHawaii
Brissett, DejonWRVirginia
Cassar, JackLBCarleton
Churchill, TherenOLRegina
Giffen, DylanOLWestern University
Hagerty, JoshDBSaskatchewan
Hoyte, TrevorLBCarleton
Jeanpiere, DamionWRNicholls State
Mencer, EliDLAlbany
Nicastro, PeterOLCalgary
Nield, TommyWRMcMaster
Oakman, ShawnDLBaylor
Pellerin, DionRBWaterloo
Peters, JamalDBMississippi State
OTTAWA REDBLACKS
NamePositionCollege
Abrahams-Webster, TreshaunDBCalgary
Asse, KetelOLLaval
Auclair, AdamLBLaval
Basambombo, DanLBLaval
Boyd, DinoOLCincinnati
Bushell-Beatty, JuwannOLMichigan
Christion, TarynQBSouth Dakota State
Davis, RyanWRAuburn
Evans, CalebQBLouisiana Monroe
Ferguson, ChrisOLCincinnati
Griffin, FrankieDBTexas State
Hornbuckle, TreDLDuke
Lebreux, ClementDLLaval
Martin-Oguike, PraiseDLTemple
McGloster, JamarOLSyracuse
Muhammad, BradDBFlorida International
Nnoruka, ChigozieDLMiami
Phillips, ErvinWRSyracuse
Pickett, AndrewOLGuelph
Smallwood, JordanWROklahoma
Szott, JakobOLMcMaster
Vrede, TyronLBNorth Datoka
Williams, TerryWRTennesse Martin
MONTREAL ALOUETTES
NamePositionCollege
Antwi, JeshrunRBCalgary
Cote, DavidKLaval
Dequoy, Marc-AntoineDBMontreal
Harelimana BrianLBMontreal
Randle Jr., RodneyDBLamar
Watson, TreLBMaryland
Zema, JosephPIncarnate World

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