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CFL Week 9 1st and 2nd Team, Anthony Lanier II, Shawn Lemon Among Top Performers

Week 9 Stars of the Week. 1st and 2nd teams, players who stood out and had some of the strongest performances in week 9. 

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First Team

1st Team Defensive Line

First Team DE – Anthony Lanier II (SSK)

Anthony Lanier II was a beast in the win against Ottawa. He had at least 3 good pressures including in addition to his 3 sacks. He also had 2 good run stops. One of his pressures came in the final minute during which Ottawa was aiming for another one of their “Crumbacks”.

First Team DT – Mike Rose (CGY) 

Rose helped with a run stop early in the game and had another run stop in the 2nd quarter. He helped with a sack in the 1st half and got a sack in the 4th quarter.

First Team DT – Dewayne Hendrix (TOR)

Hendrix had a great sack reaching for Maier as he tried to run away. He had multiple pressures near the end of the first half.

First Team DE – Shawn Lemon (MTL)

Shawn Lemon made a big impact in his second game as an Alouette. He forced a fumble on a sack early in the game pursuing Taylor Powell. He finished the game with 3 tackles, and 2 sacks and also had an interception catching a pass deflected by teammate Lwal Uguak.

1st Team Linebackers

First Team LB – Bo Lokombo (BC)

Bo Lokombo had multiple quality pressures as well as a good run stop. He also had a couple of quick tackles on short passes. Lokombo scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble for the Lions’ only touchdown of the game. 

First Team LB – Jovan Santos-Knox (OTT)

Santos-Knox had a laundry list of good plays in week 9. He put pressure on the quarterback often, made a good run stop, contributed to a tackle for a loss, and provided tight coverage on a receiver being targeted in the endzone. He had a good tackle on Fine rushing as well as a great tackle on Jamal Morrow in the 2nd level preventing a first down.

First Team Cover LB – Douglas Coleman II (OTT)

Coleman made a good run scoring a touchdown after recovering a fumble. He put quality pressure on the quarterback on a play in the 2nd quarter and had a couple of plays making good tackles on short passes.

1st Team Defensive Backs

First Team CB – Evan Holm (WPG)

Holm had a good breakup early in the game and another in the endzone when covering Lucky Whitehead. He also provided tight coverage when he was covering a targetted receiver on a 2-point convert. He had multiple good tackles on short passes. 

First Team HB – Robertson Daniel (TOR)

Robertson Daniel did a great job in week 9 covering a lot of ground. He made many good tackles on short passes. Calgary’s longest pass play was 14 yards in a game the Toronto secondary played very well.

First Team S – Royce Metchie (TOR)

Mythic had a lot of great tackles keeping Calgary’s short passes from becoming long plays through the power of YAC. He also had a great run stop for a tackle for loss and later contributed to another tackle for loss helping to bring Dedrick Mills down in the 4th quarter.

Second Team HB – Deatrick Nichols (WPG)

Nichols made a lot of good tackles on short pass plays and also made 2 run stops. He helped provide good coverage in a game the BC offense struggled to get the passing game going.

First Team CB – Demario Houston (WPG

Houston went up to make a nice interception down the right sideline. He also had a number of quality tackles on short passes and provided good pass coverage throughout the game.

1st Team Quarterback

Quarterback performances are outlined in the Weekly Quarterback rankings

First Team QB – Zach Collaros (WPG)

27 attempts, 19 completions (70%), 369 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception.

1st Team Runningback

Running back performances are outlined in the Weekly Running back rankings

First Team RB – William Stanback (MTL)

19 carries for 106 yards, 5.6 yards per carry.

1st Team Wide Receivers

Wide receiver performances are outlined in CFL Wide Receiver Weekly.

First Team WR – Kenny Lawler (WPG)

8 targets, 7 catches, 200 yards, and 1 touchdown.

First Team WR – Dalton Schoen (WPG)

5 targets, 5 catches, 137 yards, and 2 touchdowns.

First Team WR – Shawn Bane Jr. (SSK)

9 targets, 6 catches, 88 yards, and 1 touchdown.

First Team WR – Cam Phillips (TOR)

8 targets, 4 catches, 94 yards, and 1 touchdown.

First Team WR – Austin Mack (MTL)

5 targets, 5 catches, 106 yards.

1st Team Offensive Line

First Team OL – Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Winnipeg’s offensive line played well against a dangerous BC defense. BC generated far fewer pressures on the quarterback than they typically do. Brady Oliveira rushed 6.7 yards per carry and the Bombers gave up 0 sacks.

LT Stanley Bryant, LG Geoff Gray, C Chris Kolankowski, RG Patrick Neufeld, RT Jemarcus Hardrick

1st Team Special Teams

First Team Kicker – Brett Lauther (SSK)

Lauther was 4/4 in field goals and made both his point-after tries. He made a 54-yard field goal in the final minute to give Saskatchewan the lead.

First Team Punter – Richie Leone (OTT)

Leone had by far the longest punt average as he had 7 punts averaging 47.9 yards per punt. Mario Alford only averaged 3.7 yards per punt return against him.

First Team Returner – Terry Williams (BC)

Williams had 1 punt return for 35 yards and returned 6 kickoffs averaging 32.5 yards per return. He was a bright spot for BC in a tough loss to Winnipeg. His longest return was 62 yards.

Second Team

2nd Team Defensive Line

Second Team DE – Willie Jefferson (WPG)

Willie Jefferson is always trouble for offensive lines. He put pressure on BC’s quarterbacks early and often. He had 2 knockdowns 1 of which was at the line and the other he dropped into coverage over the middle. He would have had a sack as well but it was negated by a controversial penalty.

Second Team DT – Jake Thomas (WPG)

Thomas turned up the temperature in the 2nd half with 3 quality pressures coming in that half and a near pressure. He also had a sack in the 4th quarter.

Second Team DT – Wood Baron (BC)

Woody Baron had multiple quality pressures throughout the game.

Second Team DE – Julian Howsare (CGY)

Howsare put pressure on the quarterback and knocked him down in each of the first 2 quarters. He had good QB pressure in every quarter in the win against Toronto. He also had a very good run stop on A.J. Ouellette in the 2nd quarter who is known to be hard to stop.

2nd Team Linebackers

Second Team LB – Wynton McManis (TOR)

McManis had a great run stop in the 2nd quarter tackling the RB for a loss. He had multiple run stops as well as some quality tackling on short passes preventing that YAC attack in the loss to Calgary.

Second Team LB – Adam Bighill (WPG)

Adam Bighill demonstrated his knack for covering a lot of ground. He made good run stops, frequently put pressure on the quarterback, and made quick tackles on short passes. 

Second Team Cover LB – J.R. Reed (MTL)

J.R. Reed made some quality tackles early in the game including a heavy hit on James Butler on a short pass. He did a great job jumping a route and coming down with an interception for the Alouettes.

2nd Team Defensive Backs

Second Team CB – Richard Leonard (HAM)

Leonard had an interception in the first quarter. He did get beat by Quartney Davis on his longest reception of the game. Leonard also had a quality pressure in the 4th quarter as well as made a good tackle on Jeshrunn Antwi preventing a first down.

Second Team HB – Carlel Brooks (OT

Brooks had a good run stop early in the game and closed in quickly on a lot of short passes. He provided good coverage such as a play in the 4th quarter targeting the receiver that resulted in an incompletion while he provided tight coverage. He did get beat by Shawn Bane Jr. on his touchdown but it was a good play by Saskatchewan’s offense. Brooks had a good game in week 9.

Second Team S – Brandon Alexander (WPG)

Second Team HB – Winston Rose (WPG)

Rose had a good pass breakup at the half. He also made some good tackles and provided good coverage against a dangerous group of receivers that the BC Lions presented.

Second Team CB – Jonathan Moxey (CGY)

Moxey had a great interception in the endzone near halftime. He also had a good breakup on a deep pass to Kurleigh Gittens Jr.

2nd Team Quarterback

Quarterback performances are outlined in the Weekly Quarterback rankings

First Team QB – Cody Fajardo (MTL)

25 attempts, 19 completions (76%), 318 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, and 2 rushes for 15 yards.

2nd Team Runningback

Running back performances are outlined in the Weekly Running back rankings

Second Team RB – Dedrick Mills (CGY)

27 carries for 137 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, and 4 receptions for 18 yards.

2nd Team Wide Receivers

Wide receiver performances are outlined in CFL Wide Receiver Weekly.

Second Team WR – Nic Demski (WPG)

6 targets, 5 catches, 62 yards, and 1 touchdown.

Second Team WR – Tommylee Lewis (CGY)

10 targets, 9 catches, 58 yards.

Second Team WR – Terry Godwin (HAM)

9 targets, 6 catches, 89 yards.

Second Team WR – Jerreth Sterns (SSK)

7 targets, 7 catches, 71 yards.

Second Team WR – Tyler Snead (MTL)

6 targets, 4 catches, 90 yards.

2nd Team Offensive Line

Second Team OL – Montreal Alouettes

Montreal had pretty good protection for the most part against Hamilton who the week before were getting to Dustin Crum often when they played Ottawa. The run game in Montreal was strong as Stanback averaged 5.6 yards per carry on 19 rushes. The line did a good job giving Stanback the opportunity to go to work.

LT Nick Callender, LG Pier-Olivier Lestage, C Justin Lawrence, RG Kristian Matte, RT Jamar McGloster

2nd Team Special Teams

Second Team Kicker – Rene Paredes

Paredes made both of his field goals from distances of 45 and 42 yards.

Second Team Punter – Cody Grace (CGY)

He’s been punting the snot out of footballs this season. He had 7 punts in week 9 averaging 41.7 yards per punt.

Second Team Returner – Mario Alford (SSK)

He did not have many good returns as he only averaged 3.7 per punt return. He did have a very good and timely 37-yard kickoff return that set Saskatchewan’s comeback drive to start at Saskatchewan’s 50.

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Jonathan Clink joined CFL News Hub in early April of 2023. His primary responsibilities are covering the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes. He self awarded himself the CFL Rookie Journalist of the Year in 2023 following the 2023 CFL season. He also proclaims himself to be a "really cool guy". He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and lived a large portion of his childhood in Northwest Ontario. He currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan and misses being being able to have 4 months of skating every winter. Clink has written over 240 articles for CFL News Hub. He was the publication's boots on the ground at the 2023 Grey Cup in Hamilton. Clink has always had an obsession for sport and has a background in other sports as well having played hockey all his life and soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in high school. As a young child he used to log his hockey statistics after every game which is either an indication that he was destined for the role or perhaps and indication that he is rather strange.
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