167 PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR CFL MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE AWARD

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

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

Name

Position

College

Banks, Josh

DL

Wake Forest

Bonner, Tim

DL

Florida Atlantic

Broxton, Jarell

OL

Baylor

Butler, James

RB

Iowa

Camacho, Jimmy

K

Fresno State

Davis, Marcus

WR

UBC

Divinity, Michael

DL

LSU

Edwards-Cooper, Jalon

DB

Texas A&M Commerce

Flintoft, Stefan

P

UCLA

Gustav, Niklas

DL

Germany

Hammond, Courtney

DL

Western Oregon

Hardin, Kiante

DB

Pittsburgh State

Hastings, Cordell

WR

Acadia

Hladik, Ben

LB

UBC

Joyner, Austin

DB

Washington

Rourke, Nathan

QB

Ohio

Thurman, Kevin

DL

Arkansas State

Williams, Jordan

LB

East Carolina

EDMONTON ELKS

Name

Position

College

Ankrah, Andrew

DL

James Madison

Blake, Eric

DB

McMaster

Clements, Malik

LB

Cincinnati

Cornelius, Taylor

QB

Oklahoma State

Costigan, Thomas

DL

Bryant University

Demery, D’Antne

OL

Florida International

Debaillie, Tibo

DL

Towson University

Edwards, Earnest

WR

Maine

Fletcher, Walter

RB

Ball State

Higby, Tyler

OL

Michigan State

Jack-Kurdyla, Tomas

OL

Buffalo

Karl, Hunter

WR

Calgary

Laguda, Afolabi

DB

Colorado

McDonald, Grant

LB

Calgary

Morgan, Nyles

LB

Notre Dame

Nelson, Cole

DL

Alberta

Nielsen, Steven

OL

Eastern Michigan

Pae, Alain

DL

Ottawa

Philip, Shaydon

DB

Alberta

Rector, Christian

DT

Southern California

Sandjong, Rossini

DE

York

Smalls, Albert

DB

Northern Illinois

Tyne, Malik

DB

Towson University

Williams, Darius

DB

Carson-Newman

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

Name

Position

College

Adeyemi-Berglund, Isaac

DL

Southeastern Louisiana

Bane, Shawn

WR

Northwest Missouri State

Banks, Stefen

DL

Savannah State

Bell, Bryce

OL

Wilfrid Laurier

Bethune, Yurik

DL

Alabama A&M

Branch, Marcelis

DB

Robert Morris

Cowan, Brad

LB

Wilfird Laurier

Good-Jones, Julian

OL

Iowa St

Grace, Cody

P

Arkansas St

Graham, Elliot

RB

UBC

Gray, Kurtis

LB

Waterloo

Hakunavanhu, Luther

WR

York

Henry, Malik

WR

West Georgia

Holley, Nick

WR

Kent State

Killings, Dorian (DJ)

DB

Central Florida

Lee, Malcom

DB

UBC

Maier, Jake

QB

California Davis

Middlemost, Tyson

WR

McMaster

Moore, Charlie

LB

Calgary

Owens, Jarrell

DL

Oklahoma State

Richards, Ramon

DB

Oklahoma State

Seinet-Spaulding, Andrew

DL

McGill

Statz, Nick

DB

Calgary

Stewart, Silas

LB

Incarnate Word

Williams, Kobe

DB

Arizona State

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

Name

Position

College

Adams, Keion

DE

Western Michigan

Campbell, Christian

DB

Penn State

Ezeala, Christopher

DE

No College

Ferland, Logan

OL

Regina Thunder Jrs

Gates, DeMarquis

LB

Mississippi

Jana, Terrell

WR

Virginia

Jefferson, Cameron

OL

Arkansas

Marino, Garrett

DT

Alabama Birmingham

Morrow, Jamal

RB

Washington State

Nell, John Henry

K

No College

Pinckney, Michael

LB

Miami

Riley, Mattland

OL

Saskatchewan

Schaffer-Baker, Kian

WR

Guelph

Webb, Damon

DB

Ohio State

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Name

Position

College

Alford, DeAundre

DB

Tusculum College

Dheilly, Nicholas

DL

Saskatchewan

Gaskill-Cadwallader, Tanner

LB

Wilfrid Laurier

Hallett, Noah

DB

McMaster

Houston, Demerio

DB

Southern

Kramdi, Redha

DB

Montreal

Liegghio, Marc

K

Western University

Lowes, Robbie

LB

Regina

Maruo, Les

LB

Texas at San Antonio

McKnight, Kelvin

WR

Samford

Miller, Joshua

DB

Ball State

Mourtada, Ali

K

Pace

Rocquemore, Jontrell

LB

Utah State

Rose, Ezekiel

DT

West Virginia

Sayles, Casey

DL

Ohio

Schiaffino Perez, Sergio

DB

Saltillo Dinos

Tyrrell, James

WR

Concordia

Walker, Ricky

DT

Virginia Tech

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

Name

Position

College

Autry II, Lee

DL

Mississippi State

Bennett, Mason

DE

North Dakota

Bertolet, Taylor

K

Texas A&M

Carney, Malik

DL

North Carolina

Cross, Nic

LB

UBC

Feltmate, Bailey

LB

Acadia

Garand-Gauthier, Felix

FB

Laval

Green, Marcus

WR

Louisiana at Monroe (NE)

Izinyon, David

LB

Rostock Griffins

Katsantonis, Stravos

DB

UBC

Lawrence, Desmond

DB

North Carolina

Manalo, Myles

LB

Western University

Murray, Jordan

OL

North Texas

Richards, Jarek

LB

Saint Mary's

Schnitzler, Tom

LS

UBC

Stribling, Channing

DB

Michigan

Ternowski, Tyler

WR

Waterloo

Vornkahl, Travis

OL

West Texas A&M

White, Papi

WR

Ohio

Whitford, Joel

P

Washington

Whyte, Gordon

LB

St. Francis Xavier

Woodmansey, Coulter

OL

Guelph

Yarbrough, John

OL

Richmond

TORONTO ARGONAUTS

Name

Position

College

Acheampong, Sam

DT

Wilfrid Laurier

Allen, Dejon

OL

Hawaii

Brissett, Dejon

WR

Virginia

Cassar, Jack

LB

Carleton

Churchill, Theren

OL

Regina

Giffen, Dylan

OL

Western University

Hagerty, Josh

DB

Saskatchewan

Hoyte, Trevor

LB

Carleton

Jeanpiere, Damion

WR

Nicholls State

Mencer, Eli

DL

Albany

Nicastro, Peter

OL

Calgary

Nield, Tommy

WR

McMaster

Oakman, Shawn

DL

Baylor

Pellerin, Dion

RB

Waterloo

Peters, Jamal

DB

Mississippi State

OTTAWA REDBLACKS

Name

Position

College

Abrahams-Webster, Treshaun

DB

Calgary

Asse, Ketel

OL

Laval

Auclair, Adam

LB

Laval

Basambombo, Dan

LB

Laval

Boyd, Dino

OL

Cincinnati

Bushell-Beatty, Juwann

OL

Michigan

Christion, Taryn

QB

South Dakota State

Davis, Ryan

WR

Auburn

Evans, Caleb

QB

Louisiana Monroe

Ferguson, Chris

OL

Cincinnati

Griffin, Frankie

DB

Texas State

Hornbuckle, Tre

DL

Duke

Lebreux, Clement

DL

Laval

Martin-Oguike, Praise

DL

Temple

McGloster, Jamar

OL

Syracuse

Muhammad, Brad

DB

Florida International

Nnoruka, Chigozie

DL

Miami

Phillips, Ervin

WR

Syracuse

Pickett, Andrew

OL

Guelph

Smallwood, Jordan

WR

Oklahoma

Szott, Jakob

OL

McMaster

Vrede, Tyron

LB

North Datoka

Williams, Terry

WR

Tennesse Martin

MONTREAL ALOUETTES

Name

Position

College

Antwi, Jeshrun

RB

Calgary

Cote, David

K

Laval

Dequoy, Marc-Antoine

DB

Montreal

Harelimana Brian

LB

Montreal

Randle Jr., Rodney

DB

Lamar

Watson, Tre

LB

Maryland

Zema, Joseph

P

Incarnate World

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Lucas Barrett
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
Lucas Barrett
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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