Canadian Football League

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Canadian Football League Player Of The Week Awards

Eskimos' quarterback Ricky Ray has been unanimously chosen as the CFL's offensive player of the week, after keeping Edmonton's playoff hopes alive against Calgary on Friday.

With the announcement on Tuesday, Ray becomes the third quarterback in as many weeks to be named the league's top offensive performer, following Calgary's Henry Burris and B.C. sophomore Buck Pierce.
Ray threw for 281 yards and added 81 yards on the ground in Edmonton's 35-26 victory over the visiting Stampeders.
He ran 25 yards as part of a 97-yard drive for the winning score as the Eskimos halted a two-game losing streak and improved their season record to 4-7.
"What impressed me was his willingness to put his body on the line," CFL on CBC analyst Greg Frers told CBC Sports Online this week.
"Going headfirst to gain yards with the level of aggression he showed sent a message to the entire team. That's the mark of a true leader.
"He's very subdued and emotionless, so when he displays actions like that, he shows his desire to win."
The league leader in passing with 3,315 yards this season, Ray also took offensive honours for Week 4.
Top defensive: Roughrider's Jurineack
Meanwhile, Terrell Jurineack became the second Saskatchewan Roughrider of the season to capture the top defensive award.
The six-foot-five, 280-pound lineman had five tackles and two quarterback sacks in the Riders' 27-23 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday.
Linebacker Michael Fletcher of the Toronto Argonauts was runner-up after posting eight defensive tackles in Saturday's 11-9 decision over Hamilton.
Defensive lineman: Eskimos' Braidwood
Edmonton's Adam Braidwood cinched defensive lineman of the week honours when he returned a fumble five yards for a touchdown against Calgary on the game's final play.
The six-foot-four, 274-pound rookie added three forced fumbles, two tackles and two quarterback sacks.
"He's really matured and stepped up and become a performer for an underachieving defence," Frers said of Braidwood, a native of Delta, B.C.
Braidwood's teammate, Eskimos kicker Sean Fleming, was named special teams player of the week.
The 15-year CFL veteran connected on all five field goals he attempted versus Calgary, averaged 41 yards on four punts and added two converts.
Stampeders kick return specialist J. R. Ruffin was also nominated for the award.


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