Canadian Football League

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Canadian Football League Player Of The Week Winners

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' rally came up short on Saturday, but their late efforts didn't go unnoticed.

Two members of the Bombers were named Tuesday as Canadian Football League players of the week, with running back Fred Reid earning offensive player honours, while defensive tackle Doug Brown earned the nod as top Canadian.

Hamilton linebacker Markeith Knowlton was named the top defensive player, while B.C. Lions kicker Sean Whyte was selected as the special teams player.

Winnipeg fell behind the Calgary Stampeders 23-3 during Saturday night's game in Calgary, but they roared back in the second half to make a game of it. Only a last-minute interception ended the comeback bid, as the Stamps went on for a 31-23 victory.

Reid was one of the sparkplugs in the second half, picking up 150 yards rushing, 23 yards through the air, and a pair of touchdowns. He finished the game with 167 yards on the ground.

Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo was the runner-up for the award.

Brown picked up seven tackles and two quarterback sacks for the Bombers defence, which have up 30 points during the first three quarters, but allowed just a single point in the fourth quarter.

Saskatchewan wide receiver Rob Bagg was also considered for the award.

In Hamilton, Knowlton was dominant defensively, as he picked up 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble return in Saturday's 28-21 victory over the Edmonton Eskimos. He helped to hold Edmonton to just three points in the second half as the Ticats improved to 4-2 on the year.

Montreal defensive tackle Jermaine McElveen was the runner-up.

In B.C., the Lions ended a two-game losing streak with a 35-20 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, with Whyte doing plenty of damage.

The rookie kicker was 4-for-4 in field goals, hitting on attempts of 44, 43, 33, and 19 yards. He also converted all three Lions' touchdowns and finished the game with 15 points.

Whyte's teammate, receiver Ryan Grice-Mullen, and Edmonton running back/kick returner Arkee Whitlock also received consideration for the honour.


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