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CFL Most Outstanding Player race: Week 13

JC Sherritt has another big week

In a week that featured several lacklustre performances, Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker stood above the rest in the battle for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player.

Sherritt led a stout Eskies defence against the B.C. Lions, the league’s top team, and almost pulled off the upset, losing 19-18.

On the other side of the ball, Travis Lulay played a solid game against the tough Edmonton defence and made the big plays that helped his team win the game.

Here’s how the top candidates peformed:

JC Sherritt – MLB – Edmonton Eskimos

Sherrit continued to add to his monstrous league lead in tackles with eight more stops in the game and was able to add a sack, giving him three on the year. Sherritt has 101 tackles over 13 games, has added three interceptions. He should at least be a top candidate for Defensive Player of the Year. Sherritt leads the Eskimos against provincial rivals Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

Travis Lulay – QB – BC Lions

The Lions quarterback showed the kind of resilience and leadership that truly set the great field generals apart from the good ones. Lulay brought the Lions back from a 15-3 first-half deficit and threw a touchdown to Geroy Simon in the fourth quarter. Lulay also led a drive late that set up the game-winning field goal. He finished 26 of 39 for 260 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Anthony Calvillo – QB – Montreal Alouettes

Calvillo aired the ball out Sunday against the Argos with varying results. The Als signal caller threw for two touchdowns and 315 yards but he completed only 15 of his 29 throws while also being picked off twice. When QB Ricky Ray went down with an injury in this game, Calvillo knew he could attack without risk of Toronto responding on offence.

Chad Owens – WR – Toronto Argonauts

Without his starting quarterback for three quarters of the game Owens did his best to piggy-back his wounded team. He produced over 200 all purpose yards, including 87 yards receiving on six catches. With Julius Jackson in the game, he was not getting the kind of space that Ricky Ray’s pin-point passing normally offers him.

Chris Williams  – WR – Hamilton Tiger-Cats

It was a disappointing game all around for Williams as he was held to just one catch for eight yards and only produced 34 yards from four punt returns. The Blue Bombers stifled the Hamilton offence all game and Williams had little space to work with.

Jon Cornish – RB – Calgary Stampeders

Cornish ran hard against Saskatchewan, and produced some tough yards, but wasn’t able to bust the big one. The game plan was clearly to attack the Roughriders defence through the air but Cornish only touched the ball 12 touches for 67 yards while the Stamps threw it 40 times to only 15 runs.