Toronto Argonauts end Ronald Flemons was named the CFL’s top defensive performer on Tuesday.
Despite making a clumsy mistake in Saturday’s game against the BC Lions, the defensive end recorded seven tackles, one pass knockdown and a career-high three sacks.
Flemons could have scored a touchdown in the 37-16 loss. He had clear path to the end zone with no one in sight when he recovered a fumble, but he inexplicitly dropped the ball before crossing the goal line, allowing B.C. to recover it. This is the first time in his career that Flemons received this recognition and he is also the first Argo to win defensive award since 2008 when end Jonathan Brown earned the honour in Week 6.
“I am humbled by and grateful for this honour but this team is not about personal accolades,” said Flemons to the team’s website. “Respectfully, I would trade in my Player of the Week and my sacks for a victory. I will continue to work hard week after week with my defensive teammates to keep improving and to bring wins to the city of Toronto, that is our primary goal.”
Along with Flemons, B.C. running back Jerome Messam took full advantage of his increased playing time and was honoured as the Canadian player of the week. The Toronto native ran 24 yards on eight carries and caught two passes for an additional 34 yards.
Meanwhile, Calgary quarterback Henry Burris earned offensive honours. He threw for 404 yards and two touchdowns as well as running for two more scores in the Stampeders 36-20 win over Edmonton.
This was Burris’s 12th such honour of his career.
Andrew Harris was named as top special teams player after he recorded 162 return yards with the BC Lions. Harris also returned three kickoffs and four punts for 119 yards and 43 yards, respectively.
His award is highlighted by a riveting 72-yard kickoff return to start the second half of the game on Sunday.