Just looking at the All-Star selections, some thoughts came to my mind. I am sure others as well have opinions. So lets take a look.
First QB Ray gets the nod at QB. Certainly had a good season as usual under some circumstances like injuries to his entire group of receivers as well as his own injury he played through.
Still I would place my vote for Mike Reilly. Injuries struck on the offense for the ESKS as well. With Stamps out as well as the mergence of RB White.
Linebacker Changes Selection Process
IMHO it is time to break the LB position into the 3 different LB positions
Mikel/MLB - Solomon Elimimian. For sure in a league with always some great MLBs year in and year out he was the creme of the crop.
Will/Weak Side LB - Dexter McCoil. Truly playing the WillLB position it would be hard to argue against him. Although their was several with all star play as usual.
ADam BigHill BC & Simoni Lawrence Hamilton as well would be in consideration. BigHill made the transition to Will from Mike overshadowed by Elimimian this season. Simoni early on had his NFL training camps/played '10 and '11 in the UFL and time in DEC on NFL PR. '11 in EDM. 2012 in Hamilton came into his own. Got NFL Attention signing futures contract eventually returned in time for Cats TC. Solidified himself as a top WillLB in the CFL in 2014.
SAM/ Strong Side LB - The SAMLB position has changed greatly in recent years. Now basically a hybrid of a OLB and cover DB. IMHO it is the hardest position to play in the CFL. Not only do they have to cover a 5th receiver but also that REC is a SB that will be using the Waggle. As well have to be able to give run support like a LB. This position really does not have any US similar position nor is it needed the skill set at the CIS level.
Consideration SAMLB 2014
Keon Raymond Calgary & Chip Cox Montreal - These two basically invented the position and still continue to be among the the best year in and year out. Tackles/Sacks/Ints. They do it all take your pick on this one.
Also considered - Rico Murray Hamilton. Really picked up the position really well in his first CFL season 2013 and continued in 2014. The only thing with Murray is that he was moved from SAM to HB during the season.
Future SAMLB Stars - Antoine Pruneau Ottawa & Teague Sherman Winnipeg. Two young Nationals. Pruneau for sure stepped in in his rookie season part way through. A full season next year and he could be the best. Sherman played awesome in his second season. A little different type of D in Winnipeg. So I am not sure if he will shake out to be a Will or SAM LB.