EIGHT TIGER-CATS NAMED EAST DIVISION ALL-STARS
Defensive tackle Ted Laurent and safety Craig Butler become three-time Divisional All-Stars
The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced the 2015 East and West Division All-Stars today. Eight Hamilton Tiger-Cats were honoured in the East, including receiver Luke Tasker, right guard Ryan Bomben, defensive tackle Ted Laurent, linebacker Simoni Lawrence, defensive back Emanuel Davis, safety Craig Butler, kicker Justin Medlock and kick returner Brandon Banks.
Tasker, Laurent, Lawrence, Butler and Banks were all named Divisional All-Stars for the second consecutive season, while Medlock also earned his second selection as a Ticat with the other coming in 2011. Bomben and Davis were both first-time Divisional All-Stars.
Despite missing four games, Tasker set career highs in receptions (76), receiving yards (1,066) and touchdowns (6) in 2015, leading the Tiger-Cats in all three categories and ranking sixth in the league in receiving yards in his third CFL season.
Bomben started at right guard in 11 games this season in his first year with the Tiger-Cats. The Burlington, Ontario native registered his second-career receiving touchdown on August 9 versus Winnipeg and signed a three-year contract with the Ticats on October 15.
Laurent, who was named the Tiger-Cats Most Outstanding Canadian for the second time in as many seasons last week, earned his third Divisional All-Star nod (2012, 2014, 2015). The Montreal, Quebec native posted 26 defensive tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 17 games this season.
Lawrence, the Tiger-Cats reigning two-time Most Outstanding Defensive Player award winner, yet again contributed across the board for Hamilton’s defence in 2015. The native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania started all 18 games at linebacker for the Ticats, recording 80 defensive tackles, five sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Davis led the CFL in 2015 with three interception return touchdowns (no other player had more than one) and 12 pass knock downs, and was tied for fourth overall with five interceptions. The native of Manteo, North Carolina added 61 defensive tackles, eight special teams tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 18 games.
Butler registered 43 defensive tackles, four sacks and one interception in 14 games for the Tiger-Cats this season to earn his third Divisional All-Star selection (2011, 2014, 2015).
Medlock led the CFL in scoring in 2015 with 181 points on 42 field goals, 49 one-point converts and six singles. The native of Fremont, California was also third in the league in field goal percentage (89.4%), converting 42 of his 47 attempts. Medlock is now fourth in Tiger-Cats all-time scoring with 557 points, trailing only Paul Osbaldiston (2,859), Bernie Ruoff (1,069) and Tommy Joe Coffey (603).
Banks led the league with four punt return touchdowns this season, one shy of the all-time CFL single-season record. The native of Garner, North Carolina also ranked third in the CFL in all-purpose yards (2,073) and punt return yards (930), and had six total touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving, four punt returns).
The Division All-Stars were selected by members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. The East Division All-Stars were selected by the voting members of the FRC from the East Division markets, the National Chapter and the East Division head coaches. The West Division All-Stars were selected by the voting members of the FRC from the West Division markets, the National Chapter and the West Division head coaches.
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