Team award winners

2019 CFL team award winners

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Player: Brandon Banks*
Defensive: Simoni Lawrence
Canadian: Brandon Revenberg
Offensive lineman: Chris Van Zeyl
Special teams: Frankie Williams
Rookie: Jaelon Acklin


The Canadian Football League announced 2019 team award winners Wednesday, including the six Hamilton Tiger-Cats selections:
*Indicates unanimous selection.
Banks, 31, has started 16 games at wide receiver for the Tiger-Cats in 2019 and leads the CFL through Week 20 in all major receiving categories, including receptions (112), yards (1,550) and touchdowns (13), as well as targets (158). All four are career highs for Banks and his 112 receptions is a Tiger-Cats’ single-season franchise record.
In addition, the Garner, North Carolina native has also recorded 13 carries for 56 yards and one rushing touchdown, 13 punt returns for 140 yards, and five missed field goal returns for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, Banks has 16 total touchdowns this season, just one shy of Chris Williams’ franchise record of 17 set in 2012. He now holds the CFL record with five-career missed field goal return touchdowns, and became Hamilton’s all-time punt return yardage leader (2,954) while also moving into second in franchise history behind Earl Winfield in both total touchdowns (60) and combined yards (12,959). Winfield had 87 career touchdowns and 14,798 combined yards as a Tiger-Cat.
Banks, a 5-7, 150-pound product of Kansas State University, has been named a CFL Top Performer four times this season, including Top Performer of the Week three times (Week 5, 9 & 20) and a Top Performer of the Month for June.
Lawrence, 30, was named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the third time in his career (2014, 2015). The University of Minnesota product has started 15 games at linebacker for the Tiger-Cats this season and leads the CFL in tackles (95) and defensive plays made (114) through Week 20, while tying a career high with three interceptions and adding four quarterback sacks, seven pass knock downs, one fumble recovery and four tackles for loss. He set a CFL single-game record in Week 16 at Winnipeg with 17 defensive tackles (Reggie Hunt – 16) against the Blue Bombers and was named the CFL Top Performer of the Week.
The 6-1, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania has anchored a Tiger-Cats’ defensive unit that has allowed a league-low 326 points and just 30 touchdowns so far in 2019. Lawrence also now holds the Tiger-Cats’ franchise record with 530 career defensive tackles after surpassing Rob Hitchcock (484) earlier this season, and sits second behind Hitchcock (606) in total tackles with 548.
The pool of Canadian and offensive line talent on Hamilton’s roster resulted in a unique occurrence with the voting where two Canadian offensive linemen won separate awards that seemingly should overlap.
Revenberg, 26, has started 17 games at left guard for the Tiger-Cats this season and was named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Canadian for the first time in his career. Last season, the 6-4, 301-pound native of Essex, Ontario was the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman but defensive tackle Ted Laurent took home the team award for top Canadian. Revenberg has yet to miss a game in his four-year CFL career, playing in all 74 of Hamilton’s regular season (71) and playoff games (3) since 2016.
Van Zeyl, 36, has started 16 games at right tackle for the Tiger-Cats this season. The 6-6, 312-pound native of Fonthill, Ontario is in his first season with the Tiger-Cats after 11 years with the Toronto Argonauts where he was named the team’s top offensive lineman twice (2012, 2014).
Revenberg and Van Zeyl anchor an offensive line that has helped Hamilton post league-leading rankings in 2019 in offensive points for (478), offensive points per game (28.6), offensive touchdowns (48), net offence (6,716 yards), net offence per game (395.1 yards), average yards per play (6.8), passing yards (5,347), passing yards per game (314.5), completion percentage (71.8%), average gain per pass (9.0 yards), 30+ yard pass gains (30) and passing efficiency (102.3).
Williams, 26, ranks among CFL leaders in numerous kick return categories, including first in punt return yardage (874), 30+ yard punt returns (10) and kickoff return touchdowns (tie-1), second in punt return touchdowns (tie-1) and overall kick return touchdowns (tie-2), third in average yards per punt return (12.3), and fourth in kickoff return yardage (1,020) and average yards per kickoff return (24.9). The 5-9, 190-pound native of Tampa, Florida also sits fifth in the CFL in combined yards (1,894) and is the only player without a single yard from scrimmage in the top 10 in that category.
Williams, who has also started at defensive back in 15 of his 16 appearances (14 at cornerback, one at halfback) for the Tiger-Cats this season, is second in the CFL in pass knockdowns with 13, and has added 49 defensive tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Acklin, 24, has started 16 games at wide receiver for the Tiger-Cats in 2019, registering 57 receptions on 71 targets for 701 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-2, 190-pound native of Mountain View, Missouri leads all eligible CFL rookie wide receivers in targets, receptions and receiving yards, and is fourth in receiving touchdowns. Acklin attended training camp with the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens in 2018 after four seasons (2014-17) at Western Illinois University before signing with the Tiger-Cats in March.
The award recipients were selected by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
In this first ballot, FRC representatives from each CFL city as well as the respective head coach submitted votes for six categories. Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL club who, through the excellence of their on-field performances, best represent the awards’ titles – Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie, and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.

Some interesting choices from all the teams
Vernon Adams Jr
Cody Fajardo
Trevor Harris
only 3 QBs up for MOP
(edit added Trevor Harris)
Andrew Harris not up for any nominations from Winnipeg

Meh. Would have gone with Demetrius Rhaney for rookie.

I would guess two QBs is the lowest we’ve seen in decades. (Have not looked it up.)

WPG voters have saved the broader group from having to make an awkward decision.

Interesting twist from HAM with both Revenberg and Van Zeyl nominated in different categories. I thought maybe Adeleke had a shot at Canadian.

Our Offensive Lineman nomination is of little consequence, since (as someone recently pointed out) Tiger-Cat players are seemingly ineligible to win. Zero wins in the entire ~45-year history of this award. Even nine sacks over a full season in the late 1990s did not impress the voters.

I guess they’re not “offensive” enough…???

That was all Danny mac. The oline was crap.

I’m not serious.

From the Spec:

The 5 Hamilton voters are Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer, and 4 members of the Football Reporters of Canada: one from the Hamilton Spectator; Kyle Melo from TSN 1150; and Ticat radio game commentators Mike Morreale and Marshall Ferguson.

Since Steve Milton wrote the article, I’m wondering if the Spec voter was someone else.

I would like to see a Most Outstanding rookie Canadian award added

A player like Kalinic(2nd round) would be recognized who I believe has started every game in his rookie season

I guess CHCH does not have anyone worthy? Not trying to be snarky - I don’t really watch the station.

I guess that they couldn’t get Bubba away from the buffet table long enough to vote . ;D

Frankie notunanimous??

Harjrullahu probably got a vote in there

Savage! I’m not a Bubba fan either. It’s clear the quality of his coverage depends on his passion for the player or sport. Loves Serena and basketball , football and hockey, not so much.

All great picks! Even Simoni with his bad head-shots. Job well done!

And the finalists are…Envelope please…

MOP…East - Brandon Banks - Hamilton / West - Cody Fajardo - Saskatchewan

and the WINNER IS Brandon Banks !!!

MOD…East - Simoni Lawrence - Hamilton / West - Charleston Hughes - Saskatchewan

and the WINNER IS Charleston Hughes !!! (Sorry Simoni but the Western media bias shines thru here )

MOC…East - Henoc Muamba - Montreal / West - Lemar Durant - BC

and the WINNER IS Henoc Muamba !!!

MOL…East - Chris Van Zeyl - Hamilton / Stanley Bryant - Winnipeg

and the WINNER IS Stanley Bryant !!!

OST…East - Frankie Williams - Hamilton / Nate Holley - Calgary

and the WINNER IS Frankie Williams !!!

MOR…East - Jaelon Acklin - Hamilton / Kenny Lawler - Winnipeg

and the WINNER IS Jaelon Acklin !!!

Ken Welch used to be decent. I would see him around IWS on gamedays but after the infamous CHCH firings there is nobody left who gives a damn.

I remember Ken Welch on CH. Used to see him down at IWS. Ch doesnt do a very good job at sports reporting.

All good except that I think Simoni will beat out Hughes whom has more sacks that Simoni but that is it!

Your post (Nate Who?) made me realize that almost no one nominated returners, in the so-called “Year of the Return”. Five K/Ps, two coverage guys, and only Frankie and Chris Rainey representing the returners.

I think this clears the path for Frankie. The only real competition I saw for him was WPG’s Jenarion Grant and his three punt return TDs, but he didn’t even get the team nomination.

No way Simoni wins, although he deserves it.

The western media HATES him.

Not happening.