The number 1 slot for the most improved player has to be Chip Cox. In 08 he was borderline at defensine half back- he incured a lot of penalties and was victimized on several long passes thrown his way. In 09, he was shifted to the line backer slot and excelled. He was a tackling demon and was effective against the pass. He had a great season. In addition, he seemed to be always around the ball and, scored a couple of defensive touchdowns. 09 was Cox's year.
In second spot,is Adrian McPherson. He was a great third down runer and, in the time he was alloted first team QB role he demonstrated excellent passing and rushing. In 09 he emerged as AC's hier to be and, demonstrated his status as a confident and proficient QB.
Third on the most improved list is Shea Emery. In just his second year he showed that he owned the middle linebacker slot.
Forth on this list is Brian Bratton. Up to 09 Bratton was a sometimes receiver and sometimes kick returner. In the latter part of the season, and especially in the Grey Cup, Bratton has to be one of the first string guys. At times his pass catching was sensational and in the Grey Cup I was very impressed by his kick returning. On one play upon receiving a kick he demonstrated his strength by plowing through wave after wave of SAsk defenders. Bratton from day one has to be counted as a go to guy, especially should he have Terry Watkins in the long receiver role.
Fifth, one has to go with Erik Wilson- a two way tackle. He showed tons of spirit on defense and, I believe he hauled in a TD pass. Sixth is Luc Brodeur, a 6th round pick from Laval who got a starting line up position due to anothers injury. He has to emerge as a starting lineman in 10.
Finally I give the sixth slot to Matt Proulx who made 4 interceptions and 29 tackles. It is only his propensity to injury that has kept him out of the limelite on defense. Last on this list is HuckLack who is employed on long snapping. In 09 , however I believe he was a great special teams player. In addition he did get to play on defense at times and was right in the thick of things. I recall his one interception which he ran in for a TD. In summary, all of the Als played above par, but the above mentioned players, in my opinion, were the standouts in 09. I welcome other suggestions.