Last Word on Canadian Football’s CFL Award Predictions

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HAMILTON, ON - JULY 13: Brandon Banks #16 of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the sidelines during a game against the Calgary Stampeders at Tim Hortons Field on July 13, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. Hamilton defeated Calgary 30-23. (Photo by John E. Sokolowski/Getty Images)

Awards season is upon us in the CFL and there is a healthy dose of competition in each category. That makes these predictions very difficult but on the positive side, that means there were a lot of great performances, storylines and impact that each of these players has made in their respective 2019 campaigns. Let’s get to it. Presenting the Last Word on Canadian Football’s CFL Award predictions.

Nik Kowalski

Most Outstanding Player: Brandon Banks
Speedy B is a cheat code. The league’s best playmaker deserves the recognition after his best campaign.

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Simoni Lawrence
I witnessed Simoni’s 17-tackle game live back in October and I was sold then.

Most Outstanding Canadian: Cameron Judge
Judge can be effective in every area on the field, and I appreciate his cover skills.

Most Outstanding Lineman: Stanley Bryant
What stood out this season was Bryant’s ability to win against the elite defensive ends.

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: Mike Miller
I wish Miller and Kerfalla Exume could split this award, but let’s give some love to the veteran Canadian.

Most Outstanding Rookie: Jake Wieneke
I see a lot of Brad Sinopoli in Wieneke, who found the end zone eight times in 2019.

Coach of the Year: Orlondo Steinauer
Any coach who can go 15-3 in his rookie season after losing his star quarterback gets my vote.

Jeff Burns

Most Outstanding Player: Brandon Banks
Led the league in receiving yards, receptions, touchdown receptions and completed targets. Easily the most dynamic player in the CFL.

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Willie Jefferson
12 sacks, six forced fumbles and an absolute nightmare for every defensive coordinator in the league.

Most Outstanding Lineman: Stanley Bryant
Bryant is a stand-out on a dominant offensive line in the CFL. Once again the Bombers had the leagues leading rusher and Bryant is a big reason for that.

Most Outstanding Canadian: Cameron Judge
An absolute stellar season for this third-year pro. 61 tackles, five sacks, two picks and a score, Judge is the best Canadian in the CFL in 2019.

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: Frankie Williams
A dynamic returner who can change the momentum of a game in a heartbeat. Every team wants one- Hamilton has theirs.

Most Outstanding Rookie: Jake Wieneke
Wieneke finished fifth in the CFL for receiving touchdowns with eight. A great start to a promising career for this young receiver.

Coach of the Year: Orlondo Steinauer
Coaching the Tiger-Cats to their best record (15-3) in the history of the franchise is easily enough to get this award here. Steinauer continues to make his mark in the CFL.

Stephen Bolen

Most Outstanding Player: Brandon Banks
Banks was nearly unstoppable this season and his production didn’t suffer even with the injury to Jeremiah Masoli. Nothing against Cody Fajardo, this won’t be his last nomination for this CFL award.

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Willie Jefferson
Flip a coin, but Jefferson’s impact on this Winnipeg defence can’t be understated. He gets the nod from me here.

Most Outstanding Lineman: Stanley Bryant
Winnipeg allowed the third-least amount of sacks in 2019 and Harris once again led the league in rushing only playing 16/18 games. Bryant played a massive role in both the Bombers passing and rushing attacks.

Most Outstanding Canadian: Cameron Judge
Judge was tasked with filling a massive void left by Sam Eguavoen and didn’t disappoint. He gets my vote for the Most Outsanding Canadian CFL award.

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: Frankie Williams
Williams has been simply electric all season long and can shift the momentum of a game in an instant.

Most Outstanding Rookie: Jake Wieneke
What started out as a turbulent season for the Montreal Alouettes turned out to be a Cinderalla story cut short. Wieneke played a huge rule in Montreal’s revival with over 500 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Coach of the Year: Craig Dickenson
Not taking away from Orlondo Steinauer’s work in Hamilton accumulating a 15-3 record and a Grey Cup appearance. But many had the Riders finishing fourth or fifth in the West and were left for dead post-Chris Jones. Dickenson won over the locker room and provided the Riders with a foundation to build on.

The Last Word

No matter how it shakes out, the finalists in each category shaped the narrative and sculpted the story of the 2019 CFL season. Each has made a lasting impact on not only their respective teams but the entire CFL. Congratulations to all finalists and winners on Thursday night.

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