Bombers award their best

- November 1st, 2012

The Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards were handed out to each team on Wednesday, and there weren’t too many surprises.

Running back Chad Simpson was named most outstanding, receiver Chris Matthews is the rookie of the year, Glenn January is the top offensive lineman, placekicker Justin Palardy won the special teams honour, middle linebacker Henoc Muamba was named top Canadian and defensive end Alex Hall is the most outstanding defensive player.

If Matthews doesn’t win the CFL rookie of the year award, there needs to be an inquiry. Everyone else will be in tough against their East Division opponents.

Hamilton’s Chris Williams or Toronto’s Chad Owens will vie for the MOP, Montreal’s Shea Emry is the favourite for defensive player of the year and top Canadian, Montreal’s Josh Bourke is a stud on the offensive line, and poor Palardy has to go up against Williams and Owens for the special teams nod.

A few more news and notes from Halloween Wednesday on Maroons Road …

• I heard through the grapevine this week that the Bombers, who have been decimated by injury at running back, wanted to bring in Joffrey Reynolds for Saturday’s game against Montreal but there just wasn’t enough time to get it done. That would have been an interesting hire.

• Simpson said some interesting things on Wednesday after winning the MOP. He got choked up a couple of times when talking about how the NFL essentially dumped him after he suffered a broken foot with the Washington Redskins. It’s quite apparent he wants to get back to The League, but he’s a true pro who will focus on churning out the yards for the Bombers until that opportunity comes after next season.

• I have secured the unofficial list of Winnipeg’s potential free agents in February. It’s a list consisting mostly of defensive players, including weak-side linebacker Marcellus Bowman and defensive back Jonathan Hefney. Defensive linemen Jason Vega and Bryant Turner are also on the list. Bowman is a must, and Hefney, even though his leadership skills seem to be lacking, can still get the job done back there.

• Turner played last week and he wasn’t on the injured list Tuesday, but he couldn’t make it through practice on Wednesday so he will not play on Saturday against Montreal.

• Wednesday’s workout was the second-last practice ever at Canad Inns Stadium. No one cried.

• Here are the links to the stories I wrote on Wednesday. Here is the Chad Simpson MOP story, a look at Henoc Muamba earning the top Canadian nod, a glance at the other award winners and the entire free agent list story.

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