TORONTO – As individual distinctions are accumulating for Jeremiah Masoli, General Hamilton Tiger-Cats is quick to give faith to those who help him look good.
Masoli was named an East Division contender for the excellent CFL player award on Thursday. It came a day after Masoli captured his first division with all the stars.
"I feel like this for every individual prize in football, it's obviously a huge team," Masoli said. "I can not do all these things without blocking the line for me, the receivers to open and all that stuff.
"It is a real game of the team and I give all the support to my coaches and teammates".
Calgary Stampeders General Bo Levi Mitchell is the West Division contender. The vote was conducted by Canadian football journalists and nine CFL coaches with the winner being named on November 22 in Edmonton.
Masoli, 30, had 5,209 passing courts (second) and 28 TDs (third overall) in his first full bout as Hamilton's novice. San Francisco's 10-foot, 10-pound, 10-pound, overcame 12,300 lumens, helping Ticats (8-10) finish second in the East Division.
Masoli was also the second champion of the championship among the quarterbacks with 473 meters. Anchored the top offense of CFL (405.6 meters per game), despite the ever-changing take-off powers as veterans. Shamawd Chambers, Chris Williams, Jalen Saunders, Terrence Toliver and Brandon Banks suffered injuries during the campaign.
Even if Hamilton does not reach the gray cup, Masoli will have a company in Alberta. Linear companion of Trichet Larry Dean (defensive player) and keeper Brandon Revenberg (top lineman) also received eastern candidates.
But more important for Masoli is Hamilton's semi-final showdown on Sunday against the BBC. Lions.
"For these prices, you can be sure (I feel proud), but I think it's a type of deal after the season," Masoli said. "We have to be locked in the BK now.
"These things are definitely nice to look back after you've finished, but now we can not let it distract us."
Mitchell, the award-winning 16th prize, recorded his second season in 5,000 boats (5,124) with 35 TDs. Like Masoli, Mitchell played many injuries in Calgary's body, going to the top of the Stampeders (13-5) at the top of the Western Division.
"It's definitely a year that I'm proud of for what we did … but hang your hat on the championships and that's what we're trying to do," Mitchell told reporters at Calgary. "The MOP is an individual prize that comes out to a whole team.
"It is a prize for all O-linemen, what they did this year with standing up and I had to work even harder with what happened with the receivers and I have to keep the ball a little more All the works brought by the receivers, coaches, running everything that has done all the time, is an entire group effort and certainly a very great honor for it ".
Mitchell, 28, has a 69-15-2 (winning .814) record as the CFL starter, the best in the history of the championship. But he had praise for Masoli.
"He has fought through some of the things I have this year with the receivers and everything," Mitchell said. "I think he had just one hell of a year and really did that offense his own."
Dean had 105 races, ending for a third overall with West Division's candidate Adam Bighill from the Winnipeg Blue bombers. Hamilton's defense allowed less aggressive courtyards (334.3 per game) and the upgrading of the shipyards (110.6) to the eastern division.
"Larry, for me, is just a true leader and what I think of as midbacker," said coach Hamilton June Jones. "All the great ones have the leadership they have and the ability to make toys and get the kids lined up.
"He's like a coach on the pitch. He's a special guy."
The rest of the finalists include: Winnipeg's Andrew Harris and Ottawa's Brad Sinopoli receiver (top Canadian); to face Stanley Bryant of Winnipeg (top lineman)? kickers Ty Long of B.C. and Lewis Ward of Ottawa (special teams); Ward and Saskatchewan receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert (chief); and Chris Jones of Saskatchewan and Rick Campbell of Ottawa (coach of the year).
Harris and Bryant are trying to win the corresponding honor for a second season.
Rebebberg, Esex, Aud. He reached his third season with Hamilton. The third bet in draft 16, the 25-year-old anchors an offensive line that protects Masoli and contributed to the second best attack by CFL (310.7 meters per game).
"It's one of those things that you feel very honored to be in this position," he said. "It means that all the hard work has paid off.
"The way (Hamilton) moved me, I realized I did not lose my head at all, somehow focused and understandable on the way. It started with a few repetitions that now and then spin sometimes and at the end, starting."
The Bighill of the 10-foot, 230-pound Bighill has enjoyed a first banner for the first time with Winnipeg. In addition to the 105 events, Bighill had four sacks, two spies and four best champions who were forced to become the first bomber appointed for this prize by Jovon Johnson in 2011.
Harris led the CFL to rush for a second consecutive year, charting a better career 1,390 yards. The native Winnipeg also had 58 catches for 451 yards and scored 11 TDs.
Sinopoli published a record-breaking campaign with Ottawa. The 30-year-old Peterborough native, Ont., Had a great league – 116 records for a Canadian – with 1,376 meters and four TDs and was a Harris finalist last year.
Bryant led another good time for Winnipeg's offensive line. Harris not only reached the top race, but Bombers scored 53 best CFL attacks and allowed 36 bags, tied for the few players in the championship.
Ward's two nominations followed a predominant first period. The former Ottawa Gee-Gee achieved 51 out of 52 goals in the field (CFL-record 94.7 per cent), including the last 48 straight, a permanent football mark.
Big went to CFL on hunting (48.8 meters) and net punting (38.5), averaging 65.3 meters per kicker, and 43 out of 49 goals (87.8%).
Williams-Lambert was the leader of Saskatchewan with 62 catches for 764 meters and four TDs.
Campbell and Jones first launched the coach award in 2015 when he won the Campbell Award. Ottawa (11-7) reached the top of the Eastern Division while Saskatchewan (12-6) was the second in the West Division.
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press