Nate Williams of the Calgary Stampeders in action against the Edmonton Eskimos during their CFL Football League (CFL) game at McMahon Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
Roughriders’ Ricky Williams remains at the top of the Canadian Football League’s top plays list, after his 101-yard touchdown against the Lions in August.
The 29-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner finished the regular season with 28 receptions for 319 yards and one touchdown. Williams was in action for all 16 games this season, and was named the league’s outstanding rookie in 2016.
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie and league CEO Chris Rudge hosted the awards banquet at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Tuesday evening, recognizing 12 CFL players for their achievements in the 2018 season.
All six league and eight Grey Cup champion teams were represented, including the Roughriders, Stampeders, Argonauts, Argos, Eskimos, Redblacks and Tiger-Cats.
“Our players are a remarkable group and it is an honour to recognize their impressive accomplishments during the 2018 regular season,” Ambrosie said. “Although it was very exciting to crown the champions of the Grey Cup Champion teams, it was an enjoyable event filled with much laughter, great music and special moments for each of our 12 award winners.”
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was named the outstanding player for 2018.
“It feels good to be named the Most Outstanding Player,” Mitchell said. “However, it also represents the fact that we had the most complete season, in my opinion, in our league.”
The team’s head coach, Dave Dickenson, was named the outstanding coach.
“It is quite an accomplishment to be named Coach of the Year,” Dickenson said. “It is a group effort. When you look at this entire team, we had a very special season.”
Riders’ star receiver Weston Dressler was named the outstanding Canadian player.
Dressler had 75 receptions for 962 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season.
He will retire at the end of the current CFL season.
Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Almondo Sewell won the 2016 CFL outstanding rookie award.
Eskimos receiver Armanti Edwards is the most outstanding special teams player of 2018.
Like in 2016, three first-year players were nominated for outstanding rookie of the year, including first-year quarterback Trevor Harris (Stampeders), Detroit Lions defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter (Lions) and Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Aaron Summers.
Two other first-year players, Stampeders safety Antoine Pruneau and Toronto Argonauts safety Sukh Chungh, were nominated for most outstanding defensive player.
The league named the following players of the year for the 2018 season:
MOP: Bo Levi Mitchell, Calgary Stampeders
Player of the Year: Rick Barnes, Ottawa Redblacks
All-Canadian: Weston Dressler, Saskatchewan Roughriders
CFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Eskimos
Rookie of the Year: Sukh Chungh, Toronto Argonauts
MOST OUTSTANDING DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Marc-Olivier Brouillette, Toronto Argonauts
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Aaron Summers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats