Henry Burris is up for the Most Outstanding Player award and the statistics paint a pretty clear picture of the reason why. He led the league in touchdowns with an eye-popping 38 and finished third with 4,945 yards passing. On the downside, he threw 20 interceptions. Running Game:
Joffrey Reynolds rushed for 1,200 yards and eight touchdowns but his best statistic is 1; the number of times he fumbled the ball in 217 touches this season. Jon Cornish, who suffered a concussion in the season finale but should be ready to go, chipped in with 618 yards while Burris scrambled for almost 500 yards. Receiving Game:
Slotbacks Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo along with wide receiver Romby Bryant all finished in the top 10 in receiving, averaging 80 catches and over 1,200 yards. Canadians Arjei Franklin and Ryan Thelwell, who has struggled with injuries all season, are also options. Offensive Line:
Ouststanding Offensive Lineman nominee Ben Archibald and Dmitri Tsoumpas anchor a unit that has some new faces on it. Jeff Pilon is gone and Rob Lazeo is now backing up to Tim O'Neill with second-year man Steve Myddleton and rookie Stanley Bryant completing the group that enabled the Stamps to lead the league in rushing with 145 yards and gave up just 30 sacks. Special Teams:
Deon Murphy emerged as a special teams threat, picking up almost 1,900 yards in combined yards. Burke Dales led the league in punting, averaging over 45 yards per boot while rookie Rob Maver, who was picked fifth overall in May, surpassed expectations by leading the league in scoring and connecting on 79% of his field goal attempts. Roughriders' Defence:
The Roughriders can stop the pass but not the run. Saskatchewan finished just ahead of the last-ranked Lions in rushing defence but boast one of the best pass defences. Without John Chick and Stevie Baggs, the Riders haven't put as much pressure on the quarterback this year and, in turn, did not come up with as many interceptions (15). However, defensive back James Patrick led the league in picks with 9. Veteran linebacker Barrin Simpson, who led the league in tackles with 104, missed the Western Semi-Final with a sprained ankle.