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TSN has unveiled the CFL's Top 50 Players heading into the 2012 season based on selections by a panel of experts, and this year's top player is B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay. Last year's top rated player, Anthony Calvillo, fell to third in this year's voting. Check below to see if your favourite players made the list.

* Numbers in brackets represent final voting points a player received by the panel polled to obtain the rankings. The order was determined by a cumulative point system based on the individual rankings.
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The Top 10

1. QB - Travis Lulay (1210)

2011
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
342 583 58.7 4,815 32 11 95.8
Career
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
569 937 60.7 7,741 43 24 95.5
Noteworthy
2011 served as Travis Lulay's coming out party. In his first full season as a starter, Lulay led the Lions to a remarkable turnaround that saw the team win 10 of their last 11 games to finish first in the West. He capped the incredible run by quarterbacking the Lions to a Grey Cup victory over the Blue Bombers at home. He also tied for the CFL-lead with 32 touchdown passes and threw for a career-high 4,815 yards, second in the CFL. Lulay added 391 yards along the ground with three rushing touchdowns.

2. SB - Jamel Richardson (1050)

2011
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
112 1,777 15.9 59 11
Career
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
505 6,861 13.6 81 47
Noteworthy
Richardson's career took off when he joined the Alouettes from Saskatchewan in 2008. He has been an East Division all-four all three years he's been in Montreal and was named the Grey Cup MVP in 2010. He set career-highs and led the CFL in both receptions and receiving yards last season.

3. QB - Anthony Calvillo (1039)

2011
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
404 654 61.8 5,251 32 8 98.2
Career
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
5,444 8,686 62.7 73,412 418 205 95.7
Noteworthy
The Alouettes have finished first or tied for first in 10 of the 14 seasons Calvillo has been with the team and a big reason for that success is the veteran quarterback. The future Hall of Famer has led Montreal to three Grey Cup Championships and has been named the CFL Most Outstanding Player three times. Last season he passed Damon Allen for the All-time records in both career passing yards and touchdowns.

4. RB - Brandon Whitaker (806)

2011
ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD
226 1,381 6.1 58 4
Career
ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD
272 1,643 6.0 58 6
Noteworthy
After two years serving as a backup to Avon Cobourne, Whitaker finally got his chance to shine in 2011. In his first year as a starter, Whitaker led the CFL with 1,381 rushing yards with four touchdowns along the ground. He proved to be an equally dangerous threat catching passes as he racked up 72 receptions for 638 yards and another six touchdowns.

5. CB - Jovon Johnson (798)

2011
TKL INT LONG TD KD
55 8 67 2 5
Career
TKL INT LONG TD KD
258 21 80 6 29
Noteworthy
Jovon Johnson has developed into one of the premier corners in the CFL over the last few seasons in Winnipeg. Last year Johnson led the CFL with eight interceptions including two that he returned for touchdowns en route to being named the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Johnson is also a threat on punt returns.

6. QB - Ricky Ray (765)

2011
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
343 526 65.2 4,594 24 11 99.3
Career
COMP ATT COMP % YARDS TD INT Rating
3,225 4,826 66.8 40,529 210 130 96.1
Noteworthy
Did you know that Ricky Ray actually has a higher career QB Rating than Anthony Calvillo? Ray led the league in the category last season and finished third in passing yards. He also became the ninth quarterback in CFL to amass 40,000 career passing yards. After spending his entire CFL career in Edmonton Ricky Ray was shipepd to Toronto in a blockbuster off-season move giving them an instant upgrade in their push for the 100th Grey Cup.

7. SB - Geroy Simon (697)

2011
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
84 1,350 16.1 68 8
Career
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
935 15,087 16.1 103 98
Noteworthy
There are few receivers in the history of the CFL that have done it as well as Geroy Simon has, or as long. Superman had another outstanding year in 2011 finishing with over 1,000 yards receiving for the ninth consecutive season. This year he is poised to break Milt Stegall's all-time record of 15,153 receiving yards, needing just 68 yards to do so. Other milestones within Simon's reach are 100 career touchdowns (needs two more) and 1,000 career receptions (needs 65).

8. WR - Fred Stamps (669)

2011
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
82 1,153 14.1 75 8
Career
REC YARDS AVG LONG TD
325 4,818 14.8 75 27
Noteworthy
Stamps notched his third straight 80 catch, 1,000 yards receiving season in 2011 and finished fifth in the CFL with 1,153 yards despite playing in only 15 games. Having a receiver like Stamps in the fold should make life easier for Steven Jyles who is taking over under centre for Ricky Ray in Edmonton.

9. OL - Josh Bourke (661)

2011 Team Stats
PTS FIRST DOWNS RUSH YARDS SACKS ALLOWED TD
515(1st) 429 91st) 2,006 (3rd) 34 (2nd) 49 (2nd)
Noteworthy
Bourke has been one of the best offensive linemen in the game for the last few seasons and anchored a line that helped the Alouettes score a league best 515 points in 2011. The Alouettes also allowed just 34 sacks last season, second only to the B.C. Lions.

10. RB - Jon Cornish (612)

2011
ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD
119 863 7.3 57 9
Career
ATT YARDS AVG LONG TD
256 1,870 7.3 57 12
Noteworthy
Cornish took over from Joffrey Reynolds as the starting running back in Calgary in Week 13 and never looked back. The New Westminster, B.C. native led the CFL in rushing touchdowns with nine and averaged a league-best 7.3 yards per carry. Cornish also had 385 receiving yards and another two touchdowns through the air despite being a backup for for the first 12 two thirds of the year.


Full Rankings

Rank Player Team Voting Points High Last Year
1 Travis Lulay B.C. 1210 1 49
2 Jamel Richardson Montreal 1050 1 5
3 Anthony Calvillo Montreal 1039 1 1
4 Brandon Whitaker Montreal 806 3 Unranked
5 Jovon Johnson Winnipeg 798 2 38
6 Ricky Ray Toronto 765 3 16
7 Geroy Simon B.C. 697 3 20
8 Fred Stamps Edmonton 669 3 30
9 Josh Bourke Montreal 661 2 29
10 Jon Cornish Calgary 612 4 Unranked
11 Cory Boyd Toronto 577 5 4
12 Chad Owens Toronto 564 4 11
13 Chip Cox Montreal 538 7 15
14 Jovon Olafioye B.C. 510 4 Unranked
15 Nik Lewis Calgary 478 8 9
16 Khalif Mitchell B.C. 472 4 Unranked
17 Jonathan Hefney Winnipeg 463 4 Unranked
18 Keron Williams B.C. Lions 451 5 Unranked
19 Brendon Labatte Saskatchewan 431 11 37
20 Jon Bowman Montreal 410 6 22
21 Darian Durant Saskatchewan 408 3 3
22 Jamall Johnson Hamilton 394 12 21
23 SJ Green Montreal 371 7 41
24 Korey Banks B.C. Lions 364 5 12
25 Andy Fantuz Hamilton 338 6 Unranked
26 Ben Archibald B.C. 298 7 7
27 Paul Mccallum B.C. 297 6 Unranked
28 Rey Williams Hamilton 295 7 Unranked
29 Buck Pierce Winnipeg 275 9 47
30 Terrence Edwards Winnipeg 273 14 13
31 Weston Dressler Saskatchewan 270 8 18
32 Henry Burris Hamilton 257 6 2
33 Odell Willis Saskatchewan 246 10 43
34 Chris Williams Hamilton 241 4 Unranked
35 Dmitri Tsoumpas Calgary 225 13 19
36 Arland Bruce B.C. Lions 222 4 8
37 Marcus Howard Edmonton 216 8 Unranked
38 Drew Tate Calgary 165 8 Unranked
39 Markeith Knowlton Hamilton 160 7 10
40 Keon Raymond Calgary 157 7 Unranked
41 Aaron Hunt Montreal 135 22 Unranked
42 Chris Garrett Winnipeg 104 14 Unranked
43 Lin-J Shell B.C. Lions 95 19 Unranked
44 Adarius Bowman Edmonton 94 12 Unranked
45 Ricky Foley Toronto 94 22 Unranked
46 Avon Cobourne Hamilton 89 15 33
47 Dante Marsh B.C. 86 19 Unranked
48 Byron Parker B.C. 83 18 50
49 Andrew Harris B.C. 80 19 Unranked
50 James Patrick Saskatchewan 78 14 36


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