Alouettes, Lions dominate CFL All-Star selections

The Canadian Press
11/3/2008 5:19:52 PM
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The Montreal Alouettes reaped some reward for dominating the CFL East Division by having 14 players named as division all-stars on Monday.

But the 11-7 British Columbia Lions pulled a surprise by having 13 players named to the West all-star team despite finishing third in the division behind the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

''When you give up the least number of sacks, awards go to the offensive line and when you're the top passing team and have three of the top receivers in the league, they all get rewarded,'' said Montreal general manager Jim Popp.

''We're overwhelmed that we had 14. It's fantastic. But when you win the division, you always get more.''

At least in the underwhelming East, where the 11-7 Alouettes were the only team with a record better than .500. The second-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers had six all-stars, the Toronto Argonauts had four and the last-place Hamilton Tiger-cats had three.

In the tightly contested West, the first-place Stampeders had six players named as all-stars, while Saskatchewan and fourth-place Edmonton each had four.

''I think we had the best team,'' said Calgary GM Jim Barker, emphasizing the last word of that sentence. ''Football is the ultimate team game.

''That's what we're proud of. We'll gladly take being the best team.''

The final CFL all-star teams are to be announced on next week - the defence on Nov. 12 and the offence on Nov. 13.

''I think the league one will be much more balanced,'' said Popp. ''And I think we have a chance to have as many players on it as anyone.''

The Alouettes took more than half of the 27 spots on the East team, including nine on offence.

Quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who led the league with 472 completions and 43 touchdown passes, earned his sixth career East all-star nod, while his favourite receiver Ben Cahoon, who led the CFL with 107 catches, was named for a ninth time. It is an eighth selection for Chiu and a seventh for Flory.

Their former teammate, B.C. safety Barron Miles, is an all-star for the eighth time - four times in each division.

Other Alouettes on the East team were tailback Avon Cobourne, receivers Kerry Watkins and Jamel Richardson, offensive linemen Chiu, Flory, Josh Bourke and Paul Lambert, defensive tackle Keron Williams, linebacker T.J. Hill, cornerbacks Mark Estelle and Davis Sanchez and kicker Damon Duval.

A surprise in the East was that Blue Bombers receiver Romby Bryant was left out. But Winnipeg had running back Fred Reid, tackle Dan Goodspeed, defensive linemen Doug Brown and Gavin Walls, linebacker Zeke Moreno and defensive back Kelly Malveaux.

Toronto had receiver Arland Bruce, rush end Jonathan Brown, safety Kenny Wheaton and kick returner Dominique Dorsey, while Hamilton had linebacker Markeith Knowlton, defensive back Chris Thompson and punter Nick Setta.

Former halfback Wheaton is in for a fourth time, but the first time as a safety. Jonathan Brown is also a fourth time all-star while Doug Brown is in for a fifth time.

In the West, the Lions' all-stars were Miles, receivers Paris Jackson and Geroy Simon, tackles Jason Jimenez and Rob Murphy, defensive tackle Aaron Hunt, rush ends Cam Wake and Brent Johnson, linebacker Javier Glatt, defensive backs Dante Marsh and Korey Banks, punter Paul McCallum and returner Ian Smart.

The Stampeders had quarterback Henry Burris, running back Joffrey Reynolds, receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, centre Rob Lazeo, cornerback Brandon Browner and kicker Sandro De Angelis.

The Roughriders had tailback Wes Cates, guard Gene Makowsky and linebackers Maurice Lloyd and Anton McKenzie, while Edmonton had receiver Kamau Peterson, guard Patrick Kabongo, defensive tackle Dario Romero, and defensive back Jason Goss.

It is a fifth West all-star nod for Simon and Makowsky, while Banks is in for the fourth time in the West after having been named once to the East team. It is a fourth nod for Johnson and Reynolds.

The teams were selected in voting by 41 members of the Football Reporters of Canada from across the country, the league's eight head coaches and by fans.

There were some debatable choices. For instance, Edmonton receiver Kelly Campbell didn't make it even though he was sixth in the league in receiving yards despite only 54 catches, which gave him a remarkable average of 22.6 yards per catch.

''Everyone on the team somehow deserves it, but not everyone who deserves it gets in,'' said Popp. ''The teams with the best records usually have the most all stars.''


Pos. Player Team
QB Anthony Calvillo MTL
RB Avon Coborne MTL
RB Fred Reid WPG
R Arland Bruce TOR
R Ben Cahoon MTL
R Jamel Richardson MTL
R Kerry Watkins MTL
T Josh Bourke MTL
T Dan Goodspeed WPG
G Scott Flory MTL
G Paul Lambert MTL
C Bryan Chiu MTL


Pos. Player Team
DT Doug Brown WPG
DT Keron Williams MTL
DE Jonathan Brown TOR
DE Gavin Walls WPG
LB Markeith Knowlton HAM
LB Zeke Moreno WPG
CB Mark Estelle MTL
CB Davis Sanchez MTL
DB Kelly Malveaux WPG
DB Chris Thompson HAM
S Kenny Wheaton TOR


Pos. Player Team
K Damon Duval MTL
P Nick Setta HAM
ST Dominique Dorsey TOR


Pos. Player Team
QB Henry Burris CGY
RB Wes Cates SSK
RB Joffrey Reynolds CGY
R Paris Jackson BC
R Kamau Peterson EDM
R Ken-Yon Rambo CGY
R Geroy Simon BC
T Jason Jimenez BC
T Rob Murphy BC
G Patrick Kabongo EDM
G Gene Makowsky SSK
C Rob Lazeo CGY


Pos. Player Team
DT Aaron Hunt BC
DT Dario Romero EDM
DE Cam Wake BC
DE Brent Johnson BC
LB Javier Glatt BC
LB Maurice Lloyd SSK
LB Anton McKenzie SSK
CB Brandon Browner CGY
CB Dante Marsh BC
DB Korey Banks BC
DB Jason Goss EDM
S Barron Miles BC


Pos. Player Team
K Sandro DeAngelis CGY
P Paul McCallum BC
ST Ian Smart BC
Alouettes celebrate (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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