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Roughriders slotback Dressler named CFL's top rookie

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The Canadian Press
11/20/2008 9:41:42 PM
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MONTREAL - Slotback Weston Dressler of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is the CFL's outstanding rookie.

Dressler captured the honour Thursday at the CFL's awards banquet. Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Prechae Rodriguez was the finalist.

Voting for the award was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada as well as the CFL's eight head coaches.

Dressler was an important figure for the Riders, whose receiving corps was decimated this season by injuries. The former University of North Dakota star registered 56 catches for 1,178 yards and 10 TDs while also serving as an effective kick returner.

The five-foot-seven, 179-pound Dressler became the first rookie in Riders history to register more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season.

Prechae was a bright spot for Hamilton (league-worst 3-15 record), recording 70 catches for 1,099 yards and seven TDs.

Weston Dressler (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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