Three Downs: Who is the CFL's Most Outstanding Player?

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The Canadian Press
11/1/2012 9:02:05 PM
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Each week, The CFL on TSN panel will break down three hot button topics from around the Canadian Football League. This week they gave their choices for CFL Most Outstanding Player, said farewell to Canad Inns Stadium and discussed who they think the Eskimos should start at quarterback.

First Down: Who should the Eskimos start at quarterback against the Stampeders, Kerry Joseph or Matt Nichols?

Jock Climie: I know there is a temptation to say Matt Nichols is the next great thing, but that's based on what? A few snaps. You have to go with the veteran.  However, the veteran has been under-performing so it frankly would be a short leash, but I would still start Kerry Joseph.

Matt Dunigan: I'm going with the veteran quarterback, Kerry Joseph. Why? It's simple – it's hard to throw the football lying on your back. They need to protect whoever is back there, but you go with experience in the playoffs.

Chris Schultz: I'm going with the young'un Matt Nichols for two reasons. Number one: I want to see what he's got in pressure scenarios. Number two: often other players will raise their game when they have a youthful quarterback.

Second Down: What is your favourite memory of Canad Inns Stadium? A) The 1991 Grey Cup B) Dunigan's 713 yards passing game C) Last year's Eastern Final D) Audible

Schultz: I'm going to go with the 1991 Grey Cup. Not just because I finally got a Grey Cup win, but because it was a test of manhood. It was minus-17 and I'd like to think I passed.

Dunigan: I'm going back to the '91 Grey Cup. It was one of those games where everybody was duck taped but found a way to pull it together and we did it for a team leader on defence, Chris Gaines. I'm going '91 Grey Cup.

Climie: I have to go with last year's East Final. This was a Bombers team that had not won a Grey Cup in 20 years and by winning that game, 19-3, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last year they gave themselves a chance at least to end the drought. They didn't, but that game was huge and I'll never forget it.

Third Down: Who is the MOP? a) Anthony Calvillo b) Jon Cornish c) Chad Owens d) Travis Lulay

Schultz: Jon Cornish, running back. I blocked for running backs for 12 years and I know for a fact they get physically punished over the course of a football season and Jon Cornish has not missed one game.

Dunigan: The Flyin' Hawaiian, Chad Owens. He leads the league in reception yardage, total kick return yardage and is only a few yards short of breaking the 4,000 yard mark (combined) which has never been done before in the CFL.

Climie: I'm going with Chad Owens as well. Honourable mention to Anthony Calvillo who has done this year what he has always done. But, what Chad Owens is doing is nothing short of remarkable and he has been so important to his football team this year.

Chad Owens (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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