(Vancouver) Following a remarkable regular season in which he led all CFL defenders with 129 tackles while adding five sacks, BC Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian has been named the Western Division nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second time in his career.
Coming off a devastating Achilles injury suffered in August 2015, Elimimian returned to the elite form which won him both the Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player awards in 2014. It’s also the third-consecutive year a Lions linebacker has been nominated for the award in the West Division.
“It‘s definitely a blessing,” Elimimian said. “I want to thank my teammates and all the coaches who helped me throughout the year and put me in the best position to make plays. They supported me last year when I tore the Achilles which meant a lot, but the award won’t mean as much until we win the Grey Cup.”
In addition to surpassing the 100-tackle mark for the second time in his career, Solomon along with teammate Adam Bighill, who took home the league-wide honour last season, became the first teammates to reach 100 tackles in the same season.
Elimimian is also the only player in CFL history to win three different Most Outstanding Player Awards as he also collected top rookie honours when he exploded onto the scene in 2010.
His competition from the East Division is Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods. He finished second in the league with 126 defensive stops. Both will be on hand at the annual league awards dinner on Thursday, November 24 in Toronto.