The 2017 Canadian Football League regular season has come to an end and we now know who will play in the division semi-finals. The Edmonton Eskimos will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West and the Ottawa Redblacks will play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the East.
The Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts won their respective divisions and will wait for the divisional semi-final winners this weekend. The Stampeders meanwhile might just have two hard weeks of practice. They have played very poorly over the last three weeks, despite heading into the playoffs with the best record during the CFL’s regular season at 13-4- 1.
However one Stampeder that deserves high praise for his regular season performance was Alex Singleton of Thousand Oaks, California. A product of Montana State, Singleton is considered a Canadian because his mother is from Toronto, Ontario. This season, Singleton was second in the CFL in total tackles (125) and defensive tackles (123). He only trailed Solomon Elimimian of the British Columbia Lions in each category.
Even though Singleton was second to Elimimian in defensive tackles, Singleton’s statistics are more impressive. The Stampeders defense was on the football field a lot less than the Lions were this past season, giving Singleton fewer opportunities for a tackle than Elimimian. Singleton’s outstanding season was recognized as Calgary’s nominee for three awards—most outstanding player, most outstanding defensive player and most outstanding Canadian.
The most outstanding player will probably go to Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly. It was an historic season for Reilly as he threw for 5830 yards. Reilly not only set an Eskimos single season record,but led the Canadian Football League in passing yards in 2017 as well. Ricky Ray had the old Eskimos record of 5663 yards set in 2008. Interestingly, Ray was also second to Reilly this season as he had 5546 passing yards with the Argonauts.