November 1, 2017

Singleton leads list of Stamps award nominees

Linebacker Alex Singleton

Linebacker Alex Singleton leads the list of Calgary Stampeders nominees for the 2017 Canadian Football League player awards.

Singleton is Calgary’s nominee for three awards – Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Defensive Player. He is joined on the Calgary nomination list by Ucambre Williams (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman), Roy Finch (Most Outstanding Special Teams Player) and Marken Michel (Most Outstanding Rookie).

Calgary’s nominees were determined by voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) as well as one vote from the Stampeders coaching staff.

Here is a closer look at the Stampeders’ nominees:

Alex Singleton (Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Defensive Player): It’s been a record-breaking year for Singleton, who has established a CFL record for most tackles in a season by a Canadian and team marks for most defensive tackles and most total tackles in a season. He has started all 17 games at middle linebacker and has accumulated 121 tackles including four tackles for loss, two special-teams tackles, four sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, one interception, one forced fumble and four knockdowns. Singleton was named one of the CFL’s players of the week for Week 11 after a career-high 13-tackle performance against Edmonton in the Labour Day Classic and was honoured again in Week 13 after an 11-tackle, one-sack effort against BC. In Weeks 11-13, he became the first player in CFL history to record at least 10 tackles in three consecutive games. Singleton was voted the CFL’s top player of the month for September.

Ucambre Williams (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman): In his second season with Calgary, Williams has started all 17 games at centre for the Stampeders. He is an integral part of a Stamps unit that has allowed the fewest sacks in the CFL in 2017 with 23 and also helped tailback Jerome Messam run for 986 yards, putting him within reach of a second consecutive CFL rushing title.

Roy Finch (Most Outstanding Special Teams Player): Despite playing only 12 games to date this season, Finch has broken his own single-season franchise record for punt-return yards and tied the Stampeders mark for punt-return touchdowns in a season. Finch has 69 punt returns for 1,160 yards (an average of 16.8 yards per return) and three touchdowns, 22 kickoff returns for 573 yards (a 26.0-yard average) and one missed-field goal return for 18 yards. He also has 21 carries for 114 yards and 18 catches for 133 yards and a two-point convert. His 103-yard punt return against Toronto in Week 7 was the second-longest punt return in team history.

Marken Michel (Most Outstanding Rookie): Michel has played 13 games and made 11 starts, accumulating 41 catches for 780 yards and three touchdowns and two carries for 11 yards. His average of 19.0 yards per reception is the best in the CFL. Michel has also returned three kickoffs for 57 yards. He was named a CFL player of the week for Week 6 when he had six receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown. The yardage total was the highest by a Stamps receiver since Romby Bryant’s 211-yard game in 2009.