November 10, 2011
(Edmonton) The Edmonton Eskimos have been recognized for their turnaround season by having six players placed on the CFL West Division All-Star team. It’s the highest number since 2003 when eight Eskimos were named divisional all-stars.
Running back Jerome Messam, the CFL West Division nominee for Gibson’s Finest Most Outstanding Player of the Year and the first Canadian since 2000 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, earns his first All-Star honour.
Offensive lineman Greg Wojt, a third-year Eskimo who was the club’s nominee for Outstanding Lineman this year, is named an All-Star for the first time in his career.
Receiver Fred Stamps, who led the club with 82 receptions and eight touchdowns and was tied with teammate Adarius Bowman for most yards (1,153) earns his third consecutive CFL West All-Star spot.
Despite playing just 13 games, rookie defensive lineman Marcus Howard posted 11 sacks, tied for fourth in the CFL.
Third year veteran linebacker Rod Davis, who helped anchor the young Eskimo defence that gave up a league low 385 points, earns his first All-Star award. Davis had a team best 79 defensive tackles, five sacks, six tackles for loss and 4 pass knockdowns.
With a team leading 6 interceptions (tied for #2 in CFL), 44 defensive tackles and four pass knockdowns, second year defensive back Rod Williams is named to the CFL West All-Star team for the first time in his career.