(Edmonton) – Eskimo middle linebacker JC Sherritt is the West Division winner of the Gibson’s Finest CFL Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award.
Sherritt finished the 2012 season with a league leading and recording-breaking 130 defensive tackles, as well as three special teams tackles, three sacks, one fumble recovery and five interceptions. Along the way, the Eastern Washington product has received many accolades this year for Defensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Month. Sherritt was named the Gibson’s Defensive Player of the Week in week 1, week 5, week 7, and week 19 this season. He was also awarded Defensive Player of the Month honours in July, August, and September.
Sherritt is one of four players from this year’s East and West Division winners that combined to set four major CFL single season records including most combined yards (Chad Owens), most rushing yards by a Canadian (Jon Cornish), most kick return touchdowns (Chris Williams), and most tackles, where Sherritt registered a new league record with 130 tackles. This is Sherritt’s second consecutive year being a CFL Most Oustanding Player Finalist; as he was the West Division finalist for Most Outstanding Rookie in 2011.
“In a year that we are celebrating the 100th Grey Cup and our proud history, it was truly amazing to see today’s players perform at such a high level and set so many major CFL records,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.
The East and West Player Award winners were selected by 70 voters, including members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL division who, through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards’ title.
The 2012 Gibson’s Finest CFL Player Awards will be handed out on Thursday, November 22 at Koerner Hall in downtown Toronto. Tickets for the show are available at ticketmaster.ca or by calling (416) 341-ARGO. Awards show tickets also provide access to the TELUS Players Party at the MTCC which features performances by some of the hottest names in Canadian music including K’naan, Kardinal Offishall, Mia Martina and Kreesha Turner.
Sherritt’s 2012 Gibson’s Finest Player Awards
Defensive Player of the Week – Week 1
Defensive Player of the Week – Week 5
Defensive Player of the Week – Week 7
Defensive Player of the Week – Week 19
Defensive Player of the Month – July
Defensive Player of the Month – August
Defensive Player of the Month – September