November 8, 2017

Five Eskimos Named to West Division All-Star Team

Today, the Canadian Football League named the following five Eskimos to the West Division All-Star Team.

Quarterback: Mike Reilly
Wide Receiver: Brandon Zylstra
Linebacker: Kenny Ladler
Guard: Matt O’Donnell
Defensive Tackle: Almondo Sewell

Divisional All-Stars are selected by CFL head coaches and voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada.

The CFL All-Star Team will be announced in early December.

Mike Reilly | Quarterback |

Reilly completed the 2017 regular season completing 447 – 654 passes (68.3 %) for 5830 yards and 30 touchdowns with 13 interceptions – Reilly finished first in the CFL in passing yards and touchdowns and is one of six CFL QBs to record back-to-back 5,000 passing yard seasons. Reilly also had 97 carries for 390 yards and 12 touchdowns, which led the league lead in rushing touchdowns – and two tackles. Reilly also set an Eskimos’ record with a 108-yard TD reception to Vidal Hazelton in Week Six. Reilly was named Player of the Month for July and October and Player of the Week in Weeks 5 and 8. Reilly also set the single-season passing record for most yards thrown in an Eskimos’ season and set the season record for total touchdowns with 42. This is Reilly’s second West Division All-Star Award.

Brandon Zylstra | Wide Receiver |

Zylstra finished first amongst receivers in the CFL with 1687 yards and YAC(487), five touchdowns, and one two-point conversion on 100 receptions for an average of 16.9 yards per reception as well as three tackles. Zylstra set the Eskimos record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with 10. Zylstra also has 22 punt returns for 151 yards and four kickoff returns for 80 yards and was named Player of the Month for September. Zylstra’s 2017 season saw him finish with the third most receiving yards in Eskimos’ history. This is Zylstra’s first West Division All-Star Award.
Kenny Ladler | Linebacker |

Ladler led the Eskimos defence with 99 tackles, including 13 special teams tackles, which puts him in the fifth spot in the CFL for total tackles. Ladler also had three interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and one field goal block. This is Ladler’s first West Division All-Star Award.

Matt O’Donnell | Guard |

O’Donnell is an integral member of the offensive line and is the only offensive lineman to play and start in all 18 games this season. This is O’Donnell’s first West Division All-Star Award.

Almondo Sewell | Defensive Tackle |

Sewell led one of the league’s best defensive fronts with with 36 tackles, including seven quarterback sacks and one fumble recovery. This is Sewell’s sixth consecutive West Division All-Star Award.