SHAW CFL top performers (7): Powell, Rolle, Lankford named

TORONTO — William Powell, Jumal Rolle and Ryan Lankford were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 7 of the CFL’s 2019 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


On the strength of a hat trick of scores from running back William Powell, Saskatchewan climbed back to the .500 mark. The win also gave the Roughriders a home and home sweep of the BC Lions.

The Kansas State alumnus recorded 21 carries for 146 yards (7.0 yards per carry) while establishing a new career-high for majors in a single game.

With under three minutes left in the half, Cody Fajardo handed off a draw play to Powell. Just as it looked like he was going to be tackled for a minimal gain, he bolted free from a group of players to score on a 42-yard run, which extended the Roughriders’ lead to 25-3.

Powell’s second major came in the third from eight yards out, and he completed his night with a one-yard plunge to cap off an 11-play, 66-yard drive in the fourth.

On the season, Powell has rushed for 469 yards (averaging 5.1 yards per carry) and leads the league with six rushing touchdowns this season.


Jumal Rolle snagged two interceptions to help Hamilton hand Winnipeg its first loss of the season – a 23-15 setback on Friday Night. The Tiger-Cats are now off to their best start since 1998.

The Wilson, N.C., native’s first interception on the year came in the first quarter when Matt Nichols overthrew his receiver. Rolle returned it 45 yards to the Blue Bombers’ one-yard line to set up a Dane Evans TD. Just before the end of the opening half, Rolle notched his second interception and returned it 15 yards.

Rolle’s performance doubled his number of career interceptions, and he added four tackles in the game.


BC Lions returner Ryan Lankford made his presence felt in their game against Saskatchewan on Saturday.

Late in the first half, Saskatchewan attempted a 42-yard field goal that went wide. Lankford caught the ball eight yards inside his own endzone and proceeded to run it back 118 yards to trim the Lions’ deficit to 26-9. With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Lankford returned a kickoff 89 yards for the major.

Chris Rainey was the last player to return two kicks for a TD in the same game – a feat he accomplished in 2015 as a member of the Lions.

In just his second game with the team, the six-year CFL veteran mustered 277 combined kick return yards.

Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week!

Matt Nichols won Week 6 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

Rank Player 2019 Total Points
1 Trevor Harris 300
2 Brandon Banks 200
3 Cody Fajardo 110
T-4 William Stanback 100
T-4 Greg Ellingson 100
T-4 Charleston Hughes 100
T-4 William Powell 100
8 Sean Thomas Erlington 85
9 Andrew Harris 70
10 Matt Nichols 60
T-11 Tre Roberson 50
T-11 Vernon Adams Jr. 50
T-11 CJ Gable 50
T-11 Dominique Davis 50
T-11 Eric Rogers 50
T-11 Jumal Rolle 50
17 Mike Miller 35
T-18 Ja’Gared Davis 25
T-18 Shaq Evans 25



Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Trevor Harris (EDM) CJ Gable (EDM) Andrew Harris (WPG)*
2 Greg Ellingson (EDM) Dominique Davis (OTT) Sean Thomas Erlington (HAM)*
3 Cody Fajardo (SSK) Eric Rogers (CGY) Ja’Gared Davis (HAM)
4 William Stanback (MTL) Tre Roberson (CGY) Mike Miller (WPG)
5 Brandon Banks (HAM) Vernon Adams Jr. (MTL) Andrew Harris (WPG)
6 Charleston Hughes (SSK) Matt Nichols (WPG) Shaq Evans (SSK)
7 William Powell (SSK) Jumal Rolle (HAM) Ryan Lankford (BC)

*Indicates Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week winner


Month 1st 2nd 3rd
June Trevor Harris (EDM) Brandon Banks (HAM) Sean Thomas Erlington (HAM)

Shaw CFL Top Performers Explained

What is the program?

The Shaw CFL Top Performers recognizes weekly and monthly player achievement in the CFL and is separate from our year end awards.

How does it work?

Each week and month during the CFL Regular Season a panel of CFL experts vote on the three top CFL Performers across the league in order. Those players are awarded points for each time they win.

Then we throw it out to you, the fans, to Retweet our Twitter posts announcing the winners. The player with the most Retweets will receive extra points and be crowned the Shaw Fan’s Choice of the Week. Remember, once the next Week begins voting ends; so get your RTs in fast!

What is the scoring system?

Here are the points for each award winner.

Shaw Top Performers of the Week Shaw Top Performers of the Month
#1 = 100 points #1 = 200 points
#2 = 50 points #2 = 100 points
#3 = 25 points #3 = 50 points
10 bonus points to the player with the most RTs



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