Shaw CFL top performers (9): Grant, Banks, Gable named

TORONTO — Janarion Grant, Brandon Banks and C.J. Gable were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 9 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.

REC | JANARION GRANT | WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Janarion Grant had an unforgettable first CFL game in Thursday night’s first-place West Division showdown against the Calgary Stampeders.

On Grant’s second touch in the CFL, he returned a Rob Maver punt 76 yards for a touchdown to give the Bombers an early 9-0 lead. The Rutgers product found the end zone again in the second quarter, returning a Maver punt 83 yards to retake the lead, 19-14.

Grant became the first Winnipeg player to notch two punt returns for touchdowns in the same game, and only the 8th player in league history to manage the feat.

The Fort Trilby, Fla., native tallied 306 all-purpose yards in his debut, returning seven punts for 222 yards (31.7 yards per punt return) and four kickoffs for 84 yards (21 yards per kickoff return).

REC | BRANDON BANKS | HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

Brandon Banks’ last-minute touchdown completed a thrilling come-from-behind 35-34 victory over the visiting BC Lions. Banks totalled nine receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns as Hamilton emerged victorious in this year’s Hall of Fame game.

The Kansas State alum scored his first major of the day on the Tiger-Cats’ opening possession. Dane Evans capped a five-play, 67-yard drive by finding Banks for his fifth receiving touchdown of the season from 32 yards out. Hamilton elected to go for two-points and Banks caught the convert to put Hamilton ahead 8-0.

With 1:02 remaining in the game, Evans found Banks from 23 yards out for his second touchdown to tie the game 34-34, before a successful convert sealed the win.

The performance marked Banks’ third 100+ yard showing of the season and the 18th of his career.

This season, Banks leads all receivers with 51 receptions, 691 yards and a total of eight touchdowns (five receiving, two missed field goal returns and one rushing).

RB | C.J. GABLE | EDMONTON ESKIMOS

Edmonton’s C.J. Gable accumulated 150 yards from scrimmage and scored twice to lead the Eskimos over Ottawa 16-12. He rushed the ball 18 times for 116 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and added four receptions for 34 yards against the REDBLACKS.

After three first downs on Edmonton’s first possession of the game, Trevor Harris handed off the ball to Gable who busted through the middle to score from 28 yards out. The run capped an eight-play drive and gave the Esks an early 6-0 advantage.

The eight-year vet scored his second major of the game – a two-yard rush midway through the fourth quarter – to win the game for the home side.

This season, Gable has totals of 591 rushing yards (third-most in the CFL), 163 receiving yards and three majors.

Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week!

Cody Fajardo won Week 8 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.


Rank Player 2019 Total Points
1 Trevor Harris 300
2 Brandon Banks 250
T-3 Winston Rose 200
T-3 William Stanback 200
5 Charleston Hughes 150
6 Cody Fajardo 145
7 William Powell 110
T-8 McLeod Bethel-Thompson 100
T-8 Greg Ellingson 100
T-8 Janarion Grant 100
11 Sean Thomas Erlington 85
12 C.J. Gable 75
13 Andrew Harris 70
14 Matt Nichols 60
T-15 DeVone Dedmon 50
T-15 Tre Roberson 50
T-15 Vernon Adams Jr. 50
T-15 Dominique Davis 50
T-15 Eric Rogers 50
T-15 Jumal Rolle 50
21 Mike Miller 35
T-22 Ja’Gared Davis 25
T-22 Shaq Evans 25
T-22 Ryan Lankford 25

 

2019 SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Trevor Harris (EDM) C.J. 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)
8 McLeod Bethel-Thompson (TOR) DeVonte Dedmon (OTT) Cody Fajardo (SSK)
9 Janarion Grant (WPG) Brandon Banks (HAM) C.J. Gable (EDM)

*Indicates Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week winner

2019 SHAW CFL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH

Month 1st 2nd 3rd
June Trevor Harris (EDM) Brandon Banks (HAM) Sean Thomas Erlington (HAM)
July Winston Rose (WPG) William Stanback (MTL) Charleston Hughes (SSK)

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

Source: cfl.ca

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