The Carillon’s Saskatchewan Roughrider awards
Most Outstanding Player – Darian Durant (Quarterback, 391/644, 5,542 yards, 25 touchdowns and 22 interceptions): Through the good times and the bad times for the Green and White this season, Durant has always put the team on his shoulder. Throwing for 5,000 yards is no easy feat.
Most Outstanding Defensive Player – James Patrick (Safety, 68 tackles, nine interceptions and one touchdown): The Riders have had their troubles of defence during the season, but Patrick has not been one of them. He led the league in interceptions during the regular season.
Most Outstanding Canadian – Andy Fantuz (Receiver, 87 catches, 1,380 yards and six touchdowns): An easy call. Fantuz finally stayed healthy the entire regular season, and the results showed. While he has always been a solid short threat, Fantuz developed into more of a deep threat this season.
Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Jeremy O’Day: Honestly, who watches the offensive lineman? But, based on report, O’Day has had a solid season on the offensive line for the Riders. Being a centre, he has to be the leader of the offensive line.
Most Outstanding Rookie – Cary Koch (Receiver, 21 catches and three touchdowns): Though he did not play much for the Riders, Koch made a HUGE impact when he finally saw the field. He has quickly developed into a consistent receiving threat and has played well in the playoffs so far.
Most Outstanding Special Teams Player – Eddie Johnson (Punter, 101 punts, 43.5-yard average): It’s pretty sad when a punter is named a team’s special teams player of the year. However, Johnson stepped into the position and excelled when the Riders needed a punter.