Willie Jefferson and Brett Lauther are double nominees for the Saskatchewan Roughriders when it comes to CFL player awards.
Jefferson, who made big-play after big-play after big-play this season for the green-and-white, is the team’s nominee for most outstanding player and top defensive player.
In speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Jefferson said out of all the plays he made this season, there was one that stood out.
“The pick-six against Edmonton”. Jefferson said with a smile on his face. ““To clinch a playoff game that game and to win a game against Mike Reilly and the way we did, that was a big accomplishment for me.”
The 27-year-old was one of several Riders to have a fantastic season on the defensive side of the ball. He registered a career high in sacks with 10 and interceptions with 2. Both of those interceptions went for touchdowns as the one against the Eskimos was duplicated a few weeks earlier with a pick-six during a victory in Winnipeg at the Banjo Bowl.
As for Lauther, the Truro, Nova Scotia native is up for top Canadian and special teams player. He connected on 54 of 60 field goals this year and erased any doubt early on as to how the kicking game would be once it was learned Tyler Crapigna would miss the season due to injury during the pre-season.
While gracious of the honour bestowed on him, Lauther says he wants a bigger thing at the end of the season.
““I definitely have personal goals,” Lauther said. Being nominated is one of them, but the main one, and the only one I really care about is winning the Grey Cup.”
Other nominees were Brendon LaBatte as top offensive lineman. It’s the 7th time he has won the team award—four times with the Riders. LaBatte won the award as the league’s top offensive lineman in 2013.
Jordan Williams-Lambert is the rookie of the year. He led the team in catches with 62 for 764 yards and four touchdowns.