December 6, 2017 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce that four of their players have been chosen to the CFL All-Star team. Two players from the Green and White were selected on offence while two were selected on defence.
The CFL All-Stars were selected by members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
DURON CARTER (WR): Carter led the Roughriders with 1,043 receiving yards, while tying for the team lead with eight receiving touchdowns. The 26-year-old, first-year Rider collected three 100-yard games including a single-game league high of 231. This is Carter's second CFL All-Star nomination after picking up league honours in 2014 while with the Montreal Alouettes. Carter was also named the Riders' 2017 Most Outstanding Player.
BRENDON LABATTE (OL): LaBatte just completed his 10th CFL season and sixth with the Riders. The University of Regina product played 18 regular-season games, spending time at left guard and centre. This is LaBatte's fifth CFL All-Star selection after previously being selected in 2011 and 2013-15. The Riders' 2017 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman has been previously selected a Division All-Star on eight occasions.
WILLIE JEFFERSON (DE): Jefferson started all 18 regular-season games on the Riders' defensive line. The 26-year-old Texas native registered career highs with 45 defensive tackles and a team-leading eight quarterback sacks. Jefferson also led the CFL with 37 quarterback pressures. This is Jefferson's first career CFL All-Star selection.
ED GAINEY (HB): Gainey led the CFL with a career-high 10 interceptions, accumulating 114 return yards with one touchdown. The 27-year-old set a Riders single-game record by registering four interceptions on August 13th versus the B.C. Lions. Gainey added 48 defensive tackles, two fumble recoveries and one special-teams tackle while starting all 18 regular-season games in the Riders' secondary. This is Gainey's first CFL All-Star selection. He was also named the Riders 2017 Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
Below lists the complete 2017 CFL All-Stars.
QUARTERBACK - MIKE REILLY (Edm)
RUNNING BACK - ANDREW HARRIS (Wpg)
RECEIVER - BRANDON ZYLSTRA (Edm)
RECEIVER - GREG ELLINGSON (Ott)
RECEIVER - DURON CARTER (Ssk)
RECEIVER - BRYAN BURNHAM (B.C.)
RECEIVER - S.J. GREEN (Tor)
TACKLE - STANLEY BRYANT (Wpg)
GUARD - MATT O'DONNELL (Edm)
CENTRE - SEAN McEWEN (Tor)
GUARD - BRENDON LABATTE (Ssk)
TACKLE - CHRIS VAN ZEYL (Tor)
DEFENSIVE END - CHARLESTON HUGHES (Cgy)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE - ALMONDO SEWELL (Edm)
DEFENSIVE TACKLE - MICAH JOHNSON (Cgy)
DEFENSIVE END - WILLIE JEFFERSON (Ssk)
LINEBACKER - ALEX SINGLETON (Cgy)
LINEBACKER - SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN (B.C.)
LINEBACKER - KENNY LADLER (Edm)
CORNERBACK - CHRIS RANDLE (Wpg)
HALFBACK - ED GAINEY (Ssk)
SAFETY - TAYLOR LOFFLER (Wpg)
HALFBACK - T.J. HEATH (Wpg)
CORNERBACK - CIANTE EVANS (Cgy)
PUNTER - TY LONG (B.C.)
KICKER - RENE PAREDES (Cgy)
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER - ROY FINCH (Cgy)