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Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week Named

July 21, 2015 - Canadian Football League (CFL) News Release

TORONTO (July 21, 2015) - Shakir Bell, Jon Cornish and Marcus Howard were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 4 of the CFL's 2015 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges including former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


RB | Shakir Bell | Edmonton Eskimos

Shakir Bell made his CFL debut for the Edmonton Eskimos a memorable one after he helped lead the Eskimos to a 23-12 win over the Ottawa REDBLACKS, in Ottawa.

The single-season rushing yards leader at Indiana State carried the football on 18 occasions throughout the game and recorded 144 rushing yards, the most recorded by a single player in a game this season.

The first-year CFL player and Indianapolis, Indiana native also added a pair of receptions for 10 yards.

With his impressive game, Bell currently sits ninth on the CFL rushing list.

RB | Jon Cornish | Calgary Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish recorded 120 rushing yards in the Stampeders' 26-25 comeback victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at McMahon Stadium.

The nine-year veteran and New Westminster, British Columbia native carried the ball 18 times for a season-high 120 yards. It was his first game with over 100 rushing yards; one season ago he notched that feat six times.

Cornish, a former Kansas Jayhawk and single-season rushing yard leader rushed the ball for nine or more yards six times during the contest.

Through four games, Cornish has rushed for 305 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and is only one yard behind Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Jerome Messam for the lead.

Cornish becomes the second Calgary Stampeder to be a recipient of Shaw CFL Top Performers this season. Jeff Fuller was recognized in Week 1.

DE | Marcus Howard | Edmonton Eskimos

Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Marcus Howard becomes the first defensive player to be named a Shaw CFL Top Performer of the Week.

Howard notched four tackles including a pair of sacks and a forced fumble in the Eskimos' 23-12 road victory over Ottawa.

The Huger, South Carolina native sacked Henry Burris twice in the fourth quarter. One of these sacks resulted in an 11-yard loss, and the other was a five-yard sack wherein he forced a fumble.

In only two games this season, Howard has recorded four sacks, tying him with Montreal Alouettes' defensive lineman John Bowman first in the sacks.

The 2008 Sugar Bowl MVP with the Georgia Bulldogs is currently on pace to eclipse his personal high in sacks with 11 in one season.

This is the first time two players from the same team have been named Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week in the same week.

Shaw Fans' Choice of the Week!

Weston Dressler won Week 3 of Shaw Fans' Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

2015 Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week Points Leaderboard

Rank Player 2015 Points Total Points Breakdown

      1st place points 2nd place points 3rd place points Fan vote points

1 Trevor Harris 125 100 - 25 -

T-2 Shakir Bell 100 100 - - -

T-2 Rakeem Cato 100 100 - - -

T-2 Travis Lulay 100 100 - - -

5 Ryan Smith 60 - 50 - 10

T-6 Jon Cornish 50 - 50 - -

T-6 Jeff Fuller 50 - 50 - -

T-6 S.J. Green 50 - 50 - -

T-9 Drew Willy 35 - - 25 10

T-9 Weston Dressler 35 - - 25 10

11 Marcus Howard 25 - - 25 -

2015 Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week

Week 1st 2nd 3rd

1 Trevor Harris (TOR) Jeff Fuller (CGY) Drew Willy (WPG)*

2 Rakeem Cato (MTL) Ryan Smith (SSK)* Trevor Harris (TOR)

3 Travis Lulay (BC) S.J. Green (MTL) Weston Dressler (SSK)*

4 Shakir Bell (EDM) Jon Cornish (CGY) Marcus Howard (EDM)

*Indicates Shaw Fans' Choice of the Week

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