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Mitchell headlines TSN's top 50 players for 2019

TORONTO —  Two of this generation’s best quarterbacks continue to duel for the title of number one player in the CFL.

As Mike Reilly and Bo Levi Mitchell continue to go back and forth, this year it was Mitchell landing the No. 1 spot on TSN’s annual top 50 players list.

Last season Mitchell led the Stampeders to a 13-5 record, the best in the CFL, while overcoming an injured receiving corps to capture the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw in November. The Stamps’ signal-caller, who’s entering his eighth CFL season at the age of 29, won the second Most Outstanding Player honour of his career in 2019.

For Mitchell, this marks the second time in three years he has earned the distinction of top player in the CFL, and third overall. Either Mitchell or Reilly has occupied the number one spot for five seasons running.

While the Lions and Eskimos share the lead with eight players each, Hamilton and Winnipeg dominate the top 10 players with a combined seven.

Five of the league’s starting quarterbacks made the list, including three of the top six, but as per usual, the receiver position was the most frequent, with 10 pass-catchers present, followed by nine defensive backs.

Only one kicker, last year’s rookie sensation Lewis Ward, made the list as he represents the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

The new season kicks off Thursday night when Saskatchewan Roughriders visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.

DISTRIBUTION BY TEAM

BC Lions – 8

Edmonton Eskimos – 8

Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 7

Saskatchewan Roughriders – 7

Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 6

Calgary Stampeders – 5

Montreal Alouettes – 4

Toronto Argonauts – 3

Ottawa REDBLACKS – 2

DISTRIBUTION BY POSITION

Wide Receiver – 10

Defensive Back – 9

Defensive Line – 8

Offensive Line – 7

Quarterback – 5

Linebacker – 5

Running Back – 5

Kicker – 1

1. BO LEVI MITCHELL | QB, CGY

2. MIKE REILLY | QB, BC

3. ADAM BIGHILL | LB, WPG

4. MICAH JOHNSON | DL, SSK

5. ANDREW HARRIS | RB, WPG

6. JEREMIAH MASOLI | QB, HAM

7. WILLIE JEFFERSON | DL, WPG

8. BRANDON BANKS | WR, HAM

9. DELVIN BREAUX  | DB, HAM

10. STANLEY BRYANT | OL, WPG

11. TREVOR HARRIS | QB, EDM

12. WILLIAM POWELL | RB, SSK

13. DEREL WALKER | WR, TOR

14. CHARLESTON HUGHES | DL, SSK

15. BRAD SINOPOLI | WR, OTT

16. LARRY DEAN | LB, EDM

17. BRYAN BURNHAM | WR, BC

18. LUKE TASKER | WR, HAM

19. GREG ELLINGSON | WR, EDM

20. ED GAINEY | DB, SSK

21. MATT NICHOLS | QB, WPG

22. SIRVINCENT ROGERS | OL, EDM

23. SJ GREEN | WR, TOR

24. HENOC MUAMBA | LB, MTL

25. TED LAURENT | DL, HAM

26. BRANDON REVENBERG | OL, HAM

27. TJ LEE | DB, BC

28. JA’GARED DAVIS | DL, HAM

29. DEREK DENNIS | OL, CGY

30. ALMONDO SEWELL | DL, EDM

31. KAMAR JORDEN | WR, CGY

32. BRENDON LABATTE | OL, SSK

33. DAVON COLEMAN | DL, BC

34. ERIC ROGERS | WR, CGY

35. CJ GABLE | RB, EDM

36. DON UNAMBA | LB, EDM

37. SUKH CHUNGH | OL, BC

38. DARVIN ADAMS | WR, WPG

39. SOLOMON ELIMIMIAN | LB, SSK

40. TAYLOR LOFFLER | DB, MTL

41. JAMES WILDER JR. | RB, TOR

42. NICK MARSHALL | DB, SSK

43. DON JACKSON | RB, CGY

44. AARON GRYMES | DB, BC

45. TOMMIE CAMPBELL | DB, MTL

46. LEWIS WARD | K, OTT

47. ANTHONY ORANGE | DB, EDM

48. JOEL FIGUEROA | OL, BC

49. ODELL WILLIS | DL, BC

50. CIANTE EVANS | DB, MTL

Source: www.cfl.ca