Three Alouettes selected for CFL All-Star Team
Despite their first winning record since 2012, along with their first playoff appearance in five years, only three Alouettes were named to the Canadian Football League All-Star Team, which was announced on Wednesday.
Heading the list is middle-linebacker Hénoc Muamba, who last week was named the league’s most outstanding Canadian.
Muamba produced 93 defensive tackles, the second-highest total in the CFL. He also forced two fumbles and had one interception. He was named to the All-Star Team for the first time in his career in 2013.
He’s joined by defensive-back Greg Reid, named an all-star for the first time in his career.
In his first full season with the Als, Reid had 71 defensive tackles. He had three interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered one. He also knocked down 10 passes and was constantly around the ball, producing plays.
The only Montreal player named on offence was tailback William Stanback, who completed the season with 1,048 yards on 170 carries and five touchdowns. He also led the CFL, with a 6.2-yard average.
His most productive game came on July 21 at home against Hamilton, when he gained 203 yards on 22 carries. The Als also recorded their first win of the season that night, en route to a 10-8 record, good for second place in the East Division.
Stanback, 25, has stated his desire to get to the NFL and is expected to have a number of workouts in December.
Of the 27 players named all-stars, 16 have made the team for the first time in their careers. That total includes six Canadians.
The Tiger-Cats had the most players selected, with nine, followed by five from Saskatchewan. The Als, Calgary and Grey Cup-champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers each placed three on the team.
The all-star quarterback is the Roughriders’ Cody Fajardo, the West Division’s nominee as most outstanding player.
The all-stars were selected by 49 members of the Football Reporters of Canada, along with the league’s head coaches.