June 12, 2018

REDBLACKS make the grade as TSN unveils list of Top 50 CFL players

The start of the 2018 CFL regular season is here, which means it’s time the annual release of the CFL on TSN’s “Top 50 Players” list.

With seven players on this year’s roundup of the league’s elite talent, the REDBLACKS are well-represented on a list that is sure to get everyone talking.

The CFL Top 50 Players special will air on TSN on Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

Here are the REDBLACKS players appearing on TSN’s CFL Top 50 Players List:

50 – Brad Sinopoli
The star Canadian receiver cracked the list after recording a third-straight season with at least 1,000 yards. The Peterborough native, who is entering his eighth season in the league and fourth with Ottawa, finished the 2017 campaign with 91 catches for 1,009 yards and three touchdowns.

47 – SirVincent Rogers
The dominant offensive lineman was cut a bit short by injury last season but his presence on the line was felt in each of his 12 appearances in 2017. Tasked with the job of protecting quarterback Trevor Harris’ blind side, Rogers proved once again to be force on the field and a leader in the room.

28 – Kyries Hebert
The veteran linebacker is entering his first season as a REDBLACK but is coming off another impressive showing in 2016, which marked his 11th CFL season. In 18 games last year, the 37-year-old led the East with 108 defensive tackles, putting him third overall in the CFL. His efforts saw him named a CFL East Division All-Star.

26 – William Powell
The explosive running back is coming off a career year in 2017 as the 30-year-old Powell finished the campaign with 1,026 rushing yards and another 242 in the air. Powell emerged as one of the most threatening running backs in the league after recovering from an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the entire 2016 campaign.

24 – Diontae Spencer
Arguably one of the most electrifying and exciting players to watch in the CFL these days, Spencer had a breakout season in 2017 both as a receiver and return specialist. Spencer had 922 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while adding 929 yards and touchdown on punt returns, 607 yards on kickoff returns and 260 yards and a touchdown returning missed field goals. He also set a CFL single-game record with 496 all-purpose yards in a late-season clash with Hamilton.

19 – Trevor Harris
Ottawa’s star pivot took over as the club’s undisputed number one quarterback last year and didn’t disappoint. The 32-year-old completed 398 of 572 passes for 4,679 yards and 30 touchdowns. Those numbers set a new career high for Harris who previously had 4,354 yards while with Toronto in 2015, though he played two more games that year.

7 – Greg Ellingson
Ottawa’s highest entry on the list should come as no surprise. Like Sinopoli, Ellingson is coming off his third-straight season with at least 1,000 yards, wrapping up the 2017 campaign with 96 catches for 1,459 yards, good for third-best in the league, while leading the CFL with 12 touchdown receptions.

CFL on TSN: Top 50 players

50. Brad Sinopoli (Ottawa REDBLACKS)
49. Jeremiah Masoli (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
48. Simoni Lawrence (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
47. SirVincent Rogers (Ottawa REDBLACKS)
46. Travis Bond (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
45. Chris Van Zeyl (Toronto Argonauts)
44. Matt O’Donnell (Edmonton Eskimos)
43. Darvin Adams (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
42. Justin Medlock (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
41. Chris Rainey (BC Lions)
40. Ted Laurent (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
39. Taylor Loffler (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
38. Ciante Evans (Calgary Stampeders)
37. Luke Tasker (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
36. Maurice Leggett (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
35. Tommie Campbell (Montreal Alouettes)
34. Emmanuel Arceneaux (BC Lions)
33. Brendon LaBatte (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
32. Richard Leonard (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
31. Larry Dean (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
30. TJ Heath (Toronto Argonauts)
29. Jerome Messam (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
28. Kyries Hebert (Ottawa REDBLACKS) 
27. Sean McEwen (Toronto Argonauts)
26. William Powell (Ottawa REDBLACKS) 
25. Naaman Roosevelt (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
24. Diontae Spencer (Ottawa REDBLACKS) 
23. Chris Randle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
22. Brandon Banks (Hamilton Tiger-cats)
21. Almondo Sewell (Edmonton Eskimos)
20. Derel Walker (Edmonton Eskimos)
19. Trevor Harris (Ottawa REDBLACKS)
18. Adam Bighill (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
17. Micah Johnson (Calgary Stampeders)
16. Bryan Burnham (BC Lions)
15. Ed Gainey (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
14. Matt Nichols (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
13. Charleston Hughes (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
12. Stanley Bryant (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
11. James Wilder Jr. (Toronto Argonauts)
10. Willie Jefferson (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
9. S.J. Green (Toronto Argonauts)
8. Duron Carter (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
7. Greg Ellingson (Ottawa REDBLACKS) 
6. Ricky Ray (Toronto Argonauts)
5. Alex Singleton (Calgary Stampeders)
4. Solomon Elimimian (BC Lions)
3. Andrew Harris (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
2. Bo Levi Mitchell (Calgary Stampeders)
1. Mike Reilly (Edmonton Eskimos)