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MOP Watch: Has Masoli taken the next step?

MOP Watch: Has Masoli taken the next step?

TORONTO — Jeremiah Masoli is forcing his identify into the dialogue for Most Excellent Participant.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback continues to play at an elite degree, throwing 16 touchdowns and simply 5 interceptions since Labour Day whereas profitable 5 of his final seven begins.

In his first full season as a CFL beginning quarterback, Masoli has reached the subsequent step in his improvement and isn’t solely the East Division’s prime participant in 2018, however is incomes consideration as a official MOP candidate towards earlier winners Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly.

Talking of the others, Mitchell and Reilly have teetered off during the last month, combining for 5 touchdowns and 9 interceptions over every of their final three begins.

Adam Bighill has emerged as an unlikely darkish horse on the defensive aspect of the ball after recording three sacks and his 100th deal with of the season in a 31-Zero win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

And eventually, Brandon Banks recorded his ninth 100-plus-yard receiving recreation of the season vs. the Argos, enhancing his common to 99.2 yards per recreation — the most effective mark out of any receiver within the three-down recreation. breaks down the race within the newest MOP Watch:



After enduring a late-season droop, we’re beginning to see the Mike Reilly of previous as soon as once more (Arthur Ward/

Greatest Recreation: 30-44, 397 yards, three TD, 1 INT,  43 dashing yards, three dashing TD vs. CGY (Sept. eight vs. CGY)

Key Statistics (General): four,974 passing yards (1st), 12 dashing TD (T-1st), 40 complete TD (1st), 519 dashing yards (1st amongst QB) 98.7 QB score (Third), eight.9 yards per try (2nd)

Mike Reilly broke out of his droop in Week 18, placing on a passing clinic in a win over Ottawa by finishing 82 per cent of his passes and averaging 9.7 yards per try. He additionally rushed for 72 yards, overcoming an sickness to return by means of in a must-win recreation for the Eskimos.

It’s a decent race between Reilly, Bo Levi Mitchell and Jeremiah Masoli, however Reilly’s 40 complete touchdowns and skill to place the Eskimos on his again make him probably the most engaging candidate for Most Excellent Participant. However the Eskimos have to no less than make the playoffs for this to carry up.

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Accidents to receivers might have caught as much as Bo Levi Mitchell, who’s struggled the final two weeks (Johany Jutras/

Week 18: 17-38, 215 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT vs. BC

Greatest Recreation: 25-42, 452 yards, three TD, Zero INT (Aug. 25 vs. WPG)

Key Statistics (General): 31 TD (1st), four,351 yards (4th), eight.eight yards per try (Third), 98.9 QB score (2nd),  31:13 TD:INT ratio

The revolving door at receiver might have lastly caught as much as Bo Levi Mitchell, who’s coming off his worst two video games of the season. Mitchell has seen his quarterback score drop seven factors to 98.9, whereas his yards per try have gone from 9.four to eight.eight, all within the span of two weeks.

There’s no actual concern over Mitchell himself, however as an alternative whether or not he can get acclimated with a new-look group of receivers together with Chris Matthews, Markeith Ambles and up to date addition Bakari Grant in time for the playoffs.

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Jeremiah Masoli continued his dominance over the Argos, throwing 4 extra landing passes in Week 18 (Johany Jutras/

Week 18: 21-30, 338 yards, four TD, 2 INT vs. TOR

Greatest Recreation: 18-25, 307 yards, four TD, Zero INT (Sept. eight vs. TOR)

Key Statistics (General): four,624 yards (2nd), 9.four yards per try (1st), 446 dashing yards (2nd amongst QBs), 101.eight QB score (1st)

Trailing Mike Reilly by 350 passing yards with a recreation in hand, Jeremiah Masoli has a sensible alternative to take residence the passing yards title. He additionally leads the league in passer score (101.eight) and yards per try (9.four), proving he belongs within the dialog involving the league’s prime quarterbacks.

Masoli’s first season as a full-time beginning quarterback has been a dream, and it’ll solely get higher if he can lead the Ticats to first within the East and a playoff recreation at Tim Hortons Area on Nov. 18 — with a visit to the Gray Cup at stake.

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He made the spotlight reel for operating into the objective publish, however within the course of Brandon Banks racked up one other spectacular outing vs. Toronto in Week 18 (The Canadian Press)

Week 18: eight catches, 178 yards, 1 TD vs. TOR

Greatest Recreation: 6 catches, 153 yards, 2 TD (Sept. eight vs. TOR)

Key Statistics (General): 1,290 yards (2nd), 10 touchdowns (T-1st), 86 catches (2nd), 11 catches of 30+ (T-1st), 99.2 yards per recreation (1st)

Regardless of rating second in receiving yards (he’s 164 yards again of Esks receiver Duke Williams with one additional recreation remaining), Brandon Banks has been the most efficient receiver within the CFL in 2018. It’s been six years since a receiver gained Most Excellent Participant when Chad Owens did it in 2012 for the Argos, however a better take a look at Banks’ numbers presents a respectable case.

Banks is prime three in each significant class at receiver and, all through damage after damage for the Ticats’ receiving corps, has been the catalyst for the CFL’s most efficient offence. His 99.2 receiving yards per recreation are simply one of the best within the league, which projected over an 18-game season would give him 1,786 yards.

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D’haquille Williams has cooled off during the last month, hauling in only one landing and failing to hit the century mark (Johany Jutras/

Week 18: 5 catches, 39 yards vs. OTT

Greatest Recreation: 7 catches, 172 yards, 1 TD (Sept. eight vs. CGY)

Key Statistics (General): 1,454 yards (1st), 138 targets (1st), 81 catches (T-Third), 10 touchdowns (T-1st), 18.Zero yards per catch (2nd amongst eligible)

D’haquille Williams has cooled off during the last month, recording only one landing over his final 4 video games whereas failing to hit the century mark. Williams continues to be the CFL’s main receiver in each yards and touchdowns, however his probabilities of profitable Most Excellent Participant are doubtless dipping in stride together with his current manufacturing.

Until Williams has an astronomical remaining two video games, Mike Reilly is the Eskimos’ doubtless MOP come season’s finish.

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With two video games nonetheless remaining, Andrew Harris has already hit a profession excessive in dashing yards (The Canadian Press)

Week 18: 10 rushes, 36 yards, 2 catches, three yards, Zero TD vs. SSK

Greatest Recreation: 161 dashing yards, 16 receiving yards, 2 TD (July 21 vs. TOR)

Key Statistics (General): 1,269 dashing yards (2nd), 407 receiving yards (2nd amongst RB), eight TD (T-Third), 5.7 yards per carry (1st amongst certified RB)

Andrew Harris is within the hunt for a second straight dashing title, trailing REDBLACKS operating again William Powell by simply six yards — though Powell has a recreation in hand. As spectacular because the nationwide’s season has been, the stats don’t do justice simply how helpful he’s to the Bombers’ offence.

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William Powell (left) has been a central determine within the REDBLACKS’ explosive offence (The Canadian Press)

Week 18: 9 rushes, 40 yards vs. EDM

Greatest Recreation: 148 dashing yards, 2 TD (Sept. 15 vs. SSK)

Key Statistics (General): 1,275 dashing yards (1st), eight 20-plus yard rushes (2nd), 40 10-plus yard rushes (1st)

Likelihood is good William Powell will win the dashing title this season (he’s six yards up on Andrew Harris with an additional recreation to play), however his MOP odds are fading after struggling to supply the final couple of weeks. Nonetheless, Powell is within the midst of a profession season, and has been a essential a part of the REDBLACKS’ high-powered offence.

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Adam Bighill has put himself within the driver’s seat for Most Excellent Defensive Participant (Jimmy Jeong/

Week 18: eight tackles, three sacks, 1 pressured fumble vs. SSK

Greatest Recreation: 6 tackles, 2 interceptions 1 TD (July 7 vs. BC)

Key Statistics (General): 101 defensive tackles (T-1st), four sacks, 2 INT, 1 TD, three pressured fumbles (T-1st)

Adam Bighill seems to have tossed his hat into the ring for MOP throughout a stellar first season in blue and gold. Bighill is on tempo to match his profession excessive with 114 tackles, including 4 sacks, two interceptions, a landing and a league-best three pressured fumbles.

It’s unlikely a defensive participant takes house MOP this season, however on the very least Bighill ought to be the present chief for Most Excellent Defensive Participant.

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