Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive tackle Micah Johnson and cornerback Nick Marshall were named West Division all-stars on Wednesday.
The defensive stalwarts were selected division all-stars by members of the Football Reporters of Canada and the CFL’s head coaches.
Johnson was named a West Division all-star for the first time as a Roughrider. He earned division all-star recognition in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with the Calgary Stampeders. Johnson would also be named a CFL all-star in each of the aforementioned seasons.
Johnson, who was a free-agent signing by the Riders in 2019, has been a force on the interior of the defensive line. In 2021, the 33-year-old Johnson had 19 defensive tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery. He also led the CFL with eight tackles for a loss.
Marshall earned his first all-star nod with the Riders. The third-year cornerback had 30 defensive tackles and was tied with Ed Gainey for the team lead with three interceptions. Marshall, 29, returned one interception for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Riders’ defensive end A.C. Leonard wasn’t voted an all-star despite leading the league with 11 sacks. He was, however, named a CFL top performer of the month.
Leonard had four sacks, 10 defensive tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble during the Riders’ three games in November.
The other top performers of the month were receiver/returner Lucky Whitehead of the B.C. Lions and placekicker/punter Boris Bede of the Toronto Argonauts.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers led the way with 15 all-star honours, including Regina-born guard Patrick Neufeld . The product of the Luther Lions and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies was named a division all-star for the first time in his 10-year CFL career.
The Riders (9-5) and Calgary Stampeders (8-6) are to meet in the West Division semifinal on Sunday (3:30 p.m.) at Mosaic Stadium. The winner advances to the division final on Dec. 5 against the host Blue Bombers (11-3).
The Stampeders had seven West Division all-stars — running back Ka’Deem Carey, receiver Kamar Jorden, centre Sean McEwen, defensive tackle Mike Rose, linebacker Darnell Sankey, placekicker Rene Paredes and punter Cody Grace.
Here is a complete list of the division all-stars. The CFL all-star team is be announced in late December.
2021 West Division All-stars
Quarterback: Zach Collaros , Winnipeg.
Running back: Ka’Deem Carey, Calgary.
Receivers : Kenny Lawler, Winnipeg; Lucky Whitehead, B.C.; Bryan Burnham, B.C.; Kamar Jorden, Calgary; Nic Demski*, Winnipeg.
Centre : Sean McEwen*, Calgary.
Guards : Drew Desjarlais*, Winnipeg; Patrick Neufeld*, Winnipeg.
Tackles : Stanley Bryant, Winnipeg; Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg.
Defensive ends : Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg; Willie Jefferson, Winnipeg.
Defensive tackles : Micah Johnson, Saskatchewan, Mike Rose, Calgary.
Linebackers : Adam Bighill, Winnipeg; Darnell Sankey, Calgary.
Cover linebacker : Alden Darby, Winnipeg.
Cornerbacks : DeAundre Alford, Winnipeg; Nick Marshall, Saskatchewan.
Halfbacks : T.J. Lee, B.C.; Deatrick Nichols, Winnipeg.
Safety : Brandon Alexander, Winnipeg.
Placekicker : Rene Paredes*, Calgary.
Punter : Cody Grace**, Calgary.
Special teams : Mike Miller*, Winnipeg.
2021 East Division All-Stars
Quarterback : McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Toronto.
Running back : William Stanback, Montreal.
Receivers : Eugene Lewis, Montreal; Jake Wieneke, Montreal; Kurleigh Gittens Jr., * Toronto; Tim White, Hamilton; Jaelon Acklin, Hamilton.
Centre : Peter Nicastro*, Toronto.
Guards : Brandon Revenberg*, Hamilton; Kristian Matte*, Montreal.
Tackles : Landon Rice*, Montreal; Chris Van Zeyl*, Hamilton.
Defensive ends : Ja’Gared Davis, Hamilton; David Menard*, Montreal.
Defensive tackles : Dylan Wynn, Hamilton; Shawn Oakman, Toronto.
Linebackers : Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton; Avery Williams, Ottawa.
Cover linebacker : Chris Edwards, Toronto.
Cornerbacks : Jumal Rolle, Hamilton; Monshadrick (Money) Hunter, Montreal.
Halfbacks : Cariel Brooks, Hamilton; Shaquille Richardson, Toronto.
Safety : Tunde Adeleke, Hamilton.
Special team s
Placekicker : Boris Bede, Toronto.
Punter : Richie Leone, Ottawa.
Special teams : DeVonte Dedmon, Ottawa.
* — Denotes National.
** — Denotes Global .
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