TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders combined to claim all four CFL players of the month awards on Wednesday.
Riders quarterback Darian Durant was an unanimous selection for the offensive award after leading the Riders to a 3-1 record and accumulating 1,387 yards passing and five touchdowns with a 62.9 per cent completion rate in September. Durant also carried the ball 19 times for 152 yards and one touchdown.
In victories over the Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats to end the month, he combined for 918 yards and five touchdowns.
Riders slotback Andy Fantuz was also a unanimous selection for the top Canadian award after hauling in 22 passes for 449 yards and one touchdown. Fantuz’s month included winning both the offensive and Canadian player of the week awards in an overtime victory over the Stampeders. In that game, Fantuz had 10 receptions for a career-high 255 yards and a touchdown.
Argos defensive end Ronald Flemons earned defensive honours after collecting 22 tackles, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, two pass knockdowns and one tackle-for-loss over four games.
A pair of linebackers — B.C. Lions’ Solomon Elimimian and Stampeders’ Juwan Simpson — were runners-up.
Argos kick returner Chad Owens earned the nod as special teams player of the month after tallying 639 kick return yards for an average of 159.8 yards per game and one punt return touchdown. He had 287 yards on kickoff returns, 241 on punts, and 111 on missed field goals.
Lions kicker/punter Paul McCallum was the runner-up.