The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are proud to announce that the team has earned seven spots on the East Division All-Star team.
Running back Avon Cobourne, receiver Chris Williams and guard Peter Dyakowski were named all-stars on offence while linebacker Renauld Williams received his second straight all-star honour on the defensive side.
The Ticats took all three spots on special teams with kicker Luca Congi, punter Josh Bartel and kick returner Chris Williams earning All-Star selections.
Cobourne ran for 737 yards and two touchdowns on 124 carries this season, boasting an impressive 5.9 yards per carry average. He also caught 32 passes for 337 receiving yards and two scores. This is the third time Cobourne has been named an East All-Star.
Chris Williams caught 83 passes this season and finished with the third-most receiving yards (1,298) and second-most receiving touchdowns (11) among all CFL players.
As a kick returner, Williams established a new CFL record with six kick return touchdowns while maintaining a 14.3 punt return average and returning five missed field goals for 256 yards. The second-year Tiger-Cat was chosen as the East Division’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player earlier this week.
Williams has been named an East Division All-Star receiver in each of his two seasons.
Dyakowski anchored an offensive line that helped the Ticats offence generate the league’s highest point total this season. This is Dyakowski’s first All-Star nod.
Renauld Williams led all East Division defensive players with 95 tackles while also registering three quarterback sacks and one interception. Williams has now been selected as an East Division All-Star for two consecutive years.
Congi connected on 88.9% of his field goal attempts (40-of-45) during his first season in Hamilton and led all East Division players with 171 points scored. This is Congi’s first divisional all-star selection.
Bartel, the Ticats Most Outstanding Rookie, finished the season with a 42.8 yards per punt average after launching 117 kicks for 5,007 yards.
The Division All-Stars were selected by 70 voters, including members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC), CFL head coaches, and CFL fans from across the country. The FRC voting panel consists of representation from each CFL market and a national chapter.
The CFL.ca All-Star Balloting program reopens today for fans to make their selections for the 2012 CFL All-Stars. The final round of voting for fans closes on Sunday, November 13. The CFL All-Stars will be announced in early December.
The All-Star ballot will reopen later today at www.cflallstars.com