Ricky Ray, Darian Durant top CFL all-star list

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray tops this year's CFL East Division all-stars, while Darian Durant of the Saskatchewan Roughriders headlines the West.

League will announce team in December

From left, quarterbacks Ricky Ray of the Argos and the Roughriders' Darian Durant from the list of CFL all-stars. Ray completed 77.2 per cent of his pass attempts while Durant threw for 4,154 yards and a league-leading 31 touchdowns. (Canadian Press/CBCSports.ca)

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray tops this year's Canadian Football League East Division all-stars, while Darian Durant of the Saskatchewan Roughriders headlines the West.

Ray's numbers were held back as he missed six games to injury and sat out the last game of the season.

But he finished with 234 completed passes out of 303 tries for a career-high 77.2 per cent, tops among CFL starting quarterbacks.

Durant finished the season with 4,154 passing yards and a league-leading 31 touchdown strikes.

The Calgary Stampeders led overall with 10 picks and Saskatchewan and Montreal tied with nine each. Toronto was next at eight, with Hamilton and B.C. at six each, Winnipeg at four and Edmonton at two.

Representing the West at running back is Calgary's Jon Cornish, the CFL rushing leader, and Saskatchewan's Kory Sheets, the runner-up. Hamilton's C.J. Gable and Winnipeg's Will Ford share the honour in the East.

Sheets and Cornish were both unanimous selections.

Toronto's Chad Owens is one of the four receivers named in the East and Edmonton's Fred Stamps was a unanimous pick as one of the four in the West, after leading the league with 1,259 receiving yards.

The others were Toronto's Andre Durie, Hamilton's Bakari Grant, Montreal's S.J. Green, Saskatchewan's Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf and Calgary's Marquay McDaniel.

Balanced line

The offensive linemen named for the East were Montreal's Josh Bourke, Winnipeg's Glenn January, Toronto's Chris Van Zeyl and Jeff Keeping and Hamilton's Greg Wojt.

For the West it was Calgary's Brett Jones, Jon Gott and Stanley Bryant, B.C.'s Jovan Olafioye and Saskatchewan's Brendon Labatte.

Defensive players include CFL tackle leader Chip Cox from Montreal and runner-up Henoc Muamba from Winnipeg in the East, and sack-leader Charleston Hughes from Calgary and Saskatchewan's Alex Hall in the West.

Muamba said terrible season or not, the fact that four Bombers made the all-star list helps show that the team never gave up.

"It's a testament to the fact that myself personally, I didn't quit, and for the rest of the all-stars," he said. "It goes to prove that there were a lot of guys in that room that never quit, despite the things that were going on and the season that we had."

He also sounded a little more positive at the prospect of returning to the Bombers, although he said his agent is still in negotiations with the team.

Six of Montreal's selections were on defence. Besides Cox, John Bowman, Geoff Tisdale, Jerald Brown, Billy Parker and Mike Edem were named.

Toronto's Khalif Mitchell and Patrick Watkins, Winnipeg's Bryant Turner and Hamilton's Brandon Boudreaux complete the defence for the East.

In the West it was Saskatchewan's Tearrius George, Dwight Anderson and Tyron Brackenridge; B.C.'s Adam Bighill, Solomon Elimimian, Cord Parks, Dante Marsh and Ryan Phillips; Calgary's Juwan Simpson and Edmonton's Almondo Sewell.

Calgary swept the special teams category in the West with league-leading kicker Rene Paredes, punter Rob Maver and the CFL's leader in combined return yards, Larry Taylor.

Hamilton claimed two spots in the East for punter Josh Bartel and tackle-leader Marc Beswick, while Montreal's Sean Whyte took kicker.

The lists are voted on by coaches and members of the Football Reporters of Canada. The CFL will announce its all-star team, featuring players from both divisions, in early December.


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