Eskimos pair top player of the month honours

The Edmonton Eskimos went 4-1 last the month, thanks in large part to John Avery and Elfrid Payton.

On Thursday, Avery and Payton were recognized for their contributions by being named among the CFL players of the month for September.

Avery picked up the CFL's offensive player of the month award, after rushing for 618 yards on 85 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and scoring two rushing touchdowns.

The running back out of the University of Mississippi also had 141 yards on 14 pass receptions and two touchdown receptions.

Payton was named the top lineman of the month.

In five games during the month, Payton had nine defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced one fumble.

Brendon Ayanbadejo of the B.C. Lions was named defensive player of the month.

Ayanbadejo had a stellar September, recording two interceptions, six special team tackles, 21 defensive tackles, one pass knocked down, and two fumble recoveries.

Hamilton kicker Paul Osbaldiston was named special teams player of the month.

Osbaldiston booted 16 field goals in 18 attempts for the Tiger-Cats and averaged 46-yards per punt on 36 tries.