Roughriders announce 2023 team awards

Dean and Korsak receive mulitiple honours for their efforts during the 2023 CFL season

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After finishing the 2023 CFL season with a 6-12 record, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. 

But on Wednesday, the Riders announced their individual award winners, with two players receiving multiple honours.

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Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player 

Larry Dean 

After racking up 104 tackles while playing all 18 games, middle linebacker Larry Dean has been named the team’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive Player. It was the second straight season Dean has reached the 100-tackle mark while playing all 18 regular season games, becoming the second Rider to reach 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons since George White in 2000-01. 

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Dean, 35, also had four pass knockdowns, two sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble during the 2023 season. His 114 total defensive plays ranked him first on the club and fifth in the league. He was unanimously selected for the defensive player award. 

Larry Dean
Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Larry Dean (11) runs a drill during practice at Mosaic Stadium on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 in Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Leader-Post

Most Outstanding Canadian 

Samuel Emilus 

Unanimously chosen for the team’s Most Outstanding Canadian award, receiver Samuel Emilus put up 1,097 yards in his first full season as a starter in Green and White. 

After being the Riders first-round draft pick in 2022, Emilus had a breakout season in 2023, where he tallied 70 catches and six touchdowns while playing all 18 regular season games. He ranks in the top 10 in the CFL in catches, yards, touchdowns, yards per catch and second-down conversions.  

He is the fastest Canadian receiver in Rider history to reach the 1,000-yard milestone. 

Samuel Emilus
Receiver Samuel Emilus had his first 100-yard game for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against the B.C. Lions in Regina, SK, on August 20, 2023. Photo by Liam Richards /Electric Umbrella/Liam Ric

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman 

Logan Ferland 

The only offensive lineman to start all 18 regular season games this year, Logan Ferland has been named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for the second straight season. 

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Along with starting every game at right guard, the 26-year-old Melfort product also saw action at each tackle position due to in-game injuries. He was part of a unit that helped running back Jamal Morrow rack up 907 rushing yards. 

Logan Ferland
Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Logan Ferland (63) runs a drill during practice at Mosaic Stadium on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 in Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Leader-Post

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and Most Outstanding Rookie 

Adam Korsak 

Receiving two unanimous selections in his first season with the Riders, punter Adam Korsak has been named the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and Most Outstanding Rookie. 

The 25-year-old, who was the third overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft, finished near the top of the league in most punting categories this season, led by his 47.9-yard punting average, which was first overall. He also had a league-high 90-yard punt this season, while booting the ball 117 times, which was second most in the CFL. 

Adam Korsak
Saskatchewan Roughriders punter Adam Korsak (10) kicks the ball during the first half of CFL action at Mosaic Stadium on Thursday, July 6, 2023 in Regina. Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Leader-Post

The team nominees will now be up for the West Division awards, which will be announced Nov. 1. The 2023 CFL Awards are set for Nov. 16.

CFL team award winners:

Most Outstanding Player 

BC: Vernon Adams Jr.* 

Edmonton: Tre Ford 

Calgary: Reggie Begelton* 

Saskatchewan: Larry Dean 

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Winnipeg: Brady Oliveira 

Hamilton: Tim White 

Toronto: Chad Kelly* 

Ottawa: Devonte Williams 

Montreal: Austin Mack 

Most Outstanding Defensive Player 

BC: Mathieu Betts 

Edmonton: Jake Ceresna 

Calgary: Micah Awe 

Saskatchewan: Larry Dean* 

Winnipeg: Willie Jefferson* 

Hamilton: Simoni Lawrence 

Toronto: Adarius Pickett 

Ottawa: Bryce Carter* 

Montreal: Tyrice Beverette 

Most Outstanding Canadian 

BC: Mathieu Betts 

Edmonton: Tre Ford* 

Calgary: Cameron Judge* 

Saskatchewan: Samuel Emilus* 

Winnipeg: Brady Oliveira* 

Hamilton: Stavros Katsantonis* 

Toronto: Royce Metchie 

Ottawa: Cleyon Laing* 

Montreal: Marc-Antoine Dequoy* 

Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman 

BC: Jarell Broxton 

Edmonton: Martez Ivey 

Calgary: Sean McEwen 

Saskatchewan: Logan Ferland 

Winnipeg: Jermarcus Hardrick 

Hamilton: Brandon Revenberg 

Toronto: Dejon Allen 

Ottawa: Jacob Ruby 

Montreal: Pier-Olivier Lestage 

Most Outstanding Special Team Player 

BC: Sean Whyte* 

Edmonton: Scott Hutter 

Calgary: René Paredes 

Saskatchewan: Adam Korsak* 

Winnipeg: Sergio Castillo* 

Hamilton: Tyreik McAllister 

Toronto: Javon Leake* 

Ottawa: Brandin Dandridge 

Montreal: Joseph Zema 

Most Outstanding Rookie 

BC: Ryder Varga* 

Edmonton: Kai Gray 

Calgary: Clark Barnes 

Saskatchewan: Adam Korsak* 

Winnipeg: Jamieson Sheahan 

Hamilton: Taylor Powell 

Toronto: Qwan’tez Stiggers* 

Ottawa: Dustin Crum* 

Montreal: Reggie Stubblefield 

* Denotes a unanimous selection 

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