Continuing on with our Three Stars series, here's a look at Week 12's top offensive, defensive, special teams and Canadian players.
First star/offensive player of the week: Mike Reilly, quarterback, Edmonton Eskimos: It may seem odd to tab a quarterback who only threw for 196 yards as the week's top player, but Reilly did so in efficient fashion, completing 16 of his 25 passing attempts (64 per cent) with three touchdown passes and no interceptions. What was most impressive was what he did on the ground, though; he collected a game-high 113 rushing yards on nine carries, which saved the Eskimos' ground game in Saturday's 25-7 win over Winnipeg, as running back Hugh Charles was held to just 34 yards on 10 carries. Reilly had the most rushing yards of any CFL player this week, with no one else even breaking the 100-yard barrier, and when you add in his impressive passing performance despite the ongoing concerns with the Eskimos' offensive line, he's a fully deserving first star.
(Honourable mentions: Chris Getzlaf, WR, Saskatchewan; C.J. Gable, running back, Hamilton; Henry Burris, QB, Hamilton.)
Second star/special teams player of the week: Rob Maver, punter, Calgary Stampeders: It's not that often when a punter's involved in two of the most impressive plays of a game, but that was the case with Maver in Friday's 26-22 win over Hamilton. He executed a superb fake punt in the third quarter, throwing a pass to Matt Walter that resulted in a 31-yard gain, and he drilled a perfect actual punt earlier in the game, pinning the Tiger-Cats inside their one-yard line. On the night, Maver had five punts with an impressive average of 48.8 yards, and his 100 per cent passing completion mark will be tough to top.
(Honourable mentions: Rene Paredes, K, Calgary; Swayze Waters, P/K, Toronto; Larry Taylor, PR, Calgary.)
Third star/defensive player of the week: Adam Bighill, linebacker, B.C. Lions: The B.C. defence as a whole came up big in a 36-14 win over Montreal Sunday, but Bighill led the way. He recorded a team-high seven tackles on the day and also had a spectacular interception that he almost returned for a touchdown. (He was eventually ruled out at the three-yard line, but the Lions' offence punched the ball in shortly thereafter.) Bighill has done an excellent job at filling in at middle linebacker for the injured Solomon Elimimian, and he's been a key part of the Lions' defensive dominance this season.
(Honourable mentions: Jamall Johnson, LB, Hamilton; Dante Marsh, DB, B.C.; Charleston Hughes, DE, Calgary.)
Bonus star/Canadian player of the week: Chris Getzlaf, slotback, Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Riders may have fallen 31-29 to Toronto Saturday, but Getzlaf still had an incredible day, catching five passes for a game-high 133 yards and two touchdowns. He's been a crucial part of the Saskatchewan aerial offence this year and should continue to be featured heavily going forward.
(Honourable mentions: Rob Bagg, WR, Saskatchewan; Mike Edem, S, Montreal; Rob Maver, P, Calgary.)