It's time for another edition of our Three Stars series, this time looking at Week Fifteen's top showings.
First star/offensive player of the week: Jonathan Williams, running back, Ottawa Redblacks: The Redblacks finally picked up their second win of the year with a dominant 42-20 victory over Winnipeg Friday, and Williams was a huge part of the reason why. The former East Carolina Pirate gave no quarter Friday, collecting 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, a stellar average of 8.6 yards per carry. He also proved solid in the blocking game and was a valuable receiving outlet for Henry Burris, catching two passes for 49 further receiving yards. Williams is in his second CFL season, but only saw minimal action with Calgary last year, and was working a landscaping job in North Carolina before Ottawa called this September. If this week's any indication, he may have a lot more to offer in the CFL.
(Honourable mentions: Chad Owens, SB, Toronto; Zach Collaros, QB, Hamilton; Mossis Madu, RB, Hamilton.)
Second star/special teams player of the week: Swayze Waters, punter/kicker, Toronto Argonauts: The Argonauts showed some of the end-zone struggles that have hurt them in recent years against Edmonton Saturday, but they still emerged with a 33-32 win, and Waters played a massive role in that. The University of Alabama-Birmingham product and noted goat enthusiast delivered 21 of Toronto's points Saturday, going six for seven on field goals and adding two extra points and a rouge. He also added one punt for 47 yards. Waters has been consistently good in both the punting and kicking games over the last few years, and that trend is continuing this season.
(Honourable mentions: Justin Medlock, P/K, Hamilton: Maurice Leggett, PR/KR, Winnipeg; Kendial Lawrence, PR/KR, Edmonton.)
Third star/defensive player of the week: Shawn Lemon, defensive end, Calgary Stampeders: Lemon recorded two sacks in Calgary's 31-24 win over Saskatchewan Friday, which tied with Ottawa's Justin Capicciotti for a week-high. Lemon also added a forced fumble and three tackles. The Akron alum was a big pass-rushing threat all night long for the Stampeders.
(Honourable mentions: Jerrell Gavins, DB, Ottawa; Justin Capicciotti, DE, Ottawa; Simoni Lawrence, LB, Hamilton.)
Bonus star/Canadian player of the week: Justin Capicciotti, defensive end, Ottawa Redblacks: Capicciotti recorded three tackles and two sacks in Ottawa's win over Winnipeg Friday. The Simon Fraser product was crucial to putting pressure on Bombers' quarterback Drew Willy, who threw for just 223 yards on the night with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Capicciotti is in his third CFL season following two with Edmonton, but he's playing a much bigger role with the Redblacks than he did with the Eskimos; he has seven sacks and a fumble recovery on the year, plus 36 tackles. He's turning into a great Canadian pass-rusher.
(Honourable mentions: Rob Maver, P, Calgary; Nate Coehoorn, WR, Edmonton; Andy Fantuz, WR, Hamilton.)