Continuing our Three Stars series, here's a look at Week Three's top offensive, defensive, special teams and Canadian players.
First star/offensive player of the week: Kory Sheets, running back, Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Riders' win over Toronto Thursday saw another dazzling performance from Sheets, who picked up 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries (6.8 yards per carry) against the Argos while also adding 21 receiving yards on two catches. Sheets leads the CFL with 442 rushing yards (138 more than second-place Jon Cornish) through three weeks, and is on pace to shatter Mike Pringle's all-time single season rushing record (2,068 yards, set in 1998). Not bad.
(Honourable mentions: Taj Smith, WR, Saskatchewan; Henry Burris, QB, Hamilton; Chad Simpson, RB, Winnipeg.)
Second star/special teams player of the week: Rene Paredes, kicker, Calgary Stampeders: Paredes went an exceptional five for five on field goals and provided most of the Stampeders' scoring in their 22-14 win over Montreal Friday. He's hit 25 straight field goals now and can tie Saskatchewan legend Dave "Robokicker" Ridgway for second place all-time with three more.
(Honourable mentions: Josh Bartel, P, Hamilton; Chad Owens, PR/KR, Toronto; Rob Maver, P, Calgary.)
Third star/defensive player of the week: Rey Williams, linebacker, Saskatchewan Roughriders: Williams, who the Riders brought in as a free agent this offseason after Hamilton surprisingly let him go, has been a key acquisition for Saskatchewan and an important part of the Riders' CFL-best 3-0 start. Roving all over the field from his middle linebacker position, he turned in a eight-tackle, two-sack showing Thursday against Toronto. Williams' leadership in the middle has been crucial to Saskatchewan's success thus far, and he led by example this week.
(Honourable mentions: Henoc Muamba, LB, Winnipeg; Kyries Hebert, S, Montreal; Chip Cox, LB, Montreal.)
Bonus star/Canadian player of the week: Henoc Muamba, linebacker, Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The top pick in the 2011 CFL draft has become a crucial player for the Bombers over the last couple of years, evolving from merely a special teams demon to a starting middle linebacker who's become the linchpin of one of the league's best defences. Winnipeg fell to Hamilton this week thanks to their offensive ineptitude, but Muamba recorded a team-high eight tackles and a sack in a losing cause. He'll be a vital component of the Bombers' defence this year.
(Honourable mentions: Rene Paredes, K, Calgary; Andre Durie, SB, Toronto; Rob Bagg, WR, Saskatchewan.)
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