The Canadian Football League announced Tuesday that Hamilton Tiger-Cats wide receiver Brandon Banks and quarterback Dane Evans have been named CFL Top Performers for Week 20.
Banks, 31, registered career highs in receiving yards (201) and receiving touchdowns (3) with a season-high 11 receptions in Hamilton’s 38-26 road win Saturday against Montreal. The 5-7, 150-pound native of Garner, North Carolina became the first Tiger-Cat to record more than 200 receiving yards in a game since Arland Bruce III on July 31, 2010 at Saskatchewan (271).
Banks currently leads all CFL receivers this season in receptions (112), receiving yards (1,550) and receiving touchdowns (13). His 112 receptions is a Tiger-Cats single-season franchise record. This is Banks’ third Top Performer of the Week nomination this season (Week 5, 9 & 20).
Evans, 25, completed 29-of-36 passing attempts (80.6%) for 379 passing yards and a career-high four passing touchdowns in Hamilton’s win Saturday. The 6-1, 218-pound native of Sanger, Texas is currently third in the CFL in passing touchdowns (21) and sixth in passing yards (3,754) despite starting just 11 games this season. Evans has now led Hamilton to five consecutive wins and is 9-2 as a starter in 2019. He has been named a Top Performer of the Week four times this season (Week 12, 16, 19 & 20).
Saskatchewan’s Cody Fajardo, second in voting, joins Banks (1st) and Evans (3rd) as this week’s CFL Top Performers. The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.
Tiger-Cats named CFL Top Performers of the Week this season:
Sean Thomas Erlington – Week 2 (3rd)
Ja’Gared Davis – Week 3 (3rd)
Brandon Banks – Week 5 (1st)
Jumal Rolle – Week 7 (2nd)
Brandon Banks – Week 9 (2nd)
Dylan Wynn – Week 11 (2nd)
Dane Evans – Week 12 (1st)
Bralon Addison – Week 12 (2nd)
Simoni Lawrence – Week 16 (1st)
Dane Evans – Week 16 (3rd)
Dane Evans – Week 19 (1st)
Tyrell Sutton – Week 19 (3rd)
Brandon Banks – Week 20 (1st)
Dane Evans – Week 20 (3rd)
Tiger-Cats named CFL Top Performers of the Month this season:
Brandon Banks – June (2nd)
Sean Thomas Erlington – June (3rd)
Dylan Wynn – August (3rd)
Bralon Addison – September (1st)
Dane Evans – September (2nd)