The Canadian Football League announced Tuesday that Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and quarterback Dane Evans have been named CFL Top Performers for Week 16.
Lawrence, 30, set a CFL single-game record with 17 defensive tackles (Reggie Hunt – 16), adding one tackle for loss and one pass knockdown in Hamilton’s 33-13 road win Friday in Winnipeg. The 6-1, 231-pound native of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania is currently second in the CFL this season with 78 defensive tackles while anchoring a Tiger-Cats’ defensive unit that has allowed a league-low 276 points through 14 games. Lawrence also now holds the Tiger-Cats’ franchise record with 509 defensive tackles after surpassing Rob Hitchcock (484) earlier this season.
Evans, 25, completed 25-of-32 passing attempts (78.1%) for 359 yards, tied a career-high with three passing touchdowns, and added three carries for 16 yards in Hamilton’s win over Winnipeg. The 6-1, 218-pound native of Sanger, Texas is currently sixth in the CFL in both passing yards (2,646) and passing touchdowns (14) despite starting just eight games this season. He has led Hamilton to a 6-2-0 record in those eight games and the Tiger-Cats currently sit atop the CFL standings at 11-3-0.
Saskatchewan’s Cody Fajardo, second in voting, joins Lawrence (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)
Tiger-Cats named CFL Top Performers of the Month this season:
Brandon Banks – June (2nd)
Sean Thomas Erlington – June (3rd)
Dylan Wynn – August (3rd)