Terry Jones: Edmonton Eskimos MOP candidates on display Saturday


Is it Edmonton QB Mike Reilly versus former Eskimos QB Ricky Ray for the CFL award as Most Outstanding Player?

Or is it Reilly versus his own receiver Brandon Zylstra?

There aren’t many questions remaining this CFL season other than whether Saskatchewan or Edmonton will finish third and play in the West semifinal or fourth and go East as the crossover team. But there’s a big question when it comes to the league’s top award and it plays out here Saturday.

It’s Reilly versus Ray and/or Reilly versus Zylstra as the Toronto Argos visit Commonwealth Stadium.

Reilly goes into his final four games with 4,546 yards passing, a mere 26 yards ahead of one-day Eskimos Wall of Famer Ray who only has three to play.

If you go strictly by those numbers, it’s Reilly versus Ray.

If you include receivers then it’s maybe Reilly versus Zylstra.

The second year Edmonton receiver is coming off a 201-yard game against Montreal and for all purposes leads the league in pass receiving with 1,335 yards with four games to go. Ottawa’s Greg Ellingson has 1,381 but has only two games remaining in the quirky CFL schedule.

Toronto’s S.J. Green is third at 1,178 with three to go.

Zylstra, who needs one more 100-yard game to make it eight for the season to tie the club record with Adarius Bowman and Brian Kelly, is a very real option to the quarterbacks.

And Zylstra is such a great story. The 24-year-old from Spicer, Minnesota, came out of Division III Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Missing a game this season, that made his ballistic game in Montreal the 18th in his CFL career. That’s the equivalent of one full season.

Over that span Zylstra has 1,843 receiving yards.

That’s 102.4 yards per game for his entire CFL career.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal

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