2010’s CFL All Decade team announced

2010’s CFL All Decade team announced
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The CFL have revealed the results of a 2010’s All-Decade team fan vote.

All -Decade First Team QB Bo Levi Mitchell of the Calgary Stampeders is quoted as saying, “It’s pretty cool,…I appreciate everybody that did vote, I definitely feel blessed. Just to have Ricky Ray and Wally Buono kind of give me that nod was a compliment in itself… and hopefully I can, you know, be in the conversation in another decade.”

This is the culmination of an online fan vote that the CFL has been building towards for some time now. But how does the final list look? We can see below.

2010’s CFL All Decade First Team

POSITIONNAMETEAM
   
QuarterbackBo Levi MitchellCalgary
Running BackAndrew HarrisBC and Winnipeg
ReceiverS.J. GreenToronto and Montreal
ReceiverAdarius BowmanWinnipeg, Edmonton and Montreal
ReceiverWeston DresslerSaskatchewan and Winnipeg
ReceiverEmmanuel ArceneauxBC and Saskatchewan
ReceiverNik LewisCalgary and Montreal
CentreJon GottCalgary and Ottawa
Offensive TackleStanley BryantCalgary and Winnipeg
Offensive TackleJovan OlafioyeBC and Montreal
Offensive GuardBrendon LaBatteWinnipeg and Saskatchewan
Offensive GuardRyan BombenMontreal, Hamilton and Toronto
   
Defensive EndCharleston HughesCalgary and Saskatchewan
Defensive EndJohn BowmanMontreal
Defensive TackleAlmondo SewellEdmonton
Defensive TackleTed LaurentEdmonton and Hamilton
LinebackerSolomon ElimimianBC and Saskatchewan
LinebackerAdam BighillBC and Winnipeg
LinebackerChip CoxMontreal
Defensive BackJovon JohnsonWinnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Saskatchewan
Defensive BackRyan PhillipsBC and Montreal 
Defensive BackDelvin BreauxHamilton
Defensive BackBrandon SmithCalgary
SafetyCraig ButlerSaskatchewan and Hamilton
   
KickerJustin MedlockToronto, Hamilton and Winnipeg
PunterRob MaverCalgary
Special Teams CoverMike MillerEdmonton and Winnipeg
Special Teams ReturnerBrandon BanksHamilton
   
Head CoachJohn HufnagelCalgary

2010’s CFL All Decade Second Team

POSITIONNAMETEAM
   
QuarterbackRicky RayEdmonton and Toronto
Running BackJon CornishCalgary
ReceiverGreg EllingsonHamilton, Ottawa and Edmonton
ReceiverBrandon BanksHamilton
ReceiverFred StampsEdmonton and Montreal
ReceiverDerel WalkerEdmonton and Toronto
ReceiverBryan BurnhamBC
CentreLuc Brodeur-JourdainMontreal
Offensive TackleChris Van ZeylToronto and Hamilton
Offensive TackleDerek DennisCalgary and Saskatchewan
Offensive GuardScott FloryMontreal
Offensive GuardMatt O’DonnellEdmonton
   
Defensive EndWillie JeffersonEdmonton, Saskatchewan, and Winnipeg
Defensive EndOdell WillisWinnipeg, Saskatchewan, Edmonton and BC
Defensive TackleMicah JohnsonCalgary and Saskatchewan
Defensive TackleEddie SteeleHamilton, Edmonton and Saskatchewan
LinebackerAlex SingletonCalgary
LinebackerHenoc MuambaWinnipeg, Saskatchewan and Montreal
LinebackerSimoni LawrenceEdmonton and Hamilton
Defensive BackEd GaineyMontreal, Hamilton and Saskatchewan
Defensive BackKeon RaymondCalgary, Toronto, and Hamilton
Defensive BackJamar WallCalgary
Defensive BackPatrick WatkinsToronto and Edmonton
SafetyTyron BrackenridgeSaskatchewan
   
KickerRene Paredes Calgary
PunterRichie LeoneOttawa and BC
Special Teams CoverJason ArakgiBC
Special Teams ReturnerChad OwensToronto, Hamilton, and Saskatchewan
   
Head CoachDave DickensonCalgary

2010’s CFL All decade team discussion

At the end of last year we did a CFL team by team decade review. One thing that stood out was the dominance of the Calgary Stampeders.

Across the decade they amassed an astonishing 132-46-2 record. Appearing in the playoffs every year of the decade they contested the Grey Cup on five occasions, winning it twice in 2014 & 2018.

And that dominance is reflected here with players who have spent time in Stamps colours appearing 8 times in the 2010’s All Decade first team. Plus a further 8 times in the second team. Especially having the first team QB named and the Head Coach for both the first and second teams.

Special Players on Special Teams

A lot of focus will be on the quarterbacks, and the ‘marquee’ positions. The top two pivots have already been discussed by Marshall Ferguson for example.

But for me, one area of the game that I love is special teams. So I thought it might be good to take a closer look at the first team special teamers.

Kickers

Rob Maver – Punter. In 163 career regular-season games, Maver punted 921 times for 41,429 yards. His career punting average was 45.0 and his net punting average was 36.2. Maver had 84 career punts inside the opponents’ 10-yard line. He had 131 career kickoffs for 7,691 yards and also completed five of seven passes for 99 yards, had one carry for 24 yards and made 12 special-teams tackles.

In Maver’s first season, he handled place-kicking duties and won the CFL scoring title while setting a team rookie record with 185 points.

Maver was a CFL All-Star in 2012 & 2013. As Well as a West Division All-Star in 2012, 2013, & 2014.

Justin Medlock – Kicker. In 146 career regular-season games, Meldock has made 377 of 436 kicks (86.5%) with a career long of 58 yards. He has hit 354 of 360 XP attempts and has 1,485 points to his name.

Medlock can also punt. He has punted 857 times for 36,648 yards.

He was named CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2016. As well as CFL All-Star 2016, CFLPA All-Star: 2015, 2016,West Division All-Star: 2016.
East Division All-Star: 2015 (Ham.), 2011 (Ham.). Medlock has also been named the Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: 2016, 2017, & 2018.

Coverage and Return

Mike Miller – Special teams coverage/gunner. Miller has played 158 career regular-season games. Recording 185 sepcial teams tackles, 1 forced fumble, scoring 1 TD and registering 6 defensive tackles.

His 185 ST tackles aresecond place on the CFL’s all-time special-teams tackles list. Trailing only Jason Arakgi, who had 190 in his career with B.C. Miller tied a CFL record with seven special-teams tackles in a win over Ottawa. 

He was named West Division All-Star in 2019. As well as CFLPA All-Star: 2019, West Division Most Outstanding Special Teams Player 2019,
Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Canadian 2019, & Blue Bombers Most Outstanding Special Teams Player 2019.

Returner – Brandon Banks. Speedy B has spent seven seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. During that time he has appeared in 101 regular season games.

A multi-talented player, Banks has rushed 63 times for 343 yards (5.44 yards per carry) and 5 TD’s. He has 378 receptions for 5,204 yards (13.77 yards per catch) and 42 TD’s.

Depsite three consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons over the last three years and the 2019 MOP Award, Banks has been selected here for his return abilities.

Banks has 179 kickoff returns covering 3,689 yards (20.6 avg), 1 TD and a longest return of 103 yards. He has also taken back 283 punt returns for 2,954 yards (10.9 avg) and 7 TD’s with a longest return of 97 yards.

Finally he has retturned 16 missed Field Goals for a total of 769 yards. That 48.1 yard average return has resulted in 5 TD’s. The longest return going for 125 yards.

Named the CFL MOP in 2019, Banks was a CFL All-Star in 2014, 2015, 2018 & 2019. He was named East All-Star 2014-19 too.

Banner image: First team 2010’s All Decade punter Rob Maver. From cfl.ca

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