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The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday its 2017 Division All-Stars and the Montreal Alouettes are pleased to announce that three players have been named East Division All-Stars for their outstanding 2017 season. Divisional All-Stars were chosen by Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) members as well as CFL head coaches.
Defensive end: John Bowman (7th selection in the East)
East Division All-Star: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
This is the seventh all-star nomination in the East Division for the Brooklyn, NY native. In his 12th season with the Alouettes, the 35-year-old proved once again that he belongs to the CFL elite. Bowman recorded nine sacks, placing him third in the CFL in that category, tied with three other players. He put pressure on opposing quarterbacks 27 times. Even more impressive, Bowman sits in first place with 73 yards lost on his quarterback sacks. He is among the league leaders for the number of defensive plays with 79. He has amassed 36 defensive tackles, forced two fumbles and knocked down two passes. Bowman started each of the Alouettes‘ 18 games in 2017.
Linebacker: Kyries Hebert (2nd selection in the East)
East Division All-Star: 2012, 2017
In 18 games this season, the 37 years old veteran collected 110 defensive tackles, which places him third in the CFL in 2017. That total is also the third best in team history in one season, tied with Tracy Gravely (1996). Hebert also recorded two quarterback sacks and an interception, while forcing three fumbles and knocking down six passes. In his sixth season in Montreal, Hebert also proved his versatility as he moved from outside linebacker to inside linebacker following injuries which affected the team throughout the season. The Eunice, LA native was voted the team’s Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Defensive player with the Alouettes this season.
Defensive end : Jonathon Mincy (1st selection)
East Division All-Star: 2017
In his second year with the Alouettes, the former Auburn University Tiger has been in the spotlight. Mincy intercepted two passes for 19-yards, while also adding 54 defensive tackles. The Decatur, GA native was honoured following the first week of action as he neutralized the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ impressive receiving corps throughout the season opener, which resulted in him being named one of the CFL players of the week.