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The Canadian Football League announced its finalists for the year-end Most Outstanding Player Awards on Thursday and following his best career-season, Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert will represent the East Division as the top defensive player.
East Division Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Kyries Hebert
Although he was watched very closely by his opponents and that he turned 37 this season, Hebert didn’t seem to slow down in 2017. The veteran linebacker played in all of the teams 18 games, amassing a team leading 110 defensive tackles, which places him third in the CFL and first in the East Division. That total also represents the third best total in team history.
The adoptive Montrealer created havoc among opposing squads, as he was also the author of two quarterback sacks and an interception, while forcing three fumbles and recovering one. He was also responsible for four quarterback pressures, while 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. This marks the first nomination for the Eunice, LA native, who was voted the team’s Most Outstanding Special Teams player in 2012.
Hebert was selected by the voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. The winner will be announced at the CFL Awards on Thursday, November 23 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa as part of the festivities for the 105th Grey Cup.