According to Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun, Joe West of the Calgary Stampeders was named the Canadian Football League offensive player of the week on Tuesday. On Sunday, in the Stampeders' 32-7 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks, West had four catches for 129 yards.
West's strong offensive production came in difficult circumstances. Early on Sunday, according to the Canadian Press, it was reported that West's younger brother Brandon was shot dead in Magnolia, Arkansas at the age of 23. Brandon Hobdy was a wide receiver at Southern Arkansas University and was shot off campus. Hobdy and Wayne Payton were both shot dead in what police are calling a double homicide incident.
The other award winners from week nine of the Canadian Football league schedule were Dexter McCoil of the Edmonton Eskimos, who was named the defensive player of the week, Tim Brown of the British Columbia Lions who was named special teams player of the week and defensive lineman Eddie Steele of Winnipeg, Manitoba who was named the top Canadian of the week.
McCoil had two touchdowns on defense, while Steele had six tackles and a sack as the Eskimos defeated the Toronto Argonauts 41-27. The 7-1 Eskimos will play the 7-1 Calgary Stampeders for first place in the Western Division at McMahon Stadium on Monday.
In other CFL news, Redblacks quarterback Thomas DeMarco tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the 32-7 loss to Calgary on Sunday and will be out for the season. DeMarco becomes the second CFL quarterback to tear his ACL while playing the Stampeders in two weeks. On August 16, Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dan LeFevour also tore his ACL in a 30-20 loss to Calgary.