SHAW CFL top performers (5): Banks, Adams Jr., Harris named

TORONTO — Brandon Banks, Vernon Adams Jr. and Andrew Harris were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 5 of the CFL’s 2019 season.

The three players were chosen by a panel of judges who independently send their selections to the CFL head office. The panel includes former Canadian Football League players Matt Dunigan and Duane Forde of TSN and Pierre Vercheval of RDS.


Brandon Banks scored a trio of touchdowns to help the Tiger-Cats defeat the Stampeders 30-23 at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday.

Banks recorded nine receptions for 86 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a key 115-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown to help Hamilton tie the game with a two-point convert towards the end of the second quarter.

The return gives the Kansas State alum 13 career return touchdowns, includingfive missed field goal return majors.

The Garner, North Carolina native scored his first receiving touchdown to break a 16-16 tie in the fourth quarter. Jeremiah Masoli found Banks wide open in the endzone from 22 yards out. With under three minutes left in the game, Banks once again broke a tie when Masoli found him in the endzone to give Hamilton the lead that they would not relinquish.

Banks also added a two-point convert reception in the game.

This season Banks leads the league with 36 receptions and with 506 receiving yards.


Montreal pivot, Vernon Adams Jr. had a career game in the Alouettes second straight victory on Saturday over the Ottawa REDBLACKS, 36-19.

The former Oregon Duck set a new benchmark by passing for 327 yards, completed 23 of 30 passes and scored four touchdowns (2 passing, 2 rushing).

Adams first passing touchdown came in the third quarter where he rolled out and found a wide-open Quan Bray for the 75-yard touchdown pass to give the Alouettes a 15-12 lead.

His second touchdown pass capped a 10-play drive with a six-yard touchdown pass to Jake Wieneke in traffic, and Bede added the extra point to give Montreal a 22-12 lead near the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Adams added a pair of rushing touchdowns including a highlight reel run from 12-yards out and a one-yard plunge.

Adams has started three games this season and has gone 2-1.


Blue Bombers running back collected 123 all-purpose yards and scored a touchdown to help Winnipeg improve to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Argonauts 48-21.

On the ground Harris carried the rock 14 times for 116 rushing yards (8.3 yards per carry) which was the second time this season he surpassed the century mark.

The Winnipeg native also added five receptions for seven yards including a four-yard touchdown catch early in the first quarter.

On the season Harris has racked up 378 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards and two majors this season.

Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week!

Mike Miller won Week 4 of Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week and collected 10 bonus points.

Rank Player 2019 Total Points
1 Trevor Harris 300
2 Brandon Banks 200
3 Cody Fajardo 110
T-4 William Stanback 100
T-4 Greg Ellingson 100
6 Sean Thomas Erlington 85
7 Andrew Harris 60
T-8 Tre Roberson 50
T-8 Vernon Adams Jr. 50
T-8 CJ Gable 50
T-8 Dominique Davis 50
T-8 Eric Rogers 50
13 Mike Miller 35
14 Ja’Gared Davis 25



Week 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Trevor Harris (EDM) CJ Gable (EDM) Andrew Harris (WPG)*
2 Greg Ellingson (EDM) Dominique Davis (OTT) Sean Thomas Erlington (HAM)*
3 Cody Fajardo (SSK) Eric Rogers (CGY) Ja’Gared Davis (HAM)
4 William Stanback (MTL) Tre Roberson (CGY) Mike Miller (WPG)
5 Brandon Banks (HAM) Vernon Adams Jr. (MTL) Andrew Harris (WPG)

*Indicates Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week winner


Month 1st 2nd 3rd
June Trevor Harris (EDM) Brandon Banks (HAM) Sean Thomas Erlington (HAM)

Shaw CFL Top Performers Explained

What is the program?

The Shaw CFL Top Performers recognizes weekly and monthly player achievement in the CFL and is separate from our year end awards.

How does it work?

Each week and month during the CFL Regular Season a panel of CFL experts vote on the three top CFL Performers across the league in order. Those players are awarded points for each time they win.

Then we throw it out to you, the fans, to Retweet our Twitter posts announcing the winners. The player with the most Retweets will receive extra points and be crowned the Shaw Fan’s Choice of the Week. Remember, once the next Week begins voting ends; so get your RTs in fast!

What is the scoring system?

Here are the points for each award winner.

Shaw Top Performers of the Week Shaw Top Performers of the Month
#1 = 100 points #1 = 200 points
#2 = 50 points #2 = 100 points
#3 = 25 points #3 = 50 points
10 bonus points to the player with the most RTs


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