SHAW CFL top performers (5): Hughes, Nichols, Evans named

TORONTO — Charleston Hughes, Matt Nichols and Shaq Evans were named the Shaw CFL Top Performers of the Week for Week 6 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.


Charleston Hughes played a vital role as the Saskatchewan Roughriders earned their second victory of the season – a 38-25 win over the visiting BC Lions.

The 12-year vet sacked Mike Reilly three times while adding two tackles for a loss, a career-high ten tackles and two forced fumbles.

Hughes got to Reilly on the Lions’ second possession of the game and BC was forced to settle for a 50-yard field goal. His second sack came in the second quarter, resulting in a loss of seven yards, and his final one came in the fourth for a four-yard loss. It was his 31st career multi-sack game.

Hughes now has 122 career sacks, good for 9th all-time; he needs five to surpass Stewart Hill for 8th.

This season, the Saginaw, Mich., native has registered a league-leading eight sacks, while adding 22 tackles and two forced fumbles.


Matt Nichols and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1960 after defeating Ottawa 31-1 on Friday night.

The native of Redding, Calif., was highly efficient, converting 25-of-29 passes (86.2%), while adding two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also rushed for 10 yards against the REDBLACKS.

His first touchdown pass came in the second quarter to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Nichols connected with a wide-open Andrew Harris as he ran a wheel route for a 15-yard major. His second came on the Bombers’ next possession; he found Kenny Lawler across the middle who took it to the house for the 54-yard touchdown. The game marked Nichols’ fourth multi-touchdown performance of the year.

The product of Eastern Washington has now recorded 19 consecutive completions, setting a new benchmark for the Blue Bombers.

This season, he has passed for 1,150 yards, 12 touchdowns and has completed 73.2% of his passes.


Shaq Evans had a career-night on Saturday in Regina.

The UCLA alum recorded five catches for a personal-best 158 yards (31.6 yards per catch) and a touchdown. Evans’ major came late in the fourth to ice the game. Cody Fajardo slung it deep and found him for the 50-yard score.

Evans also made an incredible catch earlier in the quarter to set up a three-yard touchdown run which extended the Riders’ lead to 12.

This season, Evans has totalled 20 receptions for 408 yards and two touchdowns.

Shaw Fans’ Choice of the Week!

Andrew Harris won Week 6 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
T-4 Charleston Hughes 100
7 Sean Thomas Erlington 85
8 Andrew Harris 70
T-9 Tre Roberson 50
T-9 Vernon Adams Jr. 50
T-9 CJ Gable 50
T-9 Dominique Davis 50
T-9 Eric Rogers 50
15 Mike Miller 35
T-16 Ja’Gared Davis 25
T-16 Shaq Evans 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)
6 Charleston Hughes (SSK) Matt Nichols (WPG) Shaq Evans (SSK)

*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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