TORONTO, ON (NEWS1130) – BC Lions right tackle Jovan Olafioye was named the CFL’s top lineman for the 2012 season. Lions’ kick returner Tim Brown and defensive lineman Jabar Westerman were finalists but did not win.

Olafioye has never missed a start with BC in three seasons with the club.

The six-foot-six, 325 pounder edged out eastern finalist Josh Bourke of Montreal, who edged Olafioye for the same award at Grey Cup week in Vancouver last year .

Chris Williams of the Tiger-Cats was the league’s top special-teams player over Brown. Westerman lost out to receiver Chris Matthews of Winnipeg in the top rookie category.

Calgary running back Jon Cornish of New Westminster was named the top Canadian.  He was the CFL rushing leader with 1,457 yards. Former UBC and Vancouver College product Shea Emry of Montreal was the eastern nominee.

Linebacker Emry also lost out in the defensive player of the year award. Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt  took the honour, after setting a league record with 130 tackles in a season.

Cornish lost to Toronto‘s Chad Owens for the outstanding player award. The flyin’ Hawaiian set a league record with 3,863 all purpose yards. Owens also led the league in receiving.

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