Hamilton Tiger-Cats trio named CFL all-stars
Published November 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm
Hamilton Tiger-Cats standouts Kam Kelly and Tim White are first-time CFL all-stars, while offensive-line linchpin Brandon Revenberg earned his fourth selection in a row.
The CFL announced its 27-player all-star squad on Tuesday, with the Tiger-Cats and Grey Cup-bound Toronto Argonauts tying for the East lead with three selections apiece. The Calgary Stampeders boasted the most with eight, and the Grey Cup favourite Winnipeg Blue Bombers had six, including ex-Ticats quarterback Zach Collaros, who is also a most outstanding player award finalist.
Kelly, a 26-year-old native of Round Rock, Texas who came north last season, thrived at cover linebacker, which involves more pass-coverage responsibilities than the other two spots in the second level. He ranked second in the CFL with a team-leading five interceptions while also posting 50 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks and five pass knockdowns.
The six-foot-two, 205-pound Kelly started all 18 regular season games and one playoff game to get the East nomination in his first full-length CFL season. Kelly’s gridiron résumé screams versatility, though. Prior to coming to Canada, he was a quarterback in high school, converted to safety and then became an all-conference cornerback with the San Diego States Aztecs (Mountain Wesst Conference), was briefly tried at wide receiver with the San Diego Fleet in the short-lived Alliance of American Football.
White was an East all-star selection for the second season in a row. The five-foot-10, 185-pound Santa Clarita, Calif., native was the CFL’s fourth-leading receiver with 1,265 yards and snagged eight receiving touchdowns, good for sixth. His 94 pass receptions also led the league. White was Hamilton’s MOP nominee.
Revenberg has been a fixture at left guard for Hamilton for several years, and is a third-time finalist for the league’s outstanding offensive lineman award, up against Winnipeg’s Stanley Bryant. Revenberg, who is six-foot-four and 301 pounds and hails from Essex, Ont., opened holes time and again for Tiger-Cats rushers and created time for the quarterbacks to enable White and Steven Dunbar Jr. to become the East’s only tandem of 1,000-yard receivers.
Revenberg and Toronto wide receiver Kurleigh Gittens Jr. were among the six Canadians honoured. The other two Argonauts selectiosn are linebacker Wynton McManis and cornerback Jamal Peters.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising