After CFL’s mistake, number of Hamilton Tiger-Cats all-stars rises from 7 to 11


Published November 3, 2022 at 1:25 am

Seven Hamilton Tiger-Cats named 2022 CFL East Division All-Stars
Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dane Evans (9) celebrates his touchdown with Tim White (12) during first half CFL football game action against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Hamilton, Ont., Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power Peter Power)


Several hours after Wednesday’s All-Star selection announcement, the Canadian Football League admitted to a mistake in the tabulation and weighting of votes that led to many errors for multiple teams.

Initially, only seven Hamilton Tiger-Cats were named East Division All-Stars. The number has now been corrected to 11, which leads the division and ties Hamilton with Calgary for the most in the league.

The recount also led to two Ticats losing their all-star status — defensive tackle Dylan Wynn and cornerback Ciante Evans.

The new additions include defensive linemen Julian Howsare and Micah Johnson, linebacker Kam Kelly, defensive backs Jumal Rolle and Richard Leonard, and kicker Seth Small.

They join receivers Tim White and Steven Dunbar Jr., offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg, linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox, and defensive back Tunde Adeleke.

Dunbar, Howsare, Santos-Knox, Kelly, and Small are first-time all-stars, while White and Rolle are second-timers.

Leonard and Adeleke are CFL All-Stars for the third time, Ravenberg for a fourth, and Johnson is now a five-time all-star.

White, 28, led the Ticats in receptions (94), receiving yards (1,265), and receiving touchdowns (8) this season. His 94 receptions led the league.

Dunbar Jr., 26, finished second on the team in receiving yards (1,000), receptions (72), and receiving touchdowns (6). Dunbar also ranked inside the top ten in all three categories league-wide.

Revenberg, 29, was also named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Lineman for the second consecutive season and third time in his career, previously earning the award in 2021 and 2018.

Howsare, 30, registered 31 total tackles, including 30 defensive tackles and two tackles for loss. He was also tied for the team lead with seven quarterback sacks to go along with two interceptions and one pass knockdown.

Johnson, 34, tied for the team lead with five tackles for loss and seven quarterback sacks. He also registered 24  tackles, one pass knockdown, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Santos-Knox, 28, registered a team-leading 105 total tackles, two tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, four pass knockdowns, and one interception. His 105 defensive tackles rank second in the CFL.

He was also named Hamilton’s Most Outstanding Defensive player for his effort this season.

Kelly, 26, posted a team-leading five interceptions while also registering 50 total tackles, including 49 defensive tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, and five pass knockdowns. His five interceptions place him second in the CFL.

Rolle, 32, started 16 games at cornerback for the Ticats, registering 35 total tackles, six pass knockdowns, and two interceptions.

Leonard, 31, started all 18 games for the Ticats at defensive half-back, tying for the team lead with five tackles for loss. He also posted 66 total tackles, including 65 defensive tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, four interceptions, and eight pass knockdowns.

Tunde Adeleke, 27, registered 70 total tackles, including 68 defensive tackles, one quarterback sack, eight pass knockdowns, one interception and one forced fumble.

Small, 23, produced the most accurate field goal-kicking season in Tiger-Cats’ franchise history, converting 39 of his 43 field goal attempts (90.7 per cent). He also converted 26 of his 27 convert attempts (96.3 per cent) and matched a Tiger-Cats franchise record with his 58-yard field goal at Toronto on Aug. 26.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-10) will travel to Montreal on Sunday for their 1 p.m. East Division semi-final against the Alouettes (9-9).

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