Argos' Owens tops 2013 edition of TSN's Top 50 CFL Players

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Reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player Chad Owens tops the 2013 edition of the TSN Top 50 CFL Players list.

Already one of the most exciting special teams players in the CFL, Owens expanded his offensive repertoire in 2012 and led the league with 1,328 receiving yards.

The Argonauts speedster affectionately known as the Flyin' Hawaiian set a CFL record with 3,863 all-purpose yards surpassing the mark set by former Argos great Mike 'Pinball' Clemons in 1990. Owens capped his tremendous season by helping the Argonauts win the 100th Grey Cup.

Owens grabs the top spot in this year's list with 1004 points despite earning just five first place nods from the 23 voters. He was 12th last year.

Last year's No. 1 Travis Lulay actually tied for the most first place votes again this year with eight but finished second to Owens with 953 total points.

Lulay led the B.C. Lions to a CFL best 13-5 record in the regular season in 2012, throwing for 4,231 yards and 27 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions.

Following Lulay on the list are two more quarterbacks in Ricky Ray and Anthony Calvillo.

Ray took the third spot with 923 points and matching Lulay with eight first place nods. In his first season in Toronto, Ray passed for 4,069 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also helped lead the Argonauts to victory in the 100th Grey Cup throwing for 231 yards two touchdown passes in the win.

The ageless Calvillo meanwhile, received the final two first place votes and 820 total points. The 40-year-old had yet another fantastic year in 2012 throwing for 5,082 yards and 31 touchdowns with 14 interceptions last season.

Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish is the first Canadian on the list checking in at five. Cornish led the CFL with 1,457 rushing yards last year, the most ever by a Canadian in a single season. The New Westminster, BC native added 338 yards receiving and notched 13 total touchdowns.

Next on the list is Edmonton linebacker J.C. Sherritt, the first defensive player on the board and one of two players in this year's top-10 who were unranked last season. The reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player set a CFL record with 130 tackles last season.

Following Sherritt is the 2012 Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, Chris Williams of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Williams set a CFL record with six return touchdowns in 2012 and led the league with 16 overall.

Lions' offensive lineman Jovan Olafioye, yet another 2012 award winner is the first big man on the list at number eight. Olafioye won the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman award after anchoring a B.C. line that allowed the fewest sacks in the league at 30.

Right behind Olafioye at nine is his Lions teammate Andrew Harris. Harris notched his first 1,000 yard rushing season for the Lions with 1,112 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground in 2012. The Winnipeg native also collected 75 receptions for 718 yards and four more touchdowns through the air.

Rounding out the top 10 is another Lion in linebacker Adam Bighill. In his second season in the CFL, Bighill racked up 104 defensive tackles to finish second in the CFL behind Sherritt. Like Sherritt, Bighill did not make the list last year.

In all, 19 players were new to the list this year, including Sherritt and Bighill.

The Alouettes had the most players of any team to make the Top 50 with 10, followed by the Lions with nine and the Stampeders with seven.

The list was compiled from votes by a group of 23 experts which included TSN commentators and analysts and several league writers from across Canada.

The Full List. CLICK HERE for a detailed list.

1.  Chad Owens
2.  Travis Lulay
3.  Ricky Ray
4.  Anthony Calvillo
5.  Jon Cornish
6.  J.C. Sherritt
7.  Chris Williams
8.  Jovan Olafioye
9.  Andrew Harris
10.  Adam Bighill
11.  Fred Stamps
12.  Weston Dressler
13.  Henry Burris
14.  Charleston Hughes
15.  Nik Lewis
16.  Keron Williams
17.  Josh Bourke
18.  Jamel Richardson
19.  Dmitri Tsoumpas
20.  Kory Sheets
21.  Darian Durant
22.  Patrick Watkins
23.  Shea Emry
24.  Korey Banks
25.  S.J. Green
26.  Chad Kackert
27.  Kyries Hebert
28.  Chris Matthews
29.  Brandon Whitaker
30.  Alex Hall
31.  Bryant Turner
32.  Joe Burnett
33.  Brendon LaBatte
34.  Chip Cox
35.  Larry Taylor
36.  Terrence Edwards
37.  Drew Tate
38.  Chad Simpson
39.  Rey Williams
40.  John Bowman
41.  Jonathan Hefney
42.  Brandon Isaac
44.  Ryan Phillips
43.  Khalif Mitchell
45.  Andy Fantuz
46.  Keon Raymond
47.  Tyron Brackenridge
48.  Ben Archibald
49.  Scott Flory
50.  Tim Brown

How The List Was Made

TSN's list begins with our CFL on TSN personalities and CFL writers from across Canada choosing their Top 40 players in the league.

From the list of players, they had to follow these guidelines:

- One quarterback or more, two running backs or more, four receivers or more, five offensive linemen or more, three linebackers or more, four defensive linemen or more and five defensive backs or more.

- The player had to be playing in the CFL this season.

From their list of 40 players, we gave a point ranking from each placing that went as followed:

1st - 50 points
2nd - 45 points
3rd - 40 points
4th - 38 points
5th - 36 points
6th - 35 points

7th-40th - 34 points for 7th working down by a point to 1 point for 40th place.

From there, all the names and points were compiled and the Top 50 point-getters became our Top 50 players in the CFL.

Chad Owens (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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