Carter, Labatte, Jefferson and Gainey- CFL all-stars
Four key members of the 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders were also CFL all-stars.
Receiver Duron Carter led the team in receiving yards with 1.043 and tied for the team lead with eight touchdown catches. The 26-year-old also saw double-duty in some games as a defensive back and recorded a pick-six against Calgary. Carter was the team’s nominee for most outstanding player.
Joining Carter on offence is Guard Brendan Labatte. The Canadian nominated as the team’s top lineman played in all 18 regular season games spending time at left guard and centre. It’s the ten-year veteran’s fifth all-star team selection.
Willie Jefferson also started all 18 regular season games at defensive end. The 26-year-old Texan set career records with 45 defensive tackles and a team-leading eight quarterback sacks. Jefferson also led the league with 37 quarterback pressures.
Ed Gainey rounds out Rider representation on the all-star team. The defensive halfback led the CFL with a career-high ten interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and set a team record with four picks August 13 against the BC Lions. Gainey also registered 48-defensive tackles and two fumble recoveries after a slow start to the season which was turned around by a heart-to-heart talk with head coach Chris Jones. Gainey was the Riders most outstanding defensive player in 2018.
Jefferson and Carter are pending free agents, but there were reports Jefferson has signed a one-year contract extension with Saskatchewan for 2018.