Blue Bombers QB Zach Collaros wins Most Outstanding Player award

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros warms up before a CFL football game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros has captured the CFL's Most Outstanding Player award for 2021.

Collaros beat out Montreal Alouettes running back William Stanback, the East finalist, for the award on Friday night in Hamilton.

Collaros guided the Blue Bombers to a CFL-best record of 11-3. He threw for 3,185 yards on 243-for-346 passing, including a league-best 20 touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 games.

The 33-year-old has played 10 seasons in the CFL, winning the Grey Cup twice, first with the Toronto Argonauts in 2012 and again with the Blue Bombers in 2019.

Collaros has a chance to lead Winnipeg to back-to-back Grey Cups on Sunday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Voting was conducted by members of the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.

Other winners Friday included:

Coach of the year: Mike O'Shea (Winnipeg)
Top defensive player: LB Adam Bighill (Winnipeg)
Top special teams player: WR DeVonte Dedmon (Ottawa Redblacks)
Top rookie: LB Jordan Williams (B.C. Lions)
Top offensive lineman: Stanley Bryant (Winnipeg)
Top Canadian: LB Bo Lokombo (B.C.)
Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award (Canadian player that demonstrates the attributes of Canada’s veterans: Strength, perseverance, courage, comradeship and contribution to Canadian communities): OL Chris Van Zeyl (Hamilton)

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