Toronto running back Wilder Jr. captures CFL's outstanding rookie award
Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Samuel Eguavoen (47) wraps up Toronto Argonauts running back James Wilder Jr. (32) during first half action of the CFL Eastern final, Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, November 23, 2017 8:43PM EST
OTTAWA -- Running back James Wilder Jr. of the Toronto Argonauts is the CFL's outstanding rookie.
Wilder captured the honour Thursday at the league's awards banquet.
Receiver Marken Michel of the Calgary Stampeders was the finalist.
The six-foot-three, 232-pound Wilder had 872 yards rushing (7.2-yard average) and five touchdowns in 17 games -- 10 starts -- while adding 51 catches for 533 yards.
The five-foot-11, 190-pound Michel had 41 catches for 780 yards (19-yard average) and three TDs.