Hamilton, Ontario - Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver and former NM State football player Chris Williams has been named the East Division's Most Outstanding Rookie.
Williams hauled in 70 passes for 1,064 yards and six touchdowns during his exceptional rookie campaign. The New Mexico State product also showed his talents on special teams, returning 12 kickoffs for 252 yards and a touchdown and 12 punts for 81 yards.
Williams is the 11th Tiger-Cat to earn East Division Most Outstanding Rookie honors and the fourth in the last five years.
Voters were asked to select players from their local CFL division who, through on-field performance excellence, best represent the awards' title - Most Outstanding Player, Most Outstanding Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Special Teams Player.
The East and West Player Award winners were selected by 70 voters, including members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches.
The winners will be announced at the 2011 Gibson's Finest CFL Player Awards show during Grey Cup week on Thursday, November 24 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.