MONTREAL - Former Utah State quarterback legend Anthony Calvillo was named the Canadian Football League Most Outstanding Player, announced Thursday, prior to Sunday's 96th Grey Cup championship.
Montreal faces the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday, Nov. 23 with kickoff slated for 4 p.m. (MT) from Olympic Stadium at Montreal, Canada. The game will be broadcast on Versus (Comcast Ch. 34 in Cache Valley).
This is Calvillo's second time winning the honor, with his first coming back in 2003. The 15-year veteran took 27 of 46 first-place votes from the Football Reporters of Canada.
Calvillo threw for 5,633 yards this season with a 69.2 completion percentage for a CFL-best passer rating of 107.2.
In addition to Calvillo, former Aggie cornerback Mark Estelle will be in action for Montreal, which is going for its sixth Grey Cup title in franchise history, as Calvillo led the Allouettes to the 2003 title.
Calvillo, a Los Angeles, Calif., native who played at Utah State from 1992 to 1993, is ranked No. 31 in the NCAA record book for career total offense per game with 265.4 yards. He also holds the USU single-season total offense school record of 3,260 yards, set in 1993, as well as the school record of five touchdown passes in a game, which he accomplished twice.
Estelle, a native of Compton, Calif., played for the Aggies from 2001-2004. He was USU's defensive MVP in 2003 after recording 45 tackles, five pass break-ups and two interceptions. For his Aggie career, Estelle had 99 tackles, four interceptions and 19 pass break-ups.
Calvillo also set a single-game record with 44 completions against Hamilton on Oct. 4. For his career, Calvillo has 58,674 passing yards on 4,264 completions for 328 TD's. He is now second only to Damon Allen, who played 23 seasons before retiring after last season, in completions and passing yards and is only six short of Ron Lancaster for second place in TD passes.
Estelle, who is in his third season with Montreal, has posted 54 tackles this season and snared one interception. For his Alloutte career, he has 101 tackles and four interceptions, one returned for a TD, as well as one fumble recovery.