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News releaseLOGAN, Utah - Two former Utah State football players earned the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards in the Canadian Football League, and the two will square off in Sunday's Grey Cup game. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes will face defensive end John Chick and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Calvillo earned the CFL's Offensive Player of the Year honor while Chick was named the Defensive Player of the Year. It was the second-straight season for Calvillo to earn the Offensive Player of the Year award and the third time in his 16-year career to collect the honor. It was Chick's first honor in his three-year career.
Calvillo posted a banner season, completing a stellar 72 percent of his passes in helping lead Montreal to a CFL-best 15-3 record. His passing completion average was a career-best. Calvillo also posted a league-high 108.4 quarterback rating and he also threw just six interceptions in 550 pass attempts, the fewest picks given up by a CFL starter. Calvillo anchored an Alouette offense that led the CFL in scoring (33.3 ppg), passing (288.4 yards), touchdowns (50) and passing TDs (33).
During the regular season Chick recorded 11 sacks and forced four fumbles. He had 32 defensive tackles, including five tackles for a loss, five pass break-ups and four forced fumbles, as well as two special teams' tackles.
The 97th Grey Cup game, from Calgary's McMahon Stadium, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (MT) on Sunday, November 29. Check local listings for broadcast information. Fans in the U.S. can also see the game live on ESPN360.com. An archived version of the game will be available for a fee of $3.95 U.S. to fans outside of Canada at www.CFL.ca, 72 hours after the live game.