After First Professional Start, Bo Levi Mitchell is CFL’s Offensive Player of the Week

2011 Walter Payton Award winner joins Shea Emry as former Eagles winning weekly awards from the Canadian Football League

A pair of former Eastern Washington University football players – quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell and linebacker Shea Emry – have been selected as recipients of Gibson’s Finest Players of the Week for Week 5 of the 2013 Canadian Football League season.

Mitchell, who won the 2011 Walter Payton Award and led the Eagles to the 2010 NCAA Division I Championship, was named the Offensive Player of the Week in his first career CFL start. He completed 88 percent of his passes (29-of-33) for 376 yards and three touchdowns in Calgary’s 37-24 win over Winnipeg on July 27. Mitchell had no interceptions and also ran for 12 yards on six attempts.

Calgary is currently 4-1 on the season, and Mitchell has directed the Stampeders to their last two victories. On July 20, he helped Calgary rally from a 24-point deficit for a 38-27 victory over Montreal. He passed for 49 yards and two touchdowns in that game, and also had a 26-yard run.

Emry, a Montreal Alouettes linebacker who played for the Eagles from 2005-06, was named the Canadian Player of the Week. He had two interceptions, including a 21-yard interception return off a Mike Reilly pass in the first quarter in Montreal’s 32-27 victory over Edmonton on July 25. Emry, who is a native of Richmond, B.C., and transferred to The University of British Columbia after playing at EWU, is tied for first in the league with two interceptions this season.


More on Bo Levi Mitchell’s CFL & EWU Career . . .

Nicknamed the “Gunslinger” dating back to his high school playing days, Mitchell earned a spot on Calgary’s roster in 2012. He picked up where he left off, leading the Stampeders to an enormous rally on July 20, 2013, as Calgary stormed back from a 24-point deficit for a 38-27 victory over the Montreal Alouettes. He completed 7-of-13 passes for 49 yards and two touchdowns, plus had a 26-yard run. That helped him earn his first career CFL start a week later as he led Calgary to a 37-24 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He completed 88 percent of his passes (29-of-33 passes) for 376 yards and three TD. Used in short-yardage situations prior to taking over as the starter, he had 13 carries for 47 yards through the first five games of the 2013 season (record of 4-1). In 2012, Mitchell dressed as a backup quarterback for all 18 regular season games, two playoff games and the Grey Cup (a 35-22 loss to Toronto). He was used as the Stamps’ short-yardage quarterback and ran the ball 34 times for 67 yards and five touchdowns. He also completed 12-of-21 pass attempts for 168 yards and two touchdowns. In the playoffs, Mitchell ran the ball three times for six yards and two touchdowns in the West semifinal and five times for seven yards and one touchdown in the West final. In the West final, he also completed a 42-yard pass to Maurice Price, who came up just short of the goal-line. In the Grey Cup, Mitchell came off the bench to finish the game and completed 6-of-9 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown and also threw for a successful two-point conversion. He came off the bench to rush for a touchdown and execute a successful fake field goal attempt against Montreal on July 12, 2012, then helped direct the Stampeders to a come-from-behind 32-31 overtime win over Saskatchewan on July 19, 2012. As an EWU senior in 2011, Mitchell won the Walter Payton Award presented by The Sports Network to the top player in FCS. In 2011, the senior led the FCS in four categories, including passing yards (4,009) and touchdown passes (33) on his way to breaking four school records. He broke EWU’s record for single season passing yards with 4,009, which ranked 17th in FCS history and fifth in Big Sky Conference history. Mitchell was named to eight All-America teams as a senior, earning first team honors on six of them. He was the top quarterback on teams selected by The Sports Network, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp, Associated Press, Phil Steele Publications and Beyond Sports College Network. Also, Mitchell earned third team honors from and honorable mention on The College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-America team, and won the Elite Quarterback Award from College Football Performance Awards. The 19 wins in 2010 and 2011 combined are the most back-to-back by an Eastern team in school history, so no quarterback has been as successful as Mitchell. Mitchell also had the rare opportunity to play the 2011 season with his older brother Cory Mitchell, a freshman wide receiver who finished with 19 catches for 310 yards and a pair of scores. Mitchell played in the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 21, 2012 (he completed 8-of-15 passes for 110 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions).

More on Shea Emry’s CFL & EWU Career . . .

A former Eagle linebacker who concluded his playing career at the University of British Columbia, Emry helped lead Montreal to the 2009 and 2010 Grey Cup championships. In his five-year career thus far (2008-12), he has 217 total tackles, ten sacks and two interceptions. His 2012 season was by far his most prolific, in which he recorded 87 tackles and seven sacks, and was named a CFL All-Star and the East Division’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player. He had 16 tackles in 2011 in eight games played. In 2010, the Alouettes finished 14-6, defeating Saskatchewan 21-18 for the title, as Emry finished with three tackles. He closed the 2010 season with 58 total tackles, an interception and one sack. The previous year, Montreal also beat the Roughriders for the title, winning 28-27 in the title game when Emry had three tackles. The Alouettes finished 17-3, including 15-3 in the regular season as he finished with 52 tackles to rank second on the team. He also had a pair of sacks, and his season-best tackling performance was seven against British Columbia on Sept. 13. Emry was the seventh pick overall by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2008 CFL draft, and finished his rookie season in 2008 with 25 tackles, including a team-high 21 on special teams. He had 58 total tackles in 21 games as an Eastern player, including 46 with an interception in nine games as a sophomore in 2006. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors on special teams as a freshman in 2005. In 2007, he had 52 tackles for the UBC Thunderbirds. Emry came to Eastern from Vancouver, B.C., and was a 2004 graduate of Vancouver College Prep, which was coached by former Eastern quarterback Todd Bernett (1991-92-93-94).

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