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Edmonton Eskimos' Mike Reilly rushes for a first down against the B.C. Lions during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver on Saturday, June 28, 2014. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Edmonton Eskimos' Mike Reilly rushes for a first down against the B.C. Lions during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver on Saturday, June 28, 2014. (DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Eskimos quarterback Reilly named CFL’s top offensive player for July Add to ...

Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has been named the CFL’s offensive player of the month for his role in the team’s resurgent start to the 2014 season.

Reilly passed for 1,142 yards on 110-for-173 passing (63.6 per cent) and threw for nine touchdowns to help lead the Eskimos to a 4-1 start.

It’s been a sharp turnaround for the Eskimos, who finished last in the CFL West last season and missed the playoffs.

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Reilly also rushed for 221 yards on 28 carries (7.9 yards per carry), the most by any quarterback and seventh most in the CFL.

Reilly, a Kennewick, Wash., native, had his best performance in Week 3. He for 256 yards and three touchdowns in Edmonton’s 27-11 win over the Ottawa Redblacks.

In other awards, Saskatchewan defensive end John Chick was named the defensive player of for July, Toronto kicker/punter took the special teams award and B.C. running back Andrew Harris was named top Canadian.

Chick recorded six sacks, 11 tackles, one forced fumble and three tackles for a loss during the opening four games of the Roughriders’ 2014 campaign.

He was the league’s top defender for Week 5, when sacked Ricky Ray twice and added a tackle in the Riders’ dominant 37-9 win over Toronto.

Waters went 13-of-14 (92.9 per cent) kicking field goals to open the season, as well as boasting the league’s highest punting average at 46.8 yards.

Harris, from Winnipeg, has amassed 579 yards from scrimmage and has recorded three touchdowns to begin the 2014 season.

Through five weeks, Harris leads the league in rushing yards with 311 on 56 carries (5.6 yards per carry) and is ranked fourth in the league in receiving yards with 268 on 18 receptions (14.9 yard average).

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