Toronto running back Wilder Jr. captures CFL's outstanding rookie award

Toronto Argonauts running back James Wilder Jr., recipient of the Most Outstanding Rookie award, poses backstage at the CFL awards in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

OTTAWA - Running back James Wilder Jr. of the Toronto Argonauts is the CFL's outstanding rookie.

Wilder captured the honour Thursday at the league's awards banquet.

Receiver Marken Michel of the Calgary Stampeders was the finalist.

The six-foot-three, 232-pound Wilder had 872 yards rushing (7.2-yard average) and five touchdowns in 17 games — 10 starts — while adding 51 catches for 533 yards.

The five-foot-11, 190-pound Michel had 41 catches for 780 yards (19-yard average) and three TDs.

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