CFL All-Stars include 4 with Alabama football roots

Edmonton Eskimos wide receiver D’haquille "Duke" Williams crawls out of an advertising placard during a touchdown celebration in a CFL game against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Former Auburn standouts Nick Marshall and D’haquille “Duke” Williams have been named Canadian Football League All-Stars for the 2018 season.

Ty Long from UAB and Ucambre Williams from Central High School in Phenix City and South Alabama also earned All-Star recognition.

Duke Williams, a wide receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos, and Long, the punter for the British Columbia Lions, are members of the CFL All-Star team selected by the Football Reporters of Canada and the league’s head coaches, which was unveiled on Tuesday.

Williams also made the CFL Players Association All-Star team, which was selected by the league’s players, as did Marshall and Ucambre Williams.

A quarterback at Auburn, Marshall earned selected as a cornerback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Ucambre Williams played for the Calgary Stampeders, the Grey Cup champions.

Duke Williams led the CFL with 1,579 receiving yards on 88 catches this season. He also tied for the league lead with 11 touchdown receptions.

Long led the CFL with 5,853 punting yards as he averaged 48.8 yards per punt in 2018. He also made 43-of-49 field-goal attempts as the Lions’ kicker.

Marshall returned three interceptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for seven touchdowns on 18 carries as a short-yardage quarterback for Saskatchewan.

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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