11/27/2014 10:36 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST

Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dexter McCoil captures CFL's top rookie award

VANCOUVER - Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Dexter McCoil is the CFL's top rookie.

The 23-year-old was honoured Thursday during the CFL's awards banquet at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

McCoil was rewarded in voting conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and nine CFL head coaches.

The six-foot-four, 222-pound former Tulsa star scored three defensive touchdowns this season and also finished tied for the league lead in interceptions (six) while also posting a team-high 67 tackles.

Defensive lineman Tristan Okpalaugo, who had a team-high 12 sacks with the Toronto Argonauts, was the finalist.