TODAY, the CFL and the Toronto Argonauts football club announced that LB Dexter McCoil Sr. has been named a week ten top performer for his performance against Hamilton. On Thanksgiving, Dexter McCoil tallied 12 tackles, one sack at the goal line, which subsequently scored a safety for Toronto. McCoil also added a pass breakup on Monday.
Technically, Dexter McCoil played two games in week 10 for the Argos. Against Ottawa last Wednesday at home, McCoil Sr. helped lead a defence that kept Ottawa out of the end zone the entire game. And the veteran standout made a trip to the end zone of his own, with a 71-yard interception return for a touchdown. McCoil also registered four tackles in that game. It was a productive five-day two-game stretch for one of the CFL’s best veteran defenders.
Dexter McCoil Sr. and his teammates will get some much-needed and earned rest before beginning preparations for another divisional clash at Montreal next Friday, October 22nd.
The Triumphant Return Of Dexter McCoil Sr. To The CFL
Dexter McCoil Sr. has made a triumphant return to the CFL, a league where he once won the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie Award in 2014 for recording 67 tackles, four sacks, and tying for the league lead with six interceptions.
McCoil, 30, the Tulsa standout, started his post-collegiate journey in the Arena league with the Los Angeles Kiss before making his way up North. McCoil’s All-Star performance in Edmonton led to him playing three seasons in the NFL with the Chargers and San Francisco 49ers. Before a detour back to Canada with Calgary in 2019 and a starring turn in the XFL with the St.Louis BattleHawks in 2020 led him to Toronto this offseason.
The versatile veteran, McCoil, currently leads the Boatmen’s defence with 58 tackles, with two interceptions, one sack, and five special teams tackles in nine games. Impressive numbers for McCoil, considering that he didn’t start the season in the Argonauts’ starting lineup. McCoil played the super-sub role in the early part of this season, backing up CFL standout linebackers Henoc Muamba and Cameron Judge.
Because of injuries to Henoc Muamba and Cameron Judge, McCoil has taken a leadership role in Toronto’s linebacking corps. The hybrid safety/linebacker has always been a perfect fit in the Canadian Football League. McCoil not only has the versatility to play inside or outside at linebacker in the trenches. But as a former safety, McCoil can drop back into coverage and, in the CFL, can also play the Sam linebacker spot, which is a hybrid secondary/front seven role in Canada.
Dexter McCoil Sr. is back to his true football home, starring again in a league that has always fit his skill set best. And the 6-3 first-place Toronto Argonauts are greatly benefitting from his return.
ARGOS LB DEXTER McCOIL SR. NAMED TOP PERFORMER FOR WEEK 10 VS. HAMILTON
TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that Argonauts LB Dexter McCoil Sr. has been named a week ten Top Performer for his performance against Hamilton.
McCoil Sr. was a key member of an Argos defense that kept Toronto in the game for four quarters, despite trailing for most of the Monday afternoon tilt in Hamilton. The first-year Argo led his team in tackles by a wide margin with 12, adding a sack and a pass breakup to boot. The Argos trailed for more than 56 minutes on Thanksgiving Monday, and it was the Boatmen’s D that allowed them to stay close all game long, forcing key stops on second downs and holding the Ticats to field goals when needed. McCoil Sr. sits fourth in the CFL in total tackles with 58 and is 22 tackles ahead of Jeff Richards on the Argos, who sits second. The Tulsa product has also added five special teams tackles, one sack, and two interceptions, including a 71-yard return for a touchdown last week against Ottawa. His performance helped the Argos get to 6-3 on the season and first place in the East Division. This is Toronto’s third Top Performer award of the season (Nick Arbuckle, Shaq Richardson).