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9 Argos Named Division All-Stars In 2022

The individual accolades for the 2022 season keep coming the Argos‘ way. The CFL announced tonight that 9 Toronto Argonauts were named All-Stars. These honours go along with Ryan Dinwiddie being named as a finalist for coach of the year. And WR Kurleigh Gittens being the East finalist for Most Outstanding Canadian.

If you were reading this earlier today. You would have seen that 16 individual Toronto Argonauts players were given honours. As illustrated in the photo below. Unfortunately, the CFL issued a statement that they had incorrectly tabulated All-Star votes.

Below is the new press release issued by the Toronto Argonauts football club, along with the attached statement from the CFL. As well as the new All-Stars list for both divisions.

An unfortunate set of circumstances for the players who were announced as All-Stars, only to see their names stricken from the record.


TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced the following a short time ago:

“Earlier today, the CFL issued a news release announcing this year’s East and West Division All-Stars, which were voted on by coaches, the media and fans. A subsequent examination has revealed that an error was made in the tabulation and weighting of votes, which resulted in errors in the release.

​The CFL offers its sincere apologies to everyone involved, especially the players who were incorrectly announced as All-Stars or were incorrectly left off the list. ​ We have also issued an apology to the Canadian Football League Players’ Association. The responsibility for this mistake rests solely with the CFL, and not those who cast ballots or the CFLPA.

​We also want to apologize to our fans for this unacceptable error. A correct list will be issued shortly.”

The Division All-Stars were selected by the local voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) in their respective division’s markets and the National Chapter, as well as head coaches. Fans also took part in this year’s selections through the All-Star Fan Vote.

The 2022 CFL All-Stars will be announced on Thursday, November 10.

Toronto’s East All-Stars include:

QBMcLeod Bethel-Thompson*
RBAJ Ouellette*
CJustin Lawrence
OTDejon Allen*
WRKurleigh Gittens Jr.
DTShawn Oakman*
LBWynton McManis*
CBJamal Peters*
PJohn Haggerty**


** Global

QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson – This is MBT’s second consecutive East All-Star nod after posting the best season of his career. The pivot led the league in passing yards with 4,731, which was 548 more than the next closest QB, and sits first in completions with 387 and third in touchdown passes with 23. His 26 passing plays of 30+ yards also pace the CFL. He started 17-of-18 games for the Double Blue and led the team to back-to-back East Division crowns for the first time since 1996-1997. Bethel-Thompson was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Player.

RB AJ Ouellette – Third-year Argonaut AJ Ouellette led the Boatmen in rushing with 516 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 38 passes for 250 yards and one more major in only 13 games played. The former Ohio Bobcat finished seventh in the CFL in rushing and averaged 5.3 yards per tote.

C Justin Lawrence – Offseason acquisition Justin Lawrence started 17 games at center for the Argos, helping anchor the middle of an offensive line that has four Division All-Stars and makes his first trip to an All-Star team. The Alberta native spent 2018-2021 with the Calgary Stampeders after being drafted by the club in the fifth round of the 2018 CFL Draft.

OT Dejon Allen – Second-year pro Dejon Allen started 16 games for the first-place Argonauts and solidified the right side of the offensive line all season long. Allen was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Lineman this year.

WR Kurleigh Gittens Jr – The East nominee for Most Outstanding Canadian, Gittens Jr. also becomes an East All-Star for the first time in 2022. The Wilfrid Laurier alum hauled in 81 catches for 1,101 yards and five touchdowns, all career highs by a wide margin. The third-year Argo is fifth in receptions league-wide, sixth in receiving yards, first in yards after the catch, and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions. Gittens Jr. also leads the Argos in every major statistical receiving category. The Ottawa native is the fourth Canadian receiver to have at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season in the last decade.

DT Shawn Oakman – Make it two-for-two for big Shawn Oakman who becomes an East All-Star for the second time after coming into the league last season. This season Oakman had six sacks from the interior of the defensive line, 28 defensive tackles and one forced fumble. The Philly native was also a CFL All-Star in 2021.

LB Wynton McManis – McManis’ first season in Toronto was outstanding amassing 88 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions, including one for a touchdown and one forced fumble in only 14 games played after a knee injury cut his regular-season short. The Memphis native’s 88 tackles rank sixth in the league and were a career-high, as were his three sacks and two picks. McManis was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

CB Jamal Peters – Another second-year Argo making his first appearance on a Division All-Star team. Peters led the CFL with six interceptions as well as interception returns yards with 137 while returning one for a touchdown and making 57 defensive tackles and one sack in 15 games. The Mississippi native had a hat-trick of interceptions during a week 12 matchup against Hamilton.

P John Haggerty – A 2022 Global Draft pick out of Australia by way of Western Kentucky, Haggerty had a tremendous rookie campaign punting over 5,000 yards and leading the league in punt average with 48.2 with the second longest punt of the year; an 83-yard boot. Haggerty had the second most punts in 2022 with 107.

The 11-7 East Division champion Argonauts are on a bye this week as they await the winner of the Eastern Semifinal between Montreal and Hamilton. The Argos will host the East Final at BMO Field on Sunday, November 13th.


​* Denotes a National player
​^ Denotes a Global player

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