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Argos Net League-High 8 CFL All-Star Nods As Team Preps For East Final

The accolades continue to come in for the record-tying 16-2 Toronto Argonauts as the team attempts to achieve the ultimate honour of a bid back to the Grey Cup this Saturday afternoon at BMO Field.

A week after, the 2023 Argos had a staggering 14 All-Stars named out of 27 spots in the East Division. The Boatmen netted a league-leading eight nods on the CFL All-Star team, the most the 150-year-old franchise has had since 1997’s Championship Toronto team. (9).

​(Position | Name | No. of CFL All-Star selections)
​* Denotes a National player


  • QB | Chad Kelly (TOR) | 1st
  • RB | Brady Oliveira (WPG)* | 1st
  • REC | Dalton Schoen (WPG) | 2nd (2022)
  • REC | Tim White (HAM) | 2nd (2022)
  • REC | Keon Hatcher (BC) | 1st
  • REC | Austin Mack (MTL) | 1st
  • REC | Reggie Begelton (CGY) | 2nd (2019)
  • C | Darius Ciraco (TOR)* | 1st
  • G | Ryan Hunter (TOR)* | 1st
  • G | Patrick Neufeld (WPG)* | 3rd (2021-22)
  • OT | Dejon Allen (TOR) | 1st
  • OT | Jermarcus Hardrick (WPG) | 2nd (2021)


  • DE | Mathieu Betts (BC)* | 1st
  • DE | Willie Jefferson (WPG) | 5th (2017-19, 2021)
  • DT | Mike Rose (CGY) | 3rd (2021-22)
  • DT | Casey Sayles (HAM) | 1st
  • LB | Wynton McManis (TOR) | 2nd (2022)
  • LB | Micah Awe (CGY) | 1st
  • CLB | Adarius Pickett (TOR) | 1st
  • CB | Demerio Houston (WPG) | 1st
  • CB | Garry Peters (BC) | 2nd (2022)
  • HB | Robertson Daniel (TOR) | 1st
  • HB | TJ Lee (BC) | 2nd (2018)
  • S | Marc-Antoine Dequoy (MTL)* | 1st


  • K | Sean Whyte (BC)* | 1st
  • P | Richie Leone (OTT) | 5th (2015-16, 2019, 2021)
  • ST | Javon Leake (TOR) | 1st

The 2023 Boatmen have seven first-time CFL All-Stars. First-year starting QB Chad Kelly, Centre Darius Ciraco, KR Javon Leake, Guard Ryan Hunter, Offensive Tackle Dejon Allen, Cover linebacker Adarius Pickett, and defensive back Robertson Daniel. Back on the CFL All-Star team for the second year in a row is linebacker Wynton McManis.

The 16-win Argonauts also earned East Division honours last week. Chad Kelly was named as the East Division Most Outstanding Player, Ryan Dinwiddie as Coach of the Year, and Dejon Allen as the most outstanding offensive lineman.

On top of that, six Argonauts have been named finalists for year-end CFL awards.

Kelly as league M.O.P., Dinwiddie as coach of the year, Dejon Allen as most outstanding linemen, Adarius Pickett for most outstanding defensive player, DB Qwantez Stiggers as most outstanding rookie, and Javon Leake as most outstanding special teams player.

Individual accolades aside, the 16-win Toronto Argonauts are a step away from a much more important accomplishment, getting back to the Grey Cup after winning it all last season. They square off with a peaking Montreal Alouettes team in a rematch from last year’s East Final this Saturday in the Six.

The Boatmen will be trying to do something the franchise hasn’t achieved since their last highly touted Toronto team, the 1996 and 1997 Argos, who won back-to-back CFL championships.

Beating Montreal for a fourth time this year won’t come easy, even if Toronto will be at home with their crowd expected to be over 25k. But no matter the result, it’s hard to overlook what the Argos have accomplished to this point.

Argos-Alouettes East Final Practice/Injury Report

Player NamePositionInjuryTUEWEDTHUGame Status
Daniel AdeboboyeRBAnkleDNPDNP
Dariusz BladekOLAnkleFullFull
Maurice Carnell IVDBKneeDNPDNP
Damonte CoxieWRHealthy ScratchFullFull
Robertson DanielDBAnkleFullFull
DaVaris DanielsWRBackFullFull
Kurleigh Gittens Jr.WRHipDNPDNP
Andrew HarrisRBKneeFullFull
Jamie HarryDBAchillesFullFull
Dewayne HendrixDLHealthy ScratchFullFull
Rajae’ JohnsonWRHandDNPDNP
Daniel KwamouLBKneeDNPDNP
Tarvarus McFaddenDBHealthy ScratchFullFull
Wynton McManisLBHealthy ScratchFullFull
Henoc MuambaLBKneeDNPDNP
AJ OuelletteRBHealthy ScratchFullFull
Robert PriesterDBGroinLimitedDNP
Shane RichardsOLHealthy ScratchFullFull
Tigie SankohDBHamstringLimitedFull
Qwan’tez StiggersDBHandFullFull
Trevon TateOLHealthy ScratchFullFull
Player NamePositionInjuryWEDTHUGame Status
Kaion Julien-GrantWRShoulderLimited
Zach LindleyDBHeadLimited
Tyrell RichardsLBThighDNP
Walter FletcherRBHealthy scratchFull
Kordell RodgersDBHealthy scratchFull
Bryce NotreeLBHealthy scratchFull
Jesse GibbonOLHealthy scratchFull
Pier-Olivier LestageOLKneeDNP
Greg EllingsonWRKneeFull
Reggie White Jr.WRKneeFull
Israel AntwineDLHealthy scratchFull
T.D. MoultryDLHealthy scratchFull
Jake HartyWRKneeLimited
Frederic ChagnonLBKneeLimited
Sean JamiesonOLKneeLimited
Chandler WorthyWRAnkleFull
Marcus ValdezDLAnkleFull


TORONTO – The Canadian Football League announced today that the Toronto Argonauts lead the CFL with eight CFL All-Stars in 2023. This is the most league All-Stars the Argos have had since 1997, when they had nine. Seven are first-time CFL All-Stars, with one player being selected for a second time.

The CFL 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.

Toronto’s CFL All-Stars include:

QBChad Kelly* (1st)
CDarius Ciraco (1st)
GRyan Hunter (1st)
OTDejon Allen* (1st)
LBWynton McManis* (2nd, 2022)
CLBAdarius Pickett* (1st)
HBRobertson Daniel* (1st)
STJavon Leake* (1st)


QB Chad Kelly –  In his second CFL season but first as a full-time starter, Kelly was 15-1 in games he started (he was injured in the second quarter and taken out of the game in the one loss) and was vital in getting Toronto to 16-2 (tied for the best regular season record ever). The Ole Miss product is second in the CFL in QB efficiency (109.6) and rushing touchdowns (8), third in passing touchdowns (23), fourth in passing yards (4,123) and completion percentage (68.5). The Buffalo native, who came in relief of the injured McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the fourth quarter of last year’s Grey Cup, and helped lead the Argos to a championship, hasn’t missed a beat in his first season as the team’s starting pivot. 

C Darius Ciraco – Offseason acquisition Darius Ciraco started 15 games at center for the Argos, helping anchor the middle of an offensive line that has three CFL All-Stars and makes his first trip to an All-Star team. The sixth overall pick in the 2018 CFL Draft by Hamilton spent his first three seasons with the Ticats before a move to Ottawa in 2022.

OG Ryan Hunter – Second-year Argonaut Ryan Hunter gets his first CFL All-Star nod after starting all 18 games at guard. The Bowling Green alum played five games for the Argos last season before winning the Grey Cup with the team in November. Hunter is one of a handful of players to ever win both a Super Bowl (Kansas City, 2019) and a Grey Cup.

OT Dejon Allen – In his third season in Toronto, Allen was the team’s nominee for top offensive lineman two years in a row and now gets his first CFL All-Star after two consecutive Division All-Star nods. The University of Hawaii alum has started 16 of 18 games at right tackle for an offensive line that has allowed a league-low 19 sacks, 14 clear of the second-place team.

LB Wynton McManis – An All-Star for the second consecutive season, McManis tallied 79 defensive tackles, four sacks, four interceptions, one fumble recovery, five tackles for loss, and two touchdowns. The Memphis alum was second on the Argos in total tackles (80) and total defensive plays made (97). 

CLB Adarius Pickett – The East nominee for Most Outstanding Defensive Player and first-year Argo is setting career-highs across the board in 2023 with 105 defensive tackles, 19 special teams tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 18 games played. The UCLA product’s 144 total defensive plays and five tackles for loss rank second in the league, while he sits fourth in special teams tackles and fifth in defensive tackles. The three-year CFLer joined Toronto in free agency in early 2023.

HB Robertson Daniel – The third-year Argo played 11 games before an injury shut him down for the rest of the regular season, but he still managed to intercept four passes, returning one for a touchdown and chipping in with 55 defensive tackles and two sacks (career-highs across the board). The BYU product had a trio of interceptions during a week four game vs. B.C. and makes his first trip to the CFL All-Star team.

ST Javon Leake – Leake had one of the best return seasons in Argonaut history. The Maryland alum leads the CFL in punt return yards (1,216, third best in CFL history), punt return average (15.0), touchdowns (4), and returns of 30+ yards (13) in 17 games. He has already set team records for touchdowns and punt return yards for a single season, passing Double Blue legend Michael Clemons for the latter record. The North Carolina native also ranks seventh in kick return yards with 793 yards. Leake is an award finalist for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. 

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