- Dominant Line Play: Key in Argonauts’ offensive success.
- Sack Protection: Anchored line allowing league-low 19 sacks.
- Toronto’s Foundation: Second Argonaut to win this award.
Dejon Allen, the exceptional offensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts, has been honored as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman for 2023. This accolade was part of the prestigious CFL Awards, a focal point of the Grey Cup Festival, which was celebrated with various events in Hamilton from November 13-19.
Allen’s remarkable contribution to the Argonauts’ offense this season was pivotal. The offensive line, under his leadership, was instrumental in the team scoring 56 offensive touchdowns, the highest in the East Division. Notably, this line allowed a league-low 19 sacks throughout the season. Allen’s proficiency in protecting the quarterback was highlighted by a period where Chad Kelly went five consecutive starts without being sacked.
Furthermore, Allen played a crucial role in the team’s rushing success, paving the way for the Argonauts’ first 1,000-yard rusher since 2016. Under his protection, the team’s offense averaged a league-leading 7.3 yards per play and amassed 591 points, ranking second overall.
Allen, who received 39 first-place votes, is only the second player from the Toronto Argonauts to claim this prestigious title since Mike Kiselak in the 1996-97 seasons. His award signifies not just a personal achievement but also underscores the Argonauts’ solid offensive foundation.
Allen’s recognition as the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman is a testament to his exceptional skills, consistency, and the integral role he plays in the Argonauts’ offensive strategy. His performance throughout the season has set a high standard for offensive linemen in the league and is a proud moment for both him and the Toronto Argonauts organization.
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