- Defensive Impact: Led Argonauts with five interceptions.
- Rookie Sensation: Played a crucial role in team’s defensive success.
- Historic Recognition: First Argonaut DB to win since 1998.
Qwan’tez Stiggers, the standout defensive back for the Toronto Argonauts, has made an extraordinary entry into professional football by being named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie for the 2023 season. This prestigious award was a highlight of the CFL Awards, an integral part of the excitement surrounding the Grey Cup Festival in Hamilton from November 13-19.
In his debut season, Stiggers demonstrated exceptional defensive prowess. He led the Argonauts with five interceptions, contributing significantly to the team’s defensive strategy. His performance included five pass knockdowns and 56 total tackles across 16 games, showcasing his versatility and reliability on the field. Stiggers was a key player in a defense that ranked first in the CFL in several categories, including interceptions (27), forced fumbles (22), and fumble recoveries (15, tied with Hamilton), while also finishing atop in big plays allowed (30).
Receiving 58 first-place votes, Stiggers’ achievement marks him as the first defensive back from the Argonauts to win this award since Steve Muhammad in 1998, and the fifth Argonaut overall. His recognition as the Most Outstanding Rookie reflects not only his individual skills and adaptability but also the strength of the Argonauts’ scouting and development.
Stiggers’ award as the Most Outstanding Rookie underlines his impressive entry into the CFL and sets a high benchmark for future performances. His contribution to the Argonauts’ defense has been instrumental in their success, making his debut season a memorable and impactful start to what promises to be a remarkable career in Canadian football.
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