Argos take 12 all-star spots

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

The honours just keep coming in for the Argos.

After four of their players were voted as East Division nominees in the voting for the Canadian Football League's awards to be announced on Nov. 24, 11 received Eastern all-star nods yesterday.

Damon Allen was voted the top quarterback in the East Division a day after he was named the division's representative for Most Outstanding Player.

THIRD ALL-STAR NOD

This is the third time he has been named a divisional all-star and the second time in the East. It first happened in 1991 with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Allen, who threw for more than 5,000 yards for the first time in his career, finished first in the East Division in passer efficiency with a 102.7 rating.

"I'm not surprised, really," Argos slotback Arland Bruce, who also was named to the East Division squad, said. "Damon just goes and plays the game and doesn't think about his age or anything like that.

"He loves the game and when you love something like that, you don't age."

The other Eastern all-stars from the Argos are left guard Jude St. John, left tackle Bernard Williams, defensive end Jonathan Brown, linebackers Kevin Eiben and Michael Fletcher, defensive back Kenny Wheaton, cornerbacks Adrion Smith and Jordan Younger. Noel Prefontaine, the club's place kicker and punter, earned the vote for both disciplines.

This is the first divisional all-star award for Williams, Bruce, Brown, Fletcher, Wheaton and Younger.

The 2005 CFL all-star team will be announced later this month in Vancouver during Grey Cup festivities.

BACK TO PRACTICE

The Argos return to the practice field today for the first time since their season-ending 27-17 loss to the Ottawa Renegades last Saturday. The Argos will have a controlled scrimmage tomorrow.


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