Argo finalists laud Allen

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It was a tough loss for the Argos in the East Division final and another loss in the Canadian Football League Awards last night.

While quarterback Damon Allen won, as expected, the most outstanding player award, beating out Saskatchewan roughriders' all-purpose star Corey Holmes, three of his teammates failed to make it to the victory podium.

Linebacker Kevin Eiben lost to B.C. Lions defensive end Brent Johnson for the outstanding Canadian.

Punter/placekicker Noel Prefontaine was overlooked in favour of Holmes for the outstanding special teams player, while linebacker Michael Fletcher lost out to Calgary Stampeders linebacker John Grace for outstanding defensive player honours.

Eiben spoke for his teammates who were finalists when he said that collectively they were happy for Allen.

"Any time a 42-year-old can win the outstanding player of the CFL, it's amazing," Eiben said.

"If it wasn't for him we would not have made it as far as we have. Even though me, Fletch and Noel didn't win, we still have support for Damon and we're hoping he can come back for another three or four years. I think his talent alone can take him as far as he wants to."

In the other major award presented last night, Saskatchewan's Gene Makowsky was selected as the CFL's outstanding lineman for the second consecutive year.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Danny McManus, meanwhile, won the Tom Pate Award as the player who displays the qualities that distinguish him from the rest of his peers.


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