Safety pays off for Wheaton

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

A bit of redemption came for Kenny Wheaton when the CFL announced its division all-stars yesterday.

Shifted to safety from halfback midway through the season and then benched by coach Don Matthews -- who wound up resigning at season's end -- Wheaton was one of four Argonauts who were voted as East Division all-stars.

"When they first asked me to change positions, I was resistant but did what was best for the team," Wheaton, an all-star four years in a row, said. "Being honoured at safety makes it even sweeter."

Wheaton is joined on the East all-star team by three teammates -- slotback Arland Bruce, who had 1,210 receiving yards and nine touchdowns; defensive end Jonathan Brown, who was honoured for the fourth year in a row; and running back/kick returner Dominique Dorsey, who led the CFL in all-purpose yards despite missing five games with injuries to his left leg.

Wheaton had said he did not expect to play for the Argos next year if Matthews returned, but there should be no questioning Wheaton's return with Matthews gone.

Three Hamilton Tiger-Cats, including linebacker Markeith Knowlton, defensive back Chris Thompson and punter Nick Setta were named to the East team. The Montreal Alouettes dominated with 14 all-stars, including quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receiver Jamel Richardson, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had six.

No less than 13 B.C. Lions, including defensive ends Cameron Wake and Brent Johnson, got all-star nods to lead the West Division. Quarterback Henry Burris was one of six Calgary Stampeders who were honoured. The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Edmonton Eskimos each had four.


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