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Three Calgary Stampeders named CFL all-stars as busy low season looms Specific Instances

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Micah Awe, Mike Rose, Reggie Begelton honoured league-wide

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Reggie Begelton plans to be again with the Purple and White for the 2024 CFL season.

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The sure-handed receiver is signed, sealed and delivered, making it so certainly one of three Calgary Stampeders named to the CFL all-star squad is squared away for subsequent 12 months.

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However the different two?

“That’s a query for my agent,” defensive lineman Mike Rose mentioned. “Hopefully we will make this work. I imply, I don’t need to go wherever.

“I hope that if they need me right here, I’ll be right here.”

One would assume the identical goes for linebacker Micah Awe, too, after his record-setting season of tackles for the Stampeders.

After the trio was named to the West Division all-star lineup one week earlier — together with teammate and centre Sean McEwen — Begelton, Rose and Awe have been tabbed with the added league honour Wednesday.

“It means quite a bit — it means you have been doing all of your job,” Begelton mentioned of his all-star recognition. “You got here right here at first of the 12 months with a purpose in thoughts. The purpose is to win — the purpose is to win the Gray Cup. However individually, you need to play your finest ball. And it simply proves that I confirmed sufficient that I’m in a position to get it accomplished.”

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That is the third consecutive season Rose, 31, has been honoured as a league all-star. It’s a second all-star nod for Begelton, 30, and a primary for 29-year-old Awe.

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Begelton was the workforce’s chief in receptions (86), receiving yards (1,119) and receiving touchdowns (5). Regardless of lacking three video games in 2023, the veteran slotback ranked second within the CFL in catches and sixth in receiving yards.

Begelton had 4 video games with a minimum of 100 receiving yards this season, together with a 203-yard efficiency in opposition to the Toronto Argonauts. He had a season-high 13 catches in a recreation in opposition to the Montreal Alouettes. And Begelton caught eight balls for 112 yards — each team-highs — in final Saturday’s 41-30 West semifinal loss to the host B.C. Lions.

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Rose led all CFL defensive tackles and set a profession excessive by registering 11 sacks this season. His stat totals additionally embody 24 tackles, one compelled fumble and one fumble restoration.

Rose had a pair of two-sack video games in 2023 — in a recreation in opposition to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 16 and versus the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sept. 30.

Calgary Stampeders Mike Rose takes part in team practice at McMahon Stadium on Tuesday, June 6, 2023.
Calgary Stampeders Mike Rose takes half in workforce apply at McMahon Stadium on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Awe, in the meantime, set a franchise single-season report by racking up 134 defensive tackles for the third-highest whole in CFL historical past.

In his first season with the Stamps, the veteran additionally led the CFL with 153 defensive performs, together with 4 tackles for loss, six special-teams stops, two sacks, three interceptions, one compelled fumble and three knockdowns.

All informed, it might be a pleasant trio to construct round transferring ahead.

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Stamps Micah Awe celebrates a sack during CFL action between the Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary
Stamps Micah Awe celebrates a sack throughout CFL motion between the Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, July 23, 2023. Jim Wells/Postmedia

“Since everyone’s a free agent on the workforce, mainly, we’ve obtained to determine,” Stampeders GM/head coach Dave Dickenson mentioned of the low season work forward of him.

“First off, we would like a lot of the gamers again, however what’s it going to price? When you have got a very good season, a variety of occasions guys wish to get raises. Once you’re not having a very good season, clearly you may need an opportunity to signal extra of these guys. However you additionally need to have some change since you didn’t get the job accomplished.”

The six-win Stamps, after all, fall into the latter class.

“We have to usher in competitors, as a result of competitors breeds finest play,” Dickenson continued. “And we actually didn’t have a variety of that on the finish of the 12 months as a result of we didn’t have a variety of wholesome our bodies.”

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One of many unhealthy ones was defensive star James Vaughters, who shapes as much as be a precedence re-signing for Dickenson within the low season.

His loss, after simply six video games in his return to the membership following a four-year NFL hiatus, was felt big-time throughout the Stamps defensive position — an arm harm protecting him from his appointed sacks.

Dickenson needs Vaughters again.

Calgary Stampeders James Vaughters in 2018
Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman James Vaughters celebrates after a sack in opposition to Montreal Alouettes quarterback Matthew Shiltz at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on July 21, 2018. Al Charest/Postmedia

“We gained’t get everyone again,” admitted Dickenson, which could possibly be for the higher given the workforce’s sub-par 6-12 regular-season report and early playoff exit. “However I’m extra involved with guys — particularly our harm guys — coming again and being who they’re purported to be and discovering methods to extend our expertise degree.”

Vaughters, operating again Ka’Deem Carey — who missed greater than half the season because of harm — veteran offensive lineman Hugh Thornton, drafted linebacker Silas Stewart, younger defensive lineman T.J. Rayam, gifted defensive again Titus Wall and pass-catchers Malik Henry, Clark Barnes and Jalen Philpot all match that class.

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And lots of of them are free brokers.

“We’ve obtained quite a bit (of free brokers),” Dickenson mentioned. “However we’ve had quite a bit up to now, too. It’s simply form of, for my part, the best way the CFL is now. It’s a variety of one-year offers proper now.

“It’s nearly being in good communication along with your guys and attempt to be sincere with everyone — and vice-versa, that the knowledge you’re getting is truthful coming again at ya. We don’t have a variety of room underneath the cap to signal guys for the season, as a result of we had so many accidents that we stored signing gamers and stored making an attempt to make it work. So most of our enterprise will get accomplished following the brand new 12 months.”

Calgary Stampeders Dave Dickenson
Calgary Stampeders Dave Dickenson speaks to media at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Sunday, November 5, 2023. The Stamps season ended with a playoff loss to the BC Lions. Jim Wells/Postmedia

Nonetheless, it is going to be a busy low season for GM Dickenson, particularly after a tough common season.

“There’s definitely guys that improved their inventory and different guys that their inventory fell,” Dickenson added. “We’ve obtained to look elsewhere and see what’s on the market. And we’ve obtained to search out new expertise. That’s obtained to be an enormous purpose for us, is ensuring we’ve obtained some younger guys coming in who may be their very own stars within the league.

“That’s what we’ll do, and we’ll put it collectively as finest we will.”

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