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Landry: Awe in the middle of the defence once again

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It’s a funny thing, says Micah Awe. It’s not so much that he keeps finding the middle, it’s that the middle keeps finding him.

With the Toronto Argonauts readying for Saturday’s home opener against the Hamilton Ticats, Awe will once again be in the centre, excited to take on the responsibility that comes with playing middle linebacker (MIKE) in what should be a dizzying defence, scheme-wise.

The 25-year-old graduate of Texas Tech is sensing he has an opportunity to rise to a new level with the Argos, under the guidance of the team’s Head Coach, and Defensive Coordinator, Corey Chamblin.

That he once again finds himself at MIKE is a curious but happy occurrence for Awe. Everywhere he’s gone, it seems, he’s started at weak side linebacker (WILL) before being shifted inside.

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Micah Awe will play middle linebacker for the Toronto Argonauts this season (Argonauts.ca)

Happened in high school. Happened in college. Happened at the pro level with the BC Lions, the team for which Awe played for two seasons before signing with Toronto as a free agent this past off-season.

“It’s ironic when you look at the history of my career,” says Awe, speaking just after the Argos had wrapped up practice on Thursday. “I guess I can’t run away from the middle linebacker position,” he laughs.

With the Argos, and under Chamblin, Awe is seeking a new frontier for himself. He can, he suspects, redefine himself in ways that will allow him to reach an even higher level of productivity.

He talks, generally, of the stats that could pile up beside his name as the season goes along if things go well and if he does his job just right. A pick-six, he says. Four or five forced fumbles.........