Ottawa Redblacks’ DE Lorenzo Mauldin IV wins CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player award

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Ottawa Redblacks’ defensive lineman Lorenzo Mauldin IV has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player following a breakout season in 2022.

The 30-year-old terrorized opposing quarterbacks all year long, making 43 tackles, a league-leading 17 sacks, and two forced fumbles over 18 starts at defensive end. This was Mauldin’s first year as a full-time CFL starter, signing with the Redblacks following a two-year stint as a rotational player with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

A pending free agent, Mauldin told the media on Wednesday night that he intends to pursue free agency this winter.

The former third-round NFL draft pick garnered 32 first-place votes at the league level to beat out the West Division’s nominee, Calgary Stampeders’ defensive end Shawn Lemon, for the award.