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Acquired: Selected by the Argonauts in the second round (9th overall) in the 2012 CFL Draft…originally signed by Toronto on May 16, 2013…re-signed with Toronto on April 30, 2017.
2017: Signed as a free agent by the Toronto Argonauts on April 30…Played in 11 games, starting 10, at defensive tackle…Compiled 10 defensive tackles, one tackle for a loss, five sacks, nine quarterback pressures, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, and four pass knockdowns…Named an East Division All-Star for the second time in his career. Playoffs: Started at defensive tackle in the East Final vs. SSK, recording one defensive tackle. 105th Grey Cup: Started at defensive tackle in the 105th Grey Cup vs. CGY…Recorded two defensive tackles, one sack, one quarterback pressure, and a forced fumble that resulted in the longest touchdown in Grey Cup history (109 yards, Cassius Vaughn).
2016: Signed as a free agent by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins on February 23…released by the team on September 3….re-signed to the Dolphins practice roster on September 5…released by the team on October 31…signed as a free agent by Ottawa REDBLACKS on November 3..played in one regular season games with the REDBLACKS…Playoffs: Played in the Eastern Final vs. Edmonton 104th Grey Cup: REDBLACKS 104th Grey Cup win…registered one tackle in the post-season.
2015: Started in all 18 regular season games in his third season with the Argonauts. Registered 40 defensive tackles, six tackles for a loss, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass knockdown. Playoffs: Started in the Eastern Semi-Final at Hamilton and had three defensive tackles.
2014: Dressed in 12 regular season games, starting in 10, with the Argos. Recorded 16 defensive tackles, three sacks, and one fumble recovery.
2013: Dressed in 14 regular season games with 10 starts at DL for the Argonauts. Recorded 15 tackles and four sacks and one fumble recovery as a rookie. Playoffs: Dressed at DT in Eastern Final loss vs Hamilton and recorded one defensive tackle.
All-Star Selections: Div. – 2 (’15, ’17)
Awards: Most Outstanding Canadian, Toronto (2015)
First CFL Game: June 28/13 vs. HAM
First CFL Def. Tackle: June 28/13 vs. HAM (Henry Burris)
First CFL Sack: June 28/13 vs. HAM (Henry Burris)
First CFL FF: Sept. 7/15 at HAM (Zach Collaros)
Most Def. Tackles/Game: 5 (Oct. 17/15 vs. CGY)
Most Sacks/Game: 2 (June 25/17 vs. HAM)
Most Def. Tackles/Season: 34 (2015 – TOR)
Most Sacks/Season: 8 (2015)
Played 38 games in four seasons (2008-12) at Iowa State…had 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks an a forced fumble with the Cyclones…had 42 tackles and three sacks as a senior…redshirted freshman season in 2008.
Cleyon Laing was born to Brenda and Clinton Laing on November 21, 1990 in Edmonton, Alberta. He has a son named Marshall. He attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Edmonton where he was a versatile player on both sides of the ball at receiver and defensive line. In 2007, Laing was named the Holy Trinity’s Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman and team MVP.
As a senior, he was nominated for the Haliburton Trophy, given to the best football player in the Edmonton Metro Area. Cleyon was also a basketball player and was selected as a 2008 Edmonton Journal All-Star. He competed in track & field during his later years of high school, excelling in shot put, which he set a new provincial record. He also participated in javelin and discus. Laing majored in Liberal Arts Studies at Iowa State.