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Title: Updated May 11. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 24, 2014, 04:08:07 PM
Alouettes sign veteran kicker Ricky Schmitt. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 7 May 11 post for the details direct from Als media.

From May 1. Als release some players! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 7 May 1 post for the details direct from Als media.

From April 8. Jean St-Onge becomes the new French voice for Alouettes games on the Cogeco 98,5fm radio network! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 April 8 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 20. The NHL player surely not! Didn't think so but the headlines confused me for a second! Joe Thornton to suit up for the Alouettes! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 20 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 19. Kyries Hebert to kick off second edition of Lace it up. Football for her fundraiser! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 19 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 11. Alouettes solidify the defensive line. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 11 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 10. Alouettes to hold four open tryouts this spring. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 10 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 9. Alouettes pick up versatile running back Stefan Logan! I'm disappointed Stefan is not still at the BC Lions. Good pickup I say by the Als! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 9 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 6. Alouettes coaches to meet in Montreal next week. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 6 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 5. Alouettes to hold mini-camp in Florida from April 15-17. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 5 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Mar 3. Alouettes sign Billy Parker to a two-year extension. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Mar 3 post for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 28. Alouettes sign quarterback Dan LeFevour. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 28post for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 27. Wow! Great signing by the Als I say! Alouettes sign free agent receiver Nik Lewis! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 27 for the details direct from Als media. From my twitter on Feb 25. "#CFL! Wow! Nik Lewis now @MTLAlouettes ! He Legend! I not always been Cool with Nik though re he & @geroysimon on @heylandsberg @CFLonTSN" @MykAussie

From Feb 21. Alouettes add depth to the secondary. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 21 for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 19. Alouettes sign Rouge et Or kicker Boris Bede. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 19 for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 18. Alouettes sign defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell to a three-year deal. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 18 for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 14. Alouettes to kick-off the 2015 CFL season. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 6 Feb 14 for the details direct from Als media.

Alouettes bring receiver Samuel Giguère home. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Feb 14 the 1st report for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 10. Als sign cornerback Geoff Tisdale to a new one-year deal. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Feb 10 report for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 7. Alouettes sign former NFL Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Feb 7 report for the details direct from Als media.

From Feb 4. Alouettes ink veteran Jerald Brown to a new one-year contract. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 the 2nd Feb 4 report for the details direct from Als media.

Alouettes re-sign running back Brandon Rutley, add Jordan Hall to roster. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 the 1st Feb 4 report for the details direct from Als media.

From Jan 31. Alouettes complete 2015 coaching staff. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 31 report for the details direct from Als media.

From Jan 28. The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that veteran receiver S.J. Green has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 28 report for the details direct from Als media.

From Jan 20. Listen now! New Als WR Fred Stamps on TSN 1260 Edmonton radio with Dave Jamieson. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 20 3rd report for the details.

Alouettes name Kavis Reed special teams coordinator. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 20 2nd report for the details direct from Al's media.

Turk Schonert to call offensive plays in 2015! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 20 1st report for the details direct from Al's media.

From Jan 17. Alouettes acquire four-time CFL all-star Fred Stamps. I like this signing. Great player! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 17 for the details direct from Al's media.

From Jan 8. Tom Higgins nominated for CFL Coach of the Year award! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 8 2nd post for the details direct from Al's media.

A mix of experience and new blood for the Alouettes offensive line! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 8 1st post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Jan 6. Alouettes keep Canadian talent home, sign Roy, Knowles and Zaleski. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 6 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Jan 3. The Bear will be living in the Woods near Montreal for another 3 years! Alouettes stay strong on defence, sign Woods, Venable, Lavarias and Paxson to new deals! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 5 Jan 3 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Dec 13. Alouettes sign local receiver Eric Deslauriers to a three-year contract extension. I met Eric outside the Als locker rooms a few years ago after a Playoff game in Winnipeg. He came up to me and told me how much he enjoyed watching my movie on DVD that Tom Fred CFL agent had given him a few weeks earlier. I luved the fact that a CFL player really liked it. Here are the details on the movie including the 2 min trailer and recent reviews. http://total-cfl.com/discussion/index.php?topic=475.0
Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 Dec 13 post for the details on Eric direct from Al's media.

From Dec 9. Als ink running back Tyrell Sutton to a three-year contract extension. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 Dec 9 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Dec 5. Carter and Woods named to the 2014 CFL All-star team. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 Dec 5 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Dec 3. Alouettes sign linebacker Chip Cox to a new three-year deal. Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 Dec 3 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Nov 25. Party with the Alouettes' Cheerleaders as part of the 102nd Grey Cup! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 Nov 25 post for the details direct from Al's media.

From Nov 18. Jerald Brown earns Defensive Player of the Week honours! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 the Nov 18 post direct from Al's media.

From Nov 15. An unforgettable afternoon in store for fans at McGill! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 the Nov 15 post direct from Al's media.

From Nov 9. Alouettes to host the Eastern Semi-Final on November 16! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 the Nov 9 post direct from Al's media.

From Nov 4. Carter, Woods, Perrett, Whyte and Knapton named Alouettes' Most Outstanding Players! Refer below or the top left hand corner for the report page 4 the Nov 5 post direct from Al's media.

From Nov 4. Duron Carter earns CFL Offensive Player of the week honours! Refer below for the report Nov 4 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Nov 3. Alouettes clinch 19th straight playoff berth! Refer below for the report Nov 3 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Oct 30. The Alouettes and Purolator team up to tackle hunger! Refer below for the report Oct 30 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Oct 22. Alouettes add a pair of Montrealers to the practice roster. Refer below for the report Oct 22 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Oct 16. Alouettes release quarterback Troy Smith. Refer below for the report Oct 16 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Oct 7. Alouettes add six players to the practice roster. Refer below for the report Oct 7 post, page 4 direct from Al's media.

From Sept 30. Does a bear sh..t in the woods? Wow! What a name the Als star has!

Bear Woods earns CFL Defensive Player of the Week honours again! Refer below for the report Sept 30 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From Sept 9. Woods and Rodgers earn player of the week honours! Refer below for the report Sept 9 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From Aug 11. The Alouettes announced on Monday that Erik Campbell has been relieved of his duties with the team and that Turk Schonert has been appointed as receivers coach. Jeff Garcia is now the quarterbacks coach. I'm wondering if he might play QB this year for the Al's! Refer below for the report Aug 11 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From Aug 6. Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has added international receiver and return specialist James Rodgers from Oregon State University Beavers to the practice roster. Refer below for the report Aug 6 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From Aug 4. Alouettes announced on Monday that former CFL and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has joined the team's coaching staff. Refer below for the report Aug 4 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From July 31. Alouettes announced on Wednesday that Don Matthews and Turk Schonert have joined the coaching staff as consultants. Refer below for the report July 31 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From July 16. Dahrran Diedrick returns to the Alouettes, Jonathan Crompton and Kyler Elsworth added to roster. Refer below for the report July 16 post, page 3 direct from Al's media

From July 14. Alouettes place Jamaan Webb on six-game injured list. Refer below for the report July 14 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From July 8. Former Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who is now head coach of the Chicago Bears will attend the Alouettes game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. John Bowman gets Defensive player of the week nod. Refer below for the report July 8 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From June 22. Als transactions! Star receiver Jamel Richardson released due to a injury problem. A statement from Jim Popp! 2 report are below June 22 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From June 21. Watch now! Reporters interviewing Chad after the game. http://cfl.ca/video/index/id/97599

Als receiver Chad Johnson feeling the love in Montreal! There are some funny comments by Chad in this article!
http://www.montrealgazette.com/touch/sports/receiver+Johnson+feeling+love+Montreal/9956444/story.html?rel=873605

From June 18. Training camp report day 18! Report is below June 18 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From June 17. Training camp report day 17! Legendary quarterback Anthony Calvillo paid his former teammates a visit. The full report is below June 17 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From June 16. Alouettes transactions! Sad to see that one of my favorite CFL players Jerome Messam has been released. Training camp day 16 report. Reports are below June 16 post, page 3 direct from Al's media.

From June 12. Training camp report day 11! Report is below June 12 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 10. Training camp report day 10! Report is below June 10 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 9. Alouettes relieve Rick Worman of his duties! Report is below June 9 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

Training camp report day 8! Report is below June 9 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 6. Training camp report day 5! NFL scouts from the NFL Houston Texans and Chicago Bears were in attendance on Thursday, closely watching the Alouettes practice! Report is below June 6 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 5. Training camp report day 4! Report is below June 5 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 4. Training camp report day 3 direct from Al's media! Report is below June 4 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 3. Training camp report day 2! Report is below June 3 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From June 2. Al's training camp day 1! Report is below June 2 post, page 2 direct from Al's media.

Alouettes transactions! Report is below, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From May 28. Chad is in Montreal! The Montreal Alouettes invited members of the media to meet wide receiver Chad Johnson Wednesday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. at Cleghorn Room in McGreer Hall at Bishop's University, where the team is already set up.

From may 27. Alouettes sign six of their 2014 draft picks! Report below, page 2 direct from Al's media.

From May 26. 2014 Alouettes training camp schedule. Direct from Al's media. Note the last line "Please note that this schedule is subject to change." Charles Rooke. There may not be any CFL training camps! Hope there are though! Refer below May 26, page 2 for the report.

From May 14. Alouettes draft eight, including Carabin offensive lineman David Foucault! Refer below page 2 for a detailed report direct from Al's media.

From May 7. Direct from Al's media. Alouettes great Scott Flory retires after a glorious 15-year career! For the details refer below, the May 7 post.
 
From May 5. News direct from Al's media. Alouettes return to Bishop's University for 2014 training camp! For the details refer below, the May 5 post.

From May 3. An exciting 2014 season in store for Alouettes fans! Lots of details direct from Al's media. Refer below the May 3 post.

From April 26. Direct from Al's media. Alouettes to host inaugural football coaching clinic today Sat April 26. Refer below the latest post I added April 22 for the details.

From April 17. Wow! Yeh! Chad Johnson signs with the Al's. Refer below the latest post for the news direct from Al's media. Watch a interview with Chad from the Al's mini-camp http://cfl.ca/video/index/id/95565

From April 13. This is good! From Al's media. Montreal Alouettes statement regarding Chad Johnson.

Montreal, April 12, 2014 - Montreal Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp issued the following statement regarding receiver Chad Johnson on Saturday:

"We do expect to meet with Chad Johnson and work him out in Vero Beach, FL this week. Talks did take place and have escalated over the last week." Charles Rooke

From April 11. TSN Radio 690 Becomes the new home of the Montreal Alouettes with multi-year broadcast rights agreement. Refer below for the report direct from Al's media. The TSN analyst will be Dave Mudge. Refer below to watch my interview with Dave in the Bombers locker rooms when he was a Bombers player.

From April 10. Refer below for more Al's news that comes to me direct from Al's media!

Al's mini-camp details.

Montreal to host 2014 HOF game and gala.

From Mar 6. The Al's coaching staff including 1st season coach, Champ Anwar Stewart who is the Defensive Quality Control Coach.

From Feb 26. Arland Bruce III released and a Feb 27 chat re this on http://www.twitter.com/MykAussie , Larry Taylor returns, Al's team up with Labatt, Al's sign CB/KR Mike Edwards, Al's Florida mini camp details.

Direct from Al's media. Montreal, February 24, 2014 - Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall is pleased to announce Tom Higgins as his selection to be the 21st Head Coach of the Football Club.

"As I've expressed to the media in recent weeks, I wanted to continue with the formula which has brought us the success we've enjoyed these past 17 years; having a full-time Head Coach and a full-time General Manager to fill each of these positions," declared Wetenhall. "The criteria we established for our next head coach was to find an individual familiar with the CFL; someone with success in that position and a background as a position coach. In addition, we sought an individual with a record for molding and delivering championship teams. In Tom's seven years as a head coach he won three Division Championships along with a Grey Cup, and twice earned recognition as the CFL's Coach of the Year. His head coaching record of 72-53-1 speaks for itself. We welcome Tom to the Alouettes family."

Tom Higgins is entering his 23rd season as a CFL coach with additional years as an administrator. He began his CFL coaching career in 1985 as an assistant with the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to joining the Stampeders, he served three years on the coaching staff at the University of Calgary, working for Canadian Football Hall of Fame coach Peter Connellan and helping the Dinos to the 1983 Vanier Cup.

In 1994, Higgins moved to the Edmonton Eskimos as Assistant General Manager; assuming the title of General Manager and COO in 1997. In 2001, he began a four-year tenure in the dual capacity of Eskimos' General Manager and Head Coach. In 2005, he returned to Calgary as the Stampeders' Head Coach, a position he held for three seasons. In 2008, Tom joined the CFL head office as Director of Officiating, stepping down from the post after the 2013 season.

Higgins played as a linebacker and defensive tackle at North Carolina State from 1973-75, before playing professionally with the Stampeders, Buffalo Bills and Saskatchewan Roughriders prior to launching his coaching career. He was an all-ACC selection at defensive tackle in 1975, and was also a four-year member of the Wolfpack wrestling team, winning the ACC heavyweight championship in 1976.

"Tom is highly respected throughout the CFL and across Canada," said Mark Weightman, President and CEO of the Alouettes. "He is known as a great teacher, and as someone who holds himself to the same high standards he does his players. His body of work as a player, Head Coach, GM and senior league official reflects his contribution to the CFL. Tom has worked with and tutored many of the CFL's finest quarterbacks - Doug Flutie, Henry Burris and Ricky Ray to mention a few. His expertise will be invaluable in the development of Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh."

Time constraints and personal obligations preclude staging a formal press conference. To accommodate the Montreal media, a conference call introducing Tom Higgins will be conducted Tuesday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. Joining Tom Higgins on the call will be Bob Wetenhall, Andrew Wetenhall, and Mark Weightman.

About the Montreal Alouettes

Founded in 1946, the Montreal Alouettes possess a rich history. The organization has had its name inscribed seven times on the Grey Cup (1949, 1970, 1974, 1977, 2002, 2009, 2010) a trophy awarded yearly to the champion of the Canadian Football League. They play their home games at Percival Molson Stadium, on beautiful Mount Royal.

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Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 25. Tom Higgins named Coach of Al's. Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 25, 2014, 07:00:25 PM
Larry Taylor is back with the Alouettes. From Al's media.

Montreal, February 25, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that return specialist Larry Taylor is coming back to where his CFL career started, as the club has acquired the speedster from the Calgary Stampeders as well their fifth-round draft pick in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft and their conditional fourth-round pick in 2015 in exchange for Montreal's fifth-round draft pick in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft and their conditional third-round pick in 2015.

Taylor (5'6'', 181 lbs.) , who also lines up as a receiver, returns to Montreal after spending the last three seasons in Calgary. The 28-year-old began his professional career with the Alouettes in 2008, earning the CFL's Special Teams Player of the Year Award the following season. He finished the 2009 season with 1,971 combined yards, the most in the CFL, while also scoring three touchdowns.

"We welcome Larry back into the nest. Having obtained another one of our originals and one of the most exciting players in the CFL gives us great competition and depth at the WR and Returner positions," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Last year, the Fort Lauderdale, FL native returned 53 kickoffs for gains of 1,147 yards and 82 punts for gains of 615 yards, earning a spot on the West Division All-Star team.

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Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 27. Tom Higgins named Coach of Al's. Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 26, 2014, 06:24:17 PM
Arland Bruce III released! I hope he ends up back at BC Lions or at RedBlacks! Great player!

Direct from Al's media. Montreal, February 26, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has released veteran receiver Arland Bruce III.

"The Alouettes would like to thank Arland for his hard work and contributions last season. Through the challenges we faced, he played multiple roles on game day and came to work every day with the determination to win. We wish Arland the best in his future endeavours," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Bruce III (5'11'', 194 lbs.) caught 64 passes for gains of 851 yards last season with the Alouettes. The 12-year veteran also rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries." Contact Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 28. Arland gone! Higgins Coach! Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 27, 2014, 05:14:35 PM
From Al's media. Better than the Molson Export they were serving I say!

Montreal Alouettes team up with Labatt!

Montreal, February 27, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes and Labatt Breweries of Canada are pleased to officially announce a new and comprehensive marketing agreement. Thanks to this partnership, Labatt, with over 166 years of brewing excellence, becomes the official and exclusive beer sponsor and supplier of the Montreal Alouettes starting in the upcoming 2014 season.

"We're thrilled to welcome Labatt to the Alouettes family. This partnership has three big winners: Labatt and the Alouettes of course, but most of all the Alouettes fans who will benefit from new commercial experiences and initiatives," explained Alouettes President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Weightman.

The multi-year deal will benefit fans with a greater selection of domestic malt beverages at the stadium during games as well as through other local promotional activities throughout the course of the season.

"Labatt is very pleased to see the Budweiser brand associated with a celebrated sports institution like the Montreal Alouettes," stated David Barrow, Quebec Regional Vice President, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "Through this partnership we hope to create an exceptional experience for our consumers and sports fans alike. It will be a great privilege for us to share this with Alouettes fans."

One of the most exciting parts of this new relationship is that the Alouettes and Labatt will activate their association through bars, resto-bars and retailers providing the Montreal Alouettes with additional exposure while creating new bonds with fans.

"With this important investment through its new partnership, Labatt exhibits that the Montreal Alouettes can successfully contribute to the marketing and promotional strategies of major brands. By joining our prestigious group of partners, Labatt confirms the ever-growing interest of the Alouettes in the private sector. We were pleased with our discussions with the Labatt team in which each of our organization's objectives were accomplished. We are thrilled to team up with Labatt once again," added Alouettes Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, Jean Couvrette.

As part of the partnership, Labatt will also activate through in-game elements such as on-site branding and on digital boards.

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Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 28. Arland gone! Higgins Coach! Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 27, 2014, 05:30:34 PM
From Al's media. Alouettes sign CB/KR Mike Edwards

Montreal, February 27, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday the signing of import cornerback and return specialist Mike Edwards to a two-year deal with the club.

Edwards (5'9'', 189 lbs.) participated in the 2013 NFL Combine before signing with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent last year, taking part in the team's training camp.

Collegiately, the Cleveland, OH native played two seasons with the Rainbow Warriors at the University of Hawaii after transferring from the Coffeyville Community College Ravens in 2010.

In his two years with the Rainbow Warriors in 2011 and 2012, Edwards registered 86 tackles, three interceptions, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns-two of which went for over 100 yards in a single season.

"Mike brings his dual ability to the Alouettes," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "He is a superb bump-and-run corner and has had an outstanding career as a returner in college.  We welcome Mike to the nest."

The 22-year-old also saw time as a running back and wide receiver at Hawaii, in addition to returning kicks on special teams. In 2012, he led all college football players south of the border in total kickoff return yards with 1,215, maintaining a 30.4 yard average per return. He was also named the team MVP that year. While at the University of Hawaii, Edwards was coached by former Alouettes' defensive backs coach Daronte' Jones. " Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 1. Arland gone! Higgins Coach! Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 28, 2014, 05:30:04 PM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes to hold mini-camp in Florida from April 15-17

Montreal, February 28, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes will hold their annual mini-camp from April 15 to 17 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL this spring, on the same grounds where Major League Baseball's Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers held their spring training every year from 1948 to 2008.

Mini-camp will mark new Alouettes Head Coach Tom Higgins' first opportunity to meet and begin evaluating his new players. Daily schedule of practices as well as media availability will be sent in the near future.

All practices will be open to the media as well as to fans.

What: Montreal Alouettes annual mini-camp

When: From Tuesday, April 15 to Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where: Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL

Who: Alouettes players, coaches and football operations staff

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Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 7. Arland gone! The Coaches! Taylor back! From Al's media.
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 06, 2014, 07:43:15 PM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes announce 2014 coaching staff.

Montreal, March 6, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes' 2014 coaching staff was introduced on Thursday and new head coach Tom Higgins will be able to count on a mix of experience and youth among his personnel this upcoming season, including three former coaches from the Quebec football conference.

Here is the Alouettes' full 2014 coaching staff:

Tom Higgins, Head Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)

Higgins is entering his 23rd  season as a CFL coach with additional years as an administrator. He began his CFL coaching career in 1985 as an assistant with the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to joining the Stampeders, he served three years on the coaching staff at the University of Calgary, working for Canadian Football Hall of Fame coach Peter Connellan and helping the Dinos win the 1983 Vanier Cup. He won the Grey Cup as a head coach with the Edmonton in Eskimos in 2003, earning the CFL's Coach of the Year Award that same season as well as in 2005 as head coach of the Stampeders.

Noel Thorpe, Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Backs Coach (8th season with the Alouettes)

Thorpe is entering his second year as the Alouettes' defensive coordinator and is coming off a season in which he coached the defence, which gave up the fewest first downs and fewest yards in the CFL, while also leading the league with 24 interceptions. Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox thrived in Thorpe's defensive system, earning the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year award after tallying career-high defensive tackles (115) and quarterback sacks (12) while also racking up four interceptions, and 12 tackles for losses totaling 42 yards. In 2011 and 2012, Thorpe was part of the Université de Montréal coaching staff, spending his final season with the Carabins as the team's defensive coordinator, allowing the fewest points in the country with 102.

Rick Worman, Offensive Coordinator (1st season with the Alouettes)

A former quarterback with the Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders, Worman returns to the CFL after coaching quarterbacks with the Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils last season. In 2012, he served as a scout for the Ottawa REDBLACKS, and was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' running backs coach before that. He spent seven seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, working as a West Coast Scout for four years before joining the coaching staff as the quarterbacks coach in 2007 and adding the title of offensive coordinator in 2008. Prior to joining the Eskimos, Worman spent time as the head coach of the Arena Football League 2's Fresno Frenzy in 2002 and the offensive coordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2001. That season, the Bombers led the league in virtually every offensive category en route to a 14-4 record and a Grey Cup appearance. His coaching career includes three Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup championships. He has previously coached former CFL MVP quarterbacks Ricky Ray and Khari Jones.

Ryan Dinwiddie , Quarterbacks Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)

After beginning his playing career with the Alouettes in 2005, Dinwiddie also made his coaching debut in Montreal last season as the club's quality control coach on offence, assisting the team's offensive coaches with game planning and breaking down opposing film. In his second season with the Alouettes, Dinwiddie will work closer with the quarterbacks in addition to the rest of the offensive staff.

Erik Campbell, Receivers Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)

Campbell is entering his second season with the Alouettes after spending the previous five years coaching running backs at the University of Iowa. As the Alouettes' receivers coach in 2013, he saw S.J. Green voted as a unanimous pick on the CFL All-Star team after finishing second in the CFL for total receiving yards (1,197) and first in receiving touchdowns (13). Campbell also helped rookie receiver Duron Carter amass 909 receiving yards and score five touchdowns in just 11 games. Previously, Campbell was the assistant head coach and receivers coach with the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1995 to 2007, helping prepare future first-round NFL draft pick receivers Braylon Edwards, David Terrell and Charles Woodson.

Mark Speckman, Running Backs Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)

Speckman is entering his second season in Montreal after coaching three Alouettes running backs to Top-15 finishes in the CFL (Jerome Messam, Tyrell Sutton and Brandon Whitaker) in 2013. Before arriving in Montreal a year ago, Speckman was the head coach of the Menlo College Oaks, although he is best known for his achievements at Willamette University where he coached the Bearcats for 17 seasons, including 14 years as head coach. During his tenure as head coach at Willamette, he posted an overall record of 82-59 (.582) from 1998 to 2011. He also ranks third all-time at Willamette in career wins. Speckman was named the NWC conference Coach of the Year in both 1999 and 2008.

André Bolduc, Offensive Quality Control Coach and Special Teams Assistant (1st season with the Alouettes)

Bolduc, a former Head Coach with the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or for five seasons from 2007 to 2011, returns to Montreal and to professional football as a coach. After becoming the head coach of the Vert & Or in 2007, Bolduc led the team to its first playoff win in school history as well as to the Dunsmore Cup final in 2010. The following season, he was named the Quebec Conference Coach of the Year after leading Sherbrooke to a 7-2 record. With the Alouettes, he will rejoin linebacker Nicolas Boulay and receiver Ismael Bamba, both of whom he coached at Sherbrooke. As a player, Bolduc played for the Ottawa Rough Riders and Edmonton Eskimos before landing in Montreal from 1998 to 2001, where he emerged as a leader and was named a special teams captain in 1999 and 2000.

Kris Sweet, Offensive Line Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)

Sweet is entering his first season with the Alouettes having previously coached in the CFL for the past five years, including as the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive line coach in 2013. He began his CFL coaching career in Calgary as the Stampeders' offensive line coach from 2007-2010, helping the team win the Grey Cup in 2008 over the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium. In his last two seasons in Calgary, the Stamps' o-line paved the way for a league rushing title for running back Joffrey Reynolds. In Sweet's first season with the Stamps, the club led the CFL in both total offence and rushing offence. In 2012, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders' offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Keith Willis, Defensive Line Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)

Willis returns to the Alouettes for a second season after contributing to Montreal's dominant defence in 2013. Under Willis last year, defensive end John Bowman recorded 11 quarterback sacks, good for fifth in the CFL, in addition to registering upwards of 30 defensive tackles for a sixth-consecutive season. Willis also saw first-year defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias amass 42 defensive tackles and six quarterback sacks. Previously a defensive line coach for the North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2007 to 2012, Willis also enjoyed a long playing career as a defensive lineman himself before becoming a coach, spending 12 years in the NFL and recording 59 career quarterback sacks over 12 seasons, including 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Greg Quick, Linebackers Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)

Greg Quick arrives in Montreal with a wealth of coaching experience that spans over 30 years across both the professional and collegiate ranks. Most recently Quick spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the Toronto Argonauts' linebackers coach. Following his stint in the CFL, Quick went on to join the Northwood University Timberwolves' coaching staff as the team's offensive coordinator in the spring of 2012. Quick's diverse coaching career dates back to 1979, when he was named the defensive coordinator at Emporia State.  He was then the offensive coordinator at Heidelberg College as well as the linebackers coach at New Mexico State. Quick's first head coaching experience at the collegiate level came at the University of Chicago in 1989, a position he held until the 1994 season.  He was also was the head coach at St. Norbert College from 1994 to 1999 before eventually holding the same role at Concord University from 2003 to 2008.

Anwar Stewart, Defensive Quality Control Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)

Following a stellar 13-year playing career in the CFL, former defensive end Anwar Stewart will make his coaching debut in 2014 after being named the club's new defensive quality control coach. Last season, Stewart rejoined the Alouettes roster after making eight Grey Cup appearances with the club between 2002 and 2011, winning a trio of championships in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The 37-year-old spent 10 years in Montreal and sits in second place in club's all-time record book for career quarterback sacks with 66. The CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004, Stewart was also named a CFL All-Star in 2004 and 2009.

Jean-Vincent Posy-Audette, Defensive Assistant and Special Teams Assistant (1st season with the Alouettes)

Posy-Audette is entering his first season in Montreal in 2014, joining André Bolduc for whom he worked as special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach at Sherbrooke beginning in 2007. The 34-year-old graduate from Laval University played four seasons as a defensive back with the Rouge et Or from 1996 to 1999, hoisting the Vanier Cup in his final year of eligibility and bringing the championship back to the province of Quebec for the first time since 1987. In 2000, Posy-Audette made the leap to professional football and signed with the Toronto Argonauts, playing in one game during that season.

From Charles Rooke

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Title: Re: Updated April 4. Al's news! HOF game & gala! Arland gone! From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 03, 2014, 02:04:18 PM
From Al's media.

Montreal to host 2014 Hall of Fame game and gala!

Montreal, April 3, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club will be hosting the 2014 Canadian Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. This year's annual celebration of the best in Canadian football will take place on September 20 and 21, marking the first time that the prestigious weekend is held in Montreal.

The Alouettes will be well represented during the 51st edition of the induction ceremony, as former Alouettes greats Ben Cahoon and Uzooma Okeke will see their names inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Montrealer Wally Buono, who won two Grey Cups as a player with the Alouettes before becoming an assistant coach with the Montreal Concordes, will also be enshrined as a builder.

"The Montreal Alouettes Football Club is thrilled to be hosting the 2014 Canadian Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony," expressed Alouettes President and C.E.O Mark Weightman. "We're looking forward to celebrating the members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class and the timing is perfect with the induction of Ben Cahoon and Uzooma Okeke who helped forge many championship teams here in Montreal. Wally Buono, who played on the dominating Alouettes team of the seventies, gets the chance to be inducted in his hometown in front of his friends and family. We are excited to give the chance to Montrealers and Alouettes fans to participate in such great festivities."

Also named to the Induction Class of 2014 were former CFL players Maurice (Moe) Racine and Charles Roberts as well as Amateur builder Larry Haylor and Amateur player Neil Lumsden.

"The Hall of Fame is very pleased that the Montreal Alouettes have agreed to host this year's event. We are excited to have added Montreal to the list of host cities for induction," said Mark DeNobile, Executive Director of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Gala Induction Dinner will take place at the Tohu, (2345 Rue Jarry Est in Montreal) on September 20, during which the new inductees will be officially enshrined into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the event will go towards the Alouettes' community programs and to the Hall of Fame Foundation. Tickets for the Gala Induction Dinner can be reserved now by calling the Alouettes ticket office at 514-787-2525.

The 2014 Hall of Fame Game will be played at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on September 21 when the Calgary Stampeders come to town. The new inductees and Hall of Fame guests will be honoured during a presentation at half-time.

Contact
Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated April 10. Al's news! HOF game & gala! Arland gone! From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 10, 2014, 02:34:03 PM
From Al's media.

Alouettes mini-camp schedule
Montreal, April 10, 2014 - The following is the Alouettes 2014 mini-camp schedule which is set to take place at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL from April 15 to 17.

Tuesday, April 15
7:00 p.m. - Practice

Wednesday, April 16
8:55 a.m. - Practice

Thursday, April 17
8:55 a.m. - Practice

Title: Re: Updated April 11. Al's news! HOF game & gala! Arland gone! From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 11, 2014, 01:15:01 PM
TSN Radio 690 Becomes the New Home of the Montreal Alouettes with Multi-Year Broadcast Rights Agreement.

Watch now! The analyst will be former Alouettes offensive lineman Dave Mudge! Here is my interview with Dave in the Bombers locker rooms when he was a Bombers player. Starts at the 6.00 minute mark.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vHW8YINxPM

Direct from Al's media.

TSN Radio 690 Becomes the New Home of the Montreal Alouettes with Multi-Year Broadcast Rights Agreement.

Montreal, April 11, 2014 - For the first time ever, all major Montreal sports teams are on one station, as TSN Radio 690 in Montreal today announced a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Alouettes' live game broadcasts move from sister station CJAD 800 to Montreal's English-language all-sports station TSN 690, which will provide exclusive broadcast coverage of all Alouettes pre-season, regular season, and playoff games for at least the next three seasons.

Montrealers can set their dial to AM 690, listen online at TSN.ca/Montreal , and tune in with the TSN GO for live game broadcasts. The broadcast team is led by TSN 690 play-by-play commentator Rick Moffat, who is joined by analyst and former Alouettes offensive lineman Dave Mudge.

Radio coverage of the Alouettes on TSN 690 complements TSN's extensive coverage of the CFL as the league's official broadcaster. CFL ON TSN's acclaimed team of football experts deliver breaking news and in-depth analysis on the league throughout the season.

"The Montreal Alouettes are thrilled to partner with TSN Radio 690. It's a natural partnership for our team and a station which has always offered Montrealers excellent coverage of the Alouettes," said Montreal Alouettes President and C.E.O. Mark Weightman. "Furthermore, Alouettes fans will also continue to enjoy the great work of Rick Moffat and Dave Mudge on game days."

TSN 690 also delivers extensive coverage of the Alouettes with THE ALS THIS WEEK, a weekly show hosted by Sean Campbell and Mitch Gallo airing Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. ET. The show features news reports, player profiles, and regular interviews with Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp throughout the season.

The station's expanded coverage of the Alouettes also includes live broadcasts and news reports from the team's training camp, the home opener, the CFL Canadian Draft, and the 2014 CFL Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, which takes place in Montreal.

"The Montreal Alouettes have a winning tradition and a passionate fan base, and TSN 690 is proud to be the exclusive home of all their games," said Chris Bury, Program Director, TSN Radio 690. "With comprehensive live coverage of the Alouettes, Canadiens, and Impact, this agreement makes TSN 690 the undisputed home of professional sports in Montreal."

The Alouettes join TSN 690's packed schedule of live broadcast coverage, which includes every Montreal Canadiens game, the Montreal Impact, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, Sunday afternoon NFL action, THE MASTERS, the Barclays Premier League, the NCAA March Madness Final Four, ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, and exclusive rights to the Grey Cup and IIHF World Junior Championship.

About TSN
TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and #1 specialty network. With a broad portfolio of multimedia sports assets, TSN delivers world-class content across industry-leading platforms including TSN2, TSN.ca , TSN Radio and TSN Mobile TV. Official broadcaster of the Grey Cup, IIHF World Junior Championship and FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015, TSN's slate of live sports coverage includes NHL, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLS, Season of Champions Curling, UEFA Euro 2016, MLB Sunday Night Baseball, Barclays Premier League, Golf's Majors, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Canadian Tire Series, F1, Grand Slam Tennis, NCAA March Madness, and Skate Canada events. TSN is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.

About the Montreal Alouettes
Founded in 1946, the Montreal Alouettes possess a rich history. The organization has had its name inscribed seven times on the Grey Cup (1949, 1970, 1974, 1977, 2002, 2009, 2010) a trophy awarded yearly to the champion of the Canadian Football League. They play their home games at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, on beautiful Mount Royal.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated April 13.Al's news! Chad Johnson! HOF!Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 13, 2014, 01:01:02 PM
From Al's media. Montreal Alouettes statement regarding Chad Johnson.

Montreal, April 12, 2014 - Montreal Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp issued the following statement regarding receiver Chad Johnson on Saturday:

"We do expect to meet with Chad Johnson and work him out in Vero Beach, FL this week. Talks did take place and have escalated over the last week." Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated April 17.Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 17, 2014, 12:42:30 PM
News direct from Al's media.

Alouettes ink NFL Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson

Montreal, April 17, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has signed Pro Bowl receiver Chad Johnson to a two-year, following the player's presence at the team's mini-camp in Vero Beach, FL.

Johnson (6'1", 188 lbs.) joins the Alouettes after spending 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first ten with the Cincinnati Bengals. The elite receiver amassed 11,059 receiving yards, which ranks him 30th on the NFL all-time list. He also caught 766 passes while scoring 67 receiving touchdowns. He averaged 14.4 yards per catch in his 166 career games played South of the border.

"Chad Johnson did an outstanding job the last three days. As we added him into the mix, it was to see how he communicated with the players, how he held himself, the way he physically held up, his true interest in coming to the CFL. It was a total evaluation so that it's a good fit. He was very happy and very excited to be on the field again and we are happy to welcome him to the Alouettes," said Montreal's General Manager Jim Popp of the team's newest member.

Johnson cracked 1,000 receiving yards with Cincinnati in seven out of eight seasons from 2002 through 2009. He also snagged eight or more touchdown receptions in five separate occasions during his tenure with the Bengals.

Drafted in the second round (36th overall) by Cincinnati from Oregon State University, the Miami, Florida native reached the Pro Bowl five straight years from 2003-2007 and again in 2009 with the Bengals.

The now 36-year-old last played in 2011 with New England, where he made 15 catches for 276 yards and a touchdown. He caught one pass in Super Bowl XLVI for 21 yards as New England lost 21-17 to the New York Giants. Most recently he took part in the Miami Dolphins training camp in 2012.

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Bryan Mongeau

To watch a interview with Chad from the mini-camp, copy & paste this link into your browser
cfl.ca/video/index/id/95565
Title: Re: Updated April 22. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 22, 2014, 12:42:45 PM
From Al's media.

Alouettes to host inaugural football coaching clinic!

Montreal, April 22, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club will host its first annual Football Coaching Clinic presented by Old Dutch on Saturday, April 26 at College Letendre.

At least 80 participants are expected to partake in the clinic, enjoying a full day of coaching instructions across sessions scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. The event is open to coaches of all skill levels from programs for athletes aged 16 and older.

Designed to share the advanced content being utilized by Alouettes coaches as they prepare for the upcoming 2014 season, this special clinic will serve as a platform for Alouettes coaches to interact with those from across the province as well as those who participate in the development of football in Quebec.

The clinic will be divided into two sessions with a classroom segment and an on-field segment. Theories taught in the morning will subsequently be applied in the afternoon and the day will conclude with a Chalk Talk session, followed by prizes.

Current Alouettes coaches, Noel Thorpe, Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach, Mark Speckman, Running Backs Coach, Anwar Stewart, Defensive Quality Control Coach, as well as Jean-Vincent Posy-Audette, Defensive Assistant and Special Teams Assistant will all be present. Former Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo will also be on hand for a special segment to discuss his playing career and his personal experiences in the world of professional football.

The goal of the camp is to continue the Alouettes' efforts in the development of amateur football in Quebec.

The Alouettes coaches will be available at 10:00 a.m., while Anthony Calvillo will be available at 10:45 a.m.

What: First edition of the Montreal Alouettes football coaching clinic presented by Old Dutch

When: Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where: College Letendre, 1000 Boulevard de l'Avenir, Laval, QC H7N 6J6

Who: Anthony Calvillo, Noel Thorpe, Jean-Vincent Posy-Audette, Anwar Stewart, Mark Speckman and Andrew Lissade.

Contact Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 3. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 03, 2014, 08:52:30 AM
Direct from Al's media.

An exciting 2014 season in store for Alouettes fans!

Montreal, May 2, 2014 -  Less than one month before the start of training camp, the Alouettes unveiled what fans can expect this upcoming season at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, during a special fan event held at La Station des Sports in downtown Montreal on Friday night.

Alouettes President and CEO Mark Weightman promised that the organization will be more fan-oriented than ever in 2014, after surveying, exchanging with, and listening to its loyal supporters during this past off-season.

Quarterback Troy Smith and coach André Bolduc were also on-hand to address the fans, offering a sneak peek at what to expect on the field in 2014.

Here's what fans can expect in 2014:

AN ENHANCED FAN EXPERIENCE
• Fans can expect even more detailed service during this upcoming season. Thanks to a new partnership deal with Admission, season ticket holders can now transfer their tickets via email.

• The free STM shuttle will be taking a new route, making getting to the stadium easier than ever for fans while remaining the most eco-friendly way to get to an Alouettes game.

• With the help of partner Radio Circulation 730AM, it will now be even easier to find out what the best way to get the stadium is while driving.

• A new parking service will be offered to fans via MaPlace.ca, allowing parking spaces around the stadium to be reserved online in advance.

• Just in time for training camp, the Alouettes will launch version 2.0 of their mobile app, which was a huge success with Alouettes fans last year after its initial launch. Information about accessing the stadium will now just be a click away.

AN UNCOMPARABLE GAME-DAY EXPERIENCE
• In collaboration with Budweiser and le Dindon du Québec, the West End Zone at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium will become a party zone this summer. The area will be transformed into a fan zone, allowing supporters to converge to eat and drink in an electric atmosphere as soon as the doors open. The party will keep going every game day until the last whistle.

• During the summer, all Alouettes home games will be played on Friday nights following feedback from Alouettes fans.

• A variety of new items will be available at concession stands in-stadium this year, including pulled pork sandwiches, an exclusive Alouettes turkey leg recipe, as well new fresh pizzas from Pizza Pizza.

• Thanks to a new partnership with Labatt Breweries, the variety of beers offered to fans at Alouettes games will see a serious upgrade. In addition to being served Budweiser and Bud Light everywhere in the stadium, fans will also have access to Bud Crown, Corona and Stella Artois.

• The Alouettes cheerleaders will have a new look in 2014, wearing new uniforms on the sidelines. Plus, fans won't want to miss their 2014 calendar, a swimsuit shoot which took place in the Dominican Republic and will be available as of June 5.

• La Station des Sports becomes the official sports bar for Alouettes post-game parties. On their way down from the mountain, all Alouettes fans are invited to join forces at La Station des Sports to take advantage of many specials while celebrating Alouettes victorys.

• One thing won't change in 2014 however, and that's the electric atmosphere at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium during Alouettes' home games.
 
MANY SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
• On July 11, the Alouettes will be donning their white uniforms at home and all fans are invited to do the same as the team hosts its first-ever white-out.

• For the first time in its history, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame game will be played in Montreal on September 21. The timing couldn't be better, as former Alouettes Ben Cahoon and Uzooma Okeke will be enshrined on that day, as well as Montrealer and former Alouettes player Wally Buono, who has been selected as a builder.

• On October 13, the Alouettes will honour one of their greatest players in history in Anthony Calvillo, who announced a well-deserved retirement this past winter. No one will want to miss this one.

• The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup game will be played at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 29. Alouettes season ticket holders and Montrealers have already confirmed their interest in what will be a must-see football happening.

• This season will also mark the beginning of a new chapter in the Montreal-Ottawa rivalry as the REDBLACKS make their CFL debut this summer.

• La Station des Sports will host viewing parties all season for Alouettes away games.

AN EXCITING SEASON ON THE FIELD
• On the field, new head coach Tom Higgins, who has been named CFL Coach of the year twice, takes the reins of the team. He will have a very competitive team at his disposal which has been assembled by General Manager Jim Popp, the team's architect since its return in the CFL in 1996.

• Troy Smith finished the season as the starting quarterback and will start where he left of last season at the start of 2014.

• The Alouettes kept most of the players who were eligible for free agency this past off-season. The stability surrounding the team will be a great asset to the team as it sets its sight on the 102nd Grey Cup.

• Star players Jamel Richardson and Brandon Whitaker are healthy and look forward to proving to everyone that they are capable of having seasons like they accustomed Alouettes fans to.

• The Alouettes added star receiver Chad Johnson to their roster. After a glorious 11-season NFL career, he showed during the Alouettes mini-camp that he is still a very capable receiver. He can't wait to step back on the field and discover his new adoptive city.

The Alouettes new signature is "la Force du nombre". The organization is anxious to greet all of its fans, young and old, this upcoming season which should be exciting at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. Let the action begin!

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 5. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 05, 2014, 09:53:33 AM
News direct from Al's media. Alouettes return to Bishop's University for 2014 training camp!

Montreal, May 5, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the team will return to Bishop's University in Sherbrooke for their 2014 training camp. For the fifth consecutive year, the Alouettes will hold all workouts and practices on campus at Coulter Field, as newly appointed head coach Tom Higgins and General Manager Jim Popp evaluate their players over the span of three weeks. No less than 75 players are expected to report to Bishop's when camp opens on Sunday, June 1.
 
"We are very happy to return to Bishop's for a fifth consecutive year. The school offers our players and coaches first-class facilities and an atmosphere that allows them to keep their concentration at the highest level during this important learning phase," said Popp. "Our fans, the media, as well as local-area schools are more than welcome to visit us on a daily basis, and we will gladly make time to answer all your questions. Training camp is the best way to get to see your favorite players up close and personal."

The club will play two pre-season games - June 14 on the road opposite the Tiger-Cats at McMaster University in Hamilton and then at home in Montreal to end camp by hosting the first-year Ottawa REDBLACKS on June 20 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.
 
All practices during training camp are open to the public. The 2014 training camp schedule will be sent out shortly. It will also be available online at MontrealAlouettes.com.
 
The Alouettes will kick off their regular season on Saturday, June 28 when they visit the Calgary Stampeders at 3:00 p.m. before hosting their home opener a week later at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium when the BC Lions come into town on Friday, July 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 7. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 07, 2014, 10:10:51 AM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes great Scott Flory retires after a glorious 15-year career!

Montreal, May 7, 2014 - Alouettes guard Scott Flory announced his retirement on Wednesday following 15 memorable seasons with the only professional team he has known since being drafted by Montreal in 1998, putting a close to one of the greatest offensive lineman careers in CFL history.

An institution at right guard, Flory spent his entire CFL career with the Alouettes, earning nine league all-star nominations during his time in La Belle Province.

"I would like to thank Bob Wetenhall, Jim Popp and the entire Alouettes organization for the confidence which they showed in me over the years and also for allowing me to play in this great city for my entire career," said Flory, who has been a natural leader for the Alouettes. "The last 15 years have gone by so fast and I have truly loved going to work every day with my fellow teammates and coaches. The great fans of Montreal have made it an amazing journey for me and I'll never forget the three Grey Cup parades we celebrated together."

The Regina, SK native has been the Alouettes' ironman over the course of his career, dressing for 241 regular-season games - good for second among active players last season, behind only quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who also retired this year.

"Today, we not only congratulate Scott and his family on a wonderful playing career, but also on his commitment to his family, team, and community. His leadership was appreciated and his toughness and durability were cherished. We wish Scott, Natasha, and the rest of the Flory family a wonderful retirement and much success in their future endeavors," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

The former University of Saskatchewan product has been absolutely sensational since being selected by Montreal in the second round (15th overall) of the 1998 CFL Canadian Draft. Twice the CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman (2008 and 2009), Flory also has the distinction of being on all three of Alouettes' Grey Cup championship teams (2002, 2009 and 2010) since the franchise returned to Montreal in 1996.

"Scott has been a monument for the Alouettes during his 15 years in Montreal. Not only did he lead the team to great success on the field, but he was also a great leader in the community where his implication was felt throughout his career," affirmed Alouettes President and C.E.O., Mark Weightman. "On behalf of Bob Wetenhall and the Alouettes, I would like to wish him the best in his second career."

The 37-year-old helped the Alouettes offence set a franchise record with 610 points scored in 2008 thanks to his diligent work in the trenches.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 14. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 14, 2014, 04:03:06 AM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes draft eight, including Carabin offensive lineman David Foucault!

Montreal, May 13, 2014 - With their first pick in the opening round of the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft, 5th overall, the Montreal Alouettes selected Université de Montréal Carabins offensive lineman David Foucault.

Foucault (6'8'', 320 lbs.)  has played four seasons with the Carabins, moving to the offensive line during his second season in the CIS, after starting on the defensive line in 2010.

In 2012, the 25-year-old LaSalle, QC native helped the Carabins to an 8-1 record as part of an offence which scored 299 points, the second-highest total in the Quebec Conference. He also anchored the offensive line which allowed running back Rotrand Sené to amass 813 rushing yards -- the most in his conference that same season

Prior to making their first pick, the Alouettes traded the 4th and 13th  overall picks in Tuesday's draft to the Ottawa REDBLACKS in exchange for the 5th and 10th overall picks.

With the 10th overall pick, the Alouettes selected defensive back Andrew Lue out of Queen's University in the second round.

Lue (6'2", 210 lbs.) recorded 23 defensive tackles and a pair of interceptions in seven regular season games with the Golden Gaels in 2013, before adding 10 tackles and one interception in a pair of playoff games. Lue was also named an OUA Football First Team All-Star for each of the past three seasons. In four years as a cornerback with Queen's, Lue amassed 84 defensive tackles and six interceptions.

In the third round with the 22th  overall pick, the Alouettes nabbed defensive lineman Jeffrey Finley from the University of Guelph.

Finley (6'3", 260 lbs.) was part of a defensive line that ranked first in the CIS in rushing yards allowed and combined for over two thirds of the Gryphons' sacks with 21.5 in 2013. In 2012, the St. Catharines, ON native started eight games in his second season with the Gryphons and recorded 23 tackles including five for losses. He also made his first playoff appearance in a 42-39 overtime semi-final victory over the Queen's University Golden Gaels that same year.

The Alouettes selected linebacker James Tuck (6'0", 230 lbs.) in the fourth round (31st overall). He emerged as a key player with the York University Lions in 2013, leading his team with 41.5 tackles, good for 11th in the OUA and recorded 4.5 sacks on the year. After starting all eight games at defensive end last season, he had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Tuck participated in the 2013 East West Bowl.

With the 35th overall pick, the Alouettes selected slotback Andrew Smith (6'1", 200 lbs.) from the University of Manitoba. Smith hauled in two touchdowns in the 77th Hardy Cup against the Calgary Dinos last November, helping the Bisons to a 5-3 regular season record.

Selected with the 43rd overall pick, kicker Nick Boyd was the second-consecutive player from the University of Manitoba to be drafted by the Alouettes. Boyd (5'10", 205 lbs.) played in ten games last season and punted the ball 87 times. His 42-yard punting average in 2013 was the second-best in the country and he had 25 punts inside the 20-yard line providing his club with excellent field position.

With the 49th overall pick in the 2014 CFL draft, Montreal selected running back Jean-Christophe Beaulieu (6'03", 220 lbs.)  from the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or. The Trois-Rivières, QC native played in nine games last season and gained 55 yards on 19 carries, scoring three touchdowns. He also showcased his sure hands, hauling in four passes for 34 yards with one major.

With the 58th overall pick the Alouettes nabbed fullback MacKenzie Sarro (6'04", 245 lbs.)  from the University of Calgary. Sarro helped lead the Dinos to their first undefeated season as they wrapped up an 8-0 record on the way to making an appearance in the Vanier Cup. In 2012, he dressed for four conference games, catching three passes for 36 yards and also playing in the two Canada West playoff contests.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 26. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 26, 2014, 12:55:18 PM
2014 Alouettes training camp schedule. Direct from Al's media.

Montreal, May 26, 2014 - The following is the Montreal Alouettes 2014 training camp schedule which is set to kick-off on Sunday, June 1 at Coulter Field on the campus of Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, QC.

Friday, May 30

 Montreal Alouettes annual golf tournament at Elm Ridge Country Club (851 Cherrier in Île-Bizard)

* There will be media availability on this day. Schedule to be announced.*

Sunday, June 1

7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

 10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Monday, June 2
 
7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Tuesday, June 3

8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field. This will be the only media availability for this day.
 
3:00 p.m. - Practice #2

Wednesday, June 4
 
7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Thursday, June 5

7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

 10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Friday, June 6

 8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Saturday, June 7
 
11:00 a.m. - Intra squad scrimmage

Sunday, June 8

7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Monday, June 9

7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

 10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Tuesday, June 10

 8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Wednesday, June 11
 
7:50 a.m. - Practice #1

10:35 a.m. - Practice #2, followed by media availability on the field

Thursday, June 12

8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Friday, June 13

3:00 p.m. - Departure from Sherbrooke Airport on chartered flight
 
4:30 p.m. - Scheduled arrival in Hamilton

TBD - Media availability in Hamilton.

Saturday, June 14

3:00 p.m. - The Montreal Alouettes visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University (TSN 690 and 98,5 fm)
 
8:30 p.m. - Departure from Hamilton

9:45 p.m. - Scheduled arrival at Sherbrooke Airport

Sunday, June 15

Day off - No media availability

Monday, June 16

8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Tuesday, June 17

 8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Wednesday, June 18

 8:30 a.m. - Practice #1, followed by media availability on the field

Thursday, June 19
 
Schedule to be determined

Friday, June 20
 
7:00 p.m. - The Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium (RDS, TSN 690 and 98,5 fm).

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 26. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 27, 2014, 01:05:19 PM
Alouettes sign six of their 2014 draft picks! Report below direct from Al's media.

Montreal, May 27, 2014 -  The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed six of its eight players drafted during the CFL Canadian Draft earlier this month. Linebacker James Tuck, slotback Andrew Smith, kicker Nick Boyd, running back Jean-Christophe Beaulieu and fullback MacKenzie Sarro have all signed two-year deals, while defensive lineman Jeffrey Finley has agreed to a three-year contract.

"We feel good about our draft class and are excited to get started", said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "All six of these players have a shot at making our roster."

Finley (6'3", 260 lbs.) was part of a defensive line that ranked first in the CIS in rushing yards allowed and combined for over two thirds of the University of Guelph Gryphons' sacks with 21.5 in 2013. In 2012, the St. Catharines, ON native started eight games in his second season with the Gryphons and recorded 23 tackles including five for losses. He also made his first playoff appearance in a 42-39 overtime semi-final victory over the Queen's University Golden Gaels that same year.

Tuck (6'0", 230 lbs.) emerged as a key player with the York University Lions in 2013, leading his team with 41.5 tackles, good for 11th in the OUA and recorded 4.5 sacks that same year. After starting all eight games at defensive end last season, he had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also participated in the 2013 East West Bowl.

Smith (6'1", 200 lbs.) hauled in two touchdowns for the University of Manitoba Bisons in the 77th Hardy Cup against the Calgary Dinos last November, helping the Bisons to a 5-3 regular season record.

Boyd (5'10", 205 lbs.) played in ten games last season with the Bisons, punting the ball 87 times. His 42-yard punting average in 2013 was the second-best in the country and he kicked 25 punts inside the 20-yard line providing his club with excellent field position.

Beaulieu (6'03", 220 lbs.), a Trois-Rivières, QC native, played in nine games for the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or last season, gaining 55 yards and three TDs on 19 carries. He also showcased his sure hands, hauling in four passes for 34 yards with one major.

Sarro (6'04", 245 lbs.) helped lead the University of Calgary Dinos to their first undefeated season in 2013 as they wrapped up an 8-0 record on the way to making an appearance in the Vanier Cup. In 2012, he dressed for four conference games, catching three passes for 36 yards and also playing in the two Canada West playoff contests.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 28. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 28, 2014, 04:13:52 AM
Chad is in Montreal! The Montreal Alouettes invited members of the media to meet wide receiver Chad Johnson Wednesday, May 28 at 12:30 p.m. at Cleghorn Room in McGreer Hall at Bishop's University, where the team is already set up.
Title: Re: Updated May 28. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 02, 2014, 03:10:44 PM
Alouettes transactions direct from Al's media.

Sherbrooke, June 1, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes have announced the following transactions:
 
PLAYERS ADDED TO ROSTER
Daniel Baldridge   Offensive tackle   Marshall   Import
Brian Brikowski   Defensive end
Monmouth   Import
Preston Cleckley   Slotback   Bethune-Cookman   Import
Brandon Driver   Defensive back
San Jose State   Import
Dominique Ellis   Defensive back
South Carolina State   Import
Mardy Gilyard   Receiver   Cincinnati   Import
Robert Godhigh   Running back
Georgia Tech   Import
Charles Goodwin   Defensive tackle
NC Central   Import
C.J. James   Defensive end
Colorado State   Import
Gabriel Knapton   Defensive end
Wyoming   Import
Tanyi Lanston   Defensive end
Colorado State   Import
Shawn Plummer   Linebacker   Fresno State   Import
Odrick Ray   Defensive tackle
Tulsa   Import
Brandon Rutley   Running back
San Jose State   Import
            
PLAYERS RELEASED
Geoff Coventry   Receiver   Bishop's   Non-import
Chris Dobko   Slotback   Calgary   Non-import
Michael Edwards   Cornerback   Hawaii   Import
Gary Guyton   Linebacker   Georgia Tech   Import
Trevard Lindley   Defensive back
Kentucky   Import
Josh Symons   Defensive line
Calgary   Non-import
Collins Ukwu   Defensive end
Kentucky   Import
            
PLAYERS RETIRED
Roberto Wallace   Receiver   San Diego State   Import
            
PLAYERS ADDED TO INJURED EXEMPT
Scooter Berry
Defensive tackle
West Virginia   Import
Jamel Richardson
Slotback   Victor Valley College   Import
            
PLAYERS SUSPENDED
Jerald Brown
Defensive back
Glenville State   Import
Jamal Knowles
Defensive back
Calgary   Non-import
Simon Légaré
Guard   Montréal   Non-import
 
From
Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 2. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 02, 2014, 03:18:00 PM
Training camp report day 1
Sherbrooke, June 1, 2014 - No less than 87 Montreal Alouettes players reported to training camp under a brilliant June sun on Sunday, as the team hit Coulter Field on the campus of Bishop's University to officially open the 2014 season.

Tom Higgins coached his first two practices as the Alouettes' skipper under the watchful eyes of 200-some fans all too happy to see their favorite team back at work.

Eager veterans
The newcomers on-hand hoping to make the team in 2014 quickly realized that a tough task lies ahead, witnessing eager veterans report to camp exactly where they left off last season.

The CFL's defensive player of the year in 2013, Chip Cox, snagged the camp's first interception early in the first practice when the number one offence was going toe-to-toe with its defensive counterparts. S.J. Green meanwhile, who led Alouettes receivers last year, continued making spectacular catches throughout the day, looking on pace to have another career year.

Guest coaches
The Alouettes can count on the helping hands of three guest coaches during camp this June.

Ross Cammalleri, the special teams coordinator for the Collège André-Grasset Phénix is back for a second year in a row giving a hand to Noel Thorpe and his defensive coaches.

D.J. McCarthy, receivers' coach at Bethune-Cookman and Greg Davis, assistant coach with the Northeast Mississipi Tigers meanwhile, are also helping the Alouettes coaching staff.

Rapid fire
Quarterback Tanner Marsh showed his speed and mobility as he made a few players miss on several occasions when he tucked the ball in and ran with it when he was unable to connect with his receivers... Yannick Thibault, head coach of the Polyvalente Montignac Béliers in Lac-Mégantic, QC was in attendance with his two sons, getting the chance to catch up with the Alouettes players he had faced this spring during a friendly hockey game in his hometown... Players from the Sherbrooke Bulldogs were also on-hand and got to see their favourite players up-close and personal when they were introduced to the crowd during player presentations.
Title: Re: Updated June 2. Al's news! Chad Johnson signs! Arland gone!From Al's media
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 03, 2014, 02:41:57 PM
Direct from Al's media! Training camp report day 2!

Sherbrooke, June 2, 2014 - For the second day in a row on Monday, the Montreal Alouettes trained under a hot sun on Coulter Field at Bishop's University.

The offence started the day off strong, when Kenny Stafford, the second-year Alouettes receiver and cousin to Duron Carter, caught a long pass from Troy Smith and ran it back to the end zone at the very beginning of a simulated game situation drill.

The Montreal defence meanwhile, which led the CFL in most defensive categories last season, saw convincing play from Geoff Tisdale, who was first in the league with seven interceptions in 2013, picking off QBs Collin Klein and Troy Smith once each in the day's two practices.

Still undefeated
New Alouettes head coach Tim Higgins continues to be all smiles in his return to the sidelines, even getting a laugh out of the media on-hand when he assessed where his team was at on the second day of training camp.

"Two days and we're still undefeated. All is good," said Higgins.

Rapid fire
Defensive back Jerald Brown is expected to rejoin his teammates on the field on Tuesday... Chad Johnson continues to look good at work, catching most of the passes thrown his way, including a long one from Troy Smith with his back to the play... Alouettes fans are invited to attend each of the team's practices at training camp, including an intra-squad game that will be played on Coulter Field on Saturday, June 7, starting from 11:00 a.m... Over 30 kids from a local day camp attended practice on Monday, including some that made the trip just to see fan-favourite Kyries Hebert, holding a homemade "Thank You #34" sign.

Tomorrow
The Alouettes' first practice is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Coulter Field. The team will then go back out at 3:00 p.m. Both practices are open to the public and the media, but please note that the only media availability for Tuesday will follow the morning practice.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 3. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 04, 2014, 04:23:01 AM
Training camp report day 3 direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 3, 2014 -  It appears defensive back Jerald Brown has picked up exactly where he left off in 2013 following his first-ever CFL All-Star season.

Absent during the first two days of training camp as he was attending his eldest daughter's graduation, the 33-year old athlete made his presence felt on Tuesday as he picked off a Troy Smith pass on the first play of practice.

In 2013, Brown amassed 52 defensive tackles while making 5 interceptions and returning a fumble for a touchdown.

"It was great having Jerald back in the fold. He is a true professional and a leader. He is all-business and has a physical presence on the field," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

But as has been the case since the beginning of camp, the offence meanwhile has been practising as if it has something to prove, following up on the opening play with a long touchdown pass from Smith to Kenny Stafford in the end zone moments later.

Generous with his time

Receiver Chad Johnson has more than 3.5 million followers on Twitter (@ochocinco) and following Tuesday's practice, his fan base got even bigger, as he stuck around on the field well after practice ended to share some insights with a couple of young Alouettes defensive backs before taking questions from a few players and coaches from the Bishop's University Gaiters football team for close to half an hour.

Rapid fire

Alouettes Head Coach Tom Higgins was the most popular man on campus following Day 3's first practice when he announced that Tuesday's afternoon practice was cancelled, giving his players the rest of the day off... A number of offensive non-import players stood out as Jerod Zaleski made two catches, including one very long one which got a reaction from his teammates on the sidelines. Kyle Graves impressed with a similar play moments later, while Steven Lumbala made a spectacular catch near the end of practice.

Tomorrow

The Alouettes will once again hit the field starting from 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, for back-to-back practices at Coulter Field.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 4. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 05, 2014, 01:03:33 PM
Training camp report day 4! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 4, 2014 -  Among the 87 players currently present at Alouettes training camp, there's only one who is certain to not be on the Alouettes roster when the 2014 season kicks off in Calgary.

Ironically, he's also the one grinning ear-to-ear.

Invited via a partnership between the CFL and CIS, Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or quarterback Jérémi Roch has been in attendance at the Montreal club's training camp since the start of rookie camp, partaking in all daily practices and meetings.

"It's a great experience," said the young quarterback. "I am so blessed to have the chance to be a part of this camp and see how guys like Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh get ready for the season. It's an experience that can only help me become a better player."

Practising in his own backyard, current Vert et Or teammates aren't the only ones swinging by practice to catch him tossing passes to Chad Johnson, S.J. Green, and Brandon Whitaker, as he's also reconnected with a number of his former Sherbrooke teammates on the field in Nicolas Boulay, Ismael Bamba and Jean-Nicolas Beaulieu.

"He's learning a ton and seems excited to have the opportunity to run a pro-style offence. It's a great cooperation between the CIS and the CFL," explained Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins. "Everybody wins."

Transactions

Before hitting the field on Wednesday, the Alouettes added offensive tackle Shannon Breen (West Virginia), receiver Brandan Green (Grand Valley State) and linebacker Carmen Messina (New Mexico) to the roster. The team also released receiver David Clowney, defensive end Lanston Tanyi as well as linebacker Shawn Plummer.

Rapid fire

Brandon London is having a good camp so far, doubling the number of catches he makes every day. Again on Day 4, he made a spectacular grab good for a touchdown... Receiver Preston Cleckley impressed the coaching staff and management following the team's mini-camp in Vero Beach, FL and has continued to do so since his arrival at Bishop"s. Wednesday, he made a great catch on a long Tanner Marsh pass before also returning kicks on special teams... S.J. Green made a spectacular one-handed catch, similar to one he made opposite Hamilton in Guelph during the 2013 season.

Tomorrow

The Alouettes will once again hit the field starting from 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, for back-to-back practices at Coulter Field.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 5. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 06, 2014, 01:14:53 PM
Training camp report day 5! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 5, 2014 - After a week of early mornings and mostly two-a-day practices, the Alouettes will get a welcome change to their routines this weekend.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Alouettes players will take part in an intra-quad scrimmage on Coulter Field at Bishop's University, briefly trading their training camp grind for a game-day grind. Alouettes fans and football fans alike are welcome to attend the mock game as admission will be free.

Adding to the authenticity will be the presence of CFL officials, including referee Andre Proulx who will be on-site to throw flags when necessary as the players fine-tune for the upcoming season.

"It's a great opportunity for our fans to come and observe our game-day routine," explained Alouettes centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain. "Our fans will get a better understanding of what goes on during a game. They'll see how we transition to the field and what goes on on the sidelines."

Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins revealed that he plans on running between 50 and 60 offensive plays on Saturday and also confirmed that Troy Smith will start at quarterback.

Bear Woods injury update

Linebacker Bear Woods, who injured himself during the second day of camp will be sidelined for a few weeks. The non-import linebacker is suffering from a hamstring injury.

Rapid fire

NFL scouts from the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears were in attendance on Thursday, closely watching the Alouettes practice. The Bears of course have many ties to the Alouettes, as former Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman is calling the shots in Chicago. The team also signed fromer Alouette Michael Ola a few days ago as well as Jesse Joseph, drafted by the Alouettes in 2013... Throughout the entire first week of camp, CIS coaches from the Quebec Conference as well as CÉGEP Division 1 coaches were guests of the Alouettes and attended practices and team meetings...

The play of the day belonged to cornerback Mitchell White who made a spectacular interception when rookie quarterback Collin Klein tried to hook up with receiver Éric Deslauriers... Wednesday night, Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp as well as defensive end John Bowman addressed over 250 underprivileged kids visiting Bishop's from the Centre Formation Environnement & Recyclage. Both got huge ovations from the kids in attendance who appreciated the encouraging words they had to offer.

Tomorrow

The Alouettes will hit the field starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, for a single practice on Coulter Field.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 6. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 09, 2014, 06:23:47 PM
Training camp report day 8! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 8, 2014 - It is without a doubt much easier throughout training camp to notice nice offensive plays, as fans will react more to a beautiful catch as they will to a pass knockdown. But make no mistake, the Alouettes defence is once again having a strong training camp.

Sunday, defensive players were quickly getting to the quarterback, which would normally result in a sack had it happened in a regular game, but during training camp, the player moves aside and lets the pivot complete the play.

"We coach our guys to get to the quarterback and even when they accomplish that, we expect our guys to keep covering and continue their pursuit of the ball," explained Alouettes defensive coordinator and assistant head coach, Noel Thorpe. "We let the offence finish the play so they get to work on their efficiency as well."

For the past few days now, receivers and defensive back have been exchanging unkind words as the intensity keeps climbing after more than a week of facing off on a daily basis. The players have most likely circled the date of June 14 on their calendar, as they will finally face a different foe in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats players.

Rapid fire

Receiver S.J. Green started the morning session with a bang, when he made a long and spectacular catch in the end zone...Chad Johnson scored two touchdows on Sunday, including a spectacular catch in the corner of the end zone. Even the defensive players were clapping... The longest play of the day belonged to receiver Duron Carter who completed a 75-yard play on a Tanner Marsh pass to reach the end zone.

Transactions

Before going out on the field, the Alouettes added offensive lineman Elliott Mealer (Michigan) to the roster. Cornerback Laron Scott was released.

Tomorrow

The Alouettes will hit the field starting at 7:50 a.m. on Monday, for back-to-back practices on Coulter Field.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 9. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 09, 2014, 06:47:15 PM
Alouettes relieve Rick Worman of his duties! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 9, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that offensive coordinator Rick Worman has been relieved of his duties.

General Manager Jim Popp and Head Coach Tom Higgins will be available for comment on Tuesday, when the team goes back on the field at 8:30 a.m. at Bishop's University.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 9. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 10, 2014, 06:37:41 PM
Training camp report day 10! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 10, 2014 - It was bound to happen, and on Day 10 of training camp, rain finally forced the Alouettes to practice indoors for the first time this June.

Exceptionally, the team had practiced under a blazing sun every day since camp opened but that streak ended on Tuesday, when wet weather invaded the Bishop's University campus.

Despite the installations however, the players did not remain dry for long, as the team headed for the pool following a one-hour walkthrough in the Bishop's Gaiters gymnasium.

Rapid fire

A number of players took advantage of the new scenery, sticking around and playing basketball in the gym following the walkthrough and swim... Absent on Monday for medical tests in Montreal, quarterback Troy Smith and centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain were both back out with their teammates on Tuesday... Although he will be calling the plays on offence, Ryan Dinwiddie will keep his quarterbacks coach title and will be working closely with the Alouettes' other offensive coaches.

Upcoming schedule:

Friday, June 13

3:00 p.m. - Departure from Sherbrooke Airport on chartered flight

4:15 p.m. - Scheduled arrival in Hamilton

Saturday, June 14

3:00 p.m. - The Montreal Alouettes visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster University (TSN 690 and 98,5 fm)

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 10. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 12, 2014, 04:11:31 AM
Training camp report day 11! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 11, 2014 - The return of dry weather meant the Alouettes were back outdoors at Coulter Field on the campus of Bishop's University on Day 11, a day after being forced to practice indoors at the Gaiters gymnasium on Tuesday.

Alouettes receivers appeared glad to be back out on the open field on Wednesday, holding an offensive clinic of sorts during the morning practice. Chad Johnson, for starters, caught a long Tanner Marsh pass in the end zone with his back to the ball while making it look easy.

Quarterback Alex Brink and receiver Duron Carter meanwhile hooked up on a handful of long plays that resulted in Carter reaching the end zone, including a 70-yard catch-and-run play. Carter's cousin Kenny Stafford also made an outstanding catch while falling to his knees and Brandon London impressed as well, making one difficult grab in particular.

On the other side of the ball, where the defence excelled was in forcing the Alouettes quarterbacks out of the pocket, notably getting to Collin Klein while he was behind centre, although the latter tucked the ball in and tried gaining the first down on his legs, something the former Heisman Trophy finalist is familiar with as he rushed for 2,455 yards in his two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Kansas State University Wilcats.

Rapid fire

Safety Marc-Olivier Brouillette picked off QB Collin Klein in the end zone... Head coach Tom Higgins announced that quarterback Troy Smith and centre Luc Brodeur-Jourdain will not play in Hamilton on Saturday, but that both players will travel with the team... The Alouettes will practice one final time this week on Thursday before leaving for Hamilton on Friday.

Transactions

The Alouettes have added offensive linemen Mike Gollic (Notre Dame), Wayne Tribue (Temple) and Ryan Cave (Hampton) as well as receiver Jheranie Boyd (North Carolina) to the roster. The club has also released defensive back Ben Wells, defensive end Tenarius Wright, defensive tackle Odrick Ray as well as offensive tackle Shannon Breen.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 12. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 16, 2014, 01:28:07 PM
Alouettes transactions! Direct from Al's media. Sad to see that one of my favorite CFL players Jerome Messam has been released.

Sherbrooke, June 15, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the following players have been released:

PLAYERS RELEASED
 
Ismael Bamba WR Sherbrooke National
Jheranie Boyd WR North Carolina International
Robert Godhigh RB Georgia Tech  International
C.J. James  DE Colorado State International
Collin Klein  QB Kansas State International
Stephon Robertson LB James Madison International

The Alouettes have also added offensive lineman Pascal Baillargeon to the six-game injured list.

Charles Rooke

Sherbrooke, June 15, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the following players have been released:

PLAYERS RELEASED

Charles Goodwin T North Carolina Central International
Jerome Messam RB Graceland National
 
The Alouettes have also added linebacker Bear Woods to the six-game injured list.

Charles Rooke

Training camp report day 16.

Sherbrooke, June 16, 2014 -  After a three-day hiatus surrounding the team's pre-season game in Hamilton, the Montreal Alouettes were back at practice on the campus of Bishop's University on Monday as the team wraps up its final week of training camp.

Quarterback Troy Smith was back with his teammates and didn't look any worse for wear following his absence as he completed a long touchdown pass to receiver Éric Deslauriers during his first series behind centre.

"I've been studying a lot and taking care of my body," explained Smith following practice. "Everything was preventive."

Rapid fire

Linebacker Kyries Hebert was also back with his teammates on Monday, although he didn't partake in any drills... Receiver Chad Johnson was back in the lineup, taking reps with the first-string offence... Defensive back Jerald Brown continues to show his All-Star form from a year ago, as he picked off another pass during practice on Monday.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 16. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 17, 2014, 05:49:40 PM
Training camp report day 17! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 17, 2014 - A familiar face was on-hand for the Alouettes' second to last day of training camp on Tuesday as legendary quarterback Anthony Calvillo paid his former teammates a visit on the campus of Bishop's University in Sherbrooke, QC.

Arriving with a coffee in hand, pro-football's all-time leading passer relished his role as simply an observer on Tuesday, looking relaxed on the sidelines while spending his first summer away from the gruelling demands of training camp following an incredible 20-year playing career.

His successor behind centre meanwhile, Troy Smith demonstrated that the offence is in good hands moving forward, completing numerous passes on Tuesday, including a long play to running back Tyrell Sutton who reached the end zone following his catch.

Rapid fire

Further testing has revealed that offensive lineman Pascal Baillargeon has suffered torn ligaments in his knee and will require surgery, putting an end to his 2014 season ... The Alouettes will hold one final practice at Bishop's University on Wednesday, before the team heads to Montreal the following day for public player presentations at 12:15 p.m. on the terrace at Place Ville-Marie.

Transactions

The Alouettes placed cornerback Mitchell White on the six-game injured list, and also added veteran defensive end Chris Wilson to the roster.

Upcoming schedule

Wednesday, June 18

8:30 a.m. - Practice at Coulter Field at Bishop's University, followed by media availability on the field

Thursday, June 19

12:15 p.m. - Player presentation at Place Ville-Marie in Montreal followed by media availability

Friday, June 20

7:00 p.m. - The Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium (RDS, TSN, TSN 690 and 98,5 fm)

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 17. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 19, 2014, 04:07:22 AM
Training camp report day 18! Direct from Al's media!

Sherbrooke, June 18, 2014 - The Alouettes welcomed the end of practice on the campus of Bishop's University with cheers on Wednesday as it marked the end of three gruelling weeks of training camp.

Veteran players are already headed back to Montreal today, while rookies will make their way to the city on Thursday morning. The entire team will regroup at noon in downtown Montreal for this year's TELUS player presentations, taking place outdoors on the Place Ville-Marie terrace.

During the camp's final practice, the team focused on its play in the red zone and the offence looked sharp as Duron Carter made a one-handed grab on a would-be scoring play before Troy Smith hit rookie Preston Cleckley with another in traffic.

Rapid fire

Receiver Dave Stala, who started the day in the body shop, re-joined his teammates later on and made a pair of nice catches -- including one which he was able to run all the way to the end zone... Chased down by four defensive players following a snap, quarterback Troy Smith scrambled for several seconds before launching a rocket pass into the sure hands of Chad Johnson... Receiver Brandon London continued to make catches on Wednesday, except on one play which saw Billy Parker follow him like a shadow, breaking up the pass... Head coach Tom Higgins announced that he intends to use kicker Delbert Alvarado during the first half of Friday's pre-season game... Sean Whyte will take his place in the second half.

Upcoming schedule

Thursday, June 19

12:15 p.m. - Player presentation at Place Ville-Marie in Montreal followed by media availability

Friday, June 20

7:00 p.m. - The Montreal Alouettes host the Ottawa REDBLACKS at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium (RDS, TSN, TSN 690 and 98,5 fm)

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated June 18. Al's news! Chad Johnson at Al's! Arland gone! From Al's media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 21, 2014, 10:29:40 AM
Watch now! Reporters interviewing Chad after the game.

Copy & paste the link below into your web browser to watch.
cfl.ca/video/index/id/97599

Als receiver Chad Johnson feeling the love in Montreal! This is funny!

Copy & paste the link below into your web browser to read the article.
montrealgazette.com/touch/sports/receiver+Johnson+feeling+love+Montreal/9956444/story.html?rel=873605
Title: Re: Updated June 21. Als news! Chad Johnson at Als! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on June 22, 2014, 08:49:26 AM
Alouettes transactions! Direct from Als media!

Montreal, June 21, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced the following transactions on Saturday:


PLAYERS ADDED TO THE PRACTICE ROSTER
24    Nick Boyd                  Kicker/Punter    National
94    Brian Brikowski     Defensive end         International
83    Mardy Gilyard            Receiver                    International
25    Jamal Knowles          Defensive back       National
33    Brandon Rutley         Running back          International
62    Jake Piotrowski         Offensive lineman   National
86    Andrew Smith           Receiver                  National
30    James Tuck               Linebacker              National
31    Winston Venable      Defensive back       International
               
PLAYERS RELEASED
00    Delbert Alvarado       Kicker/Punter    International
66    Daniel Baldridge        Tackle                    International
99    Scooter Berry            Defensive tackle    International
35    Tyron Carrier             Receiver    International
68    Ryan Cave    Offensive lineman    International
45    Preston Cleckley      Receiver                   International
41    Brandon Driver        Cornerback               International
38    Dominique Ellis    Defensive back    International
29    Ed Gainey    Defensive back    International
25    Robert Godhigh    Running back    International
87    Brandan Green    Receiver                    International
69    Elliott Mealer    Offensive lineman    International
84    MacKenzie Sarro    Receiver                    National
53    Wayne Tribue    Offensive lineman    International

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Post by: Myk Aussie on June 22, 2014, 08:53:58 AM
Alouettes transactions! Direct from Als media.

Montreal, June 21, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced the following transactions on Saturday:

DECLARATION FROM GENERAL MANAGER JIM POPP
"On behalf of the Montreal Alouettes, we thank Jamel Richardson for his outstanding years of service," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "Unfortunately, we have not been able to come to an agreement on a future plan to help Jamel with his return from injury. We wish him the best in his future endeavours and will always hold him in high regards as an Alouettes player."

PLAYERS RELEASED
24   Diamond Ferri          Linebacker   International
65   Mike Golic                   Offensive line   International
18   Jamel Richardson   Receiver                   International

PLAYERS ADDED TO THE SIX-GAME INJURED LIST
43    Jonathan Beaulieu-Richard    Linebacker    National
49    Jeffrey Finley                    Defensive tackle    National
20    Tyrell Sutton                    Running back    International
               
PLAYERS ADDED TO THE ONE-GAME INJURED LIST
81    Kyle Graves    Receiver                    National
40    Ameet Pall    Defensive end    National

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Post by: Myk Aussie on July 08, 2014, 03:11:59 PM
Direct from Al's media.

Montreal, July 8, 2014 - Former Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who is now head coach of the Chicago Bears will attend the Alouettes game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on Friday.

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Direct from Al's media. John Bowman gets Defensive player of the week nod.

Montreal, July 8, 2014 -  Montreal Alouettes defensive end John Bowman has been named the CFL's Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive outing in last Friday's regular season home-opener against the B.C. Lions at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Bowman, a 9-year CFL veteran, was brilliant en route to recording four quarterback sacks against Kevin Glenn, only one away from tying the team-record for most sacks in a single game shared by Elfrid Payton and Duane Butler, who set the marks in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Bowman completed the night with five defensive tackles en route to being named the player of the game by the fans via the Alouettes application.

The 32-year-old Brooklyn native set the tone early in the game with a sack during B.C.'s first possession, inspiring an almost flawless defensive effort from his entire unit. The all-star defensive end tied his career-best performance against the Lions, leading the Alouettes to their first win of the season, 24-9. Previously, he also recorded four sacks against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a July 22, 2010 contest.

Bowman is the team's all-time sacks leader (75) ahead of former teammate and now Defensive Quality Control Coach, Anwar Stewart. Bowman has now tallied ten defensive tackles, including four quarterback sacks in two games since the start of the regular season.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on July 14, 2014, 03:44:07 PM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes place Jamaan Webb on six-game injured list.

Montreal, July 14, 2014 -  The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the team has placed defensive back Jamaan Webb on the six-game injured list.

Webb, who suffered a fractured right arm during Friday's game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, is scheduled to undergo surgery.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on July 16, 2014, 04:13:17 AM
Direct from Al's media. Dahrran Diedrick returns to the Alouettes, Jonathan Crompton and Kyler Elsworth added to roster.

Montreal, July 15, 2014 -  The Alouettes announced on Tuesday that national fullback Dahrran Diedrick has signed a one-year deal with the team, returning home after previously spending eight seasons in Montreal.

Diedrick (6'0'', 222 lbs.) was selected in the third round (24th  overall) by the Edmonton Eskimos during the 2002 CFL Canadian Draft. After one season with the Eskimos, the 35 year-old fullback signed with the Alouettes as a free agent in 2006. This will be Diedrick's second stint with the Alouettes, having previously played in Montreal from 2006 to 2012. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats acquired him from the Alouettes in 2013 for a fourth-round pick in the CFL Draft.

Following his college career with the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, he suited up with the NFL's San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins. He made his CFL debut in 2005.

Diedrick, a Scarborough, ON native, lifted the Grey Cup for the first time in 2005 with the Edmonton Eskimos. He also added two championships with the Alouettes in 2009 and 2010. In his nine-year CFL career, he registered 49 special teams tackles and scored six touchdowns on offence.

The club also announced the signings of international quarterback Jonathan Crompton to a three-year contract and international linebacker Kyler Elsworth to the practice roster.

Crompton (6'4'', 225 lbs.) was selected in the fifth round (168th  overall) by the San Diego Chargers during the 2010 NFL Entry Draft. Prior to his professional draft selection, Crompton suited up for the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, the 26-year-old quarterback also spent time with the New England Patriots, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins. He joined the Edmonton Eskimos last season before being released last week.

A year ago with Edmonton, Crompton completed 30 of his 58 passes for 451 yards, in addition to recording five touchdowns in eight games. He also registered 20 rushing yards on five runs, scoring one rushing touchdown.

Elsworth (6'1'', 225)  helped the Michigan State Spartans win the Rose Bowl against the Stanford University Cardinals by a score of 24-20 last January. He was named the most valuable defensive player of the game with four tackles, including the one that sealed the outcome of the game when Elsworth stopped the Cardinals' fullback on a fourth down, causing a turnover on downs.

He completed his college career with a total of 73 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks as well as forcing a fumble and recovering one.

The team also announced on Tuesday the release of quarterback Zach Zulli.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on July 31, 2014, 10:27:45 AM
Direct from Alouettes media! Don Matthews and Turk Schonert to join Alouettes coaching staff!

Montreal, July 30, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that Don Matthews and Turk Schonert have joined the coaching staff as consultants.

Matthews returns to the Alouettes in a consultant role for the second consecutive year, having previously helped the Montreal coaching staff during the second half of the 2013 season.

Matthews was the Alouettes' head coach in 2002 and led the team to a Grey Cup victory in his first season while taking home Coach of the Year honours for the fifth time in his career. During his five years as head coach of the Alouettes, the Amesbury, MA, native recorded 58 regular season wins, five playoffs wins and four East Division titles, guiding Montreal to three Grey Cup appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

At the time of his retirement, he had the most victories of any coach in CFL history with 231 career wins, 133 losses, and 1 tie as well as holding the record for most Grey Cup wins as a head coach with five and most Grey Cup appearances by a head coach with nine. He is the only coach to win the Grey Cup in four different decades and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2011 following a brilliant coaching career that spanned over 22 seasons.

Schonert joins the team as an offensive consultant and will help the coaching staff with game planning.

After playing for nine seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 1981 to 1989, Schonert joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a quarterbacks coach in 1992. He later joined the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints before returning to the Bills in 2006 in the same position. Under his tutelage in Buffalo, quarterback Trent Edwards was the most productive rookie passer in the NFL in 2007. He was promoted to the team's offensive coordinator in 2008.

More recently, he was the head coach of the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the United Football League in 2012. He has over 15 years of coaching experience at the professional level.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on August 04, 2014, 05:54:02 PM
From Al's media! Jeff Garcia joins Alouettes coaching staff

Montreal, August 4, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that former CFL and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has joined the team's coaching staff.

Garcia, a four-time CFL All-Star and NFL Pro Bowl selection, joins the Alouettes offensive coaching staff.

"After several discussions with Tom about candidates who could potentially help our offence right now, we welcome Jeff to our organization and to the offensive coaching staff," declared Popp. "He brings tremendous experience, great leadership, competitiveness, and the drive to be the best. We feel that by tapping into Jeff's knowledge, he will be another key addition in getting our season turned around."

Garcia entered the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders in 1994, where he backed up Doug Flutie for two seasons. After replacing an injured Flutie for some time in 1995, he became the starter the following season, leading the Stampeders to 13-5, 10-8 and 12-6 records over the next three seasons, including a Grey Cup victory in his final year North of the border.

"Jeff Garcia is a fierce competitor who has had success in every situation he has faced in professional football," said Higgins. "The addition of Jeff is ideal because he brings the expertise he's gained over his professional years from so many different systems. We are very excited to welcome Jeff to our coaching staff in his coaching debut. His CFL knowledge and comprehension of the game are key qualities that are going to be invaluable for us to improve as a team in the upcoming weeks. Over the next few days, we will be able to better evaluate all of our coaches and establish what their exact roles will be."

Following his stellar play in the CFL where he threw for more than 4,000 yards in three different seasons, he went on to play in the NFL for eleven seasons, including his first five with the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to the playoffs twice.

He then played for the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed his professional career with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010. At the end of his professional career, he completed 3,645 of his 5,955 passes for 43,300 yards while throwing 281 touchdown passes.

Garcia will be present at today's practice.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on August 06, 2014, 02:37:02 PM
From Al's media. Alouettes add receiver James Rodgers to the practice roster!

Montreal, August 6, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has added international receiver and return specialist James Rodgers to the practice roster.

Rodgers (5'7'', 185 lbs.) established team records with the Oregon State University Beavers with 6,377 career all-purpose yards and 222 receptions. He was also the first player in Beavers' history to rack up over 1,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards throughout his college career. The Richmond, TX native also made at least one catch during the last 41 games he played in.

He was also part of the Beavers track and field team, where he ran the 100-yard dash in 10.25 seconds.

The 25-year old was part of the Atlanta Falcons practice roster in 2012 and 2013.
 
He becomes the second player on the Alouettes' roster whose brother plays in the NFL. Jacquizz Rodgers is a running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Myles White, brother of Alouettes cornerback Mitchell White, plays for the Green Bay Packers.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on August 11, 2014, 09:36:25 AM
Direct from Al's media! Turk Schonert named Alouettes receivers' coach!

Montreal, August 11, 2014 -  The Alouettes announced on Monday that Erik Campbell has been relieved of his duties with the team and that Turk Schonert has been appointed as receivers coach.

"This decision has been made in the best interest of the football team," declared Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins. "We would like to thank Erik for his hard work and dedication and we wish him well in his future endeavours. Turk has done a great job since he joined our staff and we look forward to having him work closely with our talented receiving corps."

Jeff Garcia has been named the team's quarterbacks coach, while Ryan Dinwiddie has been officially named offensive coordinator.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on September 09, 2014, 05:26:55 PM
Direct from Al's media. Woods and Rodgers earn player of the week honours!

Montreal, September 9, 2014 - Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods and kick returner James Rodgers were respectively named defensive player of the week and special teams player of the week in the CFL on Monday.

Bear Woods - Defensive Player of the Week

The 27-year old international linebacker's performance in his team's 38-31 victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this past Sunday was one that won't be soon forgotten. Woods recorded a career-high ten defensive tackles, including two sacks much to the delight of the roaring faithful at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. He was a key contributor in the Alouettes defence, which generated five turnovers that proved to be crucial in securing the outcome of the game and the Alouettes subsequently moving into a first-place tie with the Toronto Argonauts for first place in the CFL's East Division. Over his past two games, Woods has amassed 16 tackles and sacked opposing quarterbacks three times. 

James Rodgers - Special Teams Player of the Week

In only his second career CFL game, James Rodgers has earned league-wide recognition for his play on special teams. Rodgers, 25, returned a Tiger-Cats punt 80 yards for a touchdown in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter on Sunday against Hamilton. Following this, the Alouettes took the lead for good and never looked back while Rodgers completed the contest with four punt returns totalling 100 yards and two kick returns totalling 45 yards. Rodgers, a former Oregon Beaver, recorded his first career touchdown the previous week on a 17-yard run against the Ottawa REDBLACKS.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on September 30, 2014, 06:29:56 PM
Direct from Als media! Bear Woods earns CFL Defensive Player of the Week honours!

Montreal, September 30, 2014 - Following an inspiring outing against the Ottawa REDBLACKS last Friday night, Montreal Alouettes' linebacker Bear Woods was named defensive player of the Week in the CFL. 

Locked in a defensive match-up, Woods performed brilliantly, recording nine tackles, including one sack, en route to a 15-7 Montreal victory. The 27-year-old international linebacker was a key contributor for the Alouettes defence. He also forced REDBLACKS quarterback Henry Burris to fumble, stripping him of the ball, which was then recovered by his teammate Aaron Lavarias. He subsequently gave the ball to Chip Cox who ran the ball back for 55 yards, tallying the night's lone touchdown for his team. 

Along with his teammates, Woods paced the REDBLACKS offence to only one touchdown score. Montreal's defence took a stand on five separate attempts at their own 1-yard line, remarkably preventing Ottawa from scoring each time. Woods himself stopped Ottawa's quaterback Henry Burris during one of these attempts.

This is the second defensive honour earned this month by Bear Woods, who was also named the defensive player of the week after recording a career-high ten defensive tackles, including two sacks, in a home win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on September 7 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

The Macclenny, FL native began the season on the six-game injured list but has since rapidly become a crucial element in assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe's defence.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on October 07, 2014, 07:35:25 PM
Direct from Als media. Alouettes add six players to the practice roster.

Montreal, October 6, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the club has added, defensive end David Gilbert, defensive tackle Corey Grissom, offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, running back Chris Rainey, defensive end D.J. Roberts as well as cornerback Bryan Shepherd to the team's practice roster.

Gilbert (6'04", 254 lbs.) started his college career with the of the University of Wisconsin Badgers, before transferring to University of Miami Hurricanes for his senior year where he recorded 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for losses, while recovering two fumbles, including one he returned for 72 yards. He completed his college career with 89 tackles, 9 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries. The 22-year-old defensive end was signed by the Tennessee Titans in May.

Grissom (6'2", 316 lbs.) suited up for the University of South Florida Bulls for five seasons where he tallied 105 tackles in 46 outings. He was named on the second team All-Big East selection in 2012. The 24-year-old defensive tackle joined the New England Patriots as a free agent in 2013. The La Grange, GA native also spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins in 2014.

Nsekhe (6'08", 325 lbs.) played for the Texas State University Bobcats. Following his college career, the now 28-year-old suited up for the Corpus Christi Sharks in the AF2 before joining the AFL in 2009. The six-foot 8 giant suited up with the Dallas Vigilantes, Philadelphia Soul and San Antonio Talons. The Arlington, TX native then joined the NFL paying for the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams in 2012. He had recently signed a contract with the New Orleans Saints before joining the Alouettes.

Rainey (5'08", 190 lbs.) suited up for five seasons with the University of Florida Gators where he played a total of 52 games. There, he amassed an impressive total of 2,464 rushing yards and thirteen touchdowns in 396 rushing attempts while adding 795 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 69 catches. The 26-year-old Lakeland, FL native was named to the 2011 first-team All-SEC. He was the Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-round draft-pick in the 2012 NFL draft. He also suited up for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals in 2014.

Roberts (6'01", 250 lbs.) suited up for the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks where he recorded 53 career tackles. The 23-year-old defensive end also earned All-OVC second team honours in 2012, ranking third in the conference with 11.5 tackles for loss.  Roberts joined the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year. He completed his college career with 53 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, 3.5 sacs and two fumble recoveries.

Shepherd (5'10", 180) started his career as a cornerback for the University Nebraska-Omaha program before joining the North Dakota State University Bisons where he suited up for 37 games including three consecutives NCAA Division 1 FCS National Championship games which the Bisons won. During his senior season in 2013, he amassed 52 tackles (including 28 solo) and broke up three passes while making one interception. The 23-year-old native from Olathe, Kansas joined the Washington Redskins as a free agent in May 2014.

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Post by: Myk Aussie on October 16, 2014, 07:14:26 PM
Direct from Als media. Alouettes release quarterback Troy Smith!

Montreal, October 16, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the team has released international quarterback Troy Smith.

Smith (6'0'', 195 lbs.) joined the Alouettes on August 14, 2013 and started the last three regular season games as well as the East Division Semifinal, which the Alouettes lost in overtime. He was the Alouettes starter for the first six games of the 2014 season, before being placed on the six-game injured list.

During his time in Montreal, the former Heisman Trophy winner completed 143 of his 288 passes, gaining 1,873 passing yards, while throwing 13 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also rushed the ball 23 times good for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on October 22, 2014, 04:22:03 PM
Alouettes add a pair of Montrealers to the practice roster! From Als media.

Montreal, October 22, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has added national fullback Samuel Fournier as well as national receiver Ismaël Bamba to the practice roster.

Fournier (6'0", 230 lbs) suited up for the Laval University Rouge et Or for four seasons where he was a member of the 2006 and 2008 Vanier Cup Championship-winning teams. The 28 year-old fullback also played in the 2009 East-West Bowl before being drafted 19th overall in the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Lacolle, QC native also suited up for the Edmonton Eskimos.

Bamba (6'1", 195 lbs) started his college career with the North Dakota University Fighting Sioux before heading back home to join the Sherbrooke University Vert & Or where he became one of the best receivers in the CIS. There, he amassed 543 receiving yards and tallied four touchdowns on 50 catches. He was selected in the sixth-round pick (39th overall) by Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2012 CFL Canadian draft. This will mark Bamba's second stint with the Alouettes as he wore the team's colours in 2013 following a short stay with the Edmonton Eskimos. The 26 year-old receiver also played in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) with the St. Leonard Cougars.

The Alouettes also announced that they have released defensive tackle Greg Reid as well as defensive end David Gilbert.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on October 30, 2014, 07:12:13 PM
The Alouettes and Purolator team up to tackle hunger - With the game at noon and extra security measures in place, fans are invited to arrive early on Sunday

Montreal, October 30, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes and the Players' Wives Association will be once again counting on fans' generosity this Sunday during the annual Purolator Tackle Hunger food drive at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium when the Alouettes host the Toronto Argonauts on November 2 for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff.

Starting at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through the end of the first quarter, Alouettes players' wives will help Purolator and Sun Youth volunteers collect non-perishable food items and cash donations at each entrance of the stadium. Donors will also get the chance to have their photo taken with the Grey Cup at the Purolator booth. Furthermore, all donors will be entered in a draw for the chance to win an autographed Marc-Olivier Brouillette jersey.

All proceeds from the food drive will support the Sun Youth Food Bank, which distributes food each month to more than 2,000 local families, one of five of whom have children under the age of five. The Sun Youth Food Bank also provides emergency food assistance throughout the year.

At last year's food drive, Montreal football fans helped raise over 26,700 pounds of food for Sun Youth.

Early arrival

Alouettes fans are asked to arrive early on Sunday as kickoff will be at noon, i.e. one hour earlier than usual. Sunday also marks the day that clocks are turned back an hour. Also, following last week's events, extra security measures will be in effect on Sunday. Bags will notably be searched at every stadium entrance.

With a win against the Argonauts on Sunday, the Alouettes would qualify for the playoffs for a 19th consecutive season. For this game, the team will don its third signature uniform which pays tribute to the 425 squadron.

Sunday also marks Fan Day presented by Tim Hortons and every fan at the stadium will receive the 2014 Alouettes team photo. All Alouettes merchandise will be discounted by 25% at the different Red Zone locations at the stadium. There will also be many prizes to be won, including a helicopter tour accompanied by Alouettes kicker Sean Whyte, a prize offered by Bell Helicopter.

Also, for every turkey drumstick sold on Sunday, le Dindon du Québec will donate one dollar to PROCURE, an organism whose goal is to find ways to help prevent and cure prostate cancer.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on November 03, 2014, 07:30:36 PM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes clinch 19th straight playoff berth!

Montreal, November 2, 2014 - Following a 17-14 win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, the Montreal Alouettes have clinched a playoff spot for a 19th straight season. On November 7, the Als will head to Hamilton where they will battle the Tiger-Cats with first place in the East Division on the line.

In the event of an Alouettes win, or if Montreal loses by seven points or less, the Alouettes will host the East Final at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 p.m.

If the Tiger-Cats win next week's game by more than seven points, the Alouettes will host the East Division Semi-Final on Sunday, November 16 at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased online at MontrealAlouettes.com or by calling 1-855-790-1245.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on November 04, 2014, 08:36:32 PM
Direct from Al's media. Duron Carter earns CFL Offensive Player of the week honours.

Montreal, November 4, 2014 - Montreal Alouettes' international receiver Duron Carter was named the CFL's Offensive Player of the Week following a brilliant performance that helped his team clinch a playoff spot for a 19th consecutive year.

In a crucial contest where the Alouettes come out victorious over the Toronto Argonauts last Sunday at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Carter had his best career outing with 11 catches good for 181 receiving yards. He also scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to give his team the lead for good.

Since the beginning of the season, the Ohio State University product has established himself as one of the best receiver in the CFL. In fourteen contests this season, Carter recorded six touchdowns and 987 receiving yards on 71 catches. At only 23 years of age, the Fort Lauderdale, FL native is already a dangerous weapon within young Offensive co-ordinator Ryan Dinwiddie's unit.

Charles Rooke
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Post by: Myk Aussie on November 05, 2014, 05:46:32 PM
Direct from Al's media! Carter, Woods, Perrett, Whyte and Knapton named Alouettes' Most Outstanding Players!

Montréal, November 5, 2014 - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday the Montreal Alouettes' nominees for the 2013 Most Outstanding Player awards as selected by the voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) and CFL head coaches. With brilliant performances throughout the whole season, international receiver Duron Carter was named the Alouettes' Most Outstanding Player for this 2014 campaign while his teammate Bear Woods deserved the honour on defense. National Lineman Jeff Perrett picked up dual honours, being named the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as well as the team's best Canadian player. Kicker Sean Whyte received the nod on special teams while Gabriel Knapton earned the recognition for Most Outstanding Rookie.

Most Outstanding Player: Duron Carter
It's no surprise that international receiver Duron Carter was selected as the team's Most Outstanding player for the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. In only fourteen contests this season, Carter currently sits third in the league for pass receiveing with an impressive total of 987 yards and six touchdowns on 71 catches. He is without a doubt the preffered target of young quaterback Jonathan Crompton. At 23 years of age, the young receiver also scored a touchdown on a missed field goal he returned 123 yards. The Fort Lauderdale, FL native was voted player of the game by supporters of McGill Stadium seven times. He had the best outing of his career on November 2 when he amassed 181 receiveing yards in 11 receptions. He also tallied the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter that helped his team clinch a playoff spot for the 19th consecutive year. This performance earned him the title of Offensive Player of the nineteenth week in the CFL. The son of legendary Cris Carter has truly established himself as one of the biggest offensive threats in the league.

Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Bear Woods
In his fourth season with the team, international linebacker Bear Woods has been a key contributor in defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe's squad. After missing the team's first six outings in 2014, the 27 year-old athlete had an immediate impact when he returned to the roster and is currently experiencing his best career moments in the CFL. The Troy University product currently places third in the league with 80 defensive tackles, including seven sacks. His sensational season was emphasized on several occasions this year when he notched two Defensive Player of the Month honours in September and October as well as a Defensive Player of the Week title on week fourteen. His presence has transformed a very effective defensive squad in a threatful unit. He has been an integral part of a defence that leads the CFL with 45 turnovers.

Most Outstanding Canadian and Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Jeff Perrett
Jeff Perrett, who started all 17 contests for the Alouettes so far this season, continues to highly contribute to the success of the Alouettes' offensive line that has once again been dominant throughout the season allowing only 30 sacs - good for second fewest in the CFL - on 523 passes attemped. Since the Alouettes' remarkable season turnaround, him and his teammates of the offensive line have only allowed seven sacks in nine outings. In addition to having been at the heart of the solid protection the offensive line gave to the club's four quaterbacks this season, Perrett helped pave the way for the team's running backs in participating to the effective running game throughout the campaign. In making key blocks at the line of scrimmage, the Alouettes third-round pick in 2008 (24th overall) supported Brandon Whitaker collecting an impressive total of 764 rushing yards on 169 runs. Whitaker was the CFL rushing yards leader before injuring his foot on October 10. The Alouettes veteran has been an example of consistency for coach Kris Sweet's unit. Perrett also helped Tyrell Sutton obtain his best performance of the season on November 2 against the Toronto Argonauts amassing 135 rushing yards and a touchdown in 23 runs. Jeff Perrett and the Alouettes' offensive line deserves a lot of credit in the recent success of this well balanced attack. The Alouettes average time of pessession is an impressive 31:10 minutes.

Most Outstanding Special Teams Player: Sean Whyte
Alouettes' kicker and field goal specialist Sean Whyte is once again having a sensational season prooving everybody that he is among the bests in his profession. The White Rock, BC native highly contributed on offence with 38 field goals and 12 singles. On October 24, 2014 against the Ottawa REDBLACKS, Whyte tied his personnel best, which is also an Alouettes record, of 24 consecutive made field goals. This record puts him ahead of star-kickers in Alouettes' history, including Don Sweet, Damon Duval and Terry Baker. Subsequently, this personal record placed him fourth on the CFL all-time list. Throughout the entire season, Whyte was able to get his teammates favorable field positions with his power and high precision.

Most Outstanding Rookie: Gabriel Knapton
Gabriel Knapton has been impressive during his first year in the Canadian Football League. The Alouettes' rookie, a product of the University of Wyoming, recorded 34 defensive tackles, including nine sacks in only 13 outings. The versatile defensive end is currently second on the team in sacks behind veteran John Bowman who has 12. Knapton also forced a fumble and knocked down one pass. The Mead, CO native is now considered a major threats for quarterbacks and offensive lines throughout the league.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Nov 4. Als news!Most Outstanding Players!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on November 09, 2014, 10:57:39 AM
Direct from Al's media! Alouettes to host the Eastern Semi-Final on November 16!

Montreal, November 8, 2014 - Following a 29-15 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday afternoon, the Montreal Alouettes finished in second position in the East Division, and will host the Eastern Semi-Final at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium at 1:00 p.m on Sunday, November 16.


For this crucial contest, the team will battle the BC Lions or the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team which finishes fourth in the West Division will be better ranked better than the third position team in the East Division and will cross over to the Eastern Semi-Final.


Montreal has won eight of their last ten games this season and have accomplished a feat that no other team ever has, which is finishing the season with a record of ,500 (9-9) after being six games under that mark (1-7).

Du to the uncertainty surrounding potentially holding a game at Olympic Stadium in the event of a snowfall the game is set to take place at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.

Tickets for the Eastern Finals are already on sale at Admission.com or by phone 1-855-790-1245. For more information, visit MontrealAlouettes.com.

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Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Nov 9. Als news!Most Outstanding Players!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on November 15, 2014, 01:32:59 PM
Direct from Al's media. An unforgettable afternoon in store for fans at McGill!

Montreal, November 14, 2014 - On Sunday, November 16 at 1:00 p.m., the Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions will square off in CFL East Semi-Final action at McGill. In the thick of playoff fervour, a slew of new additions to the fan experience are set to take the festive atmosphere of McGill to new heights.

Kicking off the day's activities will be the pre-game party as of 8:00 a.m. with delicious crepes being served on-site for all those coming out bright and early. Fans are encouraged to bring their grilling game to the stadium's East Entrance - barbecues will be provided starting at 9:00 a.m.

When doors open at 11:30 a.m., fans will be treated to a selection of food trucks delicacies in the Fan Zone! Winter is coming, which means it's time to start bundling up for the cold November wind. A warm beverage zone and hot chocolate station will lend a helping hand in staying toasty throughout the nippy afternoon. And it doesn't end there: everyone's favourite turkey legs courtesy of the Éleveurs de volaille du Québec. will once again be grilled and seasoned to perfection for fans as well.

Alouettes President and CEO Mark Weightman had this to say about the weekend's new initiatives:

"Fans are a crucial part of our football club, and, they are, as all our opponents have told us time and time again, the loudest in the CFL. Our fans will be our Strength in Numbers this Sunday as the team will be counting on a loud backing from their supporters in the stands. There is really nothing like the frenetic fun surrounding a playoff game at McGill, and I would like to invite all our fans to come and experience what is shaping up to be a memorable day!"

Fans can also take advantage of the new Me + 3 ticket package offer by purchasing four tickets for the price of three. As a bonus, the halftime show will feature a spectacular performance from local crowd-pleaser Alterego. Visit Admission.com, MontrealAlouettes.com, or call 1-855-790-1245 today and don't miss out on this special deal!

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Nov15. Als news!Most Outstanding Players!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on November 18, 2014, 08:27:41 PM
Direct from Al's media! Jerald Brown earns Defensive Player of the Week honours!

Montreal, November 18, 2014 - Montreal Alouettes' defensive back Jerald Brown was named the CFL's Defensive Player of the Week after an inspiring outing in the Eastern Semi-Final on Sunday at McGill Stadium. The six-season veteran played a key role in the Alouettes' convincing 50-17 victory over the BC Lions. This spectacular effort allows the Alouettes to move on to Hamilton on Sunday to face the Tiger-Cats in the Eastern Division Final.

In a crucial sudden death meeting, Jerald Brown led the Alouettes' threatful defensive squad to a flawless performance, setting the tone early in the game and limiting both BC pivots to 102 passing yards. The Washington, DC native recorded five defensive tackles as well as an interception on Kevin Glenn while also knocking down a pass. Brown etched his name in the Alouettes' record book with a 103 yards fumble return, which is a new team record for a playoff game. He surpassed Elfrid Peyton's previous fumble return mark of 30 yards against these same Lions in 1997.

In 17 games in 2014, the 33 year-old athlete concluded his sensational campaign with a total of 65 defensive tackles which puts him 18th among CFL defensive players. That places him third on the Alouettes, behind teammates Chip Cox and Bear Woods. Brown was selected on the East-Division All-Star Team this season.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Nov18. Als news!Most Outstanding Players!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on November 25, 2014, 08:29:45 PM
Direct from Al's media! Party with the Alouettes' Cheerleaders as part of the 102nd Grey Cup!

Montreal, November 25, 2014 - This Saturday, November 29, the Alouettes' cheerleaders are bringing Montreal's nightlife to the streets of Vancouver. As part of the festivities surrounding the 102nd Grey Cup being held on Sunday, November 30 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, the cheerleaders will be presenting the eleventh-annual MontreALS Huddle at VENUE nightclub.

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver, this major nightclub set the stage of the year's biggest Canadian football party. The team's cheerleaders will put on a high-energy, "Montreal-style" show at VENUE nightclub (881 Granville street) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. CFL and Alouettes fans in town for Grey Cup weekend will have the chance to mingle with an assortment of CFL Alumni and cheerleader squads from across the league. Along with Alouettes cheerleaders, these alumni will greet the fans, perform dance routines, and light up the stage.

Montreal's very own Ashley will once again be the MC this year, while popular DJ Johnny Jover will spin the night away. Tickets for this festive evening will be available at the VENUE nightclub on the night of the event or online as of now at MontrealAlouettes.com.

There will be a $20 entrance fee and guests must have a valid ID indicating they are 19 years of age or older. Members of the media can enter free of charge upon presentation of a valid Grey Cup media accreditation.

The Montreal Alouettes and team cheerleaders are proud to be a part of the most boisterous weekend of the year at the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Nov25. Als news!Most Outstanding Players!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on December 03, 2014, 09:03:53 AM
Direct from Al's media. Alouettes sign linebacker Chip Cox to a new three-year deal.

Montreal, December 2, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has re-signed All-Star linebacker Chip Cox to a new three-year deal.

Cox (5'9'', 185 lbs.) has been an important fixture of the Alouettes' defense unit for several seasons already, he who is the Alouettes all-time career leader with 674 defensive tackles. He was named the CFL's most outstanding defensive player in 2013. The Columbus, OH native was also the Alouettes defensive player of the year on three different occasions since 2010.

"Chip Cox is a model of consistency. Never one to draw attention, he just comes to work every day as though it's game day," declared Alouettes' General Manager, Jim Popp. "Over the past 6 years, I do not think there has been any one player that has consistently affected the game anymore than Chip. He hasn't missed a game, he has the uncanny ability to be a game changer at any moment, he gives you the utmost confidence that you have a chance to win when he is on the field, and as affective as he is on defense, he is just as affective on special teams when asked to play."

"Chip has been Johnny on the Spot for years and in our eyes, is the best defensive player in the CFL. He could have easily been named MOP several times. Although Chip has already been one of the highest paid players in the CFL, we have made sure that he gets his recognition as the highest paid defensive player in the CFL," added Popp.

This past season, the 31 year-old linebacker amassed 73 defensive tackles, including 8 tackles for losses of 34 yards and three sacks. One of the fastest players in the CFL, Cox also scored two touchdowns in 2014, helping his team come back from a 1-7 start to finish the season with a 9-9 record. His first touchdown came on a 24-yard interception return after defensive tackle Scott Paxson tossed him the ball, and the second following a forced fumble when defensive end Aaron Lavarias handed him the ball before he returned it 55 yards for the major.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Dec 3. Als news! Chip Cox signs ext! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on December 05, 2014, 08:44:00 AM
Report direct from Al's media. Carter and Woods named to the 2014 CFL All-star team.

Montreal, December 4, 2014 - The Canadian Football League unveiled its 2014 CFL All-Stars on Thursday, which saw receiver Duron Carter and linebacker Bear Woods make the list. This is a first nomination for both players.

Receiver: DURON CARTER (1st selection)
CFL All-Star: 2014

International receiver Duron Carter, who was selected as the Alouettes Most Outstanding player in 2014, finished the season ranked third in the league for pass receiving with an impressive total of 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns on 75 catches, in only fourteen contests. He was without a doubt the preferred target of quarterback Jonathan Crompton. At 23 years of age, the young receiver also scored a touchdown on a missed field goal he returned 123 yards. The Fort Lauderdale, FL native was voted player of the game by hometown fans on seven different occasions. He had the best outing of his career on November 2 when he amassed 181 receiving yards in 11 receptions. He also tallied the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter that helped his team clinch a playoff spot for the 19th consecutive year. This performance earned him the title of Offensive Player of the nineteenth week in the CFL. The son of legendary receiver Cris Carter truly established himself as one of the biggest offensive threats in the league.

Linebacker: BEAR WOODS (1st selection)
CFL All-Star: 2014

In his fourth season with the team, international linebacker Bear Woods has been a key contributor in defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe's squad. After missing the team's first six outings in 2014, the 27 year-old athlete made an immediate impact when he returned to the roster and experienced his best career moments in the CFL. The Troy University product placed second in the league with 89 defensive tackles, including seven sacks. His sensational season was emphasized on several occasions this year when he notched two Defensive Player of the Month honours in September and October as well as a Defensive Player of the Week title on week fourteen. His presence transformed an already very effective defensive squad into a threatful unit. He has been an integral part of a defence that lead the CFL with 47 turnovers.

The American linebacker did not only excel at putting pressure, but also in coverage, picking off one pass this season. He also forced two fumbles while playing on a regular basis on special teams where he made two other tackles.

The All-Stars were selected by a panel comprised of Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) members and CFL head coaches.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Dec 5. Als news! Carter,Woods All-Stars! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on December 09, 2014, 08:30:21 PM
Report direct from Als media. Als ink running back Tyrell Sutton to a three-year contract extension.

Montreal, December 9, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to a three-year contract extension with international running back Tyrell Sutton. The two-year CFL veteran will begin his third season with the team in 2015.

Sutton (5'8'', 213 lbs.) teamed up with Brandon Whitaker to form the most dynamic running back duo of the CFL last season. The former Northwestern University Wildcat experienced his best season with a total of 96 rushes good for 500 yards in only 12 contests. He also caught 15 passes for 190 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for gains of 212 yards. He showcased all of his talent on November 2, against the Toronto Argonauts in what was his best outing of the season where he recorded 135 rushing yards on 23 carries while scoring a touchdown. This sensational performance helped the Alouettes clinch a playoff spot for a 19th consecutive year. A foot injury in the last game of the season in Hamilton kept him out of the post-season.

"This is an important signing for the club today," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "Tyrrell has been an intricate part of us solidifying playoff spots the last two seasons. Though he has only played a half season each year, he has become a solid, trustworthy part of our offence."

In 24 games in the CFL, the 27-year-old running back amassed 842 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns on 151 carries. The Akron, OH native is a true double-threat weapon with gains of 346 passing yards on 29 catches. Sutton also spent time in the NFL playing for the Green Bay Packers, the Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Alouettes in 2013. He suited up for 16 games with the Panthers where he amassed 139 rushing yards and maintained a 5,6 yard per run average.

Click HERE to download a photo of Tyrell Sutton (credit: Rogério Barbosa - Montreal Alouettes).

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Dec 9. Als news! Carter,Woods All-Stars! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on December 13, 2014, 04:01:07 PM
Direct from Als media. Alouettes sign local receiver Eric Deslauriers to a three-year contract extension. I met Eric outside the Als locker rooms a few years ago after a Playoff game in Winnipeg. He came up to me and told me how much he enjoyed watching my movie on DVD that Tom Fred CFL agent had given him a few weeks earlier. I luved the fact that a CFL player really liked it. Here are the details on the movie including the 2 min trailer and recent reviews. http://total-cfl.com/discussion/index.php?topic=475.0

Montreal, December 11, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has signed national receiver Eric Deslauriers to a three-year contract extension.

Deslauriers (6'04'', 206 lbs.) amassed 153 receiving yards on 17 catches in only 12 contests in 2014. The former Eastern Michigan University Eagle saved his best performance of the season for the Eastern Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he notched five passes for gains of 40 yards. In seven career playoff games, the Gatineau, Qc native accumulated 185 yards and tallied a touchdown on 11 catches.

"Eric is a great team player. He has sacrificed and played the role he has been asked throughout his career", declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "He is also the energizer of our team. Very few players have the ability to get the attention of their teammates and get them to raise their level as Eric has."

The two-time Grey Cup champion in 2009 and 2010 played 108 regular season games over his eight-year CFL career, catching 99 passes good for 1,334 yards, while scoring three touchdowns. He was the Alouettes' first-round (7th overall) draft-pick at the CFL Canadian Draft in 2006. He also suited up for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the team's mini-camp in 2007.

The Alouettes also announced the signing of international receiver Brandan Green to a two-year contract.

Green (6'00'', 195 lbs.) , who is 23 years-old, returns to the Alouettes after taking part in the team's training camp earlier this year. The former Grand Valley State University Laker played the team's second pre-season contest against the Ottawa REDBLACKS on June 20 where he caught three passes for 21 yards. During his senior year with the Lakers, he hauled in 53 passes for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns averaging almost 80 yards per game. He also rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on 24 rush attempts.

"Brandan made a great impression on our scouting and coaching staff as well as his teammates last season. Though he didn't make the team due to our depth, our intention was to bring him back and give him another shot," said Popp.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Dec 13. Als news!Carter,Woods All-Stars! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 03, 2015, 11:01:32 AM
The Bear will be living in the Woods near Montreal for another 3 years!

From Als media. Alouettes stay strong on defence, sign Woods, Venable, Lavarias and Paxson to new deals!

Montreal, January 2, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has signed four of its defensive players to contract extensions. Linebackers Bear Woods (three years) and Winston Venable (one year) as well as defensive linemen Aaron Lavarias (two years) and Scott Paxson (two years) have all signed new deals with the club.

"These guys all have a passion and love for the game of football," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

Woods (6'00", 245 lbs.) was a key contributor in defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe's squad last season where he was the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player finalist. After missing the team's first six outings in 2014, the 27 year-old athlete had an immediate impact when he returned to the roster and experienced his best career moments in the CFL. The Troy University product finished second in the league with 89 defensive tackles, including seven sacks.

"I always felt that if Bear could stay on the field for any amount of games, he could solidify the middle," declared Popp. "Last year he proved that he is a tremendous leader and a real force when healthy. The last twelve games last season where as good as anyone has manned the middle in the CFL over the last few years."

He was an integral part of a defence that lead the CFL with 47 turnovers. The international linebacker did not only excel at putting pressure, but also in coverage, picking off one pass this past season. The McClenny, FL native also forced two fumbles while playing on a regular basis on special teams where he made two other tackles. Woods kept going strong during the playoffs, where he recorded 21 defensive tackles, one interception and one forced fumble in only two games.

Venable (5'11", 220 lbs.) made an impact on the Alouettes' defence in only his second year, amassing 52 defensive tackles including a career-high of nine in a game against the Ottawa REDBLACKS on September 26. The 27-year old athlete recovered a league-high four fumbles, which he returned for a total of 59 yards while scoring a touchdown. He also recorded 14 special teams tackles. In the team's two playoff games last fall, the San Rafael, CA native made five defensive tackles and forced two fumbles.

"Winston was cut out for the CFL. He is very versatile and can play Will, Sam, Safety, and even DB in a pinch. His physical nature can't be taught," affirmed Popp.

Lavarias (6'3", 250 lbs.) has been an important part of the Alouettes defensive line throughout his two seasons with the club. Last year, in 14 games, the 26-year-old defensive end completed the season with 36 defensive tackles including five quarterback sacks, while recovering a fumble he returned for 30 yards before flipping the ball to teammate Chip Cox who crossed the goal line 55 yards later. During his two seasons with the Alouettes, the Woodinville, WA native registered 76 defensive tackles, including 11 sacks.

"He is a solid player with a real understanding of the game. His consistency and effort makes you want him on the field at all times," continued Popp.

Paxson (6'4", 292 lbs.) started 14 games at defensive tackle for the Alouettes last season, recording 11 defensive tackles and two sacks. The 32-year old also intercepted a pass, which he returned for two yards before handing it to Chip Cox who ran it the rest of the way for a touchdown. The Philadelphia, PA native and former Penn State Nittany Lion registered four defensive tackles in the team's two playoff games last November.

"He is a true professional and a team guy. He is always willing to do what is needed to have success. He is rock solid and accountable," concluded the Alouettes General Manager.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 3. The Bear in Montreal Woods, 3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 06, 2015, 08:37:15 PM
From Als media. Alouettes keep Canadian talent home, sign Roy, Knowles and Zaleski.

Montreal, January 6, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed three of its national players to new contracts. Bryn Roy (two years), Jamahl Knowles (three years) and Jerod Zaleski (two years) have all agreed to new deals with the team.

"All three men are valuable players to us formulating our 44-man roster," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "They are all important special teams players and have answered the bell when called upon at their positions."

Roy (6'01'', 225 lbs.) will suit up for his fourth season in the Canadian Football League, all of them defending the Alouettes' colours. The 26-year-old linebacker from Dalemead, AB grew up in the ranks of the Montreal organization since he was selected in the fifth round (34th overall) of the 2012 CFL draft. The Texas A&M-Commerce University product was given more assignments and responsibilities as the season went on. He registered nine special teams tackles in 11 regular season contests.   

Knowles (5'10'', 185 lbs.) will start his third season with the Alouettes after joining the club as a free agent in June 2013. The Vancouver, BC native missed a good part of the season after being placed on the six-game injury list in September. In three contests last year, the 26-year-old defensive back collected two defensive tackles as well as three special teams tackles. He added one special teams tackle in the Eastern Semi-Final helping the Alouettes en route to a 50-17 victory over the Lions. Knowles played for the University of Calgary Dinos for four seasons during his college career, where he recorded 25 defensive tackles as well as three interceptions in his senior year, which earned him a West All-star selection. 

Jerod Zaleski (6'4'', 235 lbs.) is becoming an important member of the Alouettes' roster after showing some great versatility since his debut with the team in 2012. The 25-year-old fullback will start his third season in the CFL, all of them with Montreal. He remarkably substituted for long snapper Martin Bédard when a hand injury ended the latter's season. In only two season in the CFL, Zaleski has already took part in 27 regular season games.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 6. The Bear in Montreal Woods, 3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 08, 2015, 07:46:49 PM
Report direct from Als media. A mix of experience and new blood for the Alouettes offensive line!
Montreal, January 8, 2014 - The 2014 CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman finalist Jeff Perrett has signed a three-year contract extension with the Montreal Alouettes, linking one of the League's best blockers to the team through the 2017 season, the club announced on Thursday.

Perrett (6'6", 330 lbs.) , who played all eight of his CFL seasons with Montreal, started all 18 contests for the Alouettes last season. He continued to highly contribute to the success of the Alouettes' offensive line that was once again dominant throughout the season allowing only 31 sacs - good for second fewest in the CFL - on 558 passes attempted. During the Alouettes' remarkable season turnaround, him and his teammates of the offensive line allowed only eight sacks in the team's final ten regular season outings. In addition to having been at the heart of the solid protection the offensive line gave to the club's four quarterbacks in 2014, Perrett helped pave the way for the team's running backs in participating to the effective running game throughout the campaign. In making key blocks at the line of scrimmage, the Alouettes third-round pick in 2008 (24th overall) supported Brandon Whitaker collecting an impressive total of 764 rushing yards on 169 runs. Whitaker was the CFL's rushing yards leader before injuring his foot on October 10.

"Jeff is not only an outstanding football player for our team, but he is also one of the most respected players in the locker room for his leadership and his infectious personality," declared Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "He is a very important part for us to retain in order to have continued success on the field and in the community."

The Alouettes veteran has been an example of consistency for coach Kris Sweet's unit. Perrett also helped Tyrell Sutton obtain his best performance of the season on November 2 against the Toronto Argonauts amassing 135 rushing yards and a touchdown in 23 runs. Sutton completed the season with an average of 5.2 yards per carry. The Alouettes completed the season with an average time of possession of 30:17 minutes per game. Since joining the Alouettes in 2007, Perrett has been a big piece on the Alouettes offensive line, which allowed the team to always show among the league leaders on offence, both in the passing and rushing categorie.

2011 draft pick Philip Blake joins Alouettes
The Alouettes also announced that the club has signed national offensive lineman Philip Blake to a three-year deal.

Blake (6'2", 311 lbs.) was drafted by the Alouettes in the third round (23rd total) of the 2011 CFL Canadian Draft. Blake returned to Baylor University for his senior season that fall, where he was named to the first team All-Big 12 after blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Following his three years at Baylor, where he started all 38 games, the 29-year old Toronto, ON native was drafted in the fourth round (108th total) by the Denver Broncos with a pick they obtained from the New York Jets in the Tim Tebow trade.

"Philip will bring versatility up and down the offensive line all while adding to the depth of our already solid, and only all-National offensive line in the CFL. We welcome Philip to the Alouettes and look forward in seeing him in action at training camp," said Popp.

After two seasons with the Broncos, Blake signed on with the Arizona Cardinals where he spent the 2013 season on the practice squad. During his college career, he started his first 12 games at right tackle before moving to centre for his last 26 games.

Prior to attending Baylor, Blake played for the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars in the Cegep AAA league of Quebec.

Click HERE to download pictures of Jeff Perret (Credit: Rogerio Barbosa - Montreal Alouettes) and click HERE to download pictures of Philip Blake (Credit: Courtesy Denver Broncos or Arizona Cardinals).

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 8. The Bear in Montreal Woods, 3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 08, 2015, 07:48:44 PM
Report direct from Als media. Tom Higgins nominated for CFL Coach of the Year award!
Montreal, January 7, 2015 - The Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday the three nominees for the Annis Stukus Trophy handed out each year to the CFL's coach of the year, and Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins has been selected as one of the three finalists.

In his first season as the Alouettes head coach, Higgins guided his team to a historical comeback, as the team won eight of its last ten games to finish in second place of the East Division after starting the season with a 1-7 record. No other team in the League's rich history has ever finished the season with a record of ,500 after dropping six games below that bar. The Alouettes completed the season with a 9-9 record.

"Anytime you receive this type of nomination, it is a reflection of all the work the team and the organization has put in," said Higgins. "I am flattered to be nominated and I accept it on behalf of the entire Alouettes organization."

After qualifying for the playoffs, the Alouettes routed the BC Lions by a score of 50-17 in the Eastern Semi-Final before suffering a tough loss in a hard fought battle to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the following week in the Eastern Final.

This marks Higgins' fourth Annis Stukus Trophy nomination, as he won the award in 2005 with the Calgary Stampeders and in 2003 after guiding the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. He was also a finalist for the award in 2002. Higgins would become the fifth Alouettes head coach to win the Trophy, joining Marv Levy (1974), Charlie Taffe (1999 and 2000), Don Matthews (2002) and Marc Trestman (2009).

Chris Jones of the Edmonton Eskimos and John Hufnagel of the Calgary Stampeders are the other nominees for this award. The winner will be announced during a luncheon at the CFL Congress at the Winnipeg Delta on Wednesday, January 21.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 8. The Bear in Montreal Woods, 3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 17, 2015, 11:29:45 AM
I like this signing! Great player! Report direct from Als media! Alouettes acquire four-time CFL all-star Fred Stamps!
Montreal, January 16, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has acquired international all-star slotback Fred Stamps in return for international receiver Kenny Stafford. The eight-year CFL veteran is coming to Montreal following an already highly productive career.

Stamps (6'00'', 188 lbs.) spent his entire CFL-career in an Edmonton Eskimos uniform. The New-Orleans, LA native made his way into the Eskimos' record book as he ranks third with 496 career-receptions as well as second all-time with 7,932 receiving yards.

"Fred Stamps has been one of the top receivers in the CFL over the last 5 years," declared Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "This addition adds strength, character, and another high-level performer to our solid receiving core."

In only 12 outings last season, the 33-year-old receiver recorded 545 receiving-yards on 33 catches, while scoring two touchdowns. He was named the Eskimos' most outstanding player in 2009, 2010 and 2013. In Montreal, he will join his former teammate with the Louisiana-Lafayette University Ragin' Cajuns, Kyries Hebert. 

From 2009 to 2013, Stamps registered five straight 1,000-plus receiving-yards seasons. That stellar streak allowed him to be named on the CFL's all-star team four times (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013). He topped the CFL in receiving yards in 2009 and 2013 with gains of 1,402 and 1,259 yards respectively.

Before making the leap into the CFL, Stamps had joined the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent in 2004. He also suited up for the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 17. Fred Stamps! Bear in Woods,3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 20, 2015, 12:46:12 PM
Report direct from Als media. Turk Schonert to call offensive plays in 2015!

Montreal, January 20, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has named Turk Schonert it's offensive coordinator for the 2015 season.

Schonert joined the Alouettes coaching staff as a consultant in July 2014, before being named the team's receiver coach a few weeks later.

Under his tutelage, receivers Duron Carter and S.J. Green finished the season on strong notes. Carter was named to the CFL's All-Star Team as he completed the season with 1,030 receiving yards on 75 catches, all while scoring seven touchdowns. For his part, Green caught 53 passes good for 835 yards. In the Eastern Final, he scored three touchdowns all while racking up 126 receiving yards. Schonert was also implicated with the offensive game planning.

"Turk played an important role in last season's turnaround and we are thrilled to have him back with us as this will allow us to have some consistency on offence," said Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins. "He has experience and is well liked by the players. We now have all the pieces of the puzzle in place and look forward to getting ready for what should be a promising season."

After playing for nine seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 1981 to 1989, Schonert joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a quarterbacks' coach in 1992. He later joined the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and the New Orleans Saints before returning to the Bills in 2006 in the same position. Under his tutelage in Buffalo, quarterback Trent Edwards was the most productive rookie passer in the NFL in 2007. He was promoted to the team's offensive coordinator in 2008.

"I am excited to rejoin the Alouettes organization. I look forward to working with Tom Higgins again, as well as his staff and the players," said Schonert. "We will be committed to building on what we did as a team last season, as our quest to bring a championship back to Montreal fuels us."

Schonert, who was named the head coach of the Sacramento Mountain Lions in the United Football League in 2012, has over 15 years of coaching experience at the professional level.

Please contact Charles Rooke for interview requests with Turk Schonert or Tom Higgins.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 20. Fred Stamps! Bear in Woods,3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 20, 2015, 12:48:15 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes name Kavis Reed special teams coordinator.

Montreal, January 19, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that Kavis Reed has been appointed the club's new special teams coordinator.

Reed, who played five seasons in the CFL between 1995 and 1999, has 13 seasons of coaching experience North of the border, including three as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013. In his first season as the Eskimos head coach, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second place finish as well as a Western Final berth. The team had only won seven games the previous year and Reed was named a coach of the year finalist.

"It's an honour for me to join such a storied organization that has had so much success over the years," said Reed. "I look forward to working with Jim Popp, Tom Higgins, our coaches and all the players. This team showed a lot of promise last year and we will work hard to keep pushing in that same direction."

In 2010, Reed was the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive coordinator and his unit was the best in the league against the pass and second best in total defence. The previous year, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach, helping the team reach the Grey Cup.

"Having Kavis on our coaching staff is a great addition for the Alouettes," declared Alouettes head coach, Tom Higgins. "He brings fire and passion to our team, as well as plenty of experience to our staff in place. All of our coaches are excited to get to work with him."

The Georgetown, SC native began his CFL coaching career as the Toronto Argonauts special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach. Reed, who is now 41, then coached the defensive backs with the Ottawa Renegades (2002-2003) before becoming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coordinator (2004-2006). He was a defensive assistant coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 2007 before being named their defensive coordinator the following season.

Reed will be available for phone interviews today until 3:00 p.m. Please make your interview requests to Charles Rooke.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Jan 20. Fred Stamps! Bear in Woods,3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 20, 2015, 09:20:20 PM
Listen now! New Als WR Fred Stamps on TSN 1260 Edmonton radio with Dave Jamieson.
The interview starts at about 6 min 30 sec mark.
http://www.tsn.ca/radio/edmonton-1260/dave-jamieson-show-jan-19-hour-1-1.186716
 
Title: Re:Updated Jan 28. Green! Bear in Woods,3yrs! Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 28, 2015, 08:44:27 PM
Report direct from Als media. S.J Green to remain an Alouette
Montreal, January 28, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that veteran receiver S.J. Green has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the club, which will allow Alouettes fans to keep watching one of the most spectacular receivers in the CFL for years to come.

Green (6'03'', 220 lbs.) has once again been a true leader on the Alouettes' offence in 2014 in what was yet another productive season for the 29-year-old international receiver. Green concluded the season ranked seventh among the league's receivers, amassing 835 receiving yards on 53 catches as well as four touchdowns in only fifteen outings. The eight-year veteran had playoffs to remember saving one of his best career-performances against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton for the Eastern Division Final as he registered three touchdowns and 126 receiving yards. He tallied another touchdown a week before in a decisive 50-17 victory over the BC Lions in the Eastern Division Semi-final. As it's been the case throughout his career, Green multiplied spectacular catches all through last season and has showed what a fearsome offensive weapon he is, as well, all while developing good chemistry with quarterback Jonathan Crompton.

"S.J. is a true Alouette. He has proven that he is intelligent, dependable, tough, dynamic, and exciting. He is everything you are looking for in a player," said Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "We look forward to S.J. being a tremendous leader on and off the field, as we continue to chase excellence."

Green was named an Eastern Division All-star for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. A two-time Grey Cup champion in 2009 and 2010, the Fort Lauderdale, FL native was named to the CFL All-star in 2013, following what was his best season. That year, he collected 1,197 receiving yards while scoring 13 touchdowns on 83 receptions, which was the highest total in the league. The former University of South Florida Bull had previously recorded two other 1,000-yard campaigns in 2011 (1,147 yds.) and 2012 (1,111 yds.).

Green has been a constant fixture in the Alouettes offence over the past few seasons, including the last two where he has hooked up with six different quarterbacks.

During his eight-season career in the Canadian Football League, all of them defending the Alouettes' colours, Green shows an impressive total of 368 catches for 5,518 yards and 38 touchdowns in 92 regular season games.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re:Updated Jan 31. Green! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on January 31, 2015, 06:04:06 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes complete 2015 coaching staff!

Montreal, January 29, 2015 - Montreal Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins, and his coaching staff met with members of the media on Thursday during a lunch meeting in the team's locker room at Olympic Stadium in order to introduce the offensive coaching staff for the next season.

The Alouettes coaching staff has also welcomed Chris Tormey as the linebackers coach, replacing Greg Quick, who was recently named defensive coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Tormey will have the chance to oversee some of the best linebackers in the CFL, including Chip Cox, Bear Woods, Kyries Hebert and Winston Venable. Tormey arrives in Montreal with over twenty years of caoching experience, he who was the head coach of the University of Idaho Vandals and the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.

Tom Higgins, Head Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Higgins is entering his 24th season as a CFL coach with additional years as an administrator. He began his CFL coaching career in 1985 as an assistant with the Calgary Stampeders. Prior to joining the Stampeders, he served three years on the coaching staff at the University of Calgary, working for Canadian Football Hall of Fame coach Peter Connellan and helping the Dinos win the 1983 Vanier Cup. He won the Grey Cup as a head coach with the Edmonton in Eskimos in 2003, earning the CFL's Coach of the Year Award that same season, as well as in 2005 as head coach of the Stampeders. Higgins was a significant component to the spectacular turnover the Alouettes had in the second half of the 2014 season.

Noel Thorpe, Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach (9th season with the Alouettes)
Thorpe is entering his third year as the Alouettes' defensive coordinator and is coming off a season in which he coached the defence, which led the league with 47 turnovers. In 2011 and 2012, Thorpe was part of the Université de Montréal coaching staff, spending his final season with the Carabins as the team's defensive coordinator, allowing the fewest points in the country with 102.
 
Turk Schonert, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Schonert began his coaching career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992, where he was responsible for the quarterbacks. He subsequently joined the Buffalo Bills, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints before returning with the Bills in 2006, in the same position. In July 2014, Schonert joined the coaching staff of the Alouettes as a consultant, before being appointed as the wide receivers coach a few weeks later. In this role last season, he saw his protégés Duron Carter and SJ Green finish the season strong, while Green finished the season with a harvest of 835 yards on 53 catches. In the final of the East, he scored three touchdowns in addition to harvest 126 receiving yards.

Kavis Reed, Special Teams Coordinator (1st season with Alouettes)
Reed, who played five seasons in the CFL between 1995 and 1999, has 13 seasons of coaching experience North of the border, including three as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013. In his first season as the Eskimos head coach, he led the team to an 11-7 season and a second place finish as well as a Western Final berth. The team had only won seven games the previous year and Reed was named a coach of the year finalist.

Ryan Dinwiddie, Running Backs Coach (3rd season with the Alouettes)
After beginning his playing career with the Alouettes in 2005, Dinwiddie made his coaching debut in Montreal in the 2013 season as the club's quality control coach on offence. In his second season with the Alouettes, Dinwiddie climbed rapidly in the ranks of the offensive coaching staff playing an active role in the emergence of the team's young quarterback, Jonathan Crompton.

Anthony Calvillo, Receivers Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)
Following a stellar 20-year playing career in the CFL, Anthony Calvillo will make his coaching debut in 2015. The 42-year-old spent 16 years in Montreal where he established himself as the all-time professional football passing yards leader (79 816 yds) as well as the most career touchdown passes with 455. He also leads profesionnal football for most pass completions with 5892 passes. The three-time Grey Cup champion was named CFL's most outstanding player in 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Kris Sweet, Offensive Line Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Sweet is entering his second season with the Alouettes having previously coached in the CFL in the past, including as the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive line coach in 2013. He began his CFL coaching career in Calgary as the Stampeders' offensive line coach from 2007-2010, helping the team win the Grey Cup in 2008 over the Alouettes at Olympic Stadium. In Sweet's first season with the Stamps, the club led the CFL in both total offence and rushing offence. In 2012, he was the Saskatchewan Roughriders' offensive line coach and run game coordinator.

Keith Willis, Defensive Line Coach (3rd season with the Alouettes)
Willis returns to the Alouettes for a third season after contributing to Montreal's dominant defence in both 2013 and 2014. Under Willis' wing last year, defensive end John Bowman recorded 12 quarterback sacks, tied for fifth place in the CFL. Previously a defensive line coach for the North Carolina State Wolfpack from 2007 to 2012, Willis also enjoyed a long playing career as a defensive lineman himself before becoming a coach, spending 12 years in the NFL and recording 59 career quarterback sacks over 12 seasons, including 10 with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Tormey, Linebackers Coach (1st season with the Alouettes)
Tormey joins the Alouettes with over 20 years of coaching experience at the NCAA level. He was the head coach of the University of Idaho Vandals, his Alma Mater, from 1995 to 1999. In 1998, he led the Vandals to a 9-3 record good for first place in the Big West Conference. He subsequently led to the team to its first ever Bowl Game, which the Vandals won. More recently, he was the defensive coordinator at the University of Wyoming in 2012 and 2013.

André Bolduc, Offensive assistant (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Bolduc, a former Head Coach with the Université de Sherbrooke Vert et Or for five seasons from 2007 to 2011, returns to Montreal and to professional football as a coach for a second-straight year. He will help Anthony Calvillo with the receivers. After becoming the head coach of the Vert & Or in 2007, Bolduc led the team to its first playoff win in the school's history, as well as to the Dunsmore Cup final in 2010. The following season, he was named the Quebec Conference Coach of the Year after leading Sherbrooke to a 7-2 record. As a player, Bolduc played for the Ottawa Rough Riders and Edmonton Eskimos before landing in Montreal from 1998 to 2001, where he emerged as a leader and was named a special teams captain in 1999 and 2000.

Anwar Stewart, Defensive Quality Control Coach (2nd season with the Alouettes)
Following a stellar 13-year playing career in the CFL, former defensive end Anwar Stewart made his coaching debut in 2014 after being named the club's new defensive quality control coach. In the 2013 season, Stewart rejoined the Alouettes roster after making eight Grey Cup appearances with the club between 2002 and 2011, winning a trio of championships in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The 37-year-old spent 10 years in Montreal and sits in second place in the club's all-time record book for career quarterback sacks with 66. The CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2004, Stewart was also named a CFL All-Star in 2004 and 2009.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re:Updated Feb 4! Green! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 04, 2015, 08:22:02 PM
Direct from Als media. Alouettes re-sign running back Brandon Rutley, add Jordan Hall to roster!
Montreal, February 3, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has signed international running back Brandon Rutley to a new two-year deal.

Rutley (5'11", 192 lbs.) proved last season that patience has its rewards, when he was activated for the Eastern Semifinal against the BC Lions, after spending most of the season on the team's practice roster. The 26-year-old tailback was evidently up to the task as he completed the game with 15 carries good for 98 yards, while scoring a touchdown. He also added 22 receiving yards on four catches to his day's work.

"Brandon is a solid person with talent, a great attitude and work ethic," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "It just goes to show his patience and maturity the way he handled waiting his turn and his ability to compete. We look forward to watching the competition in camp and Brandon competing for an every game roster spot."

During the Eastern Final, the former San Jose State University Spartan showed up once again, racking up 52 yards on 11 carries and 27 yards on three catches.

With the returns of Rutley, Brandon Whitaker and Tyrell Sutton, the Alouettes backfield will once again be a force to be reckoned with in 2015. The Tuscaloosa, AL native is also versatile, as he has returned 20 kicks for 437 yards during his CFL career.

Click HERE to download a photo of Brandon Rutley (Credit: Rogerio Barbosa - Montreal Alouettes).

The team also announced it has signed international running back Jordan Hall to a three-year deal.

Hall (5'9", 191 lbs.) rushed for 1,568 yards on 305 carries while scoring 14 touchdowns during his college career with the Ohio State University Buckeyes. The Jeannette, PA native also made 36 catches good for 286 yards while adding four receiving-touchdowns. In 45 games with the Buckeyes, the 23-year old halfback racked up 3,486 all-purpose yards, which places him 12th all-time with the Buckeyes. He still owns the Ohio State record for kickoff return yards in a season with 683, which he established in 2011.

"Jordan Hall brings a triple effect factor," declared Popp. "He can run, flex out to the receiver position, and is an excellent kickoff returner. He will fit well in our system."

In 2014, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played the team's first three pre-season games.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 4. S.J. Green! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 04, 2015, 08:30:16 PM
Direct from Als media. Alouettes ink veteran Jerald Brown to a new one-year contract!

Montreal, February 2, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that international defensive back Jerald Brown has agreed to a new one-year contract with the club. Brown will suit up for his seventh season as an Alouette after being elected a CFL East Division All-Star the past two seasons and a CFL All-Star in 2013.

Brown (5'11'', 185 lbs.) once again enjoyed a successful 2014 season with the Alouettes. A real leader within the team's defensive squad, Brown yet again showcased his abilities last year putting up great numbers. The 34-year-old veteran finished third on the team with 65 defensive tackles, including one sack, finishing behind teammates Bear Woods (89) and Chip Cox (73). Effective in all defensive coverages, Brown had four knockdowns during the seaso, while highly contributing to a defensive unit that lead the CFL with 47 turnovers. The former Glenville State University Pioneer also made one interception while returning four fumbles and forcing two.

"Jerald in an important cog in our defensive system and our team," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "Since his arrival seven years ago, he stepped into a starting role and has performed at a high level at one of the more difficult positions in the CFL. He has brought leadership, physicality, and a true professional work ethic on a daily basis."

Brown literally lifted his game up a notch in both playoff games. He had an amazing outing in the Eastern Semifinal against the BC Lions where he collected five defensive tackles and added an interception as well as a knockdown. Brown also rewrote the Alouettes' playoff record book with a 103-yard fumble return for the major. The Washington, DC native added five defensive tackles during the Eastern Final against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton a week later.

The Alouettes can expect stability on defence in 2015, as the club has also inked star linebackers Bear Woods and Chip Cox to new deals, as well as  Winston Venable, Aaron Lavarias and Scott Paxson.

Click HERE to download a photo of Jerald Brown (Credit: Rogerio Barbosa - Montreal Alouettes).

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 7. Skelton! Stamps!Bear in Woods!Lots of reports from Als media!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 07, 2015, 11:06:37 AM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign former NFL Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton.

Montreal, February 6, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has added former NFL quarterback John Skelton to the roster. The former Arizona Cardinal pivot signed a two-year deal with the club.

Skelton (6'5", 258 lbs.) comes to Montreal following a brilliant career South of the border. The El Paso, TX native played for the Fordham University Rams for four seasons, racking up an impressive total of 9,923 passing yards while throwing 69 touchdown passes in 43 games. The 26-year-old quarterback also rushed for 565 yards and scored 14 rushing majors. Following his brilliant collegiate career, Skelton was selected in the fifth round (155th total) by the Cardinals in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The American pivot had his best moments at the professional level with the Cardinals. In three seasons in Arizona, he played 20 games, amassing 3,707 passing yards and throwing 15 touchdown passes. In 2011, he replaced an injured Kevin Kolb, leading the team to a 5-2 record as the starter. Before joining the Alouettes, Skelton also suited up for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans.

The Alouettes also announced that the club has released international quarterback Alex Brink.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re:Updated Feb10.Lots of reports from Als media! Skelton! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 10, 2015, 09:01:24 AM
Report direct from Als media. Als sign cornerback Geoff Tisdale to a new one-year deal.

Montreal, February 10, 2014 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to a one-year contract extension with cornerback Geoff Tisdale, which locks down one of the most effective defensive players on the team. 

Tisdale (6'01'', 185 lbs.) once again experienced a remarkable season, being a central part of the Alouettes' defensive successes. The former Pittsburg State University Gorilla suited up for 16 games last season recording 39 defensive tackles, including a sack. After leading the CFL the previous year with an impressive total of seven interceptions, Tisdale showcased yet again his talent by notching five picks in 2014, which placed him third in the League.

His contributions helped the Alouettes defence lead the CFL with 47 turnovers in 2014. The consistency he has shown throughout the season allowed him to earn a second-straight selection on the East Division All-star team. His nine knockdowns in regular season proved his effectiveness in various defensive coverages. He added four defensive tackles and two knockdowns in the Eastern Final against the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.

"Geoff has been one of the top corners in the CFL over the last two seasons," said Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "He has consistently been at the top in leading the CFL in interceptions and has great man skill abilities. We look forward to another successful year from Geoff in 2015."

The seven-year CFL veteran also wore the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders colours. The 28-year-old athlete was named a CFL All-star in his first season in Montreal in  2013. In 114 games in the CFL, Tisdale has amassed 291 defensive tackles, including three quarterback sacks as well as five special teams tackles. His 29 career-interceptions attest to how important he is for the team's defensive game planning.

The Alouettes have re-signed 16 of their potential free agents since the end of last season.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 14. Lots of reports from Als media! Tisdale! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 14, 2015, 12:04:11 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes bring receiver Samuel Giguère home.
Montreal, February 12, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that national wide receiver Samuel Giguère has agreed to a one-year deal with the club.

Giguère (6'00'', 218 lbs.) played the last three season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last season, the 29-year-old receiver amassed 520 receiving yards while scoring a touchdown. He maintained an impressive average of 12.7 yards on 41 catches in 16 regular season outings. In his three seasons with the Tiger-Cats, the Sherbrooke native cumulated 1,543 receiving yards and three touchdowns, maintaining a 13.3 yards per catch average on 116 receptions.

"We are very pleased that Samuel has decided to join us in Montreal," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "We are able to add a solid contributor on the field and bring home a Quebec patron. We are excited about the versatility that Samuel brings and look forward in integrating it into our offense."

Giguère had a memorable collegiate career with the Sherbrooke University Vert & Or as he earned the team's rookie of the year honour in 2005 as well as a nomination on the CIS first-team all-Canadian in 2007. Following his brilliant collegiate career, Giguère was selected in the first round (8th total) by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2008 CFL Canadian draft.

Before joining the CFL in 2012, Giguère was a member of the Indianapolis Colts for two seasons, suiting up for a game where he returned five kickoffs for 122 yards. He also spent one season on the New York Giants practice squad.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Feb 14. Lots of reports from Als media! Giguere! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 14, 2015, 12:25:57 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes to kick-off the 2015 CFL season.
Montreal, February 13, 2015 - The Canadian Football League unveiled its 2015 schedule on Friday and the Montreal Alouettes will kick-off the upcoming season when the team hosts the Ottawa REDBLACKS at McGill's Stadium on Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Alouettes fans will get many opportunities to cheer on their team early on in the season, as the club will play three of its first four games at home. On Friday, July 3, the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders will be the visitors on Mount-Royal.

Tom Higgins' protégés won't have to wait very long to avenge last year's Eastern Final loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, as they will be the visitors at McGill on Thursday, July 16.

During the summer, the Alouettes will play four home-games on Thursday nights and once on a Friday night. After Labor Day weekend, fans will get to once again experience beautiful Sunday afternoons on Mount-Royal as well as the traditional Thanksgiving Monday game, when the Alouettes host the Toronto Argonauts.

The 2015 season will culminate on Sunday, November 29 when the 103rd edition of the Grey Cup game will be played in Winnipeg.

Before the season gets underway, Montrealers will get a chance to see the team's new players in action, as the Alouettes host the Argonauts in a pre-season game on Thursday, June 18.

Season tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 514-787-2525 or by going to MontrealAlouettes.com.

The complete 2015 schedule is available below.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 18. Lots of reports from Als media! Giguere! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 18, 2015, 05:57:02 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell to a three-year deal

Montreal, February 18, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed international defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell to a three-year deal as well as international defensive end Kris Redding to a two-year contract.

Mitchell (6'6", 316 lbs.) joins as the Alouettes as a free agent following five seasons in the CFL, including four with the BC Lions, which he helped win the Grey Cup in 2011. Very effective in stopping the run, the 29-year old amassed 95 defensive tackles, including 14 sacks, while recovering a fumble in 61 games in the CFL. He was named a CFL All-star in 2011 as well as in 2013, in the one season where he suited up for the Toronto Argonauts. In five career playoff games, Mitchell made eight defensive tackles, including  two sacks. He was credited with one sack in the Lions victory in the 99th Grey Cup.

"Khalif will bring a presence to our interior line that we haven't had since the days of Adriano Belli and Doug Petersen," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.  "Combine his brute strength and overwhelming size with our current players and we feel it will strengthen one of the better defensive line combinations in the CFL."

Prior to joining the CFL, the Virginia Beach, VA native spent two seasons on the San Francisco 49ers practice roster following his college career with the East Carolina University Pirates.

Redding (6'04", 274 lbs.) suited up for the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons in the NCAA, where he recorded 64 defensive tackles and four quarterback sacks as well as forcing two fumbles in 41 contests. Prior to signing with the Alouettes, the 23-year-old Mableton, GA native had signed with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 2014. He then played for the Brooklyn Bolts in the Fall Experimental Football League (FEFL).

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 19. Lots of reports from Als media! Mitchell! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 19, 2015, 10:00:37 AM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign Rouge et Or kicker Boris Bede.

Montreal, February 19, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has signed international kicker Boris Bede to a two-year deal.

Bede (6'4", 225 lbs.) experienced successful moments throughout his entire college career in Quebec suiting up for five years with the Laval University Rouge et Or, where he was part of the championship winning teams that lifted the Vanier Cup in 2012 and 2013. During his university career, the 25-year old made 63 of his 78 field goal attempts, including his career-longest 44-yarder, which he kicked in 2013. He also maintained an average of 39.4 yards on 292 punts.

The Toulon, France native was previously discovered by Rouge et Or head coach Glen Constantin, just when he was on the verge of playing soccer for the Sherbrooke University Vert & Or. Bede quickly became one of the top kickers in the country, he who was named to the RSEQ All-Star team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was rewarded for his great 2014 season when he was named the special teams player of the year in the Quebec Conference.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 21. Lots of reports from Als media! Mitchell! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 21, 2015, 11:41:12 AM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes add depth to the secondary.
Montreal, February 20, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has added two veteran international defensive backs to the roster, as Chris Thompson and Rod Williams both signed one-year contracts with the club.

Thompson (6'0", 200 lbs.) brings no less than 10 years of professional football experience with him, including seven in the CFL where he was twice named a League All-Star (2008, 2010). The 32-year old played five seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos and two with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, racking up 308 defensive tackles in 115 games while picking off 30 passes and forcing eight fumbles. In four career-playoff games, he collected ten defensive tackles and two interceptions.

Prior to joining the Eskimos in 2007, the New Orleans, LA native played in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. In 12 games with the Bears in 2005, he made ten tackles while recovering a fumble. Following his collegiate career with the Nicholls State University Colonels, where he amassed 136 tackles and 11 interceptions, he was drafted in the fifth round (150th total) by the Jaguars in the 2004 NFL Draft. He set a team record with eight-career blocked kicks with the Colonels.

Williams (5'11", 180 lbs.) played in the CFL for five seasons, including the last two with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, helping the team lift the Grey Cup in 2013. He had his best season in 2014 when he cumulated 64 defensive tackles while picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles.

The 27 year-old amassed 183 defensive tackles and 13 interceptions over the course of his CFL career. After three seasons with the Eskimos, the Monroe, LA native joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 before returning to the CFL with Saskatchewan. He played his college football with the Alcorn State University Braves where he recorded 27 tackles while knocking down seven passes during his senior year.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 27. Lots of reports from Als media! Mitchell! Stamps! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 27, 2015, 05:46:58 PM
Wow! Great signing by the Als I say! Report below direct from Als media.

From my twitter on Feb 25. "#CFL! Wow! Nik Lewis now @MTLAlouettes ! He Legend! I not always been Cool with Nik though re he & @geroysimon on @heylandsberg @CFLonTSN" @MykAussie

Alouettes sign free agent receiver Nik Lewis!

Montreal, February 25, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the team has signed international slotback Nik Lewis to a one-year deal with the club.

Lewis (5'10", 240 lbs.) has had an exceptional CFL career thus far he has won the Grey Cup twice (2008, 2014) and sits 11th on the all-time CFL receiving list with 11,250 yards. Throughout his career, the 32-year old caught 805 passes, including 65 for touchdowns. He played eleven seasons in the CFL, all with the Calgary Stampeders, where he was named to the CFL All-Star team three times (2010, 2011 and 2012) after being named the CFL Most Outstanding Rookie in 2004.

"Nik is another piece of the puzzle to an outstanding receiving corps for 2015," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "His body of work speaks for itself and his style of play is very difficult to defend. We feel he adds a twist that every team in the CFL wish they could have."

The former South Arkansas University Mulerider caught at least one pass in 166 consecutive games leading up to week 5 last season, when the sequence ended. He had nine seasons of over 1,000 receiving yards, which places him tied for third in the CFL all-time list. In three Grey Cup games, the Mineral Wells, TX native caught 17 passes for 235 yards. In 11 career playoff games he amassed 413 yards on 38 catches.

In Montreal, Lewis will join forces with Tom Higgins once again, as the latter was Lewis' head coach in Calgary from 2005 to 2007.

Lewis will be available to the media in Montreal in the upcoming days. Details of his media availability will be sent out as soon as they are available.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Feb 28. Lots of reports from Als media! Wow Nik Lewis! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on February 28, 2015, 01:21:21 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign quarterback Dan LeFevour.
Montreal, February 25, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed free agent quarterback Dan LeFevour to a one-year contract.

LeFevour (6'03", 230 lbs.) spent all three of his seasons in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he completed 141 of his 211 passes (66.8% completion rate) for 1,670 yards, while throwing five touchdown passes. The mobile pivot also added 631 rushing yards on 104 carries. The 27-year old had his best season in the CFL last year as he completed 101 of his 149 passes good for 1,276 yards and four touchdown passes.

"We are excited to add Dan to our mix of quarterbacks," said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "He has continued to grow and build off his outstanding collegiate career. He brings quality, experience, leadership, and competition to our team."

Alouettes fans remember too well the damage the former Central Michigan Universtiy Chippewa caused during the 2013 Eastern Semi-Final, where he was used alternately with Henry Burris, collecting 36 passing yards and 61 rushing yards, while scoring the winning touchdown on a two-yard run in overtime.

Prior to joining the Tiger-Cats in 2012, the Downers Grove, IL native was drafted in the sixth round (181st total) in the NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He also played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars.

In the NCAA, LeFevour racked up an impressive total of 12,905 passing yards in his four seasons with the Chippewas, completing 1,171 of his 1,763 passes while throwing 102 touchdown passes. He also carried the ball 671 times for 2,948 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns.

Dan LeFevour, Jim Popp, head coach Tom Higgins and offensive coordinator Turk Schonert will be made available via a conference call at 2:00 p.m. today.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 3. Lots of reports from Als media! Wow Nik Lewis! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 03, 2015, 08:20:05 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign Billy Parker to a two-year extension.
Montreal, March 3, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Tuesday that the club has extended the contract of international defensive back Billy Parker for two more seasons.

Parker (6'00", 195 lbs.) compiled 42 defensive tackles last season, while intercepting one pass, which he returned for 45 yards. He also led the Alouettes and was tied for first in the CFL with nine pass knockdowns. He added five defensive tackles in the team's two playoff games last November.

"Billy was our most consistent performer last year in the secondary," said Alouettes General Manager, Jim Popp. "His extension is not only important as a skilled player on the field, but more importantly his leadership on the field, in the locker room and humanitarian efforts off the field."

In his 105 CFL games, all with the Alouettes, the Mechanicsville, VA native amassed 283 defensive tackles, ten interceptions all while recovering two fumbles. The former member of the College of William & Mary Tribe also cumulated 46 career knockdowns. He helped the Alouettes win the Grey Cup in 2009 and 2010, picking off a pass in both wins. He was also named a 2013 CFL East Division All-Star.

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Mar 5. Lots of reports from Als media! Wow Nik Lewis! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 05, 2015, 12:44:50 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes to hold mini-camp in Florida from April 15-17.

Montreal, March 4, 2015 - For the second year in a row, the Montreal Alouettes will hold their annual mini-camp from April 15 to 17 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, on the same grounds where Major League Baseball's Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers held their spring training every year from 1948 to 2008.

General Manager Jim Popp, Head Coach Tom Higgins as well as his coaching staff will have a look at the team's returning stars like S.J. Green, Chip Cox, Brandon Whitaker, Bear Woods and Jonathan Crompton for the first time since last season, as well as a first look on the club's new acquisitions, Nik Lewis, Samuel Giguère and Fred Stamps.

Daily schedule of practices as well as media availability will be sent in the near future.

All practices will be open to the media as well as to fans.

What: Montreal Alouettes annual mini-camp

When: From Wednesday, April 15 to Friday, April 17, 2015

Where: Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL

Who: Alouettes players, coaches and football operations staff

Charles Rooke
Title: Updated Mar 6. Lots of reports from Als media! Wow Nik Lewis! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 06, 2015, 06:02:40 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes coaches to meet in Montreal next week.

Montreal, March 5, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes coaching staff will meet at the coaches' offices at Olympic Stadium in Montreal next week, from March 11 to 13 in order to continue prepping for the 2015 season.

Also, on Saturday March 14 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. the coaches will be on hand at the team's second annual Coaches' Clinic at Collège Letendre in Laval, where they will share their knowledge with coaches from all over the province.

When: From Wednesday, March 11 to Friday, March 13 as well as the Coaches' Clinic on Saturday, March 14

Who: Tom Higgins, Noel Thorpe, Turk Schonert, Kavis Reed, Anthony Calvillo, Ryan Dinwiddie,Kris Sweet, Keith Willis, Chris Tormey, André Bolduc and Anwar Stewart

Where: Coaches' offices at Olympic Stadium (Wednesday to Friday) and Collège Letendre in Laval (Saturday)

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 9. Lots of reports from Als media! Wow Nik Lewis! Bear in Woods!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 09, 2015, 04:46:07 PM
eport direct from Als media. Alouettes pick up versatile running back Stefan Logan!

Montreal, March 9, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the club has signed international running back Stefan Logan to a one-year deal.

Logan (5'6", 180 lbs.)  has proved throughout his career that he is a versatile player, including last season with the BC Lions, when he amassed 1,748 all-purpose yards, including 625 rushing yards on 116 carries while scoring a touchdown.

"Stefan will bring invaluable experience and a triple threat to the offensive side of the ball," declared Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "His ability to take any given play for a touchdown as a running back, receiver and returner gives us many options."

The 33-year old first broke into the CFL with BC in 2008 before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers the following season where he set a franchise record with 1,466 kickoff return yards. He then suited up for the Detroit Lions for three seasons, not missing a start and cumulating 2,877 yards on 116 kickoff returns, including a franchise record-tying 105-yard touchdown return in 2010. In four seasons in the NFL, the Tampa, FL native cumulated 5,782 all-purpose yards.

During his four years with the South Dakota University Coyotes, he amassed 6,986 all-purpose yards while setting 17 team records. He became the first player in the North Central Conference to rush for over 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 10. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 10, 2015, 07:04:50 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes to hold four open tryouts this spring.

Montreal, March 10, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes will hold four open tryouts in different areas of the United States this spring, i.e. Ohio, Florida, Texas and California. All free agent international and national players are eligible to participate. National players must have previously been CFL draft eligible. The players who would like to register can do so via a form on the team's website at MontrealAlouettes.com.

Over the years, the Alouettes have discovered many talented players via these open tryouts. S.J. Green, Tanner Marsh, Brandon Rutley, Dominique Ellis and Jamaan Webb, who all saw action with the team in 2014, had previously showcased their talents during an open tryout.

OHIO
Where : University of Cincinnati
When: Saturday, April 11 at 8:00 a.m.

FLORIDA
Where : Historic Dodgertown at Vero Beach
When: Sunday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m.

TEXAS
Where : TCU campus
When: Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m.

CALIFORNIA
Where : San Jose State University
When: Sunday, April 26 at 12:00 p.m.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 11. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 11, 2015, 07:19:49 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes solidify the defensive line.

Montreal, March 11, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed international defensive linemen Cory Grissom, Damien Jacobs, Jerome Raymond and Markell Carter. Grissom, Jacobs and Raymond were members of the Alouettes extended practice roster last season.

Grissom (6'2", 316 lbs.) suited up for the University of South Florida Bulls for five seasons where he tallied 105 tackles in 46 outings. He was named on the second team All-Big East selection in 2012. The 24-year-old defensive tackle joined the New England Patriots as a free agent in 2013. The La Grange, GA native also spent some time with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins in 2014.

Jacobs (6'3", 204 lbs.), who was born in Gibson, LA, played in 23 games, starting four at the University of Florida. In his two seasons as a Gator, the defensive lineman recorded 34 tackles, including six for losses, as well as 2.5 sacks and one pass knock down. In 2014, Jacobs was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.

Raymond (6'3", 225 lbs.) registered 27 quarterback sacks and 41 tackles for losses during his collegiate career with the Morehead State University Eagles. In 2011, he earned First Team All-Pioneer honours. The Lawrenceville, GA defensive end was invited to the Atlanta Falcons rookie camp in 2012 and to the Jacksonville Jaguars mini-camp in 2013 before joining the New Orleans Voodoo of the Arena Football League last year.

Carter (6'4", 245 lbs.) was drafted in the sixth round (194th overall) by the New England Patriots on the 2011 NFL Draft where he spent one season on the practice roster. He then signed with the Calgary Stampeders in 2013, before playing for the Orlando Predators in the Arena Football League and the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League. During his collegiate playing days with the Central Arkansas University Bears, he cumulated 143 tackles and 16.5 sacks. He received All-Southland Conference honours after leading the league with 19 tackles for losses in 2010.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 19. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 19, 2015, 07:53:23 AM
Report direct from Als media. Kyries Hebert to kick off second edition of Lace it up! Football for her fundraiser.

Montreal, March 18, 2015 -  Montreal Alouettes' star linebacker Kyries Hebert will once again renew his close involvement with the community on Sunday, March 29 when the Ky Cares Foundation hosts the second edition of the annual "Lace it up! Football for her" fundraiser at the Club Sportif MAA located at 2070, Peel in downtown Montreal.

More than 100  female participants are expected to take part in the second edition of Lace it up! and they can expect a fun-filled day of learning, training and fundraising to benefit the Cedars Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will be going to the Breast Clinic at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Following an onsite football basics learning session, participants will be welcomed to join in various activities such as a live auction, games, contests, as well as an open-forum Q&A where they will be able to mingle and chat with the players.

What: Second edition of the annual "Lace it up! Football for her" fundraiser
Where: Club Sportif MAA. 2070, Peel in Montreal
When:  Sunday, March 29th 2015

Who: Montreal Alouettes players Kyries Hebert, Nicolas Boulay, Éric Deslauriers, John Bowman, Josh Bourke, Samuel Giguère, Brandon London, Tyrell Sutton, Jean-Christophe Beaulieu, Anwar Stewart and Samuel Fournier.

Women who wish to register can do so by clicking here: www.liu2015.eventbrite.com

About the Ky Cares Foundation:
Ky Cares Foundation works hard to positively affect the lives of the youth in and around the Montreal community through motivational speeches in churches and schools. Aside from creating programs to enrich the lives of youth; the Ky Cares Foundation is also dedicated to taking an active role in fundraising for Breast Cancer research.  Throughout the past 8 years, and through various speaking engagements and educational initiatives, the Foundation continues to activate many youth initiatives that help inspire, educate and motivate local youth on the fundamental importance of setting goals and getting a good education.

About the Cedars Cancer Foundation:Cedars Cancer Foundation is a hospital-based charity whose mission is to provide comprehensive cancer-care, education and funding to patients and health care professionals throughout the McGill University Health Center (MUHC). Since its inception, the Cedars Cancer Foundation has, and still continues to, fulfill its mission by providing much-needed funds for equipment, research, public-awareness, assistance to patients and family and to improving existing facilities.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated Mar 20. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on March 20, 2015, 04:42:21 PM
The NHL player surely not! Didn't think so but the headlines confused me for a second! Report direct from Als media! Joe Thornton to suit up for the Alouettes!

Montreal, March 20, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the club has added international linebacker Joe Thornton to the roster. The later signed a two-year contract with the team.

Thornton (6'2", 215 lbs.) had been playing for the Colorado Ice of the Indoor Football League (IFL) since 2011. Last season, he amassed 125 tackles, good for second place in the League. He also registered four quarterback sacks while picking off five passes, including a league-high three he returned for touchdowns. The 26-year-old was named a first-team IFL all-star.

In four seasons in the IFL, the Houston, TX native cumulated 235 tackles and eight interceptions in 32 games.

Prior to turning pro, Thornton played four seasons for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs with who he recorded 269 tackles, including 32.5 for losses. During his senior year, he collected 95 tackles good for first place on the team and sixth place in the All-Southern Conference, to which he was voted a second-team all-star.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated April 8. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on April 08, 2015, 11:49:02 AM
Report direct from Als media. Jean St-Onge becomes the new French voice for Alouettes games on the Cogeco 98,5fm radio network!

Montreal, April 8, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes, in partnership with the Cogeco 98.5 FM radio network, announced on Wednesday that Jean St-Onge will be the official Alouettes French play-by-play voice for the 2015 season. St-Onge has more than 30 years experience in sports journalism, and he'll be joined at the microphone by Jacques Dussault, with whom he has had a long-standing partnership calling Quebec university football games.

Longtime known for his major league baseball coverage of the Montreal Expos for la Presse Canadienne and TQS, Jean St-Onge called his first football games for RDS in the 1990s along with Mike Sutherland and Jacques Dussault. With Radio-Canada since 2001, he has had the opportunity to cover - with no shortage of emotion and passion - the biggest events in the football world, namely the Grey Cup, the Vanier Cup since 2009, and Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

"It is a true pleasure for me to be joined by my good friend Coach Dussault, who I have enjoyed working with for a long time now. I am also very grateful to Radio-Canada and 98,5fm for giving me this opportunity to call Alouettes games this season," St-Onge said.

"We are very happy to add such quality to our broadcast, added 98,5fm Sports Director Michel Tremblay. We are convinced that the presence of Jean St-Onge and Jacques Dussault will satisfy our listeners' expectations, as well as those of Alouettes fans."

Along with his many years of experience calling both professional and university football games, Jean St-Onge has also covered the daily activities of the Montreal Canadiens, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Euro 96, and Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays baseball. He was at both the Beijing 2008 Olympics and the Sotchi 2014 Olympics. At Sotchi 2014, he called the women's hockey tournament, which concluded with Canada's spectacular victory over the United States in the gold medal game.

"98.5 FM is the leader when it comes to sports radio broadcasting at the highest level and Jean St-Onge's addition to their team brings credibility, experience and passion to Alouettes broadcasts," said Mark Weightman, president and chief executive officer of the Montreal Alouettes.

The kick-off for the Alouettes 2015 season on the Cogeco 98,5fm radio network will be Saturday, June 13 when the Alouettes play the Ottawa REDBLACKS at Université Laval's Stade Telus, in the first pre-season game for both teams.

ABOUT THE ALOUETTES

The Montreal Alouettes have a rich history. Founded in 1946, the team has engraved its name on the Grey Cup seven times, emblematic of supremacy in the Canadian Football League, with the two most recent times being 2009 and 2010. Home games are played at Percival-Molson Memorial stadium, alongside Mount Royal. The team's 2015 season opener is at home against the Ottawa Redblacks on Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE COGECO NETWORK

The COGECO Network is a subsidiary of COGECO Inc., a diversified telecommunications industry whose subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:CGO). The COGECO Network has thirteen (13) radio stations in Québec: "talk" stations 98,5fm in Montreal, 106.9 FM in Mauricie, 107.7 FM in the Eastern Townships and 104.7 FM in Outaouais; CKOI 96.9 in Montreal, and members of the Rythme FM network: 105.7 in Montreal, 100.1 in Mauricie, 103.9 in St-Jérôme and 93.7 in the Eastern Townships, along with 92.5 The Beat and Radio Circulation 730 AM in Montreal, FM 93 and M FM 102.9 in Quebec City. COGECO is one of the largest Quebec-based radio broadcasters, and also includes the signage company Cogeco Métromédia.

Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 1. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 01, 2015, 09:16:13 AM
Alouettes transactions
Montreal, May 1, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that the team has released the following players:

Samuel Fournier (N), fullback, Laval

Cory Grissom (I), defensive lineman, South Florida

Jordan Hall (I), running back, Ohio State

Jerome Raymond (I), defensive end, Morehead State

Kris Redding  (I), defensive end, Wake Forest

Larry Taylor (I), receiver, Connecticut

Joe Thornton  (I), linebacker, Tennessee Chattanooga

From Charles Rooke
Title: Re: Updated May 11. Lots of reports from Als media! Logan! Wow Nik Lewis!
Post by: Myk Aussie on May 11, 2015, 12:16:33 PM
Report direct from Als media. Alouettes sign veteran kicker Ricky Schmitt.

Montreal, May 11, 2015 - The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that the club has signed veteran international kicker Ricky Schmitt, who attended the team's mini-camp last month in Vero Beach, FL, to a one-year deal.

Schmitt (6'3", 213 lbs.) played eight seasons of professional football, including the last one with the BC Lions where he suited up for 17 games, maintaining a 44.5 yard average on 139 punts. The Virginia Beach, VA native had previously played for two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders where he was named the team's Most Outstanding Special Teams Player for the 2013 season. The former Shepherd University Ram played in 35 CFL career-games.

Before joining the CFL, the 29-year-old kicker spent time with the Arizona Cardinals (2007, 2012), San Francisco 49ers (2008, 2009), Oakland Raiders (2008, 2009), Tennessee Titans (2010) and San Diego Chargers (2011).

Charles Rooke