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May 25, 2016

Alouettes sign top three picks

MONTRÉAL –  The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed its first three draft picks from the 2016 CFL Canadian draft, offensive linemen Philippe Gagnon and Sean Jamieson, as well as running back Wayne Moore, to three-year deals.

Gagnon (6’4″, 311 lbs) played four seasons for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, helping the team win the National championship twice, in 2012 and 2013, before the Alouettes selected him in the first round (second overall) a few weeks ago.

Last season, the 23-year-old L’Ancienne-Lorette, QC native was part of an offensive line that helped running back Maxime Boutin lead the Quebec Conference with 678 rushing yards. The team finished fourth in the country with 1,688 rushing yards. Also, the Rouge et Or front-five allowed a conference-low seven sacks in eight games, which was tied for lowest total in Canada.

He was selected a Quebec Conference first team all-star and a CIS second team all star in 2014 and 2015. He finished atop all players at the CFL Combine when he bench pressed 225 pounds an impressive 40 times.

Moore (6’0″, 220 lbs.) was selected in the second round (11th overall) by Montreal. In eight games last season with the McMaster University Marauders, the Etobicoke, ON native carried the ball 108 times, good for 565 rushing yards, which was the seventh highest total in the Ontario Conference. He carried the ball across the goal line on three occasions. In four seasons at McMaster, Moore amassed 1,515 rushing yards on 270 carries, while scoring 13 touchdowns.

Jamieson (6’7″, 316 lbs.) was drafted in the third round (20th overall) out of Western Ontario University. Last season, the Winnipeg, MB native was elected an Ontario Conference first-team all-star. He helped the Mustangs dominate the run game, as the team completed the season with a CIS-high 2,947 total rushing yards, which was 1,027 yards more than the team that ranked second.