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April 5, 2017

Alouettes add depth at the receiver and quarterback positions

MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the team bulked up at the receiver and quarterbacks positions, as receivers Danny Anthrop, TJ Graham, Andrew Opoku, Tobais Palmer, Alex Pierzchalski and Kenneth Scott have been added to the roster, along with quarterback Matthew Shiltz.

Anthrop (6’0″, 196 lbs.) played four seasons for the Purdue University Boilemakers before participating in the 2016 Indianapolis Colts training camp. The 23-year-old completed his college career with 113 receptions good for 1,384 yards, while scoring nine receiving touchdowns in 43 games. The West Lafayette, IN native also returned 19 kickoffs for 339 yards.

Graham (5’11”, 188 lbs.) was drafted in the third round (69th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in 2012, following an impressive collegiate career with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, where he set a new ACC record with 3,153 kickoff return yards in four seasons, including two for touchdowns. The 27-year-old also caught 99 passes for 1,453 yards and 12 touchdowns. He scored two more majors on punt returns. The Raleigh, NC native also spent time with the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles.

Opoku (6’4″, 215 lbs.) displayed his versatility during his collegiate career with the University of Delaware Blue Hens, as he played at both the linebacker and receiver positions during three seasons, after spending a season with the University of Connecticut Huskies. In 45 games at the college level, the 26-year-old athlete cumulated 29 tackles, while catching four passes for 65 yards and one touchdown. He was invited to the Indianapolis Colts training camp in 2016.

Palmer (5’11”, 205 lbs.) caught 91 passes for 1,277 yards and 11 majors with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, prior to joining the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. The 27-year-old athlete from Pittsboro, NC was also a member of the San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers and Carolina Panthers.

Pierzchalski (6’04”, 220 lbs.) spent two seasons with the Ottawa REDBLACKS, prior to joining the Alouettes practice roster last season. The Ottawa, ON native was drafted in the second round, 18th overall, by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft. In 32 games with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, Pierzchalski amassed 1,617 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns on 149 catches. The 25-year-old played 29 games throughout his professional career.

Scott (6’3″, 211 lbs.) played his collegiate football with the University of Utah Utes where his 127 career-receptions put him second on the school’s all-time list. The 24-year-old receiver from Fontana, CA amassed 1,464 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. During the Las Vegas Bowl following the 2014 season, he caught six passes for gains of 61 yards.

Shiltz (6’2″, 195 lbs.) played for four seasons with the Butler University Bulldogs. As a starter during his senior year, the 24-year-old completed 218 of his 381 passes, good for 2,713 yards and 19 touchdowns. The St. Charles, IL native also amassed 639 rushing yards, while scoring ten majors on 126 carries during that same season. He completed the season with an average of 304,7 yards of offence per game, which was the fifth best total in the country. He completed his college career with 4,042 passing yards after completing 324 of his 552 passes.