January 9, 2013

Alouettes sign Quebec kicker William Dion


William Dion.

MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday the signing of non-import kicker William Dion to a three-year deal.

Dion (5’11’’, 210 lbs.) played five seasons with the Sherbrooke University Vert et Or from 2008 to 2012, where he set a new CIS record for most career field goals with 82.

Last season, the 25-year-old from Drummondville, QC became the all-time CIS leader when he split the uprights for a 72nd time on October 6, one more than the mark set by the Calgary Dinos’ Aaron Ifield in 2010.

“We have been impressed with William as he has continued to raise his level to one that is deserving of a chance to compete in a CFL training camp,” said Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp.

The fifth-year senior successfully connected on 16 of his 24 field goal attempts during his final year at Sherbrooke, good for 66%, including one from 40 yards out. The former Champlain-Lennoxville Cougar also handled all the kicking duties for Sherbrooke in 2012, averaging 52.6 yards on kickoffs and 39.2 yards on punts.

Dion ended his stellar university career ranked fourth on the CIS all-time scoring list with 374 career points.