The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed four players selected by the team during the 2017 CFL Canadian draft. Receivers Alexander Morrison and Malcom Carter, as well as offensive lineman Zach Annen and defensive back Ty Cranston have all agreed to three-year contracts with the club.
“We liked what all these players showed us in training camp last year,” said Alouettes General Manager Kavis Reed. “They all had outstanding final seasons at the amateur level and we look forward to having them with us on the field at training camp.”
Morrison (6’4″, 302 lbs.) returned to the UBC Thunderbirds for his final collegiate season after taking part in the Alouettes training camp in 2017. In 11 games with the Thunderbirds, the 25-year-old caught 42 passes for 707 yards while scoring ten majors. He made two catches good for 18 yards in the Alouettes two preseason games last June. The Alouettes fourth round pick (29th overall) was voted a Western Conference all-star following the 2015 season.
Carter (6’6″, 192 lbs.) had another great season with the Ottawa Sooners in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) in 2017, as he was named the Ontario Conference offensive player of the year following a year where he caught 23 passes for 423 yards, including seven touchdowns in only eight games. Selected in the sixth round (45th total) in the 2017 draft, the 22-year-old played three seasons for the Carleton University Ravens prior to joining the Sooners.
Annen (6’4″, 192 lbs.) completed his collegiate career with the Carleton University Ravens in 2017 after taking part in the Alouettes training camp. Selected in the fifth round (39th overall) by Montreal, the centre was selected an All-Canadian last fall. The 23-year-old aerospace engineering major helped strengthen the offensive line that helped running back Michael Arruda amass 1,110 rushing yards in only eight games, the second-highest count in the country. The line also allowed rookie quarterback Michael Arruda to pass for 2,146 yards and to become the second rookie in the school’s history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in one season.
Cranston (6’3″, 205 lbs.) helped the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees’ defensive squad lead the OUA by scoring a total of 14 interceptions in 2017, one in the team’s quarterfinal matchup. A few weeks after taking part in the Alouettes training camp, the 23-year-old began his final collegiate season during which he made 30 tackles in eight games, while forcing two fumbles and recovering one. He also knocked down four passes. He completed his university career with 159 tackles in 38 games.
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