December 17, 2018

Alouettes sign new deals with six players from practice roster

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed six players that were on their practice roster in 2018, including former Université de Sherbooke long snapper Maxime Latour. With the other players put under contract are cornerback Marcellus Pippins, offensive lineman Andrew Erbes, linebacker Jason Hall and receivers Damond Powell and Zac Parker. All players signed one-year contracts.

Latour (6’4”, 250 lbs.)
played for Sherbrooke University Vert et Or in U Sports League where he spent four seasons. The long snapper from Valleyfield, Qc. made a good impression at Kohl’s Camp last January in Jacksonville. One month later, the 25-year-old receive an invitation to participate in a professional camp in Phoenix.

Pippins (5’10”, 178 lbs.)
played 42 games with the Washington State University Cougars, while being a starter for 31 of them. The 23-year-old cornerback recorded 104 tackles, 6.5 for losses, one sack, five interceptions, 19 knockdowns, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. The Richmond, CA native also returned a blocked field goal over 72 yards for a touchdown. Last January, he took part in the Tropical Bowl. 

Erbes (6’2”, 310 lbs.) wore a few different uniforms at the collegiate level. The 23-year-old Alamogordo, NM native started off with the Arizona State University Sun Devils, before playing for the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds and then the UNLV Rebels. At Mesa Community College, he was part of an offensive line that enabled Mesa to average 28 points and 424.2 yards of total offence per game. He earned all-Western States Football League honours and was an all-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference choice as well.

Hall (6’3”, 218 lbs.)
was a productive defender during his time with the Texas University Longhorns. After entering the starting lineup as a true freshman, the 22-year-old linebacker started 32 of the 48 games he played in for the Longhorns, finishing his career with 174 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions and 13 knockdowns. The native of South Grand Prairie, TX took part in the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons‘ training camps.

Parker (5’9”, 190 lbs.)
started his collegiate career with Liberty University Flames. In 35 games he collected 79 receptions, adding 740 yards and one touchdown. He returned 21 punts, registering 144 yards and one touchdown. On eight kickoff returns, he gained 111 yards. The 24-year-old helped his team to an undefeated season and claiming the CIAA Championship title. The receiver from Reston, VA was named to the 2017 All-CIAA Honorable Mention team. In 11 games, he made 34 catches, registering 676 yards and four touchdowns. He returned eight kickoffs adding 135 yards and 19 punts totalizing 212 yards and one touchdown. He took part in the Washington Redskins‘ training camp in 2018.

Powell (5”11′, 180 lbs.)
played two seasons for the Iowa University Hawkeyes. In 20 games, he caught 31 balls for 608 yards and five touchdowns. The 26-year-old receiver signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, but didn’t take part in their training camp due to an injury. The Toledo, OH native played two years in the All-Indoor Football League and was named to their First Team All-IFL while he was with the Cedar Rapids Titans. He also played for the Sioux Falls Storm.