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November 7, 2019

Alouettes place nine on CFL East All-Star Team

The Canadian Football League announced its 2019 Division All-Stars on Wednesday and no less than nine players from the Montreal Alouettes were selected. Divisional All-Stars were chosen by Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) members as well as CFL head coaches.

Vernon Adams Jr.: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

In his first season as a starter Vernon Adams Jr. finished second in the CFL with 24 touchdown passes and finished in first place with 13 touchdowns (12 rushing and one receiving). The Pasadena, CA native completed 283 of his 431 passes for 3,942 yards in only 16 games. The American pivot leads the CFL with 46 completions of 20 yards or more and 1,451 yards. He represents a double threat for opposing defences as he rushed for 394 yards, maintaining an average of 4.8 yards per carry. He has a passer rating of 100.9 on the season.

William Stanback: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

In his second season in the CFL, Stanback reached the 1,000 rushing yards plateau as he finished the season with 1,048 rushing yards on 170 carries, while crossing the goal line five times. The 25-year-old also caught 33 passes for 329 yards. The Hempstead, NY native maintained a CFL leading 6.2 yards per carry average. On July 21, against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats he carried the ball 22 times for gains of 203 yards while adding 46 yards on one reception, allowing him to complete his day with 249 total yards.

Eugene Lewis: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

In his third season with the team, the 26-year-old receiver just completed his first 1,000 receiving yards season regardless of the level of play. He completed the season with 1,133 receiving yards on 72 receptions good for seventh place in the CFL. The Norristown, PA native amassed 100 yards or more in four games and scored five majors on the season.

Kristian Matte: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

Veteran Kristian Matte received a first nomination as an East Division All-Star after playing all of the team’s 18 games at centre. On top of limiting opposing teams to 39 quarterback sacks, Matte helped create the openings that allowed the team to reach second place in the CFL with 2,236 rushing yards, including William Stanback’s 1,048 rushing yards.

John Bowman (10th selection in the East)
East Division All-Star: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

This marks the ninth East Division all-star nomination for the Brooklyn, NY native. In his 14th season with the Alouettes, the 37-year-old proved once again that he belongs among the CFL elite. Bowman recorded 45 defensive tackles and registered eight sacks, with one interception. He started each of the Alouettes’ 16 games he played in 2019. With 230 game played, he currently sits third all-time in Alouettes’ history. He currently ranks first in the Alouettes with his 132-career sacks and in sixth place in the CFL with his 134-career sacks.

Henoc Muamba (3rd selection)
East Division All-Star: 2013, 2018, 2019

In his second stint with the Alouettes, the Kinshasa, Congo native had another great season in the nest this season. The 30-year-old athlete finished second in the league with 93 defensive tackles, a number that earned him the seventh all-time spot in Alouettes’ history. He also forced two fumbles and made an interception.

Patrick Levels: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

Levels finished in second place on the team with 86 defensive tackles and five sacks. The 25-year-old also knocked down two passes while forcing two fumbles. Consistent throughout the season, Levels played all 18 games and amassed a season high 11 defensive tackles against Ottawa on July 13.

Tommie Campbell: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019    West Division All-Star: 2016

Campbell played a primary role in the Alouettes secondary as most teams tried avoiding throwing the ball in his direction. The 32-year-old made three interceptions among those who did chose to throw the pigskin his way, while amassing 66 defensive tackles in 15 games. He also defended two passes and forced a fumble.

Greg Reid: 1st selection
East Division All-Star: 2019

In his first full season with the Alouettes, the 29-year-old defensive back completed the season with 71 defensive tackles, good for third place on the team. He knocked down ten passes, a summit on the team, which puts him among the CFL leaders in that category. The former Florida State Seminole also made three interceptions, while forcing a fumble and recovering one.