February 12, 2020

Alouettes solidify their defensive unit

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Wednesday that the club has signed deals with American defensive back Monshadrik Hunter, as well as American defensive linemen Kingsley Opara and Logan Tago.

Hunter (6’1”, 193 lbs.) had a great season in 2019, as he finished third on the Edmonton Eskimos with 59 defensive tackles, while pilfering two passes and knocking down five other ones. The 24-year-old also registered a sack. The Prosper, TX native played 26 games in the CFL, amassing 85 defensive tackles, four interceptions, six knockdowns and one sack, on top of recovering a fumble.

With the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, Hunter established a new Sun Belt Conference record, returning four interceptions for touchdowns. In 59 games at the collegiate level, he amassed 222 tackles, including 142 solo tackles, while intercepting six passes and registering one sack. He also defended 11 passes, forced two fumbles and recovered as many.

Opara (6’3″, 300 lbs.) played one game with the Toronto Argonauts in 2019, following a brilliant collegiate career with the University of Maryland Terrapins. The Quincy, MA native recorded 79 tackles, including 37 solo and 11 for losses, as well as 4.5 sacks in 29 games with the Terrapins, while forcing a fumble, and recovering one as well. In his senior season at Maryland the 25-year-old defensive tackle made 26 tackles, including four in a game against Northwestern. He took part in the Houston Texans training camp in 2018, registering 2.5 tackles in the pre-season games.

Tago (6’3″, 250 lbs.) took part in the Seattle Seahawks rookie mini camp last spring, before joining the team for its final pre-season game. The 22-year-old previously played 46 games with the Washington State University Cougars. In 16 starts, the Samoan amassed 75 tackles, 16 tackles for losses and three sacks. He was named the second All-Pac-12 team in 2018 after registering 29 tackles, 10,5 tackles for losses and three sacks.