February 13, 2020

Alouettes add muscle to the defensive line

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Thursday that the club has maintained their rights on defensive linemen Woody Baron, Bo Banner and Lord Hyeamang, on top of signing defensive end Adrian Tracy.

Baron (6’1”, 270 lbs.) was productive in his second season in the nest with 27 defensive tackles, one sack and one knockdown in 18 games. The 26-year-old also recovered a fumble. During his rookie season in 2018, the Chicago, IL native made a good impression with 28 defensive tackles and four sacks. The former Virginia Tech University Hokie spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys before his arrival in Montreal.

Banner (6’2”, 235 lbs.) played 18 games with the team in 2019, registering 15 defensive tackles, nine on special teams and adding one sack. In his rookie season, the Canadian took part in 16 games amassing four defensive tackles, three on special teams and one sack. The defensive end was a third-round pick (19th overall) in the 2018 CFL Draft. The 24-year-old played collegiately for the Eastern Washington University Eagles.

Tracy (6’3″, 245 lbs.) played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the last five seasons, amassing 131 defensive tackles and 21 quarterback sacks in 58 games, while forcing five fumbles and intercepting two passes. In only eight games in 2019, the 31-year-old made 11 defensive tackles, three sacks and forced two fumbles.

The Fairfax, VA native was drafted in the sixth round (184th total) by the New York Giants in 2010. He played three seasons in New York, registering 12 tackles and one sack, on top of forcing two fumbles. He helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI, a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots. The former College of William & Mary student also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals prior to joining the Tiger-Cats.

Hyeamang (6’4”, 285 lbs.) played two games with the Alouettes in 2019. The Lakeville, MN native spent time with the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. The former Columbia University Lion was a First Team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, starting all ten games and racking up 24 tackles and two sacks. During his collegiate career, the 23-year-old totaled 76 tackles, 14 tackles for losses and three sacks.