Alouettes sign three Canadians, including a running back

The Alouettes have signed running back Chucks Okafor, linebacker Adrian Clarke and long snapper Emmett Tims, all nationals.

Okafor played two seasons with Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013 and 2014. The 23-year-old running back gained 106 yards and scored one touchdown on 23 rushes with the Golden Hawks.

Clarke was drafted in the fourth round, 32nd overall during the 2014 CFL draft. The 26-year-old has played 50 games over three seasons and made 25 special teams tackles. He played collegiately for Bishop’s University.

Tims was drafted in the sixth round, 50th overall by the Alouettes in the 2016 CFL draft. He finished his time at the University of Saskatchewan as a defensive lineman but more importantly, a standout long snapper.

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22 Comments on Alouettes sign three Canadians, including a running back

  1. Als critic // April 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm //

    So this is the KR plan to improve the league’s worst offence?

    • Als critic // April 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm //

      How about Stangby, McDuffie, even Kenny Shaw.

    • No, if they sign nationals it’s about trying to find backups to meet the ratio. All teams are scrambling to sign nationals, nothing to do with trying to improve the offense or defense. The same as the Canadian draft, sign as many nationals as you can and the better ones will stick around and be groomed as special teams and backups.

  2. Doug Mc Clintock // April 5, 2018 at 12:13 pm //

    Talking about Canadian players, can they play as well against their counterparts in the USA ? Years ago the Grey Cup champs played against the NFL winner and the USA was a winner big time ! Would they bring this back ? Some say better coaching in the USA makes the difference !

    • MJ Bandit // April 5, 2018 at 4:31 pm //

      ???

      Some of the stuff i read here is just mind-boggling. Is smoking crack a prerequisite to post here ?

      When the did the GC Champs ever play the “NFL winner” – in your version of Madden Football somehow/somewhere ?

      FYI – a long time ago 50s/early 60s – some NFL teams did play exhibition games against some CFL teams. The NY Giants beat the Ottawa Rough Riders; the Cardinals beat the Argos; and the Hamilton Tiger Cats beat the Buffalo Bills.

      If you want more recent and real (not make-believe) evidence of Canada vs. the USA in football; there have been a good number of World Junior or international tournaments (used to be played during Super Bowl week); and Canada has won a good number of these games against the US. Just FYI. You might be able to look them up somehow, if you really cared; which I don’t think you do; and the results would hurt your obvious pre-conceived notions – big time. You’re a real winner pal.

      • B.C. Dave // April 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm //

        Not sure your comparison is fair either…Didn’t EVERYBODY beat the Buffalo Bills back then? LOL

      • Yes it is, most of those posting garbage here are the drunks you see in Hamilton and Saskatchewan on game day.

    • Nonsense!! the Grey Cup winner NEVER played the NFL winner……….lol
      How could they? the CFL has TWO MORE players on the field and different rules that the NFL players wouldn’t know. But almost all of the starting CFL players would know the NFL rules. The size of the field is different, you couldn’t play NFL rules on a Canadian sized field and you couldn’t play on an NFL sized field with Canadian rules and 2 more players on a smaller field.
      Wake up

  3. There is plenty of talented undrafted CIS players who can play in the CFL. They just need some development time

    • They get a lot of development time. Check out the Canadian draft for the past few years, many of these guys are still on rosters and are backups or reserves that practice every day with the team.
      If they are good enough they would be playing.
      The problem is the NCAA players are bigger, faster, stronger, better coached and play twice as many games as a CIS team, it’s a full time career for NCAA players.
      A CIS player has never been up against a NCAA or ex-NFL player.
      You can give all the “development time” you want but they aren’t going to beat out an NCAA guy except when they are put on the team to make the ratio

  4. Edward Leslie // April 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm //

    Doug, look again. After winning the first games (not always easily), they lost the last game. Hamilton beat Buffalo. After that indignity, the Americans never challenged Canada at pro football again.
    Kind of like how we kicked their butts back in the War of 1812. Ahh, I remember it well!

    • That was 60 years ago and Buffalo was NOT an NFL team…………the Bills had just joined the new AFL.
      At that time the AFL was a league where the players couldn’t make the NFL.

      As for the war of 1812 – think again, we didn’t kick any butts. The Brits got their asses kicked on the seas by the new US navy, the Brits tried to invade New Orleans and other cities in the south and got kicked out. The USS Constitution sank the biggest and fasted RN ships.
      If you are talking about the US militia and farmers that crossed over to battle regular Bit soldiers that is one very SMALL part of the War of 1812.
      Read your HIstory Books not just the Canadian one-sided overblown stories that only talk about one small area of the War

      • Yes, I agree you have to read the history of the War of 1812, we read the propoganda about the “skirmishes” along the Canadian border but the real war was started when the Brit Navy was stopping all US ships and looking for deserters and Irish men.
        The US kicked their butts at sea and drove them out of the South when they invaded.
        It’s a shame how our history books don’t cover the whole war of 1812, it’s like saying that the Germans won WWII because they invaded France, Belguim etc forget the rest of the war.

        • Yes, take a look at the history. Your version is a bit lop-sided. This is the only war besides Vietnam that the US lost. They thought it was their god-given destiny to rule “from the Gulf of Mexico to the regions of eternal frost.” Yes they raided York and burned the Parliament Buildings. In turn the American White House was painted white to cover the burnt places the Canadian Militia inflicted on it. The British were very kind to the Americans in the peace settlement. But by all means read the whole thing.

    • How is a game between a 1960 CFL team and an expansion AFL team got to do with anything??
      The AFL at that time was not part of the NFL and besides the majority of the Hamilton players were AMERICAN not Canadian. We recruited American players because………….they are BETTER and still are better.

  5. Edward Leslie // April 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm //

    Als critic: Teams bring A LOT of players to training camp. Not everyone has to be M.O.P. material.

    As for the Ottawa castoffs coming to Montreal, I’m doubtful. Montreal definitely has issues, but kick returners aren’t one. With Stefan Logan and Chris Williams, do they need Mcduffie?
    And would Stangby and an injured Kenny Shaw be upgrades over Williams, Ernest Jackson, BJ Cunningham, former NFLer TJ Graham and Canadian rookie George Johnson? Don’t think so.

    • I hope the Alouettes have a significant upgrade on Stef Logan, somewhere in the wings.

      Logan was 7th in the league in punt returns and 14TH in punt return average, and while he was second in total kickoff returns (gee, wonder why?), he was 23RD in the league in kickoff return average.

      If Reed’s ludicrous Josh Freeman “hail mary” has a chance of working, we’re going to need better field position than 14th and 23rd best in the league from our kick returner.

  6. Bring back our Als // April 7, 2018 at 10:18 am //

    Logan had a lot of yards on kickoffs because the Als gave up so many touch downs. Punt and I don’t think he ran any back for Touchdowns

  7. The Als still haven’t hired Quality control coaches,what are they waiting for?

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