Alouettes add Canadian quarterback Adam Sinagra as non-counter following 2020 CFL draft

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The Montreal Alouettes have added Canadian quarterback Adam Sinagra as a non-counter following the 2020 Canadian Football League draft.

Every CFL team is allotted two national players they can bring to training camp as long as they have not played a down in the CFL. Those additions, just like CFL draft picks, do not count as part of the 75-man roster.

During the 2019 U Sports East-West Bowl, a showcase event for the next class of Canadian talent available for the 2020 draft, Sinagra threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns while leading the West team to a 35-17 victory.

Sinagra finished his U Sports career as a Vanier Cup champion beating Danny Maciocia’s University of Montreal Carabins 27-13 to capture the University of Calgary’s first national title since 1995. The senior QB played a pivotal role in the victory, capturing the Ted Morris Memorial Trophy awarded to the game’s Most Valuable Player. He completed 22-of-28 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

“He’s the best quarterback in the country right now,” Maciocia said prior to the contest. “I’m actually a bit upset right now because I just heard Adam speak French, which really upsets me because I didn’t recruit him.”

The 2018 Hec Crighton Trophy winner rewrote the record books on the way to capturing the most prestigious individual award in Canadian university football. Sinagra set a new U Sports single-season passing record with 3,233 yards – averaging over 404 yards per game – and added 23 touchdowns. The Dinos signal caller put on a display for the ages in Saskatoon on Sept. 14, 2018, passing for 569 yards against the University of Saskatchewan, which ranks second-most in a single game all-time.

Sinagra spent an extra year in CEGEP at John Abbott College and has produced at a high level ever since. Sinagra was the 2016 Hardy Cup MVP, then came off the bench to throw for 276 yards and one touchdown against Laval in the Vanier Cup that year. He led the Dinos to another Hardy Cup title in 2017 during his first year as the full-time starter and passed for 318 yards in a hard-fought defeat to Laval in the championship game once again.

There were teams intrigued with Sinagra heading into the draft, however 73 picks passed without his name called. In the past, Sinagra attended Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos training camp as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program. Whenever football resumes in the CFL, it will be a real shot for Sinagra in his hometown.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.