The Montreal Alouettes have signed new contracts with national receiver Felix Faubert-Lussier and defensive lineman Jean-Samuel Blanc.
The six-foot-one, 245-pound Blanc has played on the Als d-line for five seasons and suited up in 71 games while registering 59 special teams tackles. In 2019, the 30-year-old led the Alouettes with 21 special teams tackles, which ranked fifth place in the CFL. The Montreal native joined the Alouettes as a free agent in 2015 after spending his USports career with the University of Montreal Carabins, with whom he won the Vanier Cup in 2014.
The six-foot-one, 212-pound Faubert-Lussier played his first year with the Alouettes in 2019 after two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who drafted him in the fifth round, 39th overall in the 2016 CFL Draft. In 2019, the 29-year-old caught nine passes for 102 yards in 16 games while registering two special teams tackles. The Montreal native played for the Laval University Rouge et Or from 2012 to 2016 and won three Vanier Cups.
The Alouettes have also signed a group of other Canadians. Linebacker DJ Lalama, defensive lineman Bo Banner, receiver Kaion Julien-Grant, defensive back Dominique Termansen, and defensive tackle Cameron Lawson.
The six-foot, 22-pound Lalama made 25 defensive tackles and eight on special teams, adding one sack and one tackle for a loss in 11 games in Montreal in 2019. The 27-year-old was named one of the CFL Players of the Week just before the playoffs. The Winnipeg native started his career with the Als in 2017 before joining the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2019. He came back in the nest in August 2019. He was selected in the 2016 CFL Draft by the Edmonton Football Team.
The six-foot-two, 235-pound Banner 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 previous year, 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 25-year-old played collegiately for the Eastern Washington University Eagles.
The six-foot-two, 197-pound Julien-Grant played his first professional season in 2019 when he returned seven kick-offs for 112 yards, while making a catch for eight yards. The 24-year-old was drafted in the second round, 13th overall by the Alouettes in 2019. That came after making 49 catches for 638 yards and scoring five majors in his last season with the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men. His father Karim played three seasons in the CFL, including one with the Alouettes in 2004.
The five-foot-11, Termansen made six defensive tackles and one on special teams, while recovering a fumble in nine games with the Alouettes in 2019. The 26-year-old defensive back started last season with the B.C. Lions, where he registered five tackles and one forced fumble in two games. The North Vancouver, B.C. native started his career in Montreal in 2016 and 2017 before playing with the Lions the next two years. He won the 2015 Vanier Cup with the UBC Thunderbirds.
The six-foot-three, 287-pound Lawson was selected in the second round, 16th overall by the Alouettes in 2020 after being named the OUA lineman of the year in 2019, on top of being named a second-team All-Canadian while playing for the Queen’s University Golden Gaels. The Caledon, Ontario native registered 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games that season.