The Montreal Alouettes have signed Canadian offensive lineman David Foucault.
The native of Lasalle, Quebec rejoins Danny Maciocia after the two spent time together at the University of Montreal.
The six-foot-right, 319-pound Foucault played three seasons with the B.C. Lions (2017-2019) after being selected by the Alouettes in the first round, fifth overall during the 2014 CFL Draft.
That same year, Foucault played five games with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He continued to develop on the team’s practice roster as the team reached Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
In 2019, his work on the offensive line helped Lions running back John White amass 1,004 rushing yards, fourth place in the CFL. Foucault protected Mike Reilly and led to the quarterback connecting with Lions receiver Bryan Burnham for 1,492 receiving yards and 11 majors, second in the CFL in both categories.
“I’ve known David since his playing days with the Carabins. His hard work is contagious, and his imposing stature will be reassuring for our offensive players”, Maciocia said in a statement. “David brings another dimension and depth to our offensive line. We are very pleased to have added this talented football player to our roster.”
The Alouettes have also signed three players from the 2020 CFL DraftL defensive lineman Brock Gowanlock, receiver Vincent Alessandrini, as well as running back Colton Klassen.
The six-foot-three, 230-pound Gowanlock played four seasons for the University of Manitoba Bisons before being selected in the eighth round, 66th overall by the Alouettes in 2020. In 2019, the Duncan, B.C. native registered 35 tackles and one sack, on top of knocking down one pass. In the Hardy Cup semi-final, he added five tackles and half a sack.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound Alessandrini was drafted in the seventh round, 60th overall by the Alouettes in the 2020 CFL Draft. The 24-year-old receiver spent four seasons with the Concordia University Stingers (2016-2019).
In his rookie U Sports season, Alessandrini led the Quebec Conference with an average of 6.5 yards per reception, finishing the campaign with 554 yards, second in the RSEQ, on 52 receptions and one touchdown. In 17 career university games, the Laval native played 17 games and recorded 95 catches, totalling 1,153 yards and two majors.
The five-foot-eight, 200-pound Klassen played under former Alouettes all-time great Scott Flory for four seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. In his senior season in 2019, the Saskatoon native amassed 510 rushing yards on 87 carries, while scoring three touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 194 yards and one major.
Klassen was named a Canada West conference all-star in 2018 and 2019. He was selected in the eighth round, 69th overall by the Alouettes in 2020.