National cornerback Shamar Busby playing for Alphas of The Spring League

Photo courtesy: Southeastern Louisiana

Canadian cornerback Shamar Busby has made his way to The Spring League.

Busby went unselected in the 2019 CFL Draft after recording 43 tackles and five knockdowns at Southeastern Louisiana University. He ran a 4.68 forty-yard dash at the CFL National Combine at five-foot-ten and 190 pounds.

The 24-year-old signed with the Ottawa Redblacks but was released at the end of training camp. He later joined the practice roster with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in October and was under contract for 2020 but the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Busby was born in Philadelphia but counts as a national in the CFL because he was raised in Montreal. The Spring League will allow him the opportunity to perform, get film, and potentially generate renewed interest from teams north of the border.

The Alphas head coach is Peter Vaas, who served as the offensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes in 1996. He most notably served as the head coach of the Berlin Thunder and Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe from 2000 to 2005.

The team also features offensive lineman Chris Schleuger who was a member of the Montreal Alouettes in 2019. He started eight games at right tackle and five games at left tackle, including the East Semi-Final against Edmonton.

The Alphas open their season against the Aviators on Thursday, May 6.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.