Alouettes sign former University of Montreal receiver Kevin Kaya, four 2021 Global Draft picks

The Montreal Alouettes have signed French receiver Kevin Kaya, who played for the University of Montreal Carabins while Danny Maciocia was head coach.

The six-foot-four, 175-pound Kaya completed his U Sports career in 2019, finishing second in the Quebec Conference with 597 receiving yards on 45 receptions with one touchdown. The 26-year-old Nancy, France native was selected as an RSEQ first-team all-star, as well as a second team All-Canadian. He caught three passes for 33 yards in the 2019 Vanier Cup loss against the University of Calgary Dinos.

The Als also signed deals with their four players selected in the 2021 Global Draft: Australian kicker Joseph Zema, Japanese linebacker Akio Yamagishi, Japanese running back Taku Lee, and Swedish defensive back William James.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound Zema played 11 games for Incarnate Word University in Texas in 2017, during which he maintained a 46.7-yard average on 77 punts, forcing opposing teams to start from inside their 20-yard line on 20 occasions. In 2019, the Melbourne, Australia native played for the San Antonio Commanders in the AAF, where he averaged 45.8 yards on 37 punts.

The five-foot-10, 219-pound Yamagishi suited up for the Fujitsu Frontier of the Japanese X-league, helping his team win six consecutive Rice Bowl national championships between 2014 and 2019. He also was the kicker for his team. Voted team captain, he won the College Football Player of the Year award in Japan in 2016.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound Lee helped the Obic Seagulls win the Japan X-League championship last year, completing the game with 111 rushing yards on 21 carries. He scored both of his team’s majors in a 13-7 win. He then helped his team go on to win the Rice Bowl.

The five-foot-11, 195-pound James played for the Dresden Monarchs in the German League in 2018, before stops in Australia, Finland, and his native Sweden. He played two seasons for the North Dakota University Fighting Hawks in the NCAA. In 23 games, he registered 94 tackles, one sack, while forcing three fumbles and knocking down four passes.

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