Alouettes sign six players, including Canadian offensive lineman David Brown

Canadian offensive lineman David Brown No. 66. Photo courtesy: Brandon VandeCaveye.

The Montreal Alouettes have signed six players, including Canadian offensive lineman David Brown.

The six-foot-five, 300-pound Brown was dominant during his last two seasons with the Western University Mustangs, twice selected as an Ontario University Athletics all-star and helped the team hoist the Vanier Cup in 2017.

One year later, Brown helped Western top the U Sports offensive charts in with 48.3 points per game, and registering 261 points in four playoff games. In 2018, the 28-year-old was drafted in the fourth round, 28th overall by the Calgary Stampeders and played five games in Alberta.

The Als also signed five Americans, offensive lineman Cole Boozer, defensive lineman Landis Durham, linebacker Jermaine Grace, defensive back Adarius Pickett and receiver Rashad Ross.

The six-foot-five, 295-pound Boozer played four years for the Temple University Owls, where he was elected to the American Athletic Conference all-academic team in 2016. A year later, he was the only offensive player to have started every game for his team.

Boozer protected quarterback P.J. Walker for three years, helping him become the all-time passing and touchdowns leader at Temple. The 26-year-old Hunt Valley, MD native spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played for the DC Defenders in the XFL.

The six-foot-three, 255-pound Durham played four seasons with the Texas A&M University Aggies. The 23-year-old made 54 solo tackles and 57 assisted tackles while adding 17.5 sacks in 30 career games. The Plano, TX native forced three fumbles, recovered one and registered one knockdown. He was a member of the Los Angeles Rams practice roster.

The six-foot-one, 223-pound Grace played four seasons in the NFL, spending time with the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks and New York giants. The 27-year-old Hollywood, FL native played collegiately with the University of Miami Hurricanes, leading the team with 79 tackles, including six for losses, in 2015. In 24-career games in the NFL, Grace registered nine tackles.

The five-foot-11, 198-pound Pickett had a brilliant collegiate career with the UCLA Bruins, amassing 274 tackles, 20 knockdowns, seven interceptions, while forcing two fumbles and recovering one. In his senior season, he led all defensive backs in the country with 123 tackles.

His defensive prowess allowed the Berkeley, CA native to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots, as he was a member of their practice rosters in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The six-foot, 180-pound Ross played for seven NFL teams following two years with the Arizona State University Sun Devils. The Washington Football Team gave him his first shot at the professional level.

In 2015, after leading all NFL receivers in the pre-season with 266 yards on 25 receptions, including four touchdowns, the 31-year-old scored a major on a 101-yard kickoff return, on a fumble recovery and a reception that season. Most recently, the Vallejo, CA native caught 12 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown for the XFL’s DC Defenders in 2020.