Riders sign two Americans, release Canadian FB Alexandre Dupuis

Photo courtesy: OUAZ Athletics

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American offensive lineman Ka’John Armstrong and American running back/returner Shamar Moreland.

Armstrong spent the 2021 season on the Roughrider practice roster after initially signing with the club in August 2021. In 2019, he was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. He also spent time with the Jaguars, the Broncos and the Falcons, suiting up for three preseason games.

The six-foot-five, 300-pound native of Detroit played 43 games over four seasons at Eastern Michigan (2014-18) taking snaps at both left tackle and guard. As a sophomore, he was part of an offensive line that allowed the second fewest tackles for loss in the FBS. That year the team also set a school record with 5,917 yards on offence.

Moreland comes to the Roughriders after four collegiate seasons (2018-21) at Ottawa University in Arizona. A standout at both running back and kick returner, he was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and First Team All-Sooner at running back as a senior.

The six-foot, 190-pounder led the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) with an average of 212.6 all-purpose yards per game and was ranked third in the nation with a 30.9 yards per kick return average. His four return touchdowns — two on kickoff and two on punt returns — were the most of any player in the country.

The native of Arizona played 28 career games with the Spirit, earning 2,256 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns and 641 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on offence, while adding a career 1,856 yards and four touchdowns on kick returns and 811 yards and five touchdowns on punt returns.

Moreland left OUAZ having amassed 5,603 all-purpose yards for an average of 200 all-purpose yards per game.

The Riders also cut national fullback Alexandre Dupuis, who revealed on Twitter that he requested his release from the team. He made three receptions for 12 yards and one touchdown in 2021 over 11 games with Saskatchewan.