Als hire David Deschamps as assistant coach, place linebacker Ahmad Thomas on suspended list

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The Montreal Alouettes have named David Deschamps as an offensive and special teams assistant coach.

“David has been with us for over a year and we all know his work ethic,” said head coach Khari Jones in a statement. “He will support our staff and I am sure he will succeed.”

The 29-year-old joined the Alouettes in 2021 as the club’s equipment manager. He played five seasons under Danny Maciocia with the Université de Montréal Carabins between 2012 and 2016 at safety, linebacker, and kicker. He helped the team raise the Vanier Cup at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in 2014 and was on the Calgary Stampeders’ practice roster in 2017.

Deschamps joined Tony Iadeluca’s coaching staff with the Collège André-Grasset Phénix where he mentored the defensive backs and kickers from 2018 to 2020. In his first season, the team won its first Division 1 championship. His protégées made five interceptions in a convincing 41-17 win.

Montreal also placed seven American players on the suspended list, including running back Cameron Artis-Payne, running back Jordan Scarlett, running back Justin Stockton, offensive lineman Brian Fineanganofo, offensive lineman Tyler Roemer, linebacker Jawuan Johnson, and linebacker Ahmad Thomas.

Thomas is the most notable name as he was the club’s starting middle linebacker in 2021, recording 39 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, two sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble.

Canadian running back Ryth-Jean Giraud and American linebacker Erroll Thompson were signed, while American running back Al McKeller and American linebacker Qaadir Sheppard were released.