Montreal Alouettes sign Central Connecticut State standout Tyshaun James

Photo courtesy: Central Connecticut State Athletics

The Montreal Alouettes have signed American receiver Tyshaun James.

James played in 43 games over four seasons at Central Connecticut State, setting a new program record with 18 career receiving touchdowns. The added 114 catches for 1,881 yards and rushed for 294 more on 61 carries while scoring six times on the ground.

A converted high school quarterback, James was twice named first-team All-NEC, earning the honour in 2019 and 2021.  His best season came in 2019 when he posted 1,145 all-purpose yards and a conference-leading 14 touchdowns — nine receiving and five rushing — while leading the Blue Devils to an NEC Championship.

The six-foot-two, 214-pound pass catcher earned an invitation to the University of Connecticut pro day following his senior season, posting a 4.49-second 40-yard dash. He also recorded a 10-foot, 11-inch broad jump, a 37.5-inch vertical, and 22 reps on the bench, while clocking 7.07 seconds in the three-cone and 4.39 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.

James was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 2022 but was cut following his first preseason game.