Montreal Alouettes re-sign Canadian LB Brian Harelimana

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The Montreal Alouettes have re-signed Canadian linebacker Brian Harelimana to a two-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through 2024.

The six-foot-two, 228-pound defender was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 CFL Draft out of the Université de Montréal. He has since played 26 games for the Alouettes, recording 14 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

“Brian has continued to improve since we drafted him,” said general manager Danny Maciocia in a statement. “He is a versatile player who brings a lot to our defensive unit. Whether it’s in the locker room, on the field or in the community, Brian always raises his hand, which is why he is appreciated by everyone.”

The 27-year-old dressed for all 18 regular season games in 2022 and made three starts at weak-side linebacker. He made 12 defensive tackles, six special team tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble.

The native of Laval, Que. was a three-time RSEQ first-team all-star as a member of the Carabins as well as a first-team U Sports All-Canadian in 2018 and a second-team U Sports All-Canadian in 2019.

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Montreal has also signed American defensive lineman L.B. Mack III. The 25-year-old played six games with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last year, recording five defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, and two sacks.

The six-foot-two, 230-pound edge rusher played collegiately at the University of Rhode Island. He was named second-team Colonial Athletic Association All-Conference in 2021 and finished his career second in program history in tackles for loss with 39 and fourth in sacks with 21.