Alouettes release 15 on cutdown day, including QB Mike Glass III

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The Montreal Alouettes have released 15 players ahead of Saturday’s CFL roster deadline, including quarterback Mike Glass III.

Glass dressed for both of Montreal’s preseason games but only saw action in the first, completing five-of-seven passes for 47 yards. He lost out to Caleb Evans and Davis Alexander in the race to back up new franchise quarterback Cody Fajardo.

The six-foot, 209-pound passer was a standout at Eastern Michigan University, throwing for 4,193 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions over two seasons with the Eagles (2018-19). He also carried the ball 189 times for 840 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The 25-year-old initially started his collegiate career at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. where he threw for 1,399 yards, 14 touchdowns, and three interceptions in 2016.

Prior to arriving in the CFL, Glass was a backup with the Massachusetts Pirates of the Indoor Football League. He made his first career start in April 2022 and threw for 146 yards and four touchdowns in a 36-22 win over the Iowa Barnstormers.

Among the other players released by the club were American running back A.J. Rose; receivers John Brunner and Trevon Clark; offensive lineman Matt Dale; defensive linemen Michael Kennedy, L.B. Mack III, and Natrez Patrick; linebacker Chris Moore; and defensive backs Ja’Len Embry and Reggie Stubblefield. The club also parted ways with their first-round pick in the 2023 Global Draft, defensive lineman Simon Sandberg, as well as three Canadians in offensive lineman Rodeem Brown, defensive lineman Vincent Desjardins, and linebacker Alec Poirier.

Three 2023 CFL Draft picks were placed on the suspended list with the intention of returning to school, including offensive lineman Theo Grant, defensive back Maxym Lavallée, and fullback Jacob Mason.

In addition, the Alouettes added 13 players to their practice roster, including American receivers Quartney Davis, James Letcher, and Tyler Snead; offensive lineman Jamar McGloster; defensive linemen Kivon Bennett and Jabari Ellis; and defensive backs Kabion Ento and Kordell Rodgers. Also sticking on PR are Canadian defensive back Tysen-Otis Copeland and receiver Shedler Fervius, as well as three Global players in punter Rhys Byrns, kicker Jose Maltos, and receiver Kevin Kaya.

Montreal is scheduled to kick off their 2023 campaign on Saturday, June 10, when they host the Ottawa Redblacks.