Als tighten East race
MONTREAL—The Montreal Alouettes’ quarterback carousel has taken a promising turn with 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.
The former Ohio State star, who only joined the Alouettes in August, threw three touchdown passes in his first CFL start as Montreal downed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 36-5 yesterday to tighten the race for playoff positions.
“My teammates have helped me out tremendously.”
The team announced this week that CFL all-time passing leader Anthony Calvillo, who has been out since August with a concussion, will not return this season.
That made finding a starter to finish out the campaign and take Montreal into the playoffs a priority.
Tanner Marsh had a good stretch but then faltered, as did Josh Neiswander.
Now it is Smith’s turn, and he passed the first test by completing 17-of-35 passes for 247 yards, three TDs, and no interceptions.
The third-place Alouettes (7-9) are hoping to overtake Hamilton (8-8) for second place in the East Division and the right to play host to a playoff game.
The teams meet again this Saturday in Guelph, with the winner taking the season series between the two clubs.