Johnson’s signing shines light on CFL

With Montreal’s signing today of Chad Johnson, the Alouettes will feature an interesting offense this summer with Troy Smith (Ohio State) fighting for a job at quarterback and Tyrell Sutton from Northwestern vying for time in the backfield. Here’s a list of notable college or professional players from south of Canada:

British Columbia Lions
John Beck, QB/BYU (Dolphins)

Calgary Stampeders
Jonathan Hefney, CB/Tennessee
Adrian McPherson, QB/Florida State
Drew Tate, QB/Iowa

Edmonton Eskimos
Jonathan Crompton, QB/Tennessee
Jacory Harris, QB/Miami, FL
Desmond Marrow, CB/Toledo
Pat White, QB/West Virginia (Dolphins)

Hamilton Ti-Cats
Marcellus Bowman, LB/Boston College
Dan LeFevour, QB/Central Michigan
Justin Medlock, K/UCLA (Chiefs)
Tyler Tettleton, QB/Ohio

Montreal Alouettes
Chad Johnson, WR/Oregon State (Bengals)
Trevard Lindley, CB/Kentucky (Eagles)
Troy Smith, QB/Ohio State (Ravens)
Tyrell Sutton, RB/Northwestern

Ottawa Red Blacks
Henry Burris, QB/Temple
Jovon Johnson, CB/Iowa
Limas Sweed, WR/Texas (Steelers)

Saskatchewan Roughriders
Tyron Brackenridge, S/Washington State (Chiefs)
Darian Durant, QB/North Carolina
Macho Harris, CB/Virginia Tech (Eagles)
Tino Sunseri, QB/Pittsburgh

Toronto Argonauts
Ricardo Colclough, CB/Tusculum (Steelers)
Jeremiah Johnson, RB/Oregon
Aaron Maybin, DE/Penn State (Bills)
Jerious Norwood, RB/Mississippi State (Falcons)
Ricky Ray, QB/Sacramento State

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Brian Brohm, QB/Louisville (Packers)
Max Hall, QB/BYU

The pre-season kicks off with Toronto at Winnipeg on June 9. However, the regular season opens up on June 26 with the same match-up (Toronto at Winnipeg) on Thursday, June 26. Montreal will get their first glimpse of Chad Johnson on Saturday, June 28 when they travel to the western half of the state to meet Calgary. Edmonton’s Desmond Marrow will play at British Columbia on Saturday evening (June 28) while Marcellus Bowman’s Ti-Cats will meet Saskatchewan on June 29 (Sunday).

Local Flavor
…Former Mooney standout Desmond Marrow was signed with the Edmonton Eskimos in January. The former OHSAA was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, finished his collegiate career at Toledo with 6 interceptions and 204 tackles.

…Marcellus Bowman (Liberty alum) will return to Hamilton this summer to play his second season with the Tiger Cats. In his four years in the CFL (first three were spent in Winnipeg), Bowman has accumulated 154 tackles, 9 quarterback sacks and 2 interceptions.

Recap of 2013
-Calgary was the most dominant team in the regular season last year as they completed a 14-4 mark, three wins better than the next closest team. However, Saskatchewan got the better of the top seed by knocking the Stamps out of the playoffs (35-13) in the Western Division Finals. The next week, the Roughriders captured a 45-23 victory over Hamilton to secure the 101st Grey Cup win.

-The CFL’s Most Outstanding player award was given to the Stampeders’ third-year running back Jon Cornish. The Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Ohio’s own Chip Cox (LB) of Montreal.

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