11 Montreal Alouettes Named To CFL East All-Star Team


The Montreal Alouettes may have finished second in the CFL’s East Division but finished with the most players on the East Division all-star team.

They finished with one more player than the Hamilton Tiger Cats who had 10. Toronto had the remaining seven while Ottawa had none.

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It isn’t really a surprise as the Alouettes have great players at so many positions. You could argue that they could have had more. A notable snub was offensive tackle Jeff Perrett – who was named the Alouettes top offensive lineman. The difference is that the team awards are voted on by the local media. The all-star teams are cast by league-wide media members.

It is possible that Perrett – who was also the Alouettes nominee for Outstanding Canadian – can be the East’s top offensive lineman but not an all-star.

The two tackle spots went to Toronto’s Chris Van Zeyl and Perrett’s teammate Josh Bourke. Let’s take a look at the rest of the all-stars. Some of the notes are courtesy the Montreal Alouettes communications department.

Running back: Brandon Whitaker (2nd selection)
East Division All-Star: 2011 and 2014

In 13 games, Whitaker ran for a total of 764 rushing yards as well as a touchdown in 169 rushes. His season was cut short due to a foot injury on October 10. At the time, Whitaker was ranked first among running backs for rushing yards. Although he has missed the past five games, he still ranks fourth in the CFL in this category.

Receiver: Duron Carter (1st selection)
East Division All-Star : 2014

It’s hard to believe that Carter was not an all-star last season. Carter placed third in league receiving with 1030 yards and seven touchdowns on 75 catches.

Receiver: S.J Green (4th selection)
East Division All-Star: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Green was a major contributor to the Alouettes offense, racking up 835 receiving yards as well as four touchdowns on 53 catches.

Tackle: Josh Bourke (7th selection)
East Division All-Star : 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

In his eighth season with Montreal, Bourke proved once again that he’s among the best tackles in the league with his seventh straight selection to the East Division All-Star team. The veteran appeared in all 18 contests this season and he continued to perform at a high level, ensuring the Alouettes offensive line allowed only 30 sacks – good for second-fewest in the CFL.

Centre : Luc Brodeur-Jourdain (2nd selection)
East Division All-Star: 2012 , 2014

Brodeur-Jourdain worked in front of four different quarterbacks. The offensive line also allowed Brandon Whitaker lead the CFL in rushing yards before his injury thanks to some stellar blocking.

Defensive Tackle: Alan-Michael Cash (1st selection)
East Division All-Star: 2014

In only 12 outings this year, Cash recorded 33 defensive tackles including three sacks. The 3-year veteran helped the defensive squad record 51 sacks this season – good for the third in the CFL.

Defensive end: John Bowman (5th selection)
East Division All-Star: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014

In 17 contests this season, Bowman amassed 45 defensive tackles including 12 sacks, which ranked him fifth in the league.

Linebacker: Bear Woods (1st selection)
East Division All-Star: 2014

Bear Woods had two Defensive Player of the Month titles as well as one Player of the Week honour in Week 14. In only 12 appearances this season, the veteran linebacker managed to record career-high numbers with 89 defensive tackles including seven sacks, which places him second in the league. He also forced two fumbles and tallied one interception while playing regularly on special teams, where he recorded two tackles.

Linebacker: Chip Cox (6th selection)
East Division All-Star : 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014

In 18 games this season, Cox recorded 73 defensive tackles and three quarterback sacks, as well as two touchdowns and one interception.

Cornerback: Geoff Tisdale (2nd selection)
East Division All-Star: 2013-2014

Geoff Tisdale was named to the East Division All-Star team for the second time in his career, thanks in big part to his impressive 5 interceptions on the season, good for third in the CFL. In 16 games played, Tisdale registered 39 defensive tackles, including one quarterback sack.

Defensive Back: Jerald Brown (3rd selection)
East Division All-Star: 2010-2013-2014

The six-year veteran enjoyed a successful campaign once again with the Alouettes this season, finishing third on the team with 65 defensive tackles and picking up one interception. He was a key reason the Alouettes generated a league-high 47 turnovers in 2014.