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Monday, August 10, 2015

Montreal Alouettes Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

 
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August 10, 2015 - kicker Sean Whyte released
"Whyte had been with the Alouettes since 2011, when he was acquired in a trade with the B.C. Lions. The kicker played 72 regular-season games with the Alouettes, scoring 698 points and making 160 field goals." - Montreal Gazette

June 24, 2015 - starter to be named at game time
"Coach Tom Higgins provided a little mystery Wednesday for the Montreal Alouettes' season opener against the Ottawa Redblacks. Higgins will wait until the last minute to decide whether to use rookie Boris Bede as his kicker or have him share duties with veteran Sean Whyte when the two teams meet Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium. The situation has left Whyte, who has handled all three kicking jobs the last four years, disappointed and confused. Whyte told reporters he'd been informed he won't play, but Higgins said it isn't official. He added if Whyte plays, he'll only kick field goals while the bigger, stronger Bede punts and does kickoffs." - Brandon Sun

June 21, 2015 - kicker Drew Basil released

June 5, 2015 - kicker Drew Basil signed
Als added  international kicker Drew Basil (Ohio State)

May 11, 2011 - punter Ricky Schmitt signed 
"The Alouettes signed veteran American kicker Ricky Schmitt to a one-year contract Monday. Schmitt attended the CFL club’s mini-camp last month in Vero Beach, Fla. The six-foot-three, 213-pound Schmitt spent last season with the B.C. Lions, averaging 44.5 yard on 139 punts. Schmitt also played two years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 29-year-old Virginia native also spent time with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals (2007, 2012), San Francisco 49ers (2008, 2009), Oakland Raiders (2008, 2009), Tennessee Titans (2010) and San Diego Chargers (2011)." - Montreal Gazette

February 19, 2015 - kicker Boris Bede signed
"The club has signed international kicker Boris Bede to a two-year deal. Bede (6'4", 225 lbs.) experienced successful moments throughout his entire college career in Quebec suiting up for five years with the Laval University Rouge et Or, where he was part of the championship winning teams that lifted the Vanier Cup in 2012 and 2013. During his university career, the 25-year old made 63 of his 78 field goal attempts, including his career-longest 44-yarder, which he kicked in 2013. He also maintained an average of 39.4 yards on 292 punts. The Toulon, France native was previously discovered by Rouge et Or head coach Glen Constantin, just when he was on the verge of playing soccer for the Sherbrooke University Vert & Or. Bede quickly became one of the top kickers in the country, he who was named to the RSEQ All-Star team in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He was rewarded for his great 2014 season when he was named the special teams player of the year in the Quebec Conference." - Alouettes

January 19, 2015 - Kavis Reed named special teams coordinator
"The Montreal Alouettes hired Kavis Reed as their special teams co-ordinator. Reed, 41, served as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach from 2011-'13. Reed played five seasons as a defensive back with Edmonton ('95-'99) and has spent 13 years overall as a coach in the league. Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins also handled special-teams duties last season.... Reed, began his CFL coaching career in '01 as the Toronto Argonauts special-teams co-ordinator and defensive backs coach. Reed then coached the defensive backs with the Ottawa Renegades (2002-'03) before becoming the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator (2004-'06). He was a defensive assistant coach with Toronto in '07 before being named their defensive co-ordinator the following season. Reed joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders' staff as a special-teams/defensive backs coach in '09." - Winnipeg Free Press

January 6, 2015 - long snapper Jerod Zaleski re-signed for two years
"Zaleski, a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder, will also be entering his third season with the Alouettes. The 25-year-old fullback substituted for injured long-snapper Martin Bédard last season. " - Montreal Gazette

October 21, 2014 - kicker Sean Whyte
"With Montreal’s offence a work in progress —  more emphasis has been placed on Whyte’s right foot. And he hasn’t disappointed. Whyte is third in the Canadian Football League in scoring, with 141 points. He has made 34 of 39 field goals, including a season-long 49-yarder, for a percentage of 87.2. That’s Whyte’s highest efficiency rating in his four seasons with the Als, and a stark contrast over the last two seasons, when he connected on 80.5 and 82 per cent of his field goals. 'I’m back to being comfortable. I’m confident and having fun again. I’ve got the love of the game back,' Whyte said Tuesday, following the Als’ abbreviated practice at Stade Hébert. Whyte gives all the credit to new head coach Tom Higgins and his assistants, Higgins doubling as special teams co-ordinator. It’s no secret Whyte had problems last year working with co-ordinator Ray Rychleski, who was more vocal, demanding and demonstrative. It seems any coach will get more from Whyte with honey instead of vinegar. 'Higgins and his staff are making it fun. They’re allowing me to play the game I want to play,' said Whyte, who turns 29 on Thursday. 'I’m more at peace, for sure. I don’t have any added stress of anything around me. Last year, I lost the love of the game because of the people that were around me. Higgins makes it fun. He’s a breath of fresh air. Before, I didn’t even want to show up'." - Montreal Gazette

September 26, 2014 - Sean Whyte kicks team to win over Ottawa
"A strong foot and a stingy defence was enough to earn the Montreal Alouettes a 15-7 win over the Ottawa Redblacks Friday night. But it wasn’t pretty. Kicker Sean Whyte accounted for nine of the Alouettes points as he booted two field goals, two singles and a convert in the victory." - The Globe and Mail

June 22, 2014 - kicking competition postscript
There’s no doubt import kicker Delbert Alvarado has a strong leg, just as there’s no doubt he performed well at training camp and during the Alouettes’ two exhibition games. But Canadian veteran Sean Whyte had a strong camp, too, so he retains his job and will handle all kicking responsibilities – while Alvarado was one of 17 players released Saturday. Head coach Tom Higgins also is the Als’ special teams co-ordinator. He and his assistants – along with general manager Jim Popp – wanted to go with one kicker all along. 'They truly didn’t feel like Delbert beat out Sean,' Popp explained on Sunday. 'There were chances there. It was based on the whole body of work. If you want to take the stats alone, Whyte’s stats were better in the two exhibition games. We wanted one guy to do all the jobs. If two, better to have two that are non-imports'.” - Montreal Gazette

June 21, 2014 - roster moves
National kicker/punter Nick Boyd added to practice squad. International kicker/punter Delbert Alvarado released. - Alouettes

June 18, 2014 - kicker Sean Whyte
"One scenario that remains to be determined is the kicking situation. Whyte has had a strong camp but, for the first time since arriving in Montreal in 2011, honestly is being pushed.... Delbert Alvarado, on the other hand, poses a legitimate threat. Alvarado, who kicked in one exhibition game for the Als last season, arguably has a stronger leg than does Whyte. Alvarado’s only strike is that he’s an import.... Whyte spent the winter getting stronger. While the 5-foot-9 Whyte still weighs 175 pounds, he clearly has more muscle mass, the weight distributed differently. And it appears he came to training camp with a chip on his shoulder. 'People kind of counted me out,' he admitted. 'People were saying I was too small. People, I felt, were trying to bring me down, saying negative things. At the end of the season, I feel people were counting me out, saying I had lost my power, that I was a small guy and shouldn’t be here'.” -  Montreal Gazette

May 13, 2014 - kicker/punter Nick Boyd drafted
"The Montreal Alouettes selected Nick Boyd in the 5th round (43rd overall). Boyd, 25, completed his two seasons at Manitoba at the place kicking and punter position. In the 2013 season, the Vancouver native was second in Canada West in punting average with 42.0 average plus fifth in conference field goal percentage at 69.2% (9/13) and ended up fourth I conference kick scoring at 65 points. In his first year at Manitoba in 2012, Boyd was third in field goal percentage in the conference at 61.5% (8/13) and second in Canada West kick scoring with 58 points. He played with the Langley Rams in BC junior football before arriving at Manitoba." - Bisons

February 11, 2014 - long snapper Martin Bedard re-signed 
"The Alouettes also inked new deals with linebacker Kyries Hebert, long snapper Martin Bedard.... Hebert and Bedard signed three-year deals." - CBC 

February 10, 2014 - kicker Sean Whyte re-signed
"The Montreal Alouettes are keeping a pair of players in the fold. Prior to Tuesday's opening of the free agency period, the team has re-signed linebacker Kyries Hebert and kicker Sean Whyte.... Whyte was acquired from the B.C. Lions in 2011. The 28-year-old out of Santa Monica College has made 118 of the 143 field goals he's attempted." - TSN
"À la veille de l’ouverture du marché des joueurs autonomes, les Alouettes se seraient entendus avec le secondeur Kyries Hebert et le botteur Sean Whyte selon TSN.... Whyte a quant à lui été acquis les Lions de la Colombie-Britannique en 2011. L’athlète de 28 ans a depuis réussi 118 de ses 143 tentatives de botté de placement." - RDS

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