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Montreal quarterback carousel comes back around to Rakeem Cato

All right kids, who’s ready to take a ride on the quarterback carousel…?

Quarterbacks have been a source of concern for every single CFL team other than the Ottawa RedBlacks and Calgary Stampeders, but I’m not sure any other team has been hit as hard as the Montreal Alouettes.

Jonathan Crompton led the Als to the playoffs last season while leading them to victory in eight of the final ten games of the year. It was Crompton’s position to lose this year but he started exactly one game before being put on the six-game injured list. In came Dan LeFevour, who played exactly one snap before being knocked out for the year.

Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge was next on the depth chart so he entered the Week 1 game against the RedBlacks and finished with 5 completions on 10 attempts for 62 yards and an interception. He’d surely get the reps and start week 2 for Montreal, right? Wrong.

Montreal had Rakeem Cato, a Marshall graduate, waiting in the wings, so instead of going with the Canadian, Cato was given his shot. The start of his career was nothing short of magical as he beat the defending champion Calgary Stampeders while throwing three touchdowns. In the following weeks, Cato came down to earth and was forced to deal with some family issues, there was the Tanner Marsh experiment (#FreeBrandonBridge), and then Crompton finally returned from injury to reclaim the starting role.

Since his return, Crompton has completed 22 of his 46 pass attempts for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Not good.

23-year-old Rakeem Cato will look to regain his early season magic as the Als head into Ottawa to take on a RedBlacks team that should be very angry after a disappointing loss to the Argos last week. Good luck, kid!

– written by Travis Currah