Alou­ettes sign for­mer Rouge et Or quar­ter­back Hugo Richard

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

The Mon­treal Alou­ettes an­nounced on Mon­day that the club has signed na­tional quar­ter­back Hugo Richard to a two-year-deal.

Richard (6'2", 225 lbs.) con­cluded his col­le­giate ca­reer on the best pos­si­ble note when he led the Univer­sité Laval Rouge et Or to a 34-20 win over the Mcmaster Univer­sity Ma­raud­ers on Novem­ber 24, al­low­ing his team to hoist the Vanier Cup in front of its fans at Stade Telus-univer­sité Laval. The 24-year-old quar­ter­back com­pleted 23 of 31 passes for 348 yards and two touch­downs, while adding 60 rush­ing yards and a ma­jor. Dur­ing his five sea­sons in Que­bec City, Richard led the Rouge et Or to two Vanier Cup cham­pi­onships, earn­ing the game MVP honours both times.

"Hugo had a bril­liant col­le­giate ca­reer and con­tin­u­ously showed pro­gres­sion, while win­ning nu­mer­ous team and in­di­vid­ual awards," said Alou­ettes Gen­eral Man­ager Kavis Reed. "He de­serves a chance to show­case his abil­ity at the quar­ter­back po­si­tion and we will give him the op­por­tu­nity to do so with his home­town team, which he is al­ready fa­mil­iar with."

In­deed, Richard took part in the Alou­ettes' train­ing camp in 2017 as a guest quar­ter­back.

In 38 ca­reer games with Laval, the Saint-bruno-de-mon­tarville, QC na­tive com­pleted 782 of his 1,145 passes for gains of 10,271 yards, while throw­ing 70 touch­down passes. Richard was also a rush­ing threat for op­pos­ing de­fences as he also kept the ball 200 times for gains of 1,228 yards and 30 ma­jors. He is the only player in RSEQ his­tory to score 70 pass­ing and 30 rush­ing touch­downs.

The for­mer Vanier Cegep Chee­tah re­ceived many awards while sport­ing the Rouge et Or uni­form, as he was named the RSEQ player of the year in 2014, 2017 and 2018, as well as be­ing voted rookie of the year on the pro­vin­cial and na­tional lev­els in 2014. Richard also re­ceived sec­ond team All-cana­dian honours in 2014 and 2017.

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