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MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes announced on Friday that import quarterbacks Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh have agreed to a pair of new three-year contracts, securing both pivots with the club until 2016.

"As we await Anthony Calvillo's decision, we feel that the future at the quarterback position is promising for the Alouettes with the signing of  these two young men who have started and won for us last season," said Alouettes General Manager and Head Coach Jim Popp.

Smith (6'0", 225 lbs.) , joined the Alouettes near the halfway mark of the 2013 season before taking the reigns as the club's starting pivot on October 20, finishing the regular season with a 2-1 record. Smith made his fourth consecutive CFL start in the East Division Semi-Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at their temporary home in Guelph.

While getting up to speed with the Canadian game, Smith has showcased his leadership qualities and impressive arm strength in both practice and game situations during his first season in Montreal. In his rookie season, he completed 60 of his 114 pass attempts for 884 yards and nine TDs. He also found the end zone twice on short yardage situations and amassed 40 yards on 16 carries.

"I am very impressed with Troy's leadership, communications' skills and his ability to grab his teammates attention. Last season, Troy quickly proved to us he can adapt to the CFL and showed great promise for the future," added Popp.

The 29-year-old pivot had an outstanding college career at Ohio State University from 2003 to 2006, winning the Heisman Trophy with the Buckeyes in his final year of eligibility on his way to a BCS National Championship game appearance that same year.

In his three seasons with Ohio State University, Smith threw for 5,720 yards and 54 scores, completing 420 of his 670 attempts. A former fifth-round draft pick (174th overall) of the Baltimore Ravens in 2007, Smith played three seasons with the Ravens, making 14 starts while throwing for 558 yards and three TDs. He later joined San Francisco, guiding the 49ers to three wins in his five starts in 2010.

Marsh (6'4", 218 lbs.) , started the season third on the Alouettes' depth chart before seeing his first significant CFL action on August 22 in an electrifying 39-38 come-from-behind home win over the visiting B.C. Lions. The former Arkansas Tech quarterback tossed a 57-yard hail mary pass to receiver Éric Deslauriers with almost no time left on the clock to set up the game-winning field goal.

"We are excited about Tanner. We are looking forward to seeing more of his athletic ability and his dual threat as he continues to develop into what we feel will be a premier player. His performance versus B.C. made him into an instant icon in Montreal. Marsh Madness continues," continued Popp.

Marsh finished his rookie campaign going 56 for 106 good for 972 yards and three TDs. The 24-year-old also displayed his versatility rushing for 125 yards and two scores on 21 carries.

Fan Comments
als rule
H123: what can ottawa spoil? your kidding right?!! one example is a team late in the season needing a win against ottawa to secure home field advantage in a semi-final p/off game BUT lose to ottawa and go on the road for their semi final game and lose and their season is over!! would you not see that ottawa spoiled another team's season?!!
December 23, 2013 - 11:31pm
als rule
if montreal SB/WR brandon london expects to be an alouette in 2014 his off season work outs and TC have to be more than OUTSTANDING!!
December 23, 2013 - 1:09pm
Between Smith and Carter the Als will go far. They have a classy/great organization. Right now I see Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa. Things may change but factor in injuries, etc. Winnipeg moves to the West have reservations for last place.
December 21, 2013 - 5:11pm
als rule
@H123: montreal, toronto and hamilton fight in a very tight/tough/close/rough battle for 1st place in the east during the regular season!! ottawa plays the spoiler in this battle!!
December 21, 2013 - 8:34pm
What can Ottawa spoil? Other teams are figuring out what they did wrong and filling holes. The RB's haven't had a practice. The first four games it'll be like starting Kindergarten. Tom Brady wouldn't win six games with this crew. All their receivers combined haven't caught 50 passes. Glenn might win four games this year.
December 22, 2013 - 12:56am
Smith looks like the real deal, but I'm not sold on marsh. Why does everyone keep bringing up that win over bc? Sure he completed a hail Mary in the dying seconds, but how many interceptions did he throw before that?

All of this is irrelevant though, because they are still going to be 3rd in the division. Can't see them competing with either of the Ontario teams.
December 21, 2013 - 1:20pm
als rule
@LB: WHAT? ARE YOU SERIOUS? toronto and hamilton will be lucky to come close to beating the RBs!! LOL LOL LOL
December 21, 2013 - 2:54pm
Byron Moore
Oh, and PLEASE get rid of that terrible cartoon bird logo once and for all. there is a reason the Als are dead last in merch sales among all the teams, worst logo in CFL history. embarrassing.
Go back to the 1970s classic triangle logo. at least people recognize it!
Notice when Green designed new alouette caps he used this classic logo on two of his 3 designs. no wonder.
December 21, 2013 - 12:38pm
als rule
@BM: sorry I like the current logo!! it's not the worst ever logo nor the cause of(if true which I don't believe)poor m/sales!! it's not embarrassing and by the by the triangle logo isn't the classic logo of the als it's the WHITE HELMET WITH RED WINGS!! of the caps GREEN designed the best one which I have is the BIRDS OF PREY with no triangle!!
December 21, 2013 - 2:50pm
Byron Moore
This is great.
AC's time is done. Amazing career!
Last season was the most entertaining in ages, if not a huge success.
These two pivots are my choice, Smith is going to be terrific and I love Marsh, he's green alright but scrappy and has only upside, I'm so glad the Als see Marsh as their guy ahead of Neiswander, whom I found kind of uneventful and unentertaining. Remember folks, sports is ENTERTAINMENT. it's not just about the 2 points. We are FANS not GMs, I'd rather watch a loss that is a thriller than a win that is a snooze. Marsh will never be a snooze. Can't wait til next season. But first free agent February!
December 21, 2013 - 12:01pm
als rule
@BM: "last season most entertaining in ages" WHAT?!! LOL LOL LOL. correct smith and marsh ahead of neiswander who may end up in ottawa come 2-15-14 as a FA!! YES entertainment BUT to us FANs GMs(which you admit your not one of)it's all about the 2 points and the WIN!! thriller vs. snoozer NO the 2 points!!
December 21, 2013 - 3:25pm
ar - Duh!! - Where was Smith at this time last year??? NOT on the Als roster for sure. It is more a case of Popp has finally seen the light and realizes that AC actually does have a shelf life which is pretty much up (no disrespect to AC intended.)! I don't think every other team will be following the Als either! They aren't too crazy about heading to the lower ranks of the standings!
December 21, 2013 - 9:44am
als rule
@TFmcb: DUH!! your view of montreal's attempt at finding AC's replacement is rich and humourous!! GM popp has had QB smith on the als neg/list since 2006 and whether AC got hurt last year or not smith was showing up at the exact time he did in 2013!! do some research and gain the truth on troy smith and popp's connection!! believe what you wish BUT I for one believe popp rather than you and your limited shelf life!! your right about 1 team not following the als who will be soaring as you and your tiger-cats return to your/their favorite position in the east standings THE BASEMENT!! LOL LOL LOL
December 21, 2013 - 2:42pm
It is good to see longer term contracts and players sticking with their team. This is great for Quebec and the Alouettes, but there will still be a long learning curve, but then again with the REDBLACKS in the weak Eastern Division, they will at least finish third.
December 20, 2013 - 10:48pm
als rule
@RD44: your so-called learning curve for both QBs has been shortened especially for smith by the amount of his playing time last season!! RBs and weak eastern conference(division belongs to the NFL not the CFL)makes montreal you think a 3rd place finisher!! love it!! boy o boy what a shock awaits you in 2014!! LOL LOL LOL
December 21, 2013 - 3:02pm
als rule
class wins out again in montreal!! GO ALS GO!! OH YEAH BABY!!
December 20, 2013 - 8:43pm
A lot of enthusiasm here over the signing of two QB's who are still unproven in this league!! Oh well I guess you need SOMETHING to get excited over for next year. I for one will wait and see how they pan out before declaring them the best thing since sliced bread...Merry Xmas AR!!
December 21, 2013 - 2:06pm
als rule
Jhead: funny NOT!! enthusiasm, unproven, need something to get excited about, wait and see if they pan out and PLEASE WHERE IN MY COMMENTS I DECLARED THEM THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD?!! it was sliced WHITE bread!!
December 21, 2013 - 3:23pm
als rule
now where are all the naysayers thru-out the league including montreal and the province of quebec and this site who have predicted montreal's downfall while pointing their fingers at GM/HC jim popp for not signing a back up QB to take over from AC upon his retirement! well what have you all got to say now as popp locks up his 2 QBs for 3 years!! guess popp is the one that knows what he's doing unlike the montreal alouette peanut gallery!!
December 20, 2013 - 8:31pm
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