February 16, 2011

Ticats make a move, sign Avon Cobourne


HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed all-star running back Avon Cobourne to a contract Wednesday.

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The five-foot-eight, 205-pound native of Camden, N.J., has spent the last five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.

“Avon is a proven, hard-nosed, all-around running back that will add a dimension of toughness to our offence,” Ticats general manager Bob O’Billovich said in a release. “He was a big part of Montreal’s championship teams, and we look forward to him bringing that winning attitude into our locker-room.”

In 71 regular-season games, Cobourne has recorded 3,301 rushing yards, 1,714 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named Grey Cup MVP in 2009 and won a second straight CFL championship with the Alouettes last fall.