August 11, 2014

Report: Brink to get start under centre vs. Riders Staff

MONTREAL — As far as their Week 8 matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders is concerned, the Montreal Alouettes have a new starting quarterback.

According to Didier Ormejuste of RDS, the Alouettes will start Alex Brink under centre in favour of Troy Smith on Saturday night.

Smith, 30, hasn’t lived up to expectations through six games this season, completing just 49.7 per cent of his passes for 1,873 yards, 13 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a QB rating of 72.6.

Last season saw Smith take over Montreal’s QB situation in Week 17, and played well enough down the stretch to earn the starters title heading into this year’s training camp.

Brink, meanwhile, will make his first start since Week 19 of the 2012 season. Now in his fourth CFL season, the former Bombers QB thrown for 2,604 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The Washington State product has thrown 23 passes this season, completing nine of them for 60 yards and one interception.

According to Ormejuste, Jonathan Crompton is now listed second on the team’s depth chart, while Tanner Marsh is listed third. Ormejuste also reported that the Alouettes are trying to put Smith on the 6-game injury list, but Smith doesn’t want to and he isn’t too pleased with the situation.