MONTREAL -- Hype can be a dangerous thing, unless your name is Noel Devine. The highly-touted return man came as advertised providing a few flashes of what he hopes to bring to the Alouettes this season.
Amid the buzz of his explosive speed, the former standout at West Virginia displayed his wheels in the early going of the club's pre-season opener versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, reeling off an impressive 27-yard gain in the second quarter.
Devine’s first audition may have only lasted one half of Thursday’s 22-10 loss to the Bombers, but he still racked up some impressive numbers. He ended his night’s work with 5 rushes for 32 yards and added another 64 yards on 3 two punt and one kickoff return for average of just over 21 yards.
Not to be outdone, newcomers Trent Guy and Victor Anderson also provided offensive sparks under the clear blue skies in downtown Montreal with a few the electrifying plays of their own. Anderson lead the team in rushing yards with 39 on just four carries maintaining an impressive 9,8 yards per carry. Guy’s efforts were shown on special teams and in the receiving game combining for 64 yards.
After seeing Adrian McPherson get the start, Josh Neiswander stepped in, completing 12 of his 24 pass attempts for 121 yards and one TD toss to Travon Patterson.
The recent release of veteran pivot Ricky Santos was a show of confidence in the 25-year-old Neiswander who rewarded head coach Marc Trestman with a solid performance. Neiswander moved the ball well connecting with receiver Felton Huggins and Bo Bowling to put the Als in scoring position on his opening drive. Travon Patterson capped off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown pass from the third-string QB.