Saturday, 2 June 2012

Duke Lemmens Is Chomping to Make The Montreal Alouettes Roster

On the eve of the Montreal Alouettes training camp in Lennoxville, Quebec, there are many names the fans won’t recognize on the team’s roster.
One intriguing player to keep an eye on is former Florida Gators defensive end Kristofer “Duke” Lemmens. As previously mentioned in an old article, Lemmens is a blue collar player. He was apart of a dominant four year run by the Gators which saw them win the ‘08 National Championship, and play in another BCS bowl game.
This will mark the fourth consecutive year that a Gators player will be attending Alouettes camp. The two other players to take part in previous camps were Chris Leak, and Dallas Baker.
Lemmens will have a big uphill climb to make the team. But if he continues to display the non-stop hustle on the field, it could go a long way in catching the eye of head coach Marc Trestman.
Furthermore, Lemmens has experience playing the linebacker position. If he is called upon to make the transition to the second level of the defense it could be enticing for Trestman to keep an import player who is versatile to play multiple positions on the field.
Finally, until we see the actual base formation of Jeff Reinebold’s defensive schemes, if the offseason rumour of transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is confirmed, it could be fascinating to see Lemmens rush from the edge in this formation. His size of 6’3, 253lbs is more suited as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 formation.
But I am certain he will be more than happy to play anywhere in-order to crack this roster.

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