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By Denis Lafontaine
                 FOOTBALL ALUMNI IN THE NEWS                 
Updated February 25, 2015

We were pleased to learn that former Cheetah defensive star Byron Archambault was the subject of an excellent feature-length article in the Journal de Montréal of January 31, 2015. The article goes into some detail about Byron's remarkable career. You can read it in full by clicking on this link, or, if you prefer, you can also read a translation of the article into English which we have made.

Byron was previously in the news in December 2014 when he was listed as being on the top-20 CFL Prospects for 2015. Prior to that, he was seen hoisting the Vanier Cup (see below) as his Université de Montréal Carabins won the Canadian University Football Championship. Also, in 2014 he was named a CIS All-Canadian and was named RSEQ Player-of-the-Week on numerous occasions. Congrats, Byron!


In an article published in the Journal de Québec of February 23rd, Byron reflected upon his experience at the NFL tryout camp.

Below is a translation of the story. If you wish to read it in the original French, just click here.

Archambault speaks of "a great experience"
by RICHARD BOUTIN, le Journal de Québec
February 23, 2015

Byron Archambault enjoyed his experience at regional camp of the NFL, which took place on Saturday in Denver. Along with a hundred players, the University of Montreal Carabins linebacker demonstrated his skills in front of NFL scouts in the hope of getting an invitation to the regional super tryout camp to be held March 21 in Arizona.

"It was a rewarding experience, said Archambault. I learned some things and I realized that I had work to do on certain aspects. There are many players and it's easy to let yourself be distracted. You have to stay focused."

"I have to work on my speed if I want to to continue to be the defensive player on the Quebec scene as I was in 2014. I'll also lose weight in preparation for the CFL evaluation camp in Toronto. I would have liked to be evaluated on more physical tests rather than just on my agility. There was no bench press and no tests of one on one."

Weighty Issues

Archambault showed up in Denver at 250 pounds. "It's my disadvantage in terms of speed, but I wanted to show I had the physique of a guy who plays in the defensive box," he explained. "I had to have the physique that they saw in my video. I took on the weight quickly from the beginning of my training, but I won't have trouble losing ten pounds for the CFL camp."

Archambault had contact with NFL teams. "I was a little disappointed not to be able to introduce myself and deliver a proper first impression," he said. "The players were not in contact with any recruiter."

The results of his time for 40 yards and the t-test (lateral movement) were not yet available like his vertical jump and length. Specific exercises for linebackers were also on the menu.

Next goal

Back in Montreal, Archambault continues his preparation for his visit to Toront from March 27 to 29. "I look forward to the CFL evaluation camp," he said. "I expect to do well since it'll be more physical with the bench press and the one on one."


Byron is seen hoisting the Vanier Cup after his Université de Montréal Carabins upset the Université de Laval Rouge et Or. Byron was one of nine former Cheetahs who played on the team either as players or coaches. On the team were Jean-Samuel Blanc, Djonathan Buissereth, Marc Glaude, Junior Luke, Randy Lusikila, Karl-Andy Poyau, and Maïko Zepeda, as well as Danny Desriveaux, coaching staff.

His player photo with the Université de Montréal Carabins

This great photo accompanied the Journal de Montréal article from January 31, 2015

Byron accepts the Defensive MVP Award from Coach Peter Chryssomalis at Vanier's 2011 Athletic Awards Banquet



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