The Montreal Alouettes have announced they have signed American defensive tackles Israel Antwine. Antwine comes to the CFL after being a four-year starter at Oklahoma State. Coming out of college, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed Antwine to the practice squad, but the Jaguars released him mid-season.
Antwine is a 6’3″, 310-pound defensive tackle from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was a four-year starter in the Big 12 conference at Oklahoma State University. During his first year in 2018, the defensive tackle started 11 out of 12 games and produced 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and two quarterback hurries. In 2019, he started ten games with 20 tackles, five tackles for loss, and two quarterback hurries.
During the 2020 season, Antwine developed a reputation for being a run-stopper, and he had 20 tackles, five tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble. Seventeen of his 20 tackles were on run plays during his junior season. He started in 10 games and for the Cowboys in his senior year. He registered multiple tackles in eight games, produced four tackles for loss, and three quarterback sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed the Oklahoma native to the practice squad during training camp in 2022. The Jaguars eventually cut him in October 2022. His exceptional size and NFL experience could allow Antwine to impact Montreal’s defence significantly.
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