Marc Trestman was a long time offensive coordinator in the NFL before leading the Montreal Alouettes to two Grey Cups (with the help of Avon Cobourne).
Two years removed from the teams last Championship, Montreal is rebuilding. They overhauled their defense and revamped the offense. Rookie Noel Devine figures to play a large role in the new offense.
He will battle Brandon Whitaker for the starting running back position. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Trestman says he will find a spot for Devine in the field.
“We’ve accommodated our football and our formations and personnel groupings to handle his type of player in the backfield and out in space. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to assert himself.”
Through the first two days of training camp, Devine has had defenders, unsuccessfully, try to catch up to him. He stood out to Trestman.
“He’s learning a system that’s new to him, but you saw flashes today,” Trestman said on Monday. “He’s quick, has speed and is exciting.”
Devine also stood out to his new teammates as well. Amanda Stein, a reporter for TSN 990, noted that when she asked several teammates who stood out during the first two days of camp, all unanimously agreed on Devine.
We will keep you up to date on Devine as he progresses through Alouettes’ training camp.