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Earl Zukerman

August 23, 2013, MONTREAL (ISN) – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jonathan Collin, two football players from McGill University, are among 25 recipients that have won a combined total of $34,000 in bursaries announced by the Montreal Alouettes, Thursday.

Duvernay-Tardif, a native of St. Hilaire, Que., was the only player to receive two awards – for a combined total of $3,000 – one for academic excellence and the other for athletic prowess. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle is a fourth-year medical student at McGill. He is considered by many pro scouts as a preseason favourite to be selected in both the CFL and NFL draft next spring,

Collin, from Greenfield Park, Que., is a 6-foot-4, 218-pound quarterback. The 24-year-old social sciences senior has made a miraculous recovery from a career-threatening leg injury suffered in his sophomore campaign and will start at the helm of the Redmen this fall.

The McGill duo is among seven honorees at the university level, along with Byron Perez-Archambault of the Montreal Carabins, Concordia’s Travis Brent, Sherbrooke’s Kevin Croft, Laval’s Pascal Lochard and Alexander Fox from Bishop’s.

Mark Weightman, chief operating officer of the Alouettes, presented the bursary cheques during a pre-game ceremony prior to his team’s CFL game against the B.C. Lions.

The Alouettes also announced that they have extended their sponsorship with the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence for another three years and have committed to invest $120,000 over that period. Now in its ninth year, the Alouettes Bursary Program supports student-athletes who excel on the football field, in the classroom and the community.