COMMERCE, Texas – A&M-Commerce will add to its lengthy resume of football players that went on to play at the professional level as linebacker Bryn Roy has earned a roster spot with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Roy was the 34th player taken in the 2012 CFL Draft in May, selected in the fifth round by Montreal, and earned a spot on the Alouette's 42-man official roster.
"This was an incredibly tough decision for me to make, as I loved my time in Commerce and in Texas," said Roy. "At the end of the day, I knew I only had a limited window to pursue this dream of mine, and felt now was the time to do so. I did want to express my thanks and appreciation for all the people and teammates that made my time in Commerce so enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to following the Lions this year."
Roy, who came to A&M-Commerce last season following two years at Snow College, emerged as a key factor in the Lion defensive unit, playing in all 10 games with eight starts. He finished the year with 29 tackles, including 19 unassisted, with four tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. Roy notched a career-high seven tackles in the season finale at West Texas A&M, while posting six unassisted stops at Abilene Christian.
Prior to coming to Commerce, Roy was a two-year starter at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, was a second team All-Conference selection for the Badgers after accumulating 75 tackles, four sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries as a sophomore, including a pair of sacks in his first collegiate start. Roy, along with A&M-Commerce teammates Tyler Rawlings and Travis Zacharie, helped lead Snow College to back-to-back conference championships.
A native of Dalemead, Alberta, Roy was a three year letterwinner at safety and wide receiver at Foothills Composite High School. A three-time all-region selection, he was named the regional MVP as a senior and was an All-Province selection at safety in leading Foothills to a pair of league championships.
Roy becomes the 13th Lion to suit up for a CFL franchise and the first since Antonio Wilson played for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2004. The Alouettes finished 10-8 in 2011 and advanced to the CFL playoffs where they fell to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Division Semifinals. Montreal opens up its 2012 season on Sunday, July 1 at Calgary, which fittingly is just 45 minutes from Roy's hometown of Dalemead, Alberta.