Crompton finally gets a chance with Alouettes and shinesFormer Tuscola standout threw for 266 yards in CFL loss
Winnipeg — Despite being cut by his fifth professional team a month ago, Jonathan Crompton refused to give up his dream of being a professional quarterback.
The Candian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes, which signed Crompton to the practice squad after he was released by the Edmonton Eskimos, may be the team laughing now for giving the former Tuscola High and University of Tennessee quarterback another chance to prove himself.
Crompton was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday. Then played exceptionally well in Friday night’s heartbreaking 24-16 road loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in front of 29,881 fans at Investors Group Field.
Crompton, who relieved starter Alex Brinks at the start of the second quarter, completed 18-of-29 passes for 266 yards in the final three quarters. His three interceptions were all the result of receivers tipping the ball after failing to make a catch.
The loss dropped the Alouettes into second place in the CFL’s East Division in spite of their league-worst 1-7 record.
“It’s tough tonight,” said Crompton in his post game comments. “No one in this locker-room really wants to lose this game. We didn’t think we were going to lose this game.
Montreal’s next game will be Friday night when the Alouettes host the visiting Ottawa RedBlacks.
More on Crompton
Crompton threw for a combined 4,746 yards and 47 TDs in his two seasons at Tuscola and was named a Parade All-American in his senior season.
He signed with Tennessee and threw for 4,187 yards and 36 touchdowns. The former Mountaineer was selected in the fifth round by the San Diego Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Crompton was released by the Chargers. Over the next two NFL seasons, he was signed to the practice squad and later cut by the New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins.
In 2013, Crompton signed with the Edmonton Eskimos and played sparingly, throwing for 451 yards and five touchdowns with five INTs.