Troy Smith out as Alouettes' starter

It appears that former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is out as starting quarterback of the...

It appears that former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is out as starting quarterback of the struggling Montreal Alouettes, according to reports. (PIERRE-PAUL POULIN/JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

It appears that former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith is out as starting quarterback of the struggling Montreal Alouettes.

RDS reported on Monday that Alex Brink will get the start at QB on Saturday when the Als take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina.

RDS reporter Didier Ormejuste tweeted that Jonathan Crompton is slated to be the No. 2 pivot, with Tanner Marsh at No. 3.

Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky tweeted the Alouettes (1-5) are looking at putting Smith on the one- or six-game injured list because of ankle, thumb and knee issues.

After showing promise late last season when he was promoted to starter, Smith hasn't been good this year under first-year head coach Tom Higgins -- though it should be noted that quarterback is far from the only area of concern on the team.

Smith has completed fewer than 50% of his passes and has the lowest QB rating of any starter in the league.

Brink, a Washington State product, came to the Alouettes late last year after breaking into the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2010.

He has seen spot duty this season. He was a starter for the Bombers for a short time in 2012.

The Alouettes also have been busy shuffling up coaching personnel.

Former Buffalo Bills offensive co-ordinator Turk Schonert was appointed receivers coach Monday, and former NFL/CFL starting QB Jeff Garcia was named the team's quarterbacks coach. CFL legend Don Matthews recently was brought in as a consultant.

Despite their poor start, the Alouettes are tied for second in the atrocious East with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Ottawa RedBlacks.


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