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TD Moultry has the Alouettes defense in his sights

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“When the opportunity arises, I will be ready. It was humbling to be on the training list, but it prepared me for what comes next.”

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ST-JÉRÔME – TD Moultry does not believe in a Plan B.

That means it's football or bust for the Alouettes defensive end. And unlike last season, when he played two games but finished the year on the practice squad, Moultry is looking to make an impression.

“If you have a plan B, you get rid of everything that is a plan A,” the 26-year-old Birmingham, Alabama native said Wednesday after Montreal's last full training camp at the Claude Beaulieu Multisport Centre. “Everything that is a plan A is going to go down the drain because you're planning something else. Don't plan a plan B because plan A is going to go down the drain.”

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Although the 6'2″, 240-pound Moultry has a chance to fulfill his dream, it may not be easy for him to make it through the final cuts this weekend. The Als are strong at the position, with returning imports Shawn Lemon, Avery Ellis and Canadian Brock Gowanlock. The team also signed non-import player Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund as a free agent. Another newcomer who could enter the race is Jordan Domineck, who is considered a player with potential.

But Moultry brings a strong drive and likes to attack the quarterback – two important traits that defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe looks for. Moultry should also be familiar with Thorpe's system from last season.

“When we come into training camp, we want to pick up where we left off last season,” Thorpe said. “He knows the system. He knows the expectations and standards on defense; that's what he brings. He's had a chance to play, so we know him. We expect him, like everyone else who was with us last year, to pick up where we left off.”

“The guy is going to give it his all. He plays with a lot of effort. He's a physical guy. He has the ability to turn the corner and get to the quarterback. He's shown a propensity to make plays. He's shown he can get to the quarterback, and when he gets there, he impacts the game. He's been disruptive.”

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In last Saturday's exhibition game win over Toronto, Moultry intercepted a pass and put pressure on the Argonauts' various quarterbacks. Moultry will be expected to continue to impress on Friday night when the Als play their final exhibition game in Ottawa.

Moultry clearly has a passion for the game. As a player on the CFL practice squad last season, he said he earned $400 a week – most of which he sent home to his wife and young daughter – and lived off the daily meals the team provided him before and after practice.

“This year, I will not be on the practice squad,” he vowed. “That's not my goal. I will rotate or start. When the opportunity presents itself, I will be ready. It was humbling to be on the practice squad, but it prepared me for what comes next.”

“I'm going to give it my all on this field,” Moultry added. “This organization is for me. This is where I'm supposed to be right now.”

Moultry played at the college level at Auburn, playing 58 games, the most in Tigers history. And he was productive, making 72 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, 9 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2022 before being released due to injury.

Moultry, one of six children, was the first man in his family to attend college, play football and graduate. He majored in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis on business, leadership and coaching. He is also developing plans for two clothing lines – a possible Plan B for the future, he says.

While head coach Jason Maas would not announce his roster for Friday's game against the Redblacks, he did say that starting quarterback Cody Fajardo will not be there.

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