Montreal Alouettes

Michael Soles - Running Back - 1996-99 - McGill

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Michael Soles was a collegiate star with the McGill Redman in the late 1980ís. In a city that had lost its pro team on the eve of the 1987 CFL season Soles brought joy to the remaining football fans in Montreal with his exploits at Molson Stadium.

 

Soles was a first round draft choice of the Edmonton Eskimos in the 1989 amateur draft 5th overall and he excelled with the club as a fullback. First learning behind another great Canadian fullback in Blake Marshall, Soles took over at fullback in 1992 and had great numbers. His finest season with Edmonton was in 1992 when he had 115 carries for 656 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. A great goal line player Soles was equally adept at catching the ball out of the backfield. With the Eskimos Soles won a Grey Cup in 1993.

 

When the Montreal Alouettes returned to the CFL in 1996 there was no more fitting player to join the team than Michael Soles a native of Point Claire, Quebec. The native son returned as a veteran presence who provided great leadership and contributed to a new winning tradition. In 1996 he had over 500 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns

 to go with 340 rushing yards. Soles was an Eastern All-Star and finished runner up for Most Outstanding Canadian.

 

In 1997 fan apathy was again plaguing the Alouette franchise, embarrassingly low crowds at Olympic Stadium were threatening the clubs existence once again. A playoff game in 1997 at Soles old stomping grounds at McGill revitalized the franchise.

 

Michael Soles first gained prominence as a football player at picturesque Molson Stadium with McGill. He would conclude his terrific playing career on that same field with the revitalized Montreal Alouettes in 1999. He continued to post solid numbers mainly receiving the ball in his final two years and he retired prior to the 2000 season.

 

A great player and a great ambassador for football in Quebec Michael Soles came full circle in front of the great football fans in Montreal.

 

-- statistics --

 

 

Michael Soles   McGill  
  Rushing      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1989 Edm 33 215 6.5 31 2
1990 Edm 52 394 7.6 45 0
1991 Edm 45 302 6.7 49 1
1992 Edm 115 656 5.7 51 4
1993 Edm 79 334 4.2 18 3
1994 Edm 52 205 3.9 15 4
1995 Edm 86 352 4.1 23 5
1996 Mtl 64 340 5.3 28 0
1997 Mtl 34 123 3.6 10 1
1998 Mtl 8 40 5.0 11 0
1999 Mtl 11 46 4.2 11 0
Total 11 579 3,007 5.2 51 20

 

  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
1989 Edm 3 17 5.7 9 0
1990 Edm 16 158 9.9 29 2
1991 Edm 16 135 8.4 16 2
1992 Edm 25 285 11.4 39 0
1993 Edm 26 263 10.1 25 0
1994 Edm 54 663 12.3 41 4
1995 Edm 48 398 8.3 29 3
1996 Mtl 42 506 12.0 44 8
1997 Mtl 26 299 11.5 31 0
1998 Mtl 32 388 12.1 26 3
1999 Mtl 37 389 10.5 31 3
Total 11 325 3,501 10.8 44 25