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Football | | Dan Teliski, Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations

ERIE, Pa. – Gannon’s Justin Caliste (Roseville, Calif./Oakmont) has signed a contract to play for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He agreed to terms on Tuesday and is already in training camp that began May 29 and concludes June 16.

Montreal will play exhibition games against Ottawa (June 13) and Toronto (June 18), before opening the regular season Saturday, June 25 against Ottawa at home. The Alouettes began last season 1-7, before winning nine of their next 11 to advance to the CFL East Division Final. Another notable player in training camp for Montreal includes Michael Sam.

Caliste was a four-time all-region team selection during his collegiate career at Gannon. The senior wide receiver concluded his career as a four-time All-PSAC honoree, including a pair of first-team selections as a sophomore and junior. He was named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette and Beyond Sports Network (BSN) All-Super Region One honorable-mention teams this season. Caliste hauled in 74 passes for 885 yards and five touchdowns. On special teams, he averaged 21 yards on 20 kickoff returns and produced 72 yards on 16 punt returns.

The Roseville, Calif., native finished his four-year run as Gannon’s all-time leader in kickoff returns (103), kickoff return yards (2,359), kickoff return average (22.9), punt return yards (669) and punt return average (11.7). Caliste holds the school’s single-season records for kickoff returns, kickoff return yards, kickoff return average, punt return yardage and punt return average.

Gannon concluded its season with a 66-41 victory against East Stroudsburg, finishing 9-2 overall and 7-2 in the PSAC. The Golden Knights ended the campaign with a share of the PSAC Western Division regular-season title. The squad tied the school record for most victories in a season, a mark originally set when the 2003 squad went 9-1 as an NCAA Division II Independent.