Former Auburn running back lands new deal with CFL team
Former Auburn RB Cameron Artis-Payne, who most recently played in the XFL, is headed north of the border.
The Montreal Alouettes announced that they had signed Artis-Payne, who previously played for the Carolina Panthers. Artis-Payne, 30, had 491 rushing yards and 118 carries with 5 touchdowns in 32 games for the Panthers, where he was on the team that made Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos.
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native also played 5 games for the Dallas Renegades in the XFL in 2020, and collected 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as 101 receiving yards. He played two seasons for the Auburn, where he rushed for 1,608 yards on 303 carries in 2014, with 13 touchdowns.
That yardage was the third-best rushing season in Auburn history as he led the SEC at 123.7 yds per game and was named first team all-SEC as well as a Doak Walker semifinalist.
The CFL did not play the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league released a 2021 schedule in November that features the preseason opener on May 23 and the regular-season kickoff on June 10.
“We’re taking a very committed, very pragmatic approach to this,” Randy Ambrosie, the CFL’s commissioner, said last week. “We’re going to play in 2021. We’re just going to find a way. … We’ve got a schedule in place and we’re committed to it. Our real focus is on all the planning that’s going to have to go into executing against that and also having maximum adaptability because there’s no doubt we’re going to have to make adjustments to our plan. We just need to be ready at a moment’s notice to make those adjustments . . . that’s really how we’re planning our business. We’re committed to being on the field in 2021 . . . we’re just keeping all of our avenues open.”