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March 21, 1981 |
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg)|
|CFL draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7|
|Drafted by||Montreal Alouettes|
Éric Deslauriers (born March 21, 1981) is a former professional Canadian football slotback who played his entire professional career with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Eastern Michigan University.
Deslauriers was born in Gatineau, Quebec, and attended Champlain College in Sherbrooke in the 2000–01 season. Eric became the starting quarterback for the Cougar team upon his arrival. In 10 games that season as the Cougars QB, Eric had 56 rushing attempts for 232 yards and 3 rushing Touchdowns as well as completing 77 of 177 passes for 1347 yards and 10 passing Touchdowns. He was named a first team all-star as QB that season.
In 2002, Deslauriers received a full football scholarship from the NCAA's Division 1 Mid-American Conference's Eastern Michigan University. After playing the quarterback position all of his life, the Eagles' coaching staff decided to tap into Deslauriers' natural athletic abilities, (6'4 215 lbs), and switched him to the wide receiver position because of a surplus of quarterbacks on the team.
After sitting out the 2002 season as a redshirt, Deslauriers finally arrived as a force to be reckoned with in the 2004 season. Deslauriers had 84 receptions that year for 1,257 yards and an EMU-record 13 touchdown receptions, all while being named the team MVP that year.
Deslauriers completed his Communications major at EMU. He finished his football career at EMU as the Eagles' career leader in touchdown receptions, with 27, total receiving yards, 3,250, and most receptions with 248. He shares the EMU record for touchdowns in a game with 4. Tied an EMU record for points in a game with 26 on November 6, 2004. He also had 6 games with his receptions numbers in double figures, he had 2, 14-reception games, had 14 games with 100 plus yards receiving and recorded a career best 209 yards at Ball State on October 9, 2004. Deslauries earned 4 varsity letters,(2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), and finished 5th in Mid-American Conference history with 248 receptions and 8th in league history with 3,250 yards while also putting together an amazing 35 game streak with at least one reception.
After trying out for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League, Deslauriers signed a 4-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was Montreal's 7th overall draft pick in 2006. In his first year with limited playing time, Eric had 23 receptions for 325 yards and 1 touchdown.
He retired as a player in February 2016 but stayed with the Alouettes as a football operations assistant and scout.
- "ÉRIC DESLAURIERS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT, REMAINS AN ALOUETTE". montrealalouettes.com. February 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2017.