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AJ
Ouellette
#45 Running Back
AJ
Ouellette
#45 Running Back
Height 5'9
Weight 210 lbs
Birth Date (Age) 1995-07-20 (28)
Born Covington, OH
School Ohio
Status AMER
Rushes 67
Yards 229
Touchdowns 1
Average 3.42

ACQUIRED: Signed by Roughriders (two-year contract) in February 2024.

YEARS WITH ROUGHRIDERS: 1

YEARS IN CFL: 5

 

2023: With the Toronto Argonauts, Ouellette rushed for 1,009 yards in 15 regular-season games, averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and scored eight touchdowns along the ground en route to being named an East Division All-Star. He also caught 16 passes for 163 yards and two scores for an Argonauts team that posted a 16-2 regular-season record. As well, he led the CFL in runs of 20 or more yards (10).

 

PRO: Ouellette had NFL stints with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns in 2019 before signing with the Toronto Argonauts on Sept. 17 of that year. In three games (and two starts) with the 2019 Argonauts, he rushed 23 times for 114 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and caught five passes for 39 yards and one score. In six games (one start) with Toronto in 2021, he carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards (6.2-yard average). He became a regular in 2022, taking over starting duties in the latter half of the season and playing in 13 games overall. He rushed for 516 yards (5.3-yard average) and two touchdowns and added 38 receptions for 350 yards and one major. In the 2022 Grey Cup Game, played at Mosaic Stadium, Ouellette rushed for two touchdowns — including a five-yarder that tied the game with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter. The ensuing convert proved to be the winning point as Toronto defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 24-23.

 

COLLEGE: Ouellette played five collegiate seasons (2014-18) at the University of Ohio. Over 50 games, he rushed for 3,833 yards and 32 touchdowns while adding 64 receptions for 516 yards and six more scores. In 2017, he rushed for 1,006 yards in 13 games. He followed up in 2018 with 1,306 rushing yards in 13 games and was also named the Offensive MVP of the DXL Frisco Bowl after helping the Nathan Rourke-quarterbacked Bobcats blank the San Diego State Aztecs 27-0. Ouellette carried the ball 29 times for 164 yards in that game, which was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

 

FAST FACT: On top of everything else he accomplished with the Argonauts last season, Ouelllete threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Dejon Brissett on Sept. 4 at Hamilton.

 

MEDIA

Seasons

Rushing

YEAR TEAM GP CAR YDS TDS AVG LG
2019
TOR 3 23 114 0 5.0 36
2021
TOR 6 23 143 0 6.2 30
2022
TOR 13 98 516 2 5.3 34
2023
TOR 15 178 1009 8 5.7 42
2024
SSK 4 67 229 1 3.4 19
Total
41 389 2011 11 5.2 42

Receiving

YEAR TEAM GP REC ATT YDS YAC TD AVG LG
2019
TOR 3 5 6 39 27 1 7.8 15
2021
TOR 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0
2022
TOR 13 38 46 350 293 1 9.2 28
2023
TOR 15 16 21 163 145 2 10.2 28
2024
SSK 4 10 11 99 89 0 9.9 19
Total
41 69 84 651 554 4 9.4 28

Kickoff Returns

YEAR TEAM GP KOR YDS AVG LG TD
2021
TOR 6 2 15 7.5 14 0
Total
6 2 15 7.5 14 0

Game Log

Rushing

DATE WEEK OPP CAR YDS TD AVG LG
06-08
1 EDM 18 32 1 1.8 11
06-16
2 HAM 11 32 0 2.9 11
06-23
3 HAM 20 98 0 4.9 19
07-05
5 TOR 18 67 0 3.7 10
Total
67 229 1 3.3 51

Receiving

DATE WEEK OPP REC ATT YDS TD AVG LG
06-08
1 EDM 1 1 19 0 19.0 19
06-16
2 HAM 4 4 27 0 6.8 10
06-23
3 HAM 4 4 47 0 11.8 14
07-05
5 TOR 1 2 6 0 6.0 6
Total
10 11 99 0 10.9 49

Kickoff Returns

DATE WEEK OPP KOR YDS AVG LG TD
Total
0 0 0.0 0 0

Player Transactions

DATE TEAM ACTION STATUS