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Former Huskies Introduced After Signing With Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders made a trip to ToonTown on Thursday to introduce their newest additions.

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskies Brad Nehring and Denton Kolodzinski were welcomed to the club by Assistant General Manager Jeremy O’Day.

You can hear all three and their comments following the availability by clicking here.


Riders Go To The Dogs For A Pair Of Signings

(PHOTO COURTESY: Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national offensive lineman Brad Nehring and national kicker Denton Kolodzinski have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Nehring (6’5 – 295) joins the Riders after spending the previous five seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native started seven regular season Canada West games at centre last season as the Huskies tied for first place with a 6-2 record.

The Arts and Sciences major played 33 career collegiate games. He was named a CIS Academic All-Canadian in 2012.

Riders Bring Back Clark And McHenry

The Saskatchewan Roughriders continued a busy day of signings, this time coming to terms with a pair of their own free-agents.

This afternoon the Riders announced that national free agent offensive lineman Dan Clark has re-signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Clark (6’2 – 310) will return for his fourth official CFL season with the Green and White after originally signing with the team in 2009 out of the Regina Thunder junior football program.

The 26-year-old Regina product played 16 regular season games in 2014, starting 10, while seeing action at guard and centre. He added a one yard touchdown reception – the second receiving touchdown of his 41 game career – on August 24th in B.C.

Clark won his first career Grey Cup with the Riders in 2013.

Additionally, former U of S Huskie

Riders Add Three, Release One

The Saskatchewan Roughriders dove into the free-agent pool on Wednesday and came away with three important pieces.

Free agent safety Keenan MacDougall has signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

MacDougall (6’2 – 219) will join the Green and White for his fourth CFL season. The Saskatoon, SK native was originally selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the 3rd round (15th overall) of the 2012 Canadian Draft.

Through three seasons, the 24-year-old has 30 special teams tackles, eight defensive tackles and two fumble return touchdowns in 36 regular season games.

Last season, MacDougall, a University of Saskatchewan product, collected 18 special teams tackles in 17 regular season games. He added three more special teams tackles in two playoff games as the Stampeders won the 2014 Grey Cup.

The Green and White then added, national free agent linebacker Joash Gesse has signed with the team.

A Top 10 Tuesday With More Rumblings Of The CFL Coming To Saskatoon????

We might be in the midst of a frigid spell in Saskatchewan but football is front and centre on this top 10 Tuesday.

So here in no particular order are ten thoughts that are rattling around in my cranium in no particular order…

10 – CFL free-agency opens today at 11am SK time. Some are calling this year’s pool of potential free-agents shallow. Time will tell but the entire exercise is once again a head scratcher from a league perspective. First off the hop is the CFL’s official broadcast partner has shown remarkably little attention to this off-season public relations opportunity. The league, however, has no one to blame but themselves as the lack of information that they provide to fans and the amount of tampering that they allow in the off-season with teams courting potential free agents is almost blush-worthy. (See Edmonton signing Odell Willis 60 seconds into free-agency in 2013)

9 – More CFL blushing… Sportsnet and View From The Sidelines analyst this past season, Arash Madani has uncovered a major cover-up by the CFL. When reviewing potential free-agents Arash discovered an expiring deal between the B.C. Lions and the reigning league Most Outstanding Player and Defensive player of the year, Solomon Elimimian. Elimimian was left off the league’s free-agent tracker on their website (which you can check out here) and was never indicated as a potential free-agent. Madani is also reporting that a deal has been struck between the Lions and Solomon but the bigger question is why was his name left off the list? My two theories; firstly so that NFL teams were not made aware of his availability. Secondly to keep other teams in the CFL from influencing his contractual decision.

8 – A big free-agent in Brett? For my money the biggest potential player to hit the open market later this morning is Calgary Centre, and Weyburn product, Brett Jones. Some are reporting that the league’s most outstanding player has a contract worked out with the New York Giants of the NFL. If that’s the case it’s curious that the Stamps didn’t grant him a release like the Riders with Ben Heenan and Montreal with Duron Carter to sign the deal. That tells me a couple of things; firstly the deal may not be done and secondly the Stamps are going to do everything that they can to keep Jones in Cowtown.

7 – The Green and White’s plan… One would have to think that a back-up quarterback is a priority for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The common belief is that the Riders will look to Kevin Glenn who has been discarded by B.C., however, lurking in the weeds is Dan LeFevour who had a solid albeit injury shortened season in Hamilton last year.

6 – Who else? If I was able to draft a wish list of free agents for Rider Nation realizing that I don’t have to worry about salary caps it would have Centre Brett Jones at the top, followed by; LB Rennie Curan, REC Sam Giguere, QB Dan LeFevour, and LB Brian Peters. At the end of day it may come down to how the Riders plan to deploy the ratio as to who them may or may not pursue via free-agency.

5 – The story that won’t go away… So is the CFL coming to Saskatoon?

Riders Extend Two More Vets: Trade Kicker

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive back Tristan Jackson and national linebacker Kevin Regimbald have signed extensions to remain with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Jackson (5’8 – 185) will remain in Green and White for his fifth season and eighth in the CFL. The Central Arkansas product spent three years with the Edmonton Eskimos before being acquired by the Riders in March, 2011. He re-signed with the team as a free agent in August, 2013.

Last season the 28-year-old started 18 regular season games at cornerback where he totaled 47 defensive tackles, six knockdowns, and tied for the team lead with four interceptions. He also led the league in kickoff return yards with 954 and missed field goal return yards with 267; including a 111 yard return for a touchdown. Jackson’s 1,531 total return yards were also a league high.

Regimbald (6’1 – 225) will return for his third year in the CFL. The Riders originally selected the Quebec native in the 5th round (35th overall) of the 2012 Draft before he joined the team in 2013 for his first season.

Last season, the 27-year-old played eight regular season games, registering six special teams tackles, before suffering a season ending knee injury. Through his first two seasons the University of Sherbrooke product has registered 10 special teams tackles in 14 regular season games.

Happy Returns For Messam

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national running back Jerome Messam has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy, details of the contract were not released.

Messam (6’3 – 240) will return for his sixth CFL season and second with the Green and White. The Toronto native joined the Riders as a free agent in July, 2014. Last season the Graceland University product registered 382 rushing yards and one touchdown on 70 carries, while adding eight receptions for 134 yards in 14 regular season games. He was named Canadian Player of the Week after racking up 126 yards on 19 carries in an impressive week seven performance.

For his career the 29-year-old has accumulated 2,264 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 451 carries in 73 regular season games. He has also spent time with the Montreal Alouettes (2013) and Edmonton Eskimos (2011, 2012) after originally entering the league with the B.C. Lions in 2010.

Tucker Takes Off For Titans

Just days after being named to the 2015 Saskatchewan Roughrider coaching staff Jason Tucker has resigned from the Green and White to take the Assistant Wide Receivers coaching position with the Tennessee Titans.

According to a release from the Titans, Tucker joins the Titans after spending six seasons coaching wide receivers in the Canadian Football League, including the last four with Saskatchewan. In 2013, his group of receivers included three 1,000-yard receivers for only the second time in franchise history and Saskatchewan captured the Grey Cup. Tucker also brings experience as a player, spending two years (199-2000) with the Dallas Cowboys. He would have his greatest success as a player in the CFL, where he totaled 7,046 receiving yards during his seven-year career with Edmonton. He earned CFL All-Star honors four times and won two Grey Cups (2003, 2005) as a player. Tucker played his college football at TCU and was a sixth-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1998 NFL Draft.

Heenan Saddled By Colts: Riders Add Two More

Busy day from the world of football. Here’s what you need to know:

The Indianapolis Colts today agreed to terms with guard Ben Heenan.

Heenan, 6-4, 316 pounds, played the last three seasons (2012-14) with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected by the team with the first overall pick of the 2012 CFL Draft. He competed in 52 career games on the offensive line, starting 49 contests. In 2014, Heenan started all 21 games for the Roughriders for the first time in his career. In 2013, he started 16 games at right guard and right tackle and helped the Roughriders win their fourth Grey Cup in franchise history. As a rookie in 2012, Heenan saw action in a total of 15 games and started 12.

Collegiately, Heenan played four seasons (2008-2011) at the University of Saskatchewan at both guard and tackle and helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four playoff appearances. The team led the conference in points scored and total offense on two occasions. Heenan was one of only three Canadian players selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season. He was also named Second Team All-Canadian and was a Canada West All-Star in 2011. Heenan earned First Team All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star honors in 2010, while playing in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West Bowl. In his first year with the Huskies in 2008, he started all nine games and was named Canada West Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile back in Riderville,

Riders Name Coaching Staff

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are pleased to announce their coaching staff for the 2015 CFL season.

Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach: JACQUES CHAPDELAINE

Offensive Line Coach: DAN DORAZIO

Receivers Coach: JASON TUCKER

Running Backs Coach: AVON COBOURNE
Defensive Coordinator: GREG QUICK

Defensive Line Coach: MIKE SINCLAIR

Defensive Backs Coach: TONY MISSICK

Linebackers Coach: TYRONE PETTAWAY
Special Teams Coordinator: BOB DYCE

Assistant Special Teams Coordinator: CORY McDIARMID

Dan Dorazio joins the Riders after spending the last 12 seasons as offensive line coach with the BC Lions. The veteran coach will be entering his 18th CFL campaign after also spending five seasons with the Calgary Stampeders beginning in 1998.