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Riders Add Half-A-Dozen Players In Draft


Round 3 – 24th overall DB Elie Bouka Calgary
Round 3 – 26th overall K/P Quinn Van Gylswyk UBC
Round 4 – 35th overall DL David Onyemata Manitoba
Round 5 – 36th overall LB Alex Ogbongbemiga Calgary
Round 6 – 52nd overall OL Alex McKay Manitoba
Round 8 – 62nd overall WR Joshua Stanford Kansas

With the 24th overall selection the Riders took defensive back Elie Bouka from the University of Calgary. In eight conference games last season, the 23 year old picked up 14.5 defensive tackles and one interception for the Dinos.

With the 26th overall selection the Green and White picked kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk from the University of British Columbia. Last season the Victoria, BC native made 24 of 28 field goal attempts and added 56 punts for 2,442 yards on his way to being named a First Team CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star. The 25-year-old was part of the Thunderbirds team that won the 2015 Vanier Cup.

With the 45th overall selection the Riders then picked up defensive lineman David Onyemata from the University of Manitoba. Last season, the 23-year-old picked up his second straight Canada West All-Star nod and first selection as a CIS All-Canadian. He was also invited to participate in the 2016 East-West Shrine game.

With their fifth round pick, 36th overall, the Riders selected linebacker Alex Ogbongbemiga from the University of Calgary. Last season the Calgary native picked up 20 defensive tackles and one sack for the Dinos.

With their pick in the sixth round, 52nd overall the Riders selected offensive lineman Alex McKay out of the University of Manitoba. The Winnipeg native started and played in all eight conference regular season games and one playoff game in 2015. The 25-year-old tackle has played four years at Manitoba and was a 2013 Canada West All-Star.

What I learned about the CFL Draft: Television Broadcast Edition

With one of the biggest days on the Canadian Football League calendar having come and gone. Here is my moment by moment observations from the CFL draft.

First off we get a glimpse of the Saskatchewan Roughrider war-room and a question crops up immediately. Why can’t all of the executives get together in one room? The league has meetings in Vegas so could they not eek out some money to meet at BMO Field, or TCU Place in Saskatoon or Quebec City, or Halifax? You know build the brand?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders select Josiah St. John from the University of Oklahoma. No surprise as the Green and White are wanting a player that can step in immediately and they may have found one.

Montreal is on the clock … The Alouettes select Philippe Gagnon from Laval. Great depth move for a team that goes with an exclusively Canadian offensive line.

BC is up next. Interesting to see Geroy Simon sitting next to Wally Buono at the draft table. Further proof that time heals all wounds I suppose. During the break BC trades down to allow Hamilton to trade up.

Riders Confirm They Are Moving North

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today the details of the 2016 Coors Light Training Camp Event Series in Saskatoon. The new-look Riders, led by General Manager and Head Coach, Chris Jones, will open training camp at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon beginning May 29th.

The Riders have teamed up with local community partners to host a series of events across the city that will bring the team and fans of all ages together with an assortment of music, entertainment, activities, and of course, football.

“This is a special year for Rider Nation and we wanted to do something above and beyond for our fans here in Saskatoon” said Gregg Sauter, Riders Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. “This is our final year in the current Mosaic Stadium, the place we have called home for many decades. We also have an energized new coaching staff led by Chris Jones and an incredibly talented group of players who are competing for spots on the team. We’d like to give them a warm Saskatchewan welcome and we want to create some special events for our great fan base here in Saskatoon and northern Saskatchewan. “
Three events will take place in Saskatoon from May 27 to June 12:

O’Brian’s Event Centre, Featuring One Bad Son

Coors Light and Cruz FM will present the Official Roughrider Kickoff Party on Friday, May 27th at 8:00pm. The evening will include a night of incredible live music and entertainment with featured guests One Bad Son, and also some special appearances by Rider players. Join us for the best party in town as we kick off the season and three weeks of training camp in Saskatoon.

Ticket availability will be limited so purchase your $20 tickets today:

Riders Add Another Eskimo

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired the CFL playing rights to international offensive lineman Thaddeus Coleman from the Edmonton Eskimos.

In exchange, the Riders have sent two players from the team’s negotiation list to the Eskimos.

Coleman (6’8 – 320 lbs) with be entering his fourth CFL season after originally signing with Edmonton in June, 2013. Through his first three seasons the 30-year-old product of Mississippi Valley State has started all 21 games played spending time at right and left tackle.

He won his first career Grey Cup last season as a member of the Eskimos.

Friends Of The Bowl Moving To Phase 4

Friends of the Bowl Foundation provided an update on the redevelopment of Gordie Howe Sports Complex. Two phases have been completed at Saskatoon Minor Football Field including new turf, lights, sound system, score clock and construction of a 24,000 square foot Clubhouse.

Phase 3 is well underway with the creation of a welcome plaza to the Gordie Howe Sports Centre. Today’s announcements include a $250,000 donation from Richardson completing the Phase 1 and 2 campaigns.

The Friends of the Bowl Foundation are also pleased to announce that SMF Field will benefit from the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Grey Cup Legacy Project. The Grey Cup Legacy Project was introduced in 2012 in preparation for hosting the 2013 Grey Cup. 7,000 temporary seats as well as corporate boxes were added to the end zones at
Mosaic Stadium. The plan was to donate these seats to amateur sports programs when the new stadium was ready.
4,900 seats and 6 boxes will be donated to the Friends of the Bowl Foundation to enhance the experience for fans at SMF Field and create a facility that is able to host a wide variety of sporting events for years to come. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have also announced that they have acquired office space in the Gordie Howe Sports

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this outstanding sports facility.” Said Craig Reynolds, President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “We are thrilled to be welcomed here at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex and we look forward to playing an even greater role with the thousands of young athletes and children who are engaged in
sports here every year.”

The Price Is Not Right In Riderville

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have confirmed international receiver Maurice Price has filed retirement papers to the Canadian Football League.

“We are surprised and disappointed to hear of Maurice Price’s decision to retire. We were given no indication when we acquired Maurice and negotiated a new contract that he may not continue playing,” stated Riders General Manager and Head Coach Chris Jones. “As a team we will continue to move forward with our free agent camps and work through the CFL Draft. An opportunity has opened up for another player.”

Former Huskie Big Ben Calls It A Career

Former University of Saskatchewan Huskie and former first overall CFL draft pick Ben Heenan announced his retirement this afternoon.

The six-foot-four, 316-pound offensive lineman was selected first overall in the 2012 and made the announcement via his agent, Dan Vertlieb.

Heenan, who is 26, left the Riders following the 2014 season and signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. However, after sustaining a knee injury in training camp he was released by the club before being brought back on the team’s practice roster last November.

Heenan, who is from Grand Coulee, played three years with the Green and White and was the starting right tackle on the Riders’ Grey Cup-winning squad in 2013. In total he would start 46 regular-season games with Saskatchewan before signing with the Colts.

Riders Add A Pair And Welcome Displaced Free Agents

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international offensive lineman Tre’Von Armstead and international wide receiver Victor Dean Jr. have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Armstead (6’7 – 311) signs with the Riders after spending the previous four seasons at Baylor University. The 21-year-old Port Arthur, Texas native played 27 career collegiate games. He also spent time at tight-end registering five receptions for 62 yards.

Dean (6’4 – 210) joins the Green and White after playing one season at Portland State, registering 23 receptions for 521 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. Prior to that, the 23-year-old California native spent two seasons at Fresno State where he played 16 collegiate games and collected 32 receptions for 404 yards and four touchdowns.


Riders Welcome New Logo: New RB

The Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club officially unveiled an updated logo today. The original logo was developed in 1985 and has essentially remained unchanged for over 30 years.

“The timing was right for us to refresh and update our logo as we begin a new jersey partnership with adidas, and prepare to move into new Mosaic Stadium,” noted Riders Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing, Gregg Sauter. “While the changes are subtle, the logo more accurately reflects our official colour scheme with a clean and modern feel, while still maintaining the iconic image.”

There are four main changes made to the logo:
• Inside liner has been eliminated
• Three inside horizontal lines are now straight instead of staggered
• Shortened tail on the ‘S’ which is now equally balanced with the top
• Silver has been replaced with white

WOW! Rider Make-Over Continues Dressler – Chick Cut

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today international defensive end John Chick and international receiver Weston Dressler have been released by the team.

“Decisions like these are never easy but we felt it was necessary in order for us to move forward and better position ourselves as a football team,” stated Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach, Chris Jones. “We spoke with each player and their respective agents at length in an attempt to negotiate more cap friendly contracts but unfortunately could not reach satisfactory agreements.”

Chick spent six seasons with the Riders after originally joining the team in 2007. After winning the CFL’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player in 2009, Chick embarked on a three year NFL career. He returned to the Green and White in 2013 where he spent the next three seasons. Chick ranks fourth in Riders all-time quarterback sacks with 53. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion having won in 2007 and 2013.

Dressler joined the Riders in 2008 and went on to win the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. Through eight seasons Dressler surpassed the 1,000 yard receiving mark five times. He sits third in Riders all-time receiving yards with 7,797 and fifth in all-time receiving touchdowns with 50. He won his first career Grey Cup in 2013.