Heenan Saddled By Colts: Riders Add Two More

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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,

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national kicker Hugh O’Neill has signed with the team and international defensive back Woodny Turenne has signed an extension. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

O’Neill (6’2 – 185) joins the Riders for his fifth CFL season after originally being selected in the 2nd round (11th overall) by the BC Lions in the 2011 Canadian Draft. He remained with the Lions for over two seasons before signing with the Edmonton Eskimos in August, 2013.

Last season, the Edmonton native played nine regular season games for the Eskimos, connecting on 20 of 26 field goals (76.9%) and added 61 punts for 2,710 yards for a 44.4 yard average.

For his career, the 25-year-old has made 35 of 47 field goal attempts (74.5%) including a 47 yard long while adding 82 punts for 3,555 yards (43.3 average) including a 70 yard long in 23 regular season games.  

Turenne (6’0 – 190) will return for his fifth CFL season and fourth with the Riders. The Florida native originally signed with the Green and White in July, 2012 after spending the 2011 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Last season, the 27-year-old played eight regular season games, registering nine defensive tackles, three special teams tackles and one interception.

Turenne was eligible to become a free agent on February 10th.