The University of Saskatchewan has apologized for their handling of the announced resignation of Head Coach Brian Towriss last week. After a hastily called news conference last Monday, where the Huskies Head More »
Games will be played Monday thru Thursday from 12:00 PM – 1:15PM with all games at SMF Field at Gordie Howe Park; lunch will be provided each day. Each team will be guaranteed 4 games. Bracket tournament play will take place on Friday starting at 6:00 PM at the new turf at SMF Field. There will be supper provided during the bracket play for teams and family members.
Teams must have 2 members of the opposite sex on the field for a game of 5 on 5 football. There are competitive and recreational divisions. This is a great opportunity for corporate team building within your office.
Cost is $2500.00 per team and includes lunch each day that you play and jerseys for your team as well as a Proceeds from this year go to the youth at risk programming run by Saskatoon Minor Football.
The Saskatchewan Roughrider Plaza of Honor Committee has announced two new members will be inducted into the Plaza of Honor as the class of 2016. This year Matt Dominguez and Ivan Gutfriend will have their names forever etched into Saskatchewan Roughrider history.
The Plaza of Honor Dinner presented by SaskTel has inducted 120 individuals who have made major contributions to the proud tradition of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club. The club has also inducted the 1966, 1989 and 2007 Grey Cup championship teams.
The cairn recognizing the Plaza of Honor inductees is situated outside the main gates on the west side of Mosaic Stadium. The Plaza of Honor cairn is sponsored by SaskTel, SASK SPORT INC. and the City of Regina.
The SaskTel Plaza of Honor Dinner is known as Saskatchewan’s most prestigious sports dinner and as a result has contributed over $6 million to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.
This year’s dinner is set for Friday, September 16th in the Credit Union Eventplex at Evraz Place. Five seasons ago the Dinner was moved to the Eventplex in order to meet the demand for tickets and accommodate a larger audience. The space allows patrons the opportunity comfortably mingle and meet friends and associates throughout the evening.
Well another seven days have come and gone in the world of sports. North American headlines have been dominated by the Texas Rangers-Toronto Blue Jays dust up in Arlington on Sunday. That’s where we will start with lots of other observations to come in no particular order that we call the Top 10 Tuesday.
10 – Well let’s start with the brawl that all began when Jose Bautista emphatically tossed his bat after a dramatic home run in the fifth and deciding game of the ALDS last October. All was quiet until the Rangers got their retribution in the finale of a three game set in Texas on Sunday when reliever Matt Bush plunked him with a 90+ mph fastball in the eighth inning. Bautista was incensed and had to be restrained, somewhat, by the first base umpire. Getting no satisfaction he slid hard into second base on a double-play opportunity for the Rangers that drew the irk of Rougned Odor who landed a right-cross for the ages that cued the benches to clear. So the act is being called cowardly by the Jays. I prefer ingenious. Firstly, the Rangers won the game. Secondly, they exacted revenge in front of their fans, something the faithful have been calling for since October. AND finally, they were able to get their pound of flesh which should have settled the situation not withstanding Bautista’s slide.
9 – Now speaking of the slide I say it was dirty as there was intent from Jose Bautista to injure the Texas second baseman. MLB’s view of the slide will be interesting to hear. However, I didn’t notice Odor’s throw until I saw Don Cherry’s take on Coach’s Corner and it is hard to dispute that Odor was throwing at Bautista coming at him. The low throw almost caught Bautista in the bucket which also may have caused the tentions to ratchet up a notch.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced international defensive lineman Eric Norwood and international wide receivers Clarence Denmark and Alec Lemon have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.
Norwood (6’3 – 255) joins the Riders after spending the previous three seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In 42 regular season games the 27-year-old has collected 123 defensive tackles, 24 quarterback sacks, and nine tackles for loss. He was named an East Division All-Star in 2014.
In ten regular season games last year, Norwood registered 30 defensive tackles, seven quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries both of which he returned for touchdowns.
Denmark (5’11 – 190) will enter his sixth CFL season after originally signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March, 2011. Through five seasons with the Bombers, the 30-year-old Florida native collected 306 receptions for 4,165 yards and 16 touchdowns in 88 career regular season games. He was named a West Division All-Star in 2014 after registering 1,080 receiving yards.
Last season, Denmark had 57 catches for 718 yards and three touchdowns while starting all 18 regular season games.
Lemon (6’2 – 207) joins the Riders after spending two seasons in the NFL. The 24-year-old originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in April 2013, then later joined the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in December, 2014.
Before going pro, Lemon had a standout four year career at Syracuse University where he became the school’s all-time leader in receptions. In 47 career collegiate games Lemon totaled 2,596 yards and 18 touchdowns on 201 receptions.
The Riders also announced they released the following players:
Emmitt Tims of the University of Saskatchewan is now a member of the Montreal Alouettes.
Tims was the lone Huskie selected in Tuesday’s CFL Draft, he was taken in the 6th round 50th overall by the Als.
Tims, who came to the Huskies as a receiver, stepped into the long snapping role in 2016 and also worked with the defensive lineman. His special teams ability attracted the Alouettes who are seemingly without a long snapper as Jerrod Zalesky, who was handling those responsibilities, is no longer on the team’s roster.
Tims will attend the Alouettes training camp next month.
In total 15 players from the Canada West Conference were selected in the draft with Calgary’s Mercer Timmis being the first name from the west called. The Dinos running back was taken in the second round fourteenth overall by Hamilton.
Here is the list of all players taken from Canada West:
At a glance:
RIDERS PICK UP SIX MORE IN THE CFL CANADIAN 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.
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.
What a week in Saskatoon for grid iron fun. Both the Saskatoon Hilltops and University of Saskatchewan Huskies held their spring camps. Add to that the Saskatchewan Roughriders gearing up for today’s CFL draft and the WHL bantam selection and it has been a busy time. So in no particular order here is my take on the last seven days in ToonTown.
10 – Start with a tip of the cap to the organizers of the Dogs Breakfast. This year’s edition featured the CFL on TSN panel minus-Matt Dunigan, add Kerry Joseph. The panel concept was a definite change from what patrons experienced in the past but one that seemed well received. In the end the recruits were again welcomed to the program in a truly Saskatchewan Huskie tradition. The best description of this year’s event was provided to me from one recruit’s father who said this is like the Roughriders Plaza of Honour only better!
9 – Staying with the Huskies and 2016 is going to be a very interesting season. There are some younger players that are pushing for some playing time and going to make some tough decisions for the coaches. There are also some veteran players that look extremely determined to make a statement in Canada West.
The University of Saskatchewan Huskies spring camp wrapped up with a spirited full-scrimmage yesterday morning at Griffiths Stadium. In the End the Kyle Siemens-lead-Team Green topped the Drew Burko-lead-team White 24-16.
Veteran running backs Jarvis James and Tyler Chow each scampered into the end zone for majors while Freshman running back Kaedon Armstrong also broke the plain.
Defensively the group was challenged through the work-outs to get faster and sophomore linebacker Eric Thakurdeen did that with a fumble recovery touchdown in the fourth Quarter.
The game was the conclusion of the team’s five work-outs in four days.
Through those four days some veterans showed that they are ready to take on a bigger role in 2016, while some new recruits showed that they will be pressing for playing time throughout the season.
While broadcasting the game on Sunday I had the opportunity to sit next to Head Coach Brian Towriss who provided great commentary and insight throughout the opening half. Here is a summary of some of his thoughts: (you can hear his wrap up comments, as well as from Kyle Siemens and Eric Thakurdeen by clicking here.)
BT on Offence:
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University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 29 new faces to the squad for the 2016 season Thursday at the 16th Annual Dogs’ Breakfast.
This year’s recruiting class features some of the best high school and junior football players in the province and Western Canada.
“We are really looking forward to seeing what our guys are able to do on the field this weekend,” said Towriss. “Spring camp gives us the great opportunity to evaluate our incoming talent as they are introduced to our schemes and it gives our veterans the chance to show off all of the hard work they put in throughout the offseason.”
The Huskies add plenty of championship experience with back-to-back Canadian Junior Football League champion Saskatoon Hilltops All-Canadian receiver Chad Braun, All-Canadian offensive lineman Matt Kozun, PFC All-Star Evan Kopchynski, linebacker Quinn Pierce, defensive back Tyler Sieffert and offensive lineman Nick Summach joining the squad.
Also suiting up for the Huskies with junior football experience is running back Colton Klassen and receiver Casey Long. Klassen was an All-Canadian and PFC Offensive Player of the Year with the Regina Thunder. Long played for the Calgary Colts.