Cam Redl and Ben Heenan anchor the right side of the Huskies’ offensive line. This is their second season as teammates, and they’re pleased with the play of the entire offensive line. Redl, a right tackle, and Heenan, a guard, also played for Team World in the USA vs. World game, last winter.
Both Cam and Ben enjoyed the experience of playing for Team World. “I didn’t really know what to expect when I went down there,” commented Redl. “It was interesting to match up against the American players in order to see how well we measured up.”
Redl and Heenan were joined by Jeff Hassler and Joel Seutter on Team World’s roster. “It was a good experience for all of us to see how other players, from around the country, perform,” remarked Ben. It was interesting to hear their reaction to playing that game under American rules, and without the one-yard neutral zone that they are accustomed to. “It wasn’t as big of a deal as you’d think,” Ben explained. “You get used to it by the time the first practice is over. You just adapt to it.”
Cam added similar comments regarding the different neutral zone: “I didn’t notice much of a difference. If anything, it was beneficial. I’ve got long arms, and it was easy to get into the defensive end quickly. He doesn’t have as much room to make a move, or get around you.”
Due to injury, the Huskies have had to rotate a lot of different OLinemen into this year’s lineup. Despite this, they have continued to get better and have had two of their best performances during their last two games. “After the first couple of weeks of practice, all of the players have reps doing our plays,” Ben explained about the Huskies depth, “So we can pretty much toss anyone in there and they’ll pick up right where the other guy left off.”
Redl is also pleased with the play of the OLine, and particularly the play of Heenan. “It’s awesome to play beside Ben. He always knows what to do. When I don’t know what to do, I’m always asking him where I’m going.”
Cam explained that things won’t be easy for the offensive line, this Friday, as they face the Calgary Dinosaurs. “Calgary has a good front seven. They’ll throw a lot of stuff at us. We have to buckle down and make as few mental mistakes as possible.”