Following his all-Canadian selection, first overall ranked Canadian player by the CFL Scouting Bureau is the latest in a long line of Huskies to be named to the West Roster of the East-West Shrine Game. The game will be played on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. CT, live on the NFL Network.
From the CIS news release:
Heenan, who hails from Grand Coulee, Sask., just outside of Regina, is the sixth Huskie invited to the Shrine Game and the first since safety Dylan Barker – currently of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats – in 2008. Saskatchewan ranks second behind Calgary (10) among CIS schools for most Shrine Game invitees.
The 21-year-old, one of the few players to take part in two CIS East-West Bowls (2010, 2011), is the top prospect for next spring’s CFL Canadian Draft according to the list published back in September by the league’s Scouting Bureau.
Despite switching positions from guard to tackle this season, his fourth with the Huskies, the 6-foot-4, 310-pound agriculture and bioresources student earned all-Canadian status for the second straight year, making the second CIS squad after being selected to the first unit in 2010. He was also named the Canada West rookie of the year in 2008.
In four campaigns at Saskatchewan, Heenan helped the Huskies to three Canada West regular season titles and four playoff appearances, and played a major role as the team led the conference in points scored and total offence on two occasions. This fall, the Huskies kept a 5-3 record in league play and once again featured one of the most productive offensive units in the country with an average of 29.8 points per game.
“Ben is the fourth outstanding offensive lineman from the University of Saskatchewan to be selected to compete in the East West Shrine Game. His size, strength and mobility have already attracted interest from several NFL teams,” said Huskies head coach Brian Towriss. “The Shrine Game will enable Ben to showcase his talents with many of the NCAA’s best. This is a tremendous opportunity that he is sure to take advantage of. He will represent CIS football very well.”
To read the entire news release, please click here.