Clearly, with six offensive linemen introduced at the Dogs’ Breakfast, offensive line was an area that the Huskies identified as a priority for the 2012 season. Not only do they need to bring in and develop future players, but they need players who are ready to step in and contribute right away.
Luckily for the Huskies, they had two of the top offensive lineman in the Canadian Junior Football League in their own back yard. Drew Digout, who played his high school football with the Aden Bowman Bears, spent the last two seasons with the Okanagan Sun of the BCFC. In his rookie season he was named a CJFL all-Canadian at tackle and he earned BCFC all-star honours in both his seasons with the Sun.
“Drew’s a big body, but has an athletic frame,” says Huskies’ offensive assistant coach Jason Sulz. “Hopefully he’ll be able to step in and provide us with, at very minimum, some excellent depth along the o-line, if not a spot on the starting five.”
Drew has been practicing with the Huskies all offseason, and his steady improvement towards his excellent showing at the spring camp has impressed the coaches. “I’m getting more used to the CIS level,” said Drew following the spring scrimmage. “It was a pretty big adjustment, I think, but I’m getting used to it more and more.”
For Drew, who was recruited by CIS teams across the country, the decision to come to the Huskies was an easy one, as the team met all of his criteria. “It’s my hometown, plus it’s a good school and winning team,” he said. “You put the three together, and it makes for a pretty good combination. Plus having my friends and family out to games will be great.”