Oftentimes, freshmen take a redshirt year before finding themselves on the game day roster. However, there are several freshmen who have made their way onto the roster this season. Coach Towriss spoke with Huskie Outsider about the progress that they have made.
Brayden Twarynski is a defensive lineman, from Calgary, who has seen significant playing time this season. “Brayden has played very well for us,” BT stated. “He’s has kind of started the last two games and played very well when he’s been in. We knew he was a good football player; he’s a little undersized right now, but he battles.”
Brydon Ozmun, from Nipawin, joined the Huskies as the top high school receiver in Saskatchewan. “Brydon filled a role for us for a couple of games and caught some balls,” Coach Towriss stated regarding some mid-season games that veterans missed due to injury. “He’s a good player and he’s going to play lots for us down the road.”
Jarvis James, a high school teammate of Twarynski’s, has seen time at both running back and kick returns this season. “Jarvis is continuing to improve. We would like to have given him some more carries, but games have been pretty close this season. He’s also doing a nice job on returns for us.” James contributed a key 37 yard return late in the come from behind win over Manitoba.
Devin Logan, from Abbottsford B.C., is another freshman who has seen time at both running back and on kick returns. “Devin’s got lots of potential too, and it’s unfortunate that he’s suffered a serious injury. He’s going to rehab and come back. The kid has lots of ability, and he just needs another year of strength. The good news is that he can continue to work on his upper body as he rehabs his leg.”
Coach Towriss didn’t expect to have QB Matt Bonaca, from Salisbury Collegiate in Edmonton, use a year of eligibility this season. Matt impressed observers during the non-conference game against Guelph, and he has been the backup quarterback for the last two games. “We didn’t anticipate him having to play,” BT commented. “In the last couple of weeks he has gotten lots of reps. He does some good things at times, and he just needs more reps in order to become more confident. Matt has lots of ability and he’s going to be a good player down the road too.”
Travoy Martinez has made his impact felt in both the return game and at cornerback, where he was named the CIS defensive player of the week after his first Canada West game. “If we made a mistake with Travoy,” Coach commented, “it was trying to make him a running back early in camp. He lost some training camp time in the secondary for that reason. He played well at corner early in the season, and then he made a couple of mistakes and got injured. Now he’s back and he played pretty well for us against Manitoba.”
On Friday, the Huskies will head to Edmonton for a game with the UofA Bears. Making the trip will be most of the freshmen discussed above. Huskie fans can expect these CIS rookies contribute towards what will hopefully be a successful afternoon for the Dogs.