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It was a surprise announcement that saw many tears of joy shed. It was a convergence of circumstances that made for one of the most memorable moments in the history of Huskie football and the Canadian Football League draft. At the twelfth annual Dogs’ Breakfast earlier today, Saskatchewan Roughriders’ President Jim Hopson announced that they are selecting Saskatchewan Huskie offensive lineman Ben Heenan first overall in CFL Canadian draft. It was not a surprise that the Roughriders would take the hometown kid, but to make the announcement at the Dogs’ Breakfast in front of 2000 Huskie fans made the selection extra special for both Heenan and the Huskies. “It was | Full Article

Twitter and Facebook were on fire this weekend as the results from the CFL Evaluation Camp and National Invitational Combine (NIC) rolled in. Three Huskies, offensive lineman Ben Heenan and defensive backs Bryce McCall and Keenan MacDougall, participated in the CFL camp while defensive lineman David Rybinski participated in the NIC camp. Every Huskie was at or near the top of their groups, with Rybinski leading things off with 29 bench press reps on Friday at the NIC, a new personal best for him and one of the top performances at the camp. He also ran a 5.28 second 40-yard dash, had a 30 inch vertical jump, and had an | Full Article

In spite of taking the red-eye flight from Toronto, which saw him arrive in Saskatoon at 3:00 a.m., Ben Heenan joined his Huskie teammates for the third morning workout of 2012 earlier today at the SaskTel Sports Centre. Heenan was one of four Huskies in Toronto over the weekend for the CFL Evaluation Camp, where defensive backs Bryce McCall and Keenan MacDougall joined him, and the Canadian Football Scouting National Invitational Combine, where defensive tackle David Rybinski was tested. Both events were held at Lamport Stadium and the University of Toronto’s Varsity Center Bubble. “All in all, I think I did pretty well there,” said Heenan of his weekend of | Full Article

Three UofS Huskies have been invited to the CFL’s E-Camp which takes place March 2-4. The E-Camp is the CFL’s version of the NFL combine. Ben Heenan has been in Los Angeles preparing for the camp, and he will be joined by Huskie safety Bryce McCall and halfback/cornerback Keenan MacDougall. McCall and MacDougall spoke with Huskie Outsider about the evaluation camp. “I want to do the best that I can,” Bryce commented. “The numbers will take care of themselves.” Bryce was asked about his preparation for the camp. “I’ve trained for it,” he replied. “We’ve done quite a few things to make sure that I’m ready and prepared, just like | Full Article

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies cemented their position as the top professional football factory in the CIS on Saturday when twelve alumni made the rosters of CFL teams, two more than any other CIS program. Last year’s first-place squad was well represented in the dozen dogs, with three members making the jump to the professional ranks. Included in that was first-team All-Canadian wide receiver and fourth overall 2011 draft pick Jade Etienne, who will ply his trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. “Its awesome,” said Etienne of cracking the Blue Bomber roster. “I Spent all day Friday and Saturday morning praying my phone wouldn’t ring for a meeting with the | Full Article

From Saskatchewan east, 13 current and former Saskatchewan Huskie players are participating in 2011 CFL training camps, the most of any Canada West school. In Regina, the acquisition of fullback Graeme Bell (@graemebell24) was one of the factors that led to the release of veteran Chris Szarka. Bell will join an offence anchored by 17 year veteran Gene Makowsky, the former Huskie and Canada West All-Star who has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman twice in his career. Makowsky will be taking on a mentorship role with the young offensive linemen in Roughrider camp, including 2010 draft pick and CIS First Team All-Canadian Patrick Neufeld (@paddyneufeld). After last weekend’s | Full Article

Huskies’ receiver Jade Etienne is profiled in the latest edition of The Sheaf, the University of Saskatchewan’s student newspaper. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Congratulations to left tackle Paddy Neufeld who capped off a tremendous 2010 season by signing with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Neufeld, a native of Regina, was drafted by Saskatchewan in the 5th round (33rd overall) of the 2010 CFL Canadian Draft. After attending training camp with the Roughriders, Neufeld was a star along the offensive line for the Huskies during the 2010 season. In his fourth year, Neufeld was named both a Canada West All-Star and a CIS First Team All-Canadian. “I’m feeling really excited about re-signing with the Riders,” said Neufeld. “My friends and family are all very happy for me and I am really looking forward to camp.”

Former Huskie and current Montreal Alouette cornerback Paul Woldu is profiled in the Regina Leader-Post this morning: Paul Woldu loves his double life. During the CFL season, he’s a special-teams player and backup cornerback with the Montreal Alouettes. During the off-season, Woldu returns to his Regina home, where he trains, hangs out and prepares for another season. “I love going back to Saskatchewan,” Woldu said before Friday’s 30-26 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Percival Molson Stadium. “That’s my home and it’s where my family is. I’m a Saskatchewan person who plays for the Montreal Alouettes.” Woldu is in his third season with the Alouettes after being selected in the | Full Article

From the Saskatoon StarPhoenix this morning: Dylan Barker is starting over. The 23-year-old product of Moose Jaw assumed the job as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ starting safety this week when Sandy Beveridge announced his retirement from the CFL after just seven-plus seasons. Beveridge, 28, took a job as a firefighter with the Hamilton Emergency Services. For Barker — the No. 1 pick in the 2008 Canadian college draft after a stellar career with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies — it’s the opportunity for which he has been patiently waiting. “Sandy was a great mentor,” Barker said Friday, one day before Hamilton’s clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium (4:30 p.m., | Full Article