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The two latest Huskies to make the jump to the CFL made their pre-season debuts yesterday. Grant Shaw, who was drafted eleventh overall by the Toronto Argonauts in this spring’s CFL Draft, split time as the punter/place kicker. He finished the day two-for-two on fields goals and with a 39.4 yard average on seven punts, the longest of which went for 49 yards. Kicker Grant Shaw “It was a pretty amazing playing at the Rogers Center,” said Shaw of his first CFL game. “It is a really nice facility. I was pretty nervous at the start of the game, especially for my first couple of punts.” Another Huskie, Patrick Neufeld, | Full Article

The Outsider posted about Ian Hamilton’s piece on the four Huskies at the Saskatchewan Roughriders camp, but there are many other Huskies dotting the CFL landscape this spring. In Montreal, Scott Flory, who played on the same offensive line as current Roughrider Kelly Bates on the 1998 Vanier Cup winning Huskie team, is entering season 12 in the CFL. Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette writes that Flory, who is one of three former Huskies at Alouettes camp along with defensive end Ivan Brown and cornerback Paul Woldu, kept a special memento from the Al’s Grey Cup win last November. Former Saskatchewan Huskie offensive lineman Scott Flory (57).

Former Huskie cornerback and kicker Grant Shaw has signed a three-year contract with the Toronto Argonauts, according to the Argos website. Shaw had an outstanding season in 2009, finishing the year as a Canada West All-Star and Second Team All-Canadian at cornerback. Shaw finished the season with 18 tackles, one interception, one breakup, and one forced fumble. In the playoffs, Shaw added 6.5 tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and had a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown in the blowout 53-23 win against the Regina Rams. Shaw also made 19 of 23 field goal attempts, including four of six from beyond the forty yard line and was two | Full Article

The CFL draft was held earlier today and two Huskies were chosen. Grant Shaw went eleventh overall to Toronto and Paddy Neufeld was drafted 33rd overall by Saskatchewan. Shaw was relaxing at his family’s home in Edmonton watching the draft on TSN with his family and a few close friends. “My mom was upstairs and we were all in basement,” Shaw told us. “My mom started screaming, so I knew something was up. There must have been a delay in the TVs because we watched it a few seconds later.” We asked Shaw how it felt and he said, “It was a pretty exciting moment. I was kind of speechless.” | Full Article

It’s not often Offensive Linemen get to be in the middle of the spotlight,  but expect them to be front and center in this years CFL draft, considered by many to be one the deepest drafts we’ve seen in quite some time.  As many as thirty-one offensive linemen have a legitimate shot at getting their name called when the 2010 CFL draft takes place May 2nd. The most highly touted of that group is Nevada’s John Bender, a player who many expect to be taken in next year’s NFL Draft.  The Huskies continue to provide the CFL with quality linemen as OG Patrick Neufeld, is expected to be taken.  He’s | Full Article

With final exams nearing completion, Huskie football players, like all university students, have a lot on their minds. Not only are they cramming for good marks, but many are looking for summer jobs, finalizing their plans to return home for the summer, and preparing for spring camp. The pressures of being a student athlete will be taking on an added dimension for a select group of Huskies: those eligible for the CFL Canadian Draft. These players, especially those who attended one of the evaluation camps in March, have the next step in the back of their minds. They will spend the next few weeks and months wondering if they did | Full Article

A recent article on CFL.ca profiled Huskie’s left tackle Patrick Neufeld and his relationship with former Huskie Kelly Bates, who coached the Huskies last season while on the injury list with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Bates recently signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, while Neufeld will be available in the upcoming CFL draft. When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers placed veteran offensive lineman Kelly Bates on the nine-game injured list last season, their loss quickly became the gain of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ lineman Patrick Neufeld. Bates, who won a Vanier Cup with the Huskies back in 1998, returned to his alma mater last season to help coach the offensive linemen. | Full Article

HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that non-import safety Dylan Barker has agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep the first overall selection of the 2008 CFL Canadian Draft in TigerTown through the 2012 season. “Last season, Dylan showed that he is capable of making solid contributions on both defence and special teams.  He’s one of our most promising young Canadian players so we’re excited that he has committed to this organization,” said Head Coach Marcel Bellefeuille. Barker, a 6-4, 200-pound native of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan set a new Ticats team record and tied the Canadian Football League record with 37 special teams tackles in 2009.  He | Full Article

The CFL Evaluation Camp concluded yesterday in Toronto with on-field evaluations. According to CFL analyst Miles Gorrell, all three Huskies in attendance stood out. Please click here to view the analysis and wrap up on the CFL website. Offensive tackle Patrick Neufeld (6’4″, 296 lbs.) finished the E-Camp with an impressive performance during on-field drills. He posted a 5.36 second 40 yard dash, a 26″ vertical, an 8′ 5″ broad jump, and 12 reps on the bench. Neufeld, a 2009 Canada West All-Star, is heading into his fourth year of eligibility with the Huskies. Cornerback Grant Shaw (6′ 3″, 210 lbs.) showed he has a tremendous future as a defensive | Full Article

Huskie grad Scott McHenry against Calgary (photo by Liam Richards) Scott McHenry, who spent the past five years playing slotback for the Huskies, has signed a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After being drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in last year’s CFL draft, McHenry had a solid season in 2009, finishing with 23 catches for 375 yards. He also spent time playing fullback last year after the Stampeders shifted him to that position during their 2009 training camp. —————————————————– Dathan Thomas (photo by Ivan Tam), Darren Hinds (photo by Steve Hiscock for Liam Richards Photography) and Rory Kohlert (photo by Liam Richards) Three more Huskies will be attending evaluation | Full Article