REGINA -- Riderville.com takes a closer look at the current roster by position and breaks down the team’s outlook heading into the 2013 season.
In this week’s entry they preview the defensive line of the Green & White.
The defensive line is led by non-import veteran, Keith Shologan. Entering his sixth season with the Riders, Shologan is a mainstay at defensive tackle. Last season, the Spruce Grove, AB native registered 22 tackles and tied a career high with three quarterback sacks. Since becoming a regular in 2009, Shologan has missed only three regular season games due to injury, appearing in 69 of 72 contests.
Vocal leader, Brent Hawkins, will return for his fourth season with the Riders. After missing the entire 2011 season due to injury, ‘Hawk’ played 14 games in 2012 recording 24 tackles, four quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries. His energetic in-your-face approach forces opposing linemen to play full speed every down and can cause tensions to run high as the game wears on.
Recently re-signed veteran Tearrius George will return for his third season with the Riders and sixth in the CFL. The versatile veteran appeared in all 18 regular season games and essentially played every position on the defensive line through the 2012 season. His six quarterback sacks shared for the team lead while he also totaled 18 tackles.