Di­et­rich joins Univer­sity of Regina Rams

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

He took the long road, but a former Ti­tan is headed to play col­lege foot­ball. Last week Travis Di­et­rich signed with the Univer­sity of Regina to join the Rams.

The former St. An­thony’s stu­dent be­gan his foot­ball ca­reer with the Drumheller Ti­tans, play­ing for two years, and was a mem­ber of the pro­vin­cial win­ning squads. Upon grad­u­a­tion, he went on to play ju­nior foot­ball in the Bri­tish Columbia Foot­ball Con­fer­ence for the Val­ley Huskers in Chilli­wack.

The 6’ 3”, 235-pound line­man played for four sea- sons, and while the Huskers strug­gled on the field, he shined. He was named the line­man of the year in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, he had seven solo sacks and in 2017 he had 32 solo tack­les. He was on the list of the top 10 de­fense­men in the league.

He had the op­por­tu­nity to go to col­lege for a cou­ple of years and en­ter­tained a num­ber of of­fers, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Saskatchewan, and Si­mon Fraser. The Rams seemed like a good fit.

“There were some fa­mil­iar faces there, and it just felt like home go­ing to Saskatchewan,” he said.

He will be on the squad with two other play­ers he played ju­nior foot­ball with, and met the coaches a cou­ple of years ago when he had his of­fi­cial try­out.

“They like my mo­tor, I keep go­ing and I never quit,” he said. Di­et­rich has three years of el­i­gi­bil­ity in U Sports (For­merly CIS), and he hopes to play CFL. There have been a num­ber of play­ers drafted from the Rams to the CFL and the NFL. His draft year is pro­jected to 2020.

He has the op­por­tu­nity to earn schol­ar­ships, de­pend­ing on how he plays. He is plan­ning on study­ing busi­ness.

Di­et­rich con­tin­ues to train in the off­sea­son and is plan­ning to work out with Ti­tans Coach Ken Fournier be­fore head­ing east in the next cou­ple of months.

Travis Di­et­rich ... signed on to play for the Univer­sity of Regina Rams.

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