Saskatoon’s NFL pioneer

Saskatoon’s NFL pioneer

Jorgen Hus’ attempt to become the first Saskatoon native to play in an NFL regular season game started with the beginning of Rams training camp in St. Louis.

Hus is a former Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Saskatoon Hilltop and University of Regina Ram.

The Rams signed the Saskatoon native to a three-year free agent contract after the 2013 NFL Draft.

According to Daniel Nugent-Bowman’s recent piece in the Saskatoon Starphoenix, Hus has “worked diligently to transform his body to the more physical NFL game, adding around 20 pounds to his once 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame.” According to Nugent-Bowlan the Rams have told Hus his playing weight must be between 232 and 237 pounds or he’ll be fined $400 per day.

“I want to be on the lighter side of that just so I can get downfield and make some plays quicker,” Hus told Nugent-Bowman.

In a league with no guaranteed contracts, Hus’ three-year contract doesn’t provide much insurance. In fact his competition in camp – incumbent Jake McQuaide – recently signed a four-year contract extension himself.

“I feel like the snaps are fine,” Hus told Nugent-Bowman. “It’s just going to come down to how well I block. The pre-season will determine the outcome of everything.”

Nugent-Bowman points out that Hus has been promised second-half playing time in all four Rams pre-season games, beginning Aug. 8 in Cleveland.

If Hus makes the roster and suits up for a regular season game he would become the third Saskatchewan native to have accomplished the feat.

North Battleford’s Rueben Mayes won the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award in 1986 as a running back with the New Orleans Saints. Regina’s Jon Ryan (another former University of Regina Ram) is currently a punter with the Seattle Seahawks.

Hus would not be the first Canadian long-snapper in the NFL, however. Montreal’s J.P. Darche enjoyed a long career as a long-snapper with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, and fellow Quebecer L.P. Ladouceur is the incumbent at the position with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I never thought about (being) the first guy from Saskatoon,” Hus told Nugent-Bowman.

“I’ve just got to focus on what I’ve got to do today or the next day.”

Nugent-Bowman’s complete piece can be found here: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/sports/hustles+make+Rams+roster/8685781/story.html

Hus’ official stlouisrams.com bio can be found here http://rams.imgrelay.com/html/HusJ_1.html

Saskatoon's Jorgen Hus practices long snapping during the St. Louis Rams 2013 Rookie Camp

Saskatoon’s Jorgen Hus practices long snapping during the St. Louis Rams 2013 Rookie Camp