Tuesday, 23 May 2017


The future of the University of Calgary Dinos team was on display in full force over the weekend at the annual North-South High School football game at McMahon Stadium on Victoria Day.

No less than 17 players who have committed to the Dinos for 2017 donned the South uniform while two others played for the North team that saw the South win their third consecutive title with a 26-15 win Monday afternoon.

“They (players) played well. The defensive line was great and it was exciting to see the future players on the field. Many made big plays,” stated Dinos Head Coach Wayne Harris whose club are the defending Canada West and Mitchell Bowl Champions.

Three players that committed to the Dinos captured individual awards. Defensive lineman
Jacob Plamondon (Notre Dame; Red Deer, AB) was named the North’s Lineman of the game. Plamondon was a force putting pressure on the South’s quarterbacks the entire game showing why he was one of the top defensive line prospects in Alberta.

Defensive lineman Tyrese Best (Henry Wise Wood; Calgary, AB.) won the similar award for the South team and was a force stopping the run game as well as applying pressure. Wise Wood teammate defensive back, Trey Dube was named Most Valuable Player for the South team. Dube recorded one touchdown on an interception, blocked a punt, and forced a fumble to cap an outstanding High School career.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

ND Giant Joins Dinos

Tyler Packer believes in family. The University of Calgary Dinos football team is grateful that the impressive offensive lineman does.

“The family atmosphere both at my home and with the football team is what I liked,” stated the CFC Top 100 in making his decision to remain at home after making recruiting visits to the University of Saskatchewan and British Columbia in Canada West as well as York University.

“Calgary has a great atmosphere with the coaches I know. By remaining in Calgary, I know what I am getting into,” stated Packer who saw the Dinos practice on several occasions and attended many of their games this past year.

Packer wanted to remain in Canada West. “Canada West is a great league to play in,” stated the 6’5”, 270 lbs. offensive tackle.

A product of the Hilltoppers organization in the Calgary Minor Football Association Tyler won numerous awards as a youth player including winning the Aaron Neidergesaess Heart of a Champion Award in 2013 and 2016 and their Rookie of the Year in 2014. Packer also was starting member of the Hilltoppers Division II City Championship team and a Calgary Midget Football Association all-star offensive tackle in 2015 and 2016.

Coach Wayne Harris is excited about Packer joining the Dinos. “Tyler is big, athletic offensive tackle. Not many players with his size possess the mobility that he has. He will have an outstanding future in U Sport football and I am elated to have him in our program,” Harris stated.

A graduate of Notre Dame High School, Tyler was a member of their Provincial Finalist team as a Grade 10 student and in 2015. He was a starting member along the offensive line in 2015 and 2016 playing for the Pride under Coach Dave Diluzio. Packer was league all-star this past year and his team’s Most Valuable Player.

Tyler recently competed for Canada’s U19 team that in Orlando, Florida in January 2017.

“Calgary has had a strong recruiting year and I want to be part of it,” added Packer.

In addition to playing competitive football at Notre Dame Tyler also starts on their basketball team.

Packer intends on taking either Arts or Sciences courses and is the son of Tammy Packer and John Masters.

Monday, 13 February 2017


The University of Calgary Dinos knew about Jacob Plamondon two years ago. When the 2017 football team has their spring training camp they will get know him better.

Regarded as one of the elite players in Central Alberta, the 18-year old Plamondon has signed a U Sports Letter of Intent and will begin his post-secondary football career with the defending Canada West (Hardy Cup) and Mitchell Bowl Champions in 2017.

“We noticed him (Jacob Plamondon) at our summer development camp two years ago,” stated Head Coach Wayne Harris who followed Plamondon’s rapid development continually including an all-star season in the Calgary Midget Football League where he was one of the most dominant players playing for the Prairie Fire, based out of Red Deer. He is the recipient of the Calgary Midget Football League Association scholarship.

“Jacob gets off the ball very well. He has a very quick first step and great pass rusher,” states Harris of the 6’3”, 220 lbs. “He is a great hustler on the field and has excellent pursuit,” Harris stated.

Plamondon joins the team after an outstanding career with the Notre Dame Cougars under Coach Gino Castellan in the Central Region Central Alberta Schools Association playing just four years of competitive football. He was a three-year starter on the Cougars and in his senior season played on both sides of the football, being on the defensive line and playing tight end and slot back on offense.

Jacob was recruited by Simon Fraser University as well as the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada West but did not make any official visits.

“I chose to commit to Calgary because they have a strong program and have built a strong culture. What was most appealing was they were the first school to approach me, Plamondon stated. “I believe their coaching staff is great and how far they go each season is proof of that.”

Jacob will enroll in psychology courses at the University of Calgary. He is the son of Colin Plamondon and Donna Millang.