2018 McLurg graduate Jacob Mamer, son of Greg and Paula Mamer, is heading into his second year as a University of Saskatchewan Huskie football player. Jacob was “red-shirted” in his first year, a term used to describe first year athletes who practice with the team but rarely see the field in their first year.
Wearing number 77, the six foot, two inch, 210 pound Jacob will play defensive end for the Huskies. Jacob played football in Wilkie from Grades 8 to 11 in six-man division, and it his Grade 12 year, he played with the NBCHS Vikings in the 12-man division. The Vikings won a 3A provincial title that year, beating the Yorktown Raiders in the final.
Jacob is enrolled at the U of S in the College of Kinesiology, working towards his Kin-Ed degree to become a teacher.
Jacob says, “With balancing classes and football, I try to schedule my classes between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. because football starts at 4 p.m. and runs till 8 p.m. That being said, this is not always possible. On the other hand we are student athletes. If we have a class or lab during practice time, the coaches are understanding of it because, without passing our classes, we’re ineligible to be on the roster and put the whole team in jeopardy.”
Jacob is a second generation Huskie football player as his dad Greg was a member of the Huskies football team from 1984 to 1990. Greg Mamer played defensive end during his attendance at this university for his degree. Greg was part of the Vanier Cup win in 1990, defeating the St. Mary’s Huskies who they had lost to in the Vanier Cup final the previous year.
Jacob said, “Following in Dad’s footsteps is cool because it makes me work extra hard for me to try to beat his accomplishments and stats. It’s kind of like a game within the game itself. It’s also cool because some of my coaches now played with Dad back in the day, and I have one who even coached Dad as well.
Jacob was a multi-sport athlete in high school and likes to keep active as he plays recreation league volleyball and dodgeball when it fits in his schedule at university. However, even in the off season, Huskie athletes are working out/running four times a week, so finding time for other sports can be challenging. Jacob was able to get a summer job close to home this summer and played baseball for the Wilkie Brewers, who ended up losing the provincial Senior Mens AA Tier 3 final.
The Huskies started camp Aug. 12 and finished Aug. 23 with the green and white game. In their first regular season game, the Huskies.will square off against the University of Manitoba Bisons for their season opener on Aug. 30 at Investors Group Field. They will return to Saskatoon for their home opener on Sept. 6 at Griffiths Stadium, playing University of B.C. Thunderbirds. You can find the full Huskie football schedule on their website at www.huskies.usask.ca