The defensive line like the offensive line was a young group that gradually got better as the season progressed in 2013. Under the coaching of former CFL player and Dino stalwart Kent Warnock this unit hopes to keep getting better in 2014.
Senior Tyler Langlais was a Conference all-star last year, a testament to his hard work and dedication. Despite suffering a serious knee injury in the Vanier Cup loss to Laval, Langlais expects to be ready come the commencement of the regular season. Sophomore Brett Wade was solid inside last year after the joining the team from the Regina Prairie Thunder. Wade is expected to man the other end spot along the line with red-shirt freshman James Bradley playing on the nose. Bradley missed all of last year with an injury but is expected to a force inside in 2014.
Corey Robinson, Matt Carson, and Jack McEwen were a trio of young players that played extensively in 2013 gaining valuable game experience. All three saw playoff action including the Vanier Cup game. It is hoped that they will continue to improve in 2014. Providing additional depth along the defensive line is Sophomore Connor McGough, from Medicine Hat, AB., who moves from the offensive side (fullback) of the ball, to defensive end, a position he excelled at in high school.
A prized recruit added to this unit is Joel Van Pelt from Winston Churchill High in Lethbridge. A member of Canada’s U19 team, Van Pelt is an exceptional athlete that needs only to gain experience and he will becomme a solid Canada West contributor.