Two of most things are always better than one. Such is the case with the addition of the identical Statz twins to the University of Calgary Dinos secondary in 2014. The Dinos are grateful to have this pair of solid freshman, join their ranks.
Aaron and Nick Statz join the Dinos after stellar High School careers at Notre Dame High School in Calgary. While playing for the Pride under the direction of former Dinos player Dave Diluzio, Aaron and Nick were starters as the Pride won City and Provincial Division 1 titles last year.
“Both players are fundamentally sound. They came from a quality program at Notre Dame,” states secondary Coach Marcello Rapini. “They are extremely coachable and very smart players,” he stated.
Aaron, the oldest of the duo by eight minutes is 5’10” and weighs 170 lbs. He plays field corner in the secondary and is in his first year of studies at the Haskayne School of Business.
Nick, is slightly smaller than his older brother at 5’9” and l65 lbs. Nick is being used at boundary corner in the secondary and is in his first year of Kinesiology studies at the University of Calgary.
“The game is a great deal faster at this level than High School,” states Aaron who made trek to Quebec City for the Dinos pre-season game against the defending Vanier Cup champion Laval Rouge et Or. Unfortunately Nick did not make the trip due to a pulled groin suffered in practice prior to the exhibition game
The addition of Aaron and Nick Statz marks the first time since 1984 that the Dinos have had a pair of twins on their roster. The Peterson twins from Dr. E.P. Scarlett High School in Calgary, Doug and Darren suited up in the Mid-80’s and were prominent members of the 1985 National Championship team. Like the Statz twins, Doug and Darren Peterson were players in the defensive backfield. Doug was a cornerback and kick returner, while Darren was a halfback. Darren earned Conference all-star and second team all-Canadian honours 1987 at halfback.
The Statz twins are hoping make their mark with the Dinos and be a part of a Vanier Cup Championship team as well.