Riders lock up special teamers ahead of free agent deadline

February 12, 2013 - 2:21pm
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Special teams appear to be on the Riders mind with free agency set to open on Friday.

The team announced on Tuesday that they've re-signed linebacker Cory Huclack, and signed kicker Chris Bodnar.

In 2012, Huclack played in all 18 regular season games, and the west semi-final not only as the back up linebacker, but as the team's long snapper as well. Huclack finished the season with six special teams tackles, and one fumble recovery. He also had one tackle in the Riders lone playoff game.

2013 will be Huclack's eight season in the CFL, and fifth with the Riders. He originally joined the league in 2007 with the Montreal Alouettes.

Bodnar meanwhile, returns to Riders training camp this spring after being invited to camp in 2012. He was returned to the University of Regina for his final season of CIS eligibility. In 10 games Bodnar had 79 punts for 3186 yards, a 40.3 yard average. He was named a First Team Canada West All-Star and a Second Team CIS All-Canadian.

Bodnar also tried out with the Eskimos in 2011, before returning to the Rams once again. That year he was named a CIS First Team All-Canadian.

Before that Bodnar played for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, and the Saskatoon Hilltops. With the Hilltops he was a CJFL All-Canadian in both 2009 and 2008.