He took the long road, but a former Titan is headed to play college football.
Last week Travis Dietrich signed with the University of Regina to join the Rams.
The former St. Anthony’s student began his football career with the Drumheller Titans, playing for two years, and was a member of the provincial winning squads. Upon graduation, he went on to play junior football in the British Columbia Football Conference for the Valley Huskers in Chilliwack.
The 6’ 3”, 235-pound lineman played for four seasons, and while the Huskers struggled on the field, he shined. He was named the lineman of the year in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, he had seven solo sacks and in 2017 he had 32 solo tackles. He was on the list of the top 10 defensemen in the league.
He had the opportunity to go to college for a couple of years and entertained a number of offers, including the University of Saskatchewan, and Simon Fraser. The Rams seemed like a good fit.
“There were some familiar faces there, and it just felt like home going to Saskatchewan,” he said.
He will be on the squad with two other players he played junior football with, and met the coaches a couple of years ago when he had his official tryout.
“They like my motor, I keep going and I never quit,” he said.
Dietrich has three years of eligibility in U Sports (Formerly CIS), and he hopes to play CFL. There have been a number of players drafted from the Rams to the CFL and the NFL. His draft year is projected to 2020.
He has the opportunity to earn scholarships, depending on how he plays. He is planning on studying business.
Dietrich continues to train in the offseason and is planning to work out with Titans Coach Ken Fournier before heading east in the next couple of months.