Logan Ferland is ready for the starting blocks.
The former Regina Thunder standout is to make his CFL debut Friday when he plays left guard for the Saskatchewan Roughriders against the visiting B.C. Lions.
He will line up alongside another proud graduate of the PFC’s Thunder — centre Dan Clark.
“We work together like milk and cookies,” Ferland said with a chuckle Wednesday during a Zoom call with reporters.
The Roughriders’ first-team offensive linemen are expected to be American left tackle Terran Vaughn (although he did sit out Wednesday’s practice with a shoulder injury) and four Saskatchewan-born players — Clark, Ferland (who is from Melfort), right guard Evan Johnson (Regina) and right tackle Brett Boyko (Saskatoon).
“I think it really speaks to the character of Saskatchewan-grown players,” said Ferland, 24.
Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson plans to rotate three players as kick returners — running back Marcus Murphy, receiver Kyran Moore and defensive halfback Loucheiz Purifoy.
Purifoy returned a kickoff for an 87-yard touchdown against B.C. in 2019. Moore returned two punts for a TD in 2018. Murphy, who returned a punt for a 74-yard score with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints in 2015, is a CFL newcomer.
Dickenson expects starter Cody Fajardo to be the primary short-yardage quarterback.
In 2019, third-string pivot Bryan Bennett routinely accompanied the short-yardage team on to the field. This year, for a change, teams are required to dress only two quarterbacks. Isaac Harker returns as the No. 2 signal-caller.
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