Today, CFC shines the spotlight on class 2012 star receiver and recent University of Saskatchewan commit, Brydon Ozmun. Brydon began his football career in grade four.
Wide Receiver, Slotback, Defensive Back
6’2, 190 lbs
L.P. Miller Comprehensive Bears (high school)
Commitment to University of Saskatchewan
When Brydon was first introduced to football by family friends Len and Anna Lorenz, he immediately fell in love with the sport. Subsequently, he joined the junior 7-8 football team that Len Lorenz was a coach.
The offensive standout achieved the greatest success of his career while playing for his high school team, the L.P. Miller Comprehensive Bears. In his first on the team, Brydon was team rookie of the year. Additionally, he was team offensive player and team MVP from 2009 to 2011. The receiver was top graduate of his high school team in 2011.
Brydon had the honour of being named to Football Saskatchewan’s top 100 list when he was in the ninth grade. Furthermore, he has represented the province as a member of Team Saskatchewan. The Bears receiver made the practice squad in grade 10 and then made the gradual move as a starting slotback and punt returner the next year.
Playing for Team Saskatchewan in the Football Canada Cup in Lethbridge, Alberta this past July was the highlight of Brydon’s football career.
“Getting to know the players and coaches from around the province, and players from other provinces was a rewarding experience,” comments the offensive standout. “Playing against the top players from around the country is something I’ll never forget.”
Since 2008, Brydon has been attending the University of Saskatchewan high school football camp. During his time at these camps, he realized that the football program was “superior”. Therefore, the offensive star wanted to be a part of that by recently committing to the school.
“I have become very comfortable with head coach Brian Towriss and receivers coach Jason Sulz and players that I have gotten to know,” explains the future Huskies player, who won the outstanding receiver award at the elite camp in 2010 and 2011. “The facilities available to the football players and other athletes are incredible.”
“The University of Saskatchewan also gives me the best shot to not only succeed as a receiver, but to also be on a team that is a national contender, year in and year out.”
With all the success on the field, Brydon says it wouldn’t have been possible without the coaches and mentors he’s been privileged to have had over the years.
“My high school coaches, Kyle Stoeder (coach of Team Saskatchewan) and Blaine Demmans have offered me so much help through my high school years,” explains the Bears receiver. “Joe Devine, a quarterback from Marion Graham in Saskatoon has also become an influential figure and one of my best friends over the last few years.”
Moreover, Brydon has been fortunate to have family and team support which in turn has been a driving force in the quest to achieve his goals.
“The most influential people in my life are my parents, Darrel and Tammy Ozmun and they have given me an unbelievable amount of support, not only in football, but in all aspects of my life,” says Brydon. “I am so thankful for my younger brother, Trevor, who has given up countless hours of time getting up early to throw the ball for me and giving up his own time to help me.”
“I will also never forget all the time spent on the field with my high school teammates. Even though there were a lot more downs than ups, I’m going to remember those days forever.”
When he steps foot onto the University of Saskatchewan campus, the Bears graduating standout will enroll in the Arts and Social Sciences program. Afterwards, he would like to transfer to the Education program as his ultimate career goal is to be either an English or History teacher.
There are many things Brydon has learned from the game.
“I have learned that football is a 100 percent team sport,” comments the Bears receiver. “You cannot becomea winning team with just one or two players good players; the whole team must buy in in order to be successful.”
“I have also learned that football is an easy way to make new friends that might even live across the country.”
However, the biggest life lesson the offensive standout has learned from the game is how to shore up mental toughness. He learned this lesson from his own experience as he tore his ACL and had cartilage damage during his high school football career.
While it was an unfortunate incident, Brydon says there was a silver lining.
“At that time, it seemed like it might be the end but with the help of my parents ,surgeon Mark Ernst and my physiotherapist Andrea, I was able to gain a new outlook on the injury,” explains Brydon. “They motivated me to work incredibly hard during rehab, so hard that at two months I was running, and at two and a half months I had regained almost 100 percent of the strength in my quads, calves and hamstrings.”
“In away, I’m also thankful for the injury, for it gave me inspiration and renewed desire to work hard in order to be great.”
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