CJFL Weekend Warrior: Matt Knight

Fifth year offensive lineman for the Regina Thunder

Back in 2015 the Regina Thunder had arguably the best running back duo across the CJFL with Colton Klassen and Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette.   Combined they rushed for 1688 yards and 16 touchdowns.  They almost always put the Thunder offence in a good position averaging 8.3 yards a carry.

Neither back could have had the success they did without a tremendous offensive line, anchored by Matt Knight who will be a fifth year player in 2016.

Coming out of high school Knight didn’t think he would play football again, until head coach Scott MacAulay and offensive line coach Mark Becker paid him a visit and gave him an opportunity.  It was a conversation that changed Knight forever.  He has been so successful on the O-Line at 6’2, 300 pounds that CIS schools have tried to convince him to leave the Thunder, however his loyalty to coach MacAulay and the Thunder keeps him in Regina for 2016.

“I’m extremely grateful for that opportunity,” says Knight.  “I haven’t looked back since…I owe a lot to Scotty and the Thunder for giving me a second chance.  All of that on top of having a very strong team heading into this season.”

Knight will lead a number of returning players this season and could be one of the strongest lines in the entire CJFL.

Coach MacAulay is excited to have Knight coming back for his final year.  “He is extremely focused, determined, is a relentless worker in the weight room, film room and on the field.”

The Regina native will lead the Thunder back into battle in Week 1 on Sunday August 14 when they host the Edmonton Huskies.

Matt Knight is a CJFL Weekend Warrior.

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