Continuing a winning tradition (VIDEO)

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Alberta linemen newest recruits to join AUS team’s 2014 class.

Two Alberta standouts will be making the move to the East Coast to commence their CIS careers.

Last week, Jacob Wasserman and Omar Abdallah committed to the Saint Mary’s Huskies.  Both players will join the team for the 2014 AUS season.


The 6’2 ½, 280 pound defensive lineman who is a native of Ottawa, Ontario committed to the Huskies for several key reasons.

“I committed to Saint Mary’s because of their great history of winning football, with the addition to stellar academic status their business program I wanted to further my education in that field,” expressed Abdallah.  “The players and coaches were great guys made it feel like home and Coach Perry (Marchese) was great he really cared about his players and staff and the reputation of Saint Mary’s.”

Abdallah began his career at the minor level with the Edmonton Chargers and Millwood Grizzlies.  He then moved on to play high school football for Austin O’Brien Crusaders of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA).  In his senior year, he guided the Crusaders to a provincial championship title.

Recently, Abdallah played south of the border for City College of San Francisco.  This past year, the team won the City College Bowl.

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With all that he has accomplished, the defensive lineman acknowledged the many individuals who have played a role in his success.

“I attribute my success in athletics to Allah The Lord of creation and thank the Jesse Korona and Kamau Peterson for their help with me in the weight room and the field at Target Training and PlayMaker U,” said Abdallah.  “In addition, I thank my amazing family who have supported me and friends of mine with the O.B.K.”

The Huskies are thrilled to have a player who tremendous experience and talent become a Husky.

“We are very happy to have Omar join us at Saint Mary’s,” commented Huskies Head Coach Perry Marchese.  “He is a great addition to the family.”

Jacob Wasserman commitment


The 6’0, 280 pound offensive/defensive lineman from Wetaskiwin, Alberta was sold on the Huskies after his official visit to the Halifax, Nova Scotia campus.

“The reason I chose SMU was because when I went out for my visit, it was a visit like no other,” explained Wasserman of his decision.  “I felt a strong connection and team bond but not just a connection with the team but not just within the team but there is a great support system with in the city of Halifax.”

There were also two additional factors that influenced Wasserman’s decision.

“The Huskies are a winning team that was also a major factor,” said the Alberta lineman.   “Also, there is a strong Alberta presence out there regarding players and a lot of the guys out there or that have committed this year I have played with or against or even just trained with during the offseason.”

Wasserman recently completed a stint with the Wetaskiwin Sabres.  This past season, he registered 28 tackles, seven fumble recoveries, eight sacks, three blocked field goals and a blocked punt.

“I need to thank my parents and little sister for being there for me every step of the way,” added the Alberta standout.

As for the Huskies, the team looks forward to having Wasserman in the fold.

“We are very happy to have Jacob join us at Saint Mary’s,” commented Huskies Head Coach Perry Marchese.  “He is a great addition to the family.”



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