“I love playing in the trenches” – Lineman Duguid

#58 Tyler Duguid, Harry Ainlay Titans

Playing one sport is challenging enough, lineman Tyler Duguid splits his time between four. A member of the Canadian Rugby U17 team, he also recently won a National Bronze medal in wrestling as well as competed at the provincial level for track and field in Discus. We haven’t even begun to talk about his football career.

This 6’4, 255-pound plays on both sides of the ball as offensive and defensive tackle as well as long snapper. Duguid has been playing for eight years now, on a plethora of teams. Coming up through the Edmonton Chargers ranks, he currently plays for the CFC50 ranked Harry Ainlay Titans, but has also been a member of the Team North Bantam Bowl in 2015 and was a part of the U16 Team Alberta squad in 2016 and is now a member of the U18 Team Alberta squad who will be competing in Wolfville, Nova Scotia later this summer (2017).

Tyler Duguid Bronze medal 115kg at Canadian National Wrestling Championship.

My most memorable experience thus far in football is playing in Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington Texas for Team Alberta U16 in 2016,” he mentions. 

Talent, dedication, and hard work has earned him the Lineman of the Year in 2010-2016,  Defensive Player in a Championship Game for 2010, 1022, 2013, and 2016, as well as Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, and Most Versatile Player for 2016.

Football has taught me many things,” he reflects. “First and foremost, football has taught me the importance of family, hard work and respect.”

It isn’t all just talent, though, that has got this young player to where he is today. He says his Dad has been instrumental in teaching, training, and molding him throughout his career.

My Dad is hands down the most influential person in my life. He has coached me in football since 2010, he is my rugby coach and he has helped me to become the best athlete I can be,” he said. “He gives so much of his own time and effort for me and my sister and brother.”

For Duguid, he is interested in playing at the next level, but will be focusing on improving at his position for this upcoming season. He says he “loves playing in the trenches” because of the personal challenge of dominating a player one-on-one.

“My biggest edge is my strength,” he adds. “As I continue to gain size and weight, I know that I can make the transition to the university game.”

Scott Duguid, Kaden Duguid (61) and Tyler Duguid (58) at Jasper Place Bowl.

That next level can be a doozy if you aren’t prepared for it. While Duguid hasn’t committed to any one place yet, he has been on plenty of unofficial visits to various U Sport programs. He says his top three choices at this point are UofA, Western, and SFU, and he continues to have conversations with other programs fairly regularly.

The recruitment process has been a good process for me.  The coaches are very interested in seeing that I receive the best education I can,” he explained. “Things have picked up over the past two months on the recruiting front.”

As a freshman, Duguid says that he will go to a school, work extremely hard, train and work to gain some size and weight, and learn to be an effective student athlete. He also is looking forward to meeting new friends and teammates.

As I continue to gain size and weight, I know that I can make the transition to the university game,” he states. “I work extremely hard in the weight room and play rugby at the National level, as well as wrestle at the National level, as a way to continue to gain speed, quickness, flexibility and keep my competitive edge.”

 

Tyler Duguid (#58)
6’4, 255lbs
Offensive/Defensive Tackle, Long Snapper

Team(s): Edmonton Chargers, Team North AB Bantam Bowls, Team Alberta (U16, U18), Harry Ainlay HS
Official Visits: none
Unofficial Visits: University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, UBC, University of Calgary, SFU, University of Saskatchewan
Consideration: UofA, Western, and SFU, open
Commitment: none
Class: 2018

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