WR Knysh focused on starting position

Gophers standout altready considering local CIS schools

Garden City Gophers’ Riley Knysh has a big act to follow.

Riley Knysh

Wide Receiver

5’11.5, 146 lbs

Garden City Gophers (high school: WHSFL)
North Winnipeg Nomads (minor MMFL)


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Manitoba, Open


This fall, Riley is entering his ninth year in the sport with the Garden City Gophers of the Winnipeg High School Football League (WHSFL).

Previously, Riley suited up for the North Winnipeg Nomads (MMFL) up until the 2013 Bantam season.

Football has always been a part of Riley’s life. His father was a member of the River East Kodiaks and his family has held Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ season tickets for as long as he’s lived.

At the moment, Knysh hasn’t committed to any schools, but he would love to stay in the province and go to the University of Manitoba.

The highlight from last season was being part of the Gophers team.

“I didn’t play very much because we only have one team, grades nine to twelve, but I learned very much from the older guys and they made me a better player,” adds Riley.

Riley’s father, Jay has been a big influence on his life

“He has pushed me to make myself get better and has helped me train,” says the Gophers standout.

As a child,  Riley looked up to Blue Bombers Hall of Fame wide receiver Milt Stegall.  He also looks up to Nick Moore of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and strives to be just like him on the field.

When he’s not practicing or playing, Riley likes to watch player highlights from the CFL or NFL. “

I watch receivers and watch what they do so I can add to my game to make myself a better player” adds Riley.

Once he’s done high school, Riley would like to go to university to study business. He would like to either take over for his Dad’s business or start his own.

Riley’s off season training can get busy. He likes to go to the Cindy Klassen gym with his former Nomad teammates for solid workouts then he swims and works on his cardio.

When he’s not at the gym, Riley takes part of the Finish First Football Progam.  There he’s trained by former Blue Bombers Kito Poblah and Carl Volny.  They work on footwork and fundamentals.

“The competition is great playing with CFL players,” adds Riley.

This year Riley will have the opportunity to be a starter. He plans on training the hardest he ever has. Often he will go and meet with the other receivers and quarterback to go and train together, go over plays, get the timing down and to make each other better.

There are no plans to visit any schools in the upcoming months but Riley may join Recruit Ready in the winter.

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