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RIDERS LOCK UP TWO OF SASKATCHEWAN’S OWN THROUGH 2022
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Canadian offensive linemen Dan Clark and Brendon LaBatte through the 2022 season.
Clark (6’2 – 310 lbs) will remain with his hometown team after a sensational CFL all-star season in 2019. The 31-year-old was a stalwart on an offensive line that saw many changes that year due to injury but went on to allow just 37 sacks. The offensive line opened holes for the run game which averaged 112.8 yards per game for a total of 2,030 yards and a league-high 26 rushing touchdowns. Clark didn’t miss a single game in 2019 and played his 100th career game on July 27 against the BC Lions.
Clark, who was born and raised in Regina and played for the Thunder, initially joined the Club as a territorial junior in 2009. He’s now played a total 112 career regular-season games, six playoff games and won the 2013 Grey Cup with the Green and White after making his pro debut August 19, 2012.
LaBatte (6’4-320lbs) has committed to the Riders for another two seasons, which will bring him to more than a decade of total time in the Green and White. LaBatte played six regular season games and the West Final for the Roughriders in 2019 coming back from an injury that saw him miss the first part of the year.
Widely regarded as one of the league’s top lineman, LaBatte has earned numerous accolades for his play including the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in 2013. The 34-year-old has also been named a CFL All-Star six times (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), West Division All-Star six times (2012-2015, 2017, 2018) and an East Division All-Star three times (2009-2011).
LaBatte has played in 181 career CFL games over 12 CFL seasons including 112 as a Rider. He won a Grey Cup with the Club in 2013. Prior to coming home to Saskatchewan, the Weyburn native was selected by the Blue Bombers in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2008 CFL Draft and played four seasons and 69 games for Winnipeg.