Dylan Ainsworth doesn't soon forget his hometown roots.
The third-year member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders returned to his old high school Saturday to watch the South Delta Sun Devils home opener against WJ Mouat. He is back home while recovering from a neck injury suffered in training camp that has kept him out of action all season.
Roughriders first-year general manager and head coach Chris Jones recommended the defensive lineman return
to B.C. rather than stay in Regina and be nowhere near the field. Ainsworth says the injury is making good progress and he hopes to be returning to the prairies shortly to re-join the club. He was initially put on the Riders' sixgame injury list back in June and that status was extended last month.
Ainsworth has thrived on kick Dylan Ainsworth Place on Nov. 5 to take on the Lions. coverage in his first two seasons in the CFL, leading the Riders with 12 tackles last year. He was the club's nominee for Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and signed a new contract back in February.
He was selected 11th overall in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft after a stellar university career for the Western Mustangs. He played under current Sun Devils head coach Ray Moon and helped SDSS win its first-ever provincial championship back in 2008 The Riders make their only visit to B.C.