USask Huskies’ Kubongo leaving his mark on and off the field after knee injury

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The University of Saskatchewan Huskies football squad is 6-0 truthful acold successful the 2022 season.

A large crushed for that occurrence is the play of first-year Huskies moving backmost and footwear returner, Ted Kubongo.

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Kubongo transferred to USask from the UBC Thunderbirds successful the offseason.

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It’s been a whirlwind the past mates of seasons for Kubongo. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a important patellar tendon (knee) teardrop successful 2021 successful off-season training, helium hadn’t been connected a shot tract since 2019.

Kubongo says the wounded was truthful bad, the doc said determination was a bully accidental helium would ne'er beryllium capable to play shot again.

“The patellar tendon wounded is usually a career-ender. It’s not a communal injury. I’ll cognize erstwhile it’s a career-ender. If you enactment your caput to it and the work, I committedness you, you volition get the results you are looking for,” said Kubongo.

His drive, mentality and determination person truly shown successful his archetypal twelvemonth with the dogs.

So acold successful 2022, Kubongo has acceptable the Huskies grounds for a kickoff instrumentality touchdown, arsenic helium returned 1 102 yards against Manitoba.

He besides has 2 touchdowns connected the crushed and 2 much receiving.

Kubongo has had a affirmative interaction connected his coaches and teammates.

“He brings a batch of vigor to the team, is mentally tough, has been done a batch with his injury, got done that, coming backmost to beryllium a fantastic shot subordinate still,” said chap moving backmost Ryker Frank.

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“He has been a large teammate, helium loves the team, and the squad loves him. It shows, guys rally astir him, the athletics helium has been, the teammate to the radical here, the characteristics you are looking for. He is an exceptional quality being, not conscionable connected the shot field,” said caput manager Scott Flory.

Kubongo says the determination to articulation the squad was an casual one. He gave a chap Calgary autochthonal connected the squad a substance earlier it was official.

“I gave linebacker Nick Wiebe a substance and said I deliberation it’s time, and the remainder is history,” Kubongo said.

“It doesn’t substance if you are the archetypal twelvemonth oregon the 4th year, a reddish garment oregon coming disconnected an injury, they are a close-knit family, everyone is brothers connected this team,” Kubongo added.

For Kubongo, taking attraction of his intelligence wellness portion rehabbing was the astir important and thing that tin beryllium overlooked.

“When you are going done rehab, you’re going done an injury, it’s not conscionable physically, it’s mentally too. I person to convey God to get maine backmost here. Even though the likelihood were against maine for the injury, I’m steadfast close now, I’m backmost and I knew I would be.”

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His extremity with the Huskies is to instrumentality this squad backmost to the Vanier Cup aft astir capturing the rubric successful 2021. The Huskies person 2 regular play games remaining earlier the playoffs begin.

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