Moose Jaw football product Sawyer Buettner will finish his collegiate football career closer to home.

The former star Peacock quarterback committed to the University of Regina Rams recently, and he's attending school there now.

He had an injury early last season with the University of Ottawa.

“I wasn’t able to return to be on the field for the rest of the year, and that kind of got me thinking about how I want to finish off my career, and I wanted to finish closer to home,” Buettner said. “I got in contact with the U of R coaches when I came back here after exams.”

After a stellar career with the Peacock Tornadoes, Buettner played three seasons with the PJFL's Prairie Thunder and two seasons with the University of Ottawa.

He said he enjoyed playing with his teammates at Ottawa and he learned a lot from the coaches, but preferws being closer to home.

“When I signed in Ottawa, I knew that was the deal,” he said. “You’re halfway across the country, so you’re not going to have your family there around. It was a good experience in Ottawa, but there were some factors where after games, you’re family’s not there and that’s pretty important to me. So I think that was a big factor to me coming home.”

Buettner said he's looking forward to the next chapter, and he's got two more seasons left to play. At this point, Buettner isn't sure how much playing time he'll be getting with the Rams.

“I just want to go in and compete,” he said. “It’s all I can do, is just go there and compete. That’s my plan right now.

Buettner threw for over 4,100 yards in four seasons with Peacock., including 1,686 in his senior year. His teams won three city and two provincial championships during his time with the Tornadoes.

Buettner had 1,470 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2018 with Ottawa.

Josh Donnelly was the quarterback last season for the Rams, throwing for 1,965 yards and 11 touchdowns, and posting a 156.1 QB efficiency rating.

While the season doesn't start until the late summer, Buettner will be working out with the team until then.