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Reading the coverage: Barker to start at safety for Ti-Cats

Former Huskie safety Dylan Barker

From the Saskatoon StarPhoenix this morning:

Dylan Barker is starting over.

The 23-year-old product of Moose Jaw assumed the job as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ starting safety this week when Sandy Beveridge announced his retirement from the CFL after just seven-plus seasons. Beveridge, 28, took a job as a firefighter with the Hamilton Emergency Services.

For Barker — the No. 1 pick in the 2008 Canadian college draft after a stellar career with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies — it’s the opportunity for which he has been patiently waiting.

“Sandy was a great mentor,” Barker said Friday, one day before Hamilton’s clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium (4:30 p.m., TSN, CJWW). “He knew the league really well and it was good for me to sit behind him for a bit and see what it takes.

“Last year, it was awesome for me in the last four or five games to get in there and play. That was a good experience for me and really helped me learn. Now it’s second nature to me and I can just go out there, have fun and try to make plays. I’m really comfortable in this defence now.”

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2 Responses to “Reading the coverage: Barker to start at safety for Ti-Cats”

  1. stan sandomirsky says:

    Got to wish Dylan good luck before the game, and told him he played well after, as they were going out and coming in off the field.
    Also good to see the Riders present $26,000 to the Huskies HC BT at halftime, along with cheques to the Hilltops, Thunder, and Football Sask.

  2. stan sandomirsky says:

    Also wore my #20 Barker U of S Huskies jersey at the game.

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