Steve Kovach and David Rybinski had a very strong game, at defensive tackle, in the Huskies’ victory over the Calgary Dinosaurs. It was a performance that didn’t escape the eyes of DLine coach, Aaron Moser, either. “They were both dominant, on the inside, against Calgary, who have a very good offensive line,” stated Moser.
Said Rybinski about Friday’s performance: “Steve and I knew that we had a big test against Calgary, a team that likes to run inside. We’re going to see a lot more of that over the next two weeks as well.”
Rybinski and Kovach have played along the DLine for three years now, and have seen their game progress. “I’ve stopped thinking so much, and I’m reacting more,” David commented. “To work on our pass rush, we’ve brought in some new drills from Clemson and USC that have really helped us expand our game. We’ve also focused on getting faster in the offseason.”
Coach Moser also mentioned how the offseason training benefitted the two tackles. “We talked to both of them about dropping some weight and improving their foot speed. They’re both more mobile than they were a year ago. Their change of direction, and foot speed, is just excellent. They’re doing a good job for us.”
Kovach was quick to deflect credit away from himself, and toward his fellow linemen. “It’s great to be playing with Dave,” Steve commented. “He’s so big and strong, but now he’s technically sound as well. And with our ends (Joel Seutter and Zach Hart), it’s pretty easy for me right now. I’m really lucky to be playing with the other three guys on the line.”
The Dogs leave for Vancouver, Thursday morning, for a rematch with the UBC Thunderbirds. The TBirds handed the Huskies their only home loss this season, and it will take a big effort to come back with a win. “They have a really athletic quarterback who can do a lot of things,” Kovach remarked. “Their offensive line is pretty tough also.”
You can listen to the Huskies’ game on CK750. Kickoff is Friday, at 8:00 Sask time.