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Huskie defence looks solid in 2012

Defensive Coodinator, Ed Carleton (photo Steve Hiscock for Liam Richards Photography)

The Huskie defense led the way for the Dogs in 2011, and with 9 or 10 starters returning this season, many expect them to once again be a very solid unit. The veterans and newcomers both turned in a good effort at this year’s spring camp. “We look good up front,” commented defensive coordinator, Ed Carleton after the close of spring camp. “We had a great look at some young kids during the scrimmage, and they looked good. We return a good corps of freshmen from last season, especially among the linebacker group – they got some quality reps in the scrimmage.” The linebacker unit loses two starters from last season in Nico Higgs and Tony Michalchuk, yet despite their graduation there are a lot of options and depth at that position. “We’re going to be young there, but a lot of those kids look ready to play; it’s going to be good to get them some team time and experience in games. We might have a couple of junior transfers in the mix as well, and they looked good out there.”

Jacques Geyer is one freshman, from 2011, who should make a push for playing time this season.

Coach Carleton was asked to look ahead a few months to the Canada West season from a defensive perspective. “Overall, we should still be looking at the defense as a strength of our team in 2012. We’re going to be asked to pull our weight, and then some, in certain situations, and we should be able to do that. We expect to do that. We have a lot of talent and we expect guys to step up and make plays this year.”