One of the great things about spring and fall camps is the opportunity to really spend time observing some of the players who will be Huskie standouts in the near future. David Craig Penner is one such player. He was a linebacker recruit, in 2011, out of Regina’s LeBoldus High School. His hard work and development during that redshirt year did not go unnoticed by coaches or players. In “Three Downs” – players edition #1 and players’ edition #2, David was singled out by a couple of veteran members of the Dogs as a player who could break through in a big way this season.
Spring Camp 2012 saw Penner move to a new position. “For this camp, I was moved to rover, with the defensive backs,” he told Huskie Outsider. “It went well…there’s a bit of a learning curve.” He went on to say what went well with the position move, and what he’ll need to work on. “As a (former) linebacker, I feel I can play pretty well in the box, and when I have to fill in and stuff the run. I need to continue to work on 1 on 1 coverage with the third receiver – the backpedal, the breaks, and picking up deep patterns and running with guys.”
A redshirt year may not sound glamourous, but as with many Huskies it allowed David to develop his physical strength and refine his playing technique to the point where he can hopefully contribute on the field during the 2012 season. “Physically, I’m a lot stronger. We have this great facility (the newly expanded Graham Huskies clubhouse) – I’ve been in here a lot. I’ve put on weight and I feel like I’ve gotten faster as well. Our workouts with Nick Clark have been a big thing, so my conditioning has also improved.”
David is continuing his training while he works this summer. “Ideally, I’d like to stay in Saskatoon for the summer, but I’m in Regina working, and I’ll still go hard at the gym. My plan is to stay in Saskatoon to train next summer.”