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Upon further review: Huskies vs Gryphons

The Huskies had team meetings to review the Guelph game on Saturday morning, which was their final review. The coaches gave the players Sunday off so they could prepare the game plan for the CanadaWest opener against Alberta this Friday. The “Support our troops game begins at 7:00pm with a pre-game BBQ starting at 5:00pm.

Cole Samson attempts a field goal on Friday night (photo Derek Mortensen for Electric Umbrella).

After taking a day to think about the game and look through some film, here is the Outsider final review.

Kevin Mitchell of The StarPhoenix says that the Huskies came up short against Gryphons

Huskie Athletics has their game review here.

Dallas’ further review
- I thought the offensive line looked good, in spite of a few breakdowns. It took them awhile to find their footing and get used to the speed of Guelph’s defensive front seven, but I thought they gave Drew Burko lots of time in the latter part of the first quarter and in the second

- The running game is a concern, especially with the injuries to our running backs. The pressure will now be on the offensive line to progress quickly and open up holes. I think we may see a player from another position moved there if one of the young players on our roster doesn’t take the reigns, but I hope a player like Devin Logan, Drew Bexson, Brandon Stewart or Jarvis James gets some meaningful time with the first-team offense next week to show what they can do.

- The kicking situation didn’t look, from this game, to be in much better shape than last year. Initially, Cole Samson looked strong with a 45-yard field goal, but then he missed a couple from closer in when the wind died down. Denton Kolodzinski had a couple good punts and then settled in to an average night. I was hoping one guy would look outstanding enough to take both kicking jobs, but it looks like we will have to use two roster spots for kickers, once again.

Ryan’s further review
- The Huskies starting offense actually looked pretty good, considering there were a lot of new players in the line-up. Their first four drives were ten plays, six plays, two plays and eight plays, with the first ending in a field goal and the last ending in a touchdown. The Huskies should be able to move the ball more consistently than last year, based on this performance.

- The conversion of Charlie Power from Linebacker to Tight End has paid off. Power had a great camp and a good start to his CIS offensive career. On Friday night, he had two receptions for 49 yards. He also had a good showing on special teams.

Josh Huschi had four receptions against Guelph (
Photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

- Josh Huschi, who was a backup quarterback two years ago has worked himself into the mix at inside receiver. He had four receptions for 51 yards and looked good. He is a good kid with a great attitude. If he keeps working hard, he might earn a travel roster spot.

- Shane Buchanan clearly earned the number two Running Back spot behind Dexter Janke. Buchanan had eight carries for 33 yards but was a tough player to bring down. He left the game early, and had some ice on his lower body. So, we will have to see if he will be a factor next week.

- Defensive End Ben Rush was all over the field in the second half. He provides some depth to the line. It was good to see him have some success.

  • robert

    Cole’s first field goal was from 45. Even the photo shows the ball on a 5 yard stripe, and where are the laces?… I know it’s early in the season…both kickers will be better in 2012