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Upon Further Review: Huskies at T-Birds wrapup

Our final thoughts from last weekends game…

- Richard Zacharias had nine tackles for the Huskies, leading the team. Mitch Friesen had the Huskies only interception and Corbin Eskelson recovered a fumble. Bryce McCall and Zacharias are both in the top five in tackles in the CanadaWest.

Richard Zacharias, seen here at training camp, led the Huskies in tackles last week.

- After 14 receptions in the game at UBC, Kit Hillis leads the conference with 31 catches for 450 yards and three TDs. Three players are tied for second with 13 receptions. Hillis should be on people’s radar screens for the CanadaWest MVP now.
- If Hillis didn’t have 14 catches, we would all be talking about the seven receptions that Braeden George had. Good game, Braeden!
- It was great to see this young team rally. The offense moved the ball when they needed to in the fourth quarter and the defense and special teams made plays to set-up the offense in scoring position. It was an all-around team effort in the fourth quarter to get the win.
- I really liked Drew Burko’s composure in the game. He appeared calm and relaxed throughout which helped the Huskies during the tense ending.
- The Huskies had a come-from-behind victory for the first time since September 11, 2009 when Laurence Nixon directed a nine play drive and finished it off with a five yard touchdown pass to Shaynne Dueck as the Huskies defeated the Rams in front of 6,090 fans in at Griffiths Stadium. That touchdown came with 2:15 left on the clock, gave the Huskies a 10-7 lead (the won 10-9) and a 2-0 record.

- The defence’s performance was disappointing. While I expect yards to be given up by the secondary, giving up 276 yards rushing to UBC was really shocking. They have some work to do.
- Kit Hillis has 430 yards and three touchdowns. He is by far the leading receiver in the CanadaWest conference so far and has to be considered the early front-runner as the Hec Crighton nominee from the West.
- While it’s nice to see Hillis as the early leader, I would like to see Charlie Power more involved and thrown to more often. I also hope to see slotbacks like Brydon Ozmun and Julan Lynch more involved as the season goes on.

- While the defense didn’t have their best day on Saturday, it was great to see the grittiness that they showed down the stretch to help the team earn a tough come from behind victory on the road.

Quarterback Drew Burko led the Huskies to 17 fourth quarter points against UBC (Photo: Derek Mortensen for Electric Umbrella)

-I am delighted by the turnaround in the Huskies’ kicking game since last season. Denton Kolodzinski and Cole Samson have helped turn this into a strength of our team.
-Drew Burko has really shown outstanding poise at QB.
-I’m alarmed that the Huskie defense hasn’t registered a sack for the last 8 quarters.
-I think the Huskies have a lot of upside – both this season and into the future – we need our defense to play to their potential and this will be a dangerous team.

Dog Whisperer:
- I thought that it was great to see Corbin Eskelson on the field later in the game, he is a space-eater who can help improve our Defence.
- In another tight game there were no signs of “flinching” from our Offense. The team is growing and gaining vital experience and have learned to battle every down if they want to win. The seem poised and hungry…..keep it up gentlemen and it will pay even better dividends as the season progresses.

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