Curtis Puetz is a receiver recruit who previously played with the Melfort Comets and Team Saskatchewan’s under 18 team. “I’m really looking forward to training camp,” Curtis told Huskie Outsider yesterday evening. “I’ve been doing lots of training during the summer, pretty much every day.”
Curtis came away from spring camp very impressed with Huskie football and, like all other recruits, noticed a real difference at this new level. “It was so much faster than what I’m used to; it’s a big step up from playing 9-man football to 12-man university football.” Puetz is joining a receiving corps that may be the deepest unit on the team. “They’re a good group of guys, on and off the field,” he explained. “The veterans were always helping us out in practice and coaching us up.”
Several players have joined the Huskies after having played 9-man football in high school (Brydon Ozmun, a standout freshman slotback in 2012 being the most recent); Curtis was asked about making the adjustment to 12 man football. “In 9 man you have 3 fewer skill position players on the field, so there’s a lot more room once you get the football. In 12-man there’s not nearly as much room to run when you catch the ball, so you’ve just get to put your head down and run straight forward; in 9-man if you get the edge you’re gone.” One of the things that he is working to improve upon is based on his move to 12-man football. “The receivers are always getting jammed in 12-man, so I really have to work on my release – getting off those jams. Coach Sulz was coaching me up on how to release well, and pretty much everything else from waggling and running routes.”
“I’m going to work as hard as I can – that’s all I can really do,” Puetz told us when asked about what he expects of himself in his first season with the Dogs. Curtis will enrol in the College of Engineering this fall.
This wraps up our pre-camp recruit profiles. There are a few recruits who weren’t introduced at the Dogs’ Breakfast, but committed to the Huskies following spring camp. We will post profiles of those recruits early in training camp, which begins with testing on August 15, with practices starting on August 16. Huskie Outsider will have comprehensive coverage from each day of training camp.