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The return of Scott Flory to the Huskie fold was not something most people expected. Even Scott Flory. “I got a call from BT a couple months ago, and it piqued my interest, to say the least,” said Flory, a 15-year CFL veteran. “It was one of those opportunities where I had a chance with my family to make a decision to come out west. My wife got a job and it just worked out that I could be here and be part of the program. I have so much respect for this program, the institution and obviously BT and the coaching staff and everything that’s here. “I want to | Full Article

Key Defensive Losses: HB Braxton Lawrence, DE Joel Seutter, DE Ben Rush, DT Zach Hart Key Defensive Additions: DE Adam Morrison, DB Chris Friesen, DB Taylor Rehn, DB Gabe Simons, DT Evan Machibroda Key Defensive Starters: DE Brayden Twarynski, LB Richard Zacharias, DB Travoy Martinez, DB Mark Ingram Outlook: Overall, the Huskie defence had a good season in 2013. They led the Canada West in sacks with 24, in interceptions with 13, and in red-zone defence, giving up scores on only 72.7 per cent of the times the opposing offence was within the Saskatchewan 20 yard line. The Huskies were second in scoring defence and third in total defence. Rushing | Full Article

2013 Record: 5-3, third place. Lost to the Manitoba Bisons 37-36 in the Canada West Semi-Final. Head Coach: Brian Towriss (31st year): 153-86-1 (.640). Key Offensive Losses: SB Charlie Power, WR Mitch Stevens, WR Garrett Burgess, OL Mike Fuller, OL Jordan Arkko Key Offensive Additions: Run-Game Coordinator Scott Flory, QB coach Laurence Nixon, SB John Trumpy, WR Graham Unruh, RB Kayden Johnson, RB Tyler Chow, RB Andre Lalonde, OL David Singer, QB Kyle Siemens Key Offensive Starters: QB Drew Burko, OL Mat Leung, WR Kit Hillis, RB Jarvis James Outlook: In an article I wrote prior to last season, I said it was a crucial season for the Huskies when | Full Article

2013 Record: 0-8, sixth place. Missed playoffs. Head Coach: Chris Morris (2nd year): 0-8 (.000) Key Losses: DL Steven Giang, WR Jess Valleau, DB Cayce Kerr Key Additions: DB Ryan Migadel, SB Jimmy Ralph, OL Logan Trachuk, OL Justin Lawrence Key Offensive Starters: RB Ed Illnicki, WR Taylor Henry, WR Ryley Richardson, QB Ryan Schwartz Key Defensive Starters: LB Tyler Greenslade, DB Mitch Koch, LB Connor Ralph, DL Greg Severin Outlook: The Bears are looking for a win. One win, which they almost achieved in week two of last season against UBC. One win, which would be their first in four years. There is nowhere to go but up for | Full Article

2013 Record: 2-6, fifth place. Missed playoffs. Head Coach: Frank McCrystal (16th year): 57-62-1 (.479). Key Losses: RB Michael Kiapway, SB Mark McConkey, DB Bradie Aulie, WR Kolten Solomon, DL Logan Brooks, DL Calvin Smith Key Additions: OL Tristain Hoath, RB Atlee Simon, DL Eric Wicijowski Key Offensive Starters: QB Cayman Shutter, SB Jared Janotta, WR Addison Richards, OL Kyle Paterson Key Defensive Starters: LB Michael Stefanovic, DB Tevaughn Campbell, DB Justin Edralin, LB Connor Ketchen Outlook: After losing many key veterans following the 2012 season, the Rams were expected to take a fall in the standings by most rational observers. Their fall to 2-6 surprised few, especially when you | Full Article

2013 Record: 4-4, fourth place. Lost 42-28 to the Calgary Dinos in the Canada West Semi-Final. Head Coach: Shawn Olson (5th year): 8-24 record (.250). Key Losses: Rec Micha Theil, Rec David Scott, DL Martin Park, DB Ryan Couper Key Additions: Rec Marcus Davis, RB Terrell Davis, OL Kenton Boote, DL Dashawn Cassell Key Offensive Starters: QB Carson Williams, RB Brandon Deschamps, Rec Patrick Bull, Rec Alex Morrison Key Defensive Starters: LB Yianni Cabylis, DB Brian Rideout, LB Vivie Bojilov, DL Donovan Dale Outlook: It seems like the Thunderbirds have a blue-chip recruiting class every year. In spite of that, they can’t seem to put it all together on the | Full Article

2013 Record: 5-3, second place. Won 37-36 over the Saskatchewan Huskies in the Canada West Semi-Finals and lost 43-28 to the Calgary Dinos in the Hardy Trophy game. Head Coach: Brian Dobie (19th year): 75-76-2 record (.531) Key Losses: RB Anthony Coombs, DL Ranji Atwall, WR Andrew Smith, K Nick Boyd, OL Kwin Albino Key Additions: DT Evan Foster, OL Christian Krause, DB Dane Douglas, RB Jamel Lyles Key Offensive Starters: QB Jordan Yantz, SB Nic Demski, RB Kienan LaFrance, WR Bryden Bone Key Defensive Starters: DT Evan Gill, LB Bami Adewale, DB Tyler Fong, DL Lauren Kroeker Outlook: Following their 2007 Vanier Cup win, the Bisons spent four years | Full Article

2013 Record: 8-0, first place. Won their sixth-straight Hardy Trophy, 43-28 over Manitoba Bisons. Lost 25-14 to the Laval Rouge et Or in the Vanier Cup. Head Coach: Blake Nill (9th year): 47-17 record (.734). Key Losses: SB Chris Dobko Key Additions: LB Micah Tietz, DE Joel Van Pelt, OL Darius Ciraco Key Offensive Starters: RB Mercer Timmis, QB Andrew Buckley, WR Jake Harty, SB Brett Blaszko Key Defensive Starters: LB Doctor Cassama, DB Hunter Turnbull, DB Adam Laurensse, LB Cory Roboch Outlook: Dinos head coach Blake Nill must be excited to get his squad back on the field. If last year was any indication, the Dinos will walk through | Full Article

The 2014 CIS football season is fast approaching. As we do every year, we will be previewing all the teams in the Canada West in an effort to see how things could shake out in November. After several years of the same results, with the Dinos dominating the conference but being clearly outmatched at either a bowl game or during the Vanier Cup, a more competitive Canada West Conference in 2014 may bring the conference a second Vanier championship this century. It’s difficult to take issue with anyone who suggests that the Calgary Dinos will take a seventh consecutive Hardy Trophy as Canada West champions this year. After losing nearly | Full Article