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The Huskie coaching staff has made it clear that they are looking for improvement in their rushing attack in 2014. Huskie Outsider has already written about the addition of Scott Flory to the coaching staff as it’s run coordinator, and that we’ve seen during team scrimmage periods improved run blocking from the OLine. A few days ago, running backs coach Dan Houle spoke with Huskie Outsider. “It’s coming together,” Houle said of the rushing attack. “The OLine is the main contributor, and our success comes from them.” He gave us his impressions of a few of the running backs’ camp performances (Note: Shane Buchanan, a veteran RB who will certainly | Full Article

The Huskies entered training camp with talent, but not much depth, at linebacker. The unit has also undergone a small shuffle since last season. The group is coached by Darryl Burko and he spoke with Huskie Outsider on Tuesday afternoon.”We are pretty good two-deep,” Coach Burko remarked about the unit. The Huskies typically employ only two linebackers. “There’s real good competition at both the mac and will spots. Geofff Hughes has been playing great football at will, and that’s kind of new for him. He was a high school linebacker but he’s been a halfback and rover for us the last couple of years; he’s outstanding at will. Dylan Kemp | Full Article

Offensive line has been one of the more interesting position groups to watch in in camp thus far with players shuffling to new positions, veterans looking to earn their chance to start, two new starters at tackle, redshirt freshmen taking more meaningful reps, and a promising group of high school recruits who we expect to be solid contributors a couple of years down the road. The unit had an inconsistent year in 2013 and is looking to bounce back this season. The group is being coached under the watchful eyes of Travis Serke along with newcomers to the coaching staff, Scott Flory and Lane Bryksa. “We’ve turned over some kids,” | Full Article

Freshman Gabe Simons appeared on the Huskie coaching staff’s radar during their high school camp when he was an attendee following his grade 10 year. Since then, Simons has continued to grow and develop while enrolling at the prestigious IMG Academy in Florida for his grade 12 season, and following that up with a spot on Team Canada for the Junior world championship in Kuwait. He wasn’t able to participate in spring camp as he healed an injury, so Friday marked his first day on the field with the Dogs. “I’m really excited to be here,” Simons told Huskie Outsider following the team’s third practice of training camp. “It’s great | Full Article

The Huskies endured miserable weather conditions for their two Sunday practices. Because of the conditions, BT cut the afternoon practice short by 15 minutes. The Dogs have completed six practices now, and Towriss and Coach Mike Harrington gave Huskie Outsider a quick update on the offence. “We’re progressing,” BT commented. “We’ve gotten lots of stuff in and you see your usual mistakes, but we’ve had some big plays. I’m pleased with the way the quarterbacks have played and I’m pleased with the way we’re picking things up. Today we saw a ton of blitzing and we’re not really preparing for that yet, but we’ll put some stuff in for that.” | Full Article

Whether it be players with junior experience with the Hilltops, or Huskies who have been backups for the last year or two, the Huskies’ starting defensive secondary will take on a new look in 2014 with a few new starters. The unit is lead by coaches Cody Halseth and Eric Duchene. Halseth spoke with Huskie Outsider earlier today. “It’s interesting,” Coach Halseth stated, “we’ve got a young group. They’re very athletic and the desire is there. It’s going to be a fun training camp for us because they’re competing; they know it’s open and there’s a lot of younger players that are pushing older guys, and older guys that are | Full Article

Following Saturday morning’s practice, defensive coordinator Ed Carleton spoke with Huskie Outsider about his early observations of the defence through 3 practices. “We had a good practice this morning. We talked a bit about effort and getting beat up in run period yesterday; it was a much better run period this morning. We should be ahead of the offence at this point in the game and we did some really good things today.” During spring camp the defence was without three veteran linebackers who are all full participants in main camp. “Everyone is back and healthy,” Carleton remarked, “and we’ve got a real battle going on at the linebacker spot…we’ve | Full Article

As the Huskies began their 2014 camp with two-a-days, a familiar face was back on the field with the Dogs. Laurence Nixon was the Huskies’ starting quarterback from 2007 through the 2010 season; he is now back with the team as their QB coach. “I’m really excited to be back and it feels great to be in the locker room again,” he told Huskie Outsider following the second practice of the day. “It’s a little weird being on the other side with the coaches, but I feel like they’ve really embraced me and we’ve got a good group of guys.” He spoke about his time spent since he last played. | Full Article

The coaches have held numerous meetings, the players are all back in Saskatoon, and preparations are in place for the start of training camp this Friday. Head coach Brian Towriss sat down with Huskie Outsider yesterday afternoon to look ahead to a season that sees several new faces on both the players’ roster and the coaching staff. “We’ve had a core group of 20 – 25 players who have trained here all summer,” BT said of the team’s off-season workouts. “They meet twice a week in the mornings and then throw a couple of times each week as well. We know that those guys are real fit and and have | Full Article

At long last, the 2014 Huskie football season will begin later this week with the start of training camp. Huskie Outsider will have full coverage from camp, and we wanted to begin with another edition of “Three Downs.” 1st down: Going into training camp, which position group are you most optimistic about seeing improvement over last season? Dog Whisperer: Quarterback. With a dedicated QB coach I think that Burko should start to show the ability that made him a top prospect at the position. Offensive changes always bring a rejuvenation and early confidence in the plan will be key. Ryan: Running Back. Looking at the stats last year, the Huskies | Full Article