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The Dogs took to the field for a joint practice with the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks this afternoon. The practice consisted of 1 on 1 battles between the various position groups. It was a short practice of roughly a half hour, likely due to the non-conference game between these two teams on Friday night. The Huskies performed well and Huskie Outsider will have a detailed recap of it in an all new edition of Outsider Radio that will be posted in the next couple of hours. Following the practice, we caught up with Coach Towriss to get his impression of the joint practice and talk a little about tomorrow night’s | Full Article

Eight practices are now in the books, so we thought we’d talk Huskie football with another edition of “Three Downs.” 1st down: What is your impression of training camp so far? Dallas: I thought they started out slow and rusty the first couple days but have really turned it on the last two days. The offence is looking sharp and quick and the defence is looking physical and fast. Their play on Tuesday is what I was expecting of the team since spring camp. Tom: The ugly weather hindered the Huskies on Saturday, and there still seemed to be a fair amount of rust on Sunday morning, but that was | Full Article

Coach Towriss spoke with Huskie Outsider earlier this week to talk about the scrimmage that ended training camp, and the very good Manitoba Bison team that the Huskies will face in Friday night’s season opener. “We came out of camp pretty healthy,” BT stated. “We had five or six guys who didn’t scrimmage on Friday, but they’re all practicing now; it would have been nice to have had those guys in taking some reps, especially a couple of the receivers, but it was a good scrimmage. We played a little faster and we’ve just got to continue to call plays now and make sure that we can spit that out | Full Article

As the Huskies begin preparation for their season-opener against Manitoba, Huskie Outsider takes a look back at training camp. 1st down: What is one thing that you learned about the 2014 Huskies during training camp? Dallas: I learned, or rather confirmed, that the Huskies are improved over last season. They are more athletic and have made changes to their playbook that will take their opposition by surprise. Some of the previews have foolishly said the Huskies are rebuilding – they have truly reloaded. Let’s hope the coaches make the most of it. Tom: I learned that BT is ready and excited to lead this team into the 2014 season; it’s | Full Article

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