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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

Coach Jason Sulz spoke briefly with Huskie Outsider, on Saturday afternoon, about his talented group of receivers. “The group is doing well. Unfortunately Kit (Hillis) and Graham (Unruh) got nicked; they’re two guys that we’re looking to for some production this year and I really wanted to give them some more reps, but that’s the breaks of camp I guess” (Kit Hillis was able to rejoin camp for the scrimmage). Yol Piok and Brett Enns are two of the Dogs’ new recruits at receiver. “They’re both picking things up right away,” Sulz noted. “They’re not getting a ton of reps right now, but they’ll get a lot in scrimmage tomorrow. | Full Article

Tom and Dallas break down the defence and wrap up 2014 spring camp.

The Huskies wrapped up spring camp with a scrimmage this morning. Both sides of the ball turned in a fairly good performance to cap off what was a successful weekend. The offence was able to score four touchdowns on the day. On the first drive of the day it took Jarvis James just 2 carries to get the ball into the end zone from the 15 yard line. James promptly pounded the ball into the end zone for a 2 point conversion on the next play as well. Jarvis also scored the second TD of the scrimmage, this time on a 7 yard pass from Jeremy Long. Mitch Hillis scored | Full Article

With the graduation of veterans Joel Seutter, Ben Rush, and Zach Hart, the defensive line will be taking on a new look this fall. Despite the turnover, don’t expect there to be much of a drop off from what has arguably been the Huskies’ strongest unit over the last few years. “We’re really good at tackle, with a lot of depth there,” commented Aaron Moser, one of the Dogs’ two defensive line coaches. “Honestly, I think we have six guys that can play defensive tackle. Our veteran guys – Clayton Sarich, Brayden Twarynski, and Tim Agbaje – have all looked really good. But Garrett Meek, Caleb Eidsvik, and new recruit | Full Article

Last season the Huskies enjoyed a lot of depth had at running back; a unit that was plagued by injuries for several seasons saw no players miss action in 2013. In fact, because of this depth a couple of players were able to switch to other positions which suited their skills, and the Huskies’ needs, better. One such player is Lance Bashutsky who moved to cornerback during the season (we will update Lance’s progress as a DB when we have a chance to speak with his position coaches). Depth at RB appears to be apparent again this year, as Coach Dan Houle commented following Friday evening’s practice. “We’ve had a | Full Article

Finally, it’s here. After one of the harshest winters in years, one which was still here Tuesday morning, spring has arrived just in time for spring camp. One-hundred football players, including 70 veterans and 30 newcomers, will hit the field this weekend to impress the Huskie coaches in an attempt to make the 2014 squad. Is this finally the year the Huskies will make it back to the bowl game? Do they have what it takes to snap the Calgary Dino’s six-game Hardy Cup winning streak? Let’s see how each position stacks up. Quarterback: Drew Burko returns for his third year and should remain as the Huskies’ starter. After finishing | Full Article