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Sean Trembath of The Star Phoenix says that Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss is optimistic about team. Kevin Mitchell of The Star Phoenix has a story on running back Dexter Janke who steps boldly into Dogs’ top backfield job. In Manitoba, Ashley Prest of the Winnipeg Free Press says that there is homegrown talent returning to join the Bisons. Ian Hamilton of the Leader-Post says that the Rams look South for recruit. In Calgary, a Dinos rookie aims to follow in the footsteps of premier running backs, according to Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald. And, from Guelph, you should check out the excellent Gryphons Football Blog. They have their | Full Article

With training camps beginning around the CIS, we are back with another year of “Reading the coverage” where we tour the camps around CanadaWest through the eyes of the media. Kevin Mitchell of the Star Phoenix says Charlie Power brings strength to slotback. And, from Thursday, Mitchell profiles quarterback Drew Burko. Jeff Hamilton of the Winnipeg Free Press says that the Bisons are entering season without an established No. 1 quarterback. Ian Hamilton of the Leader-Post says that the Regina Rams opening training camp today with nine returning starters on offence and nine on defence. Evan Daum of the Edmonton Journal says that the Alberta Golden Bears will rebuild their | Full Article

Kevin Jesus, a sports reporter, sports director and producer at Global Saskatoon since 2005, is heading home to become a producer at Global Edmonton. Kevin has been one of the biggest supporters of Huskie Football and Huskie Athletics in the media, providing ample coverage and producing special features such as In The Pocket with Laurence Nixon and his two-part feature on the twentieth anniversary of the Huskies’ 1990 Vanier Cup championship. His coverage of the team was important the growth phase over the past five years. He raised the bar and set a new standard of coverage for this team which will be difficult to follow. I had the pleasure | Full Article

Today, a special edition of Reading the Coverage. The September 29 Bridges magazine supplement included with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix profiled David Dube and all he has done to grow Huskie football and make it what it is today. It’s fifteen minutes before kickoff, and what fans are about to see will dwarf almost everything in Canadian college football. To the booming sound of Metallica’s Enter Sandman, the coaches and players of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies emerge from their new clubhouse. Fireworks explode, smoke billows and lights flash. Invisible to the fans — a regular season attendance record of 7,370 will be set this night — is one man watching | Full Article

OTTAWA (CIS) – To no one’s surprise, the Laval Rouge et Or (2-0) stay on top of the FRC-CIS Football Top 10 poll for the third consecutive week after a 24-14 win over Montreal (1-1) in front of 16,046 in Quebec City. Despite the setback, Montreal remains at No. 6 in the rankings. For the first time this season however, the reigning Vanier Cup champion Rouge et Or didn’t sweep the first-place votes as two nods went to the second-ranked Western Ontario Mustangs (2-0) after their 48-21 thrashing of McMaster in Hamilton in front of 5,563 at Ron Joyce Stadium. McMaster (1-1) paid the price for its home opening loss, | Full Article

Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix says that the University of Saskatchewan Huskies jumped out to a 31-7 third-quarter lead and went on to a 38-7 victory over the Alberta Golden Bears in Canada West football action Friday. That victory provided a small dash of relief for the Huskies, who blew a 30-3 lead during last year’s 31-30 playoff loss to the same Golden Bears. Kim Thue from Global Sports has a hilight package from the CanadaWest opener here. Meanwhile, in Regina, Ian Hamilton of the LeaderPost says the University of Regina Rams’ hopes of a Vanier Cup in 2011 took a serious hit on their first offensive series | Full Article

Kevin Mitchell of The Star Phoenix says Ben Heenan’s into his starting block and preparing for a season unlike any other.The University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ all-Canadian offensive lineman – who is switching this year from guard to tackle – is projected as a potential first-overall pick for next spring’s CFL draft. Also from Mitchell: Fullback Alex Balogun brings military precision, literally, to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Balogun, an infantry reservist with the North Saskatchewan Regiment for the last four and a half years, is also a student and football player – juggling all of it when late-August hits. And Mitchell from yesterday: Conference coaches rated the Regina Rams first | Full Article

This afternoon, we will do a quick trip around the CanadaWest via local newspapers… Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix says that The University of Saskatchewan Huskies have 50,000 reasons why the Windsor Lancers should make a pre-season trek to Saskatoon on Friday night. Mitchell also says that Joe D’Amore, who is serving as the Windsor Lancers’ interim football coach after taking the reins from the fired Mike Morencie during the winter, is bringing his team into Saskatoon for a Friday night non-conference game with the host University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

Kevin Mitchell of the Star Phoenix says that The University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ colossal 2010 playoff implosion sticks in both minds and craws according to Peter Thiel. Mitchell also has a story on Darren Hinds as he looked at the beehive-busy workers moving around Griffiths Stadium Thursday. Kevin Menz of The Sheaf says that defensive lineman Stephen Kovach feels his team can perform better than it has these past few seasons. Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald writes that Dinos quaterback Eric Dzwilewski takes over from two-time Hec Crighton winner Erik Glavic.

We are back with another season of “Reading the coverage” where we check in with media around the CanadaWest. It looks like the StarPhoenix once again is leading the charge by covering the Huskies better than any other newspaper covers their CIS teams. We know that Global and CTV will be ramping up their coverage this weekend. In the meantime, here is a pre-training camp report. Kevin Mitchell of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix says that question marks are spread all over the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ depth chart heading into training camp, but head coach Brian Towriss doesn’t mind that extra punctuation. Mitchell also has a story on running back | Full Article