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As coaches Aaron Moser and Scott Flory worked in the adjacent rooms, Head Coach Brian Towriss and I sat down to discuss several topics, ranging from recruiting to coaching changes in the Canada West to uniform rules in the OUA. Tom and I will be following up with the fan perspective in a week or two with the second edition of Outsider Radio for 2015. Please enjoy and remember to purchase your tickets for Dogs’ Breakfast XV.

Former Saskatchewan Huskie star Ben Heenan has signed with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts. Heenan was selected first overall in the 2012 CFL draft by the Saskatchewan Roughriders and has been a mainstay on the Rider offensive line over the past three seasons, playing right tackle. Heenan was a starter for the 2013 team that won the Grey Cup. Heenan had a decorated career with the Huskies, following in the footsteps of Huskie great Gene Makowsky, starting on the line as a rookie in 2008, earning the Canada West Peter Gorman nomination as rookie of the year. He was named a Canada West all-star in 2010 and 2011, a first-team CIS | Full Article

Times are changing quickly in CIS football. Not only is there a new proposal from David Dube and Jim Mullin for a national interlock schedule that would pit the top teams in the country against each other during the regular season, but there have been major moves by CIS teams to elevate themselves to the elite ranks through coaching changes, improving their facilities and getting a recruiting jump on their competition. Hot on the heels of the Manitoba Bisons ending the Calgary Dinos’ Hardy Trophy streak at six and the Montreal Carabins ending Laval’s consecutive Vanier Cup appearance streak at four, winning their first Vanier in the process, the UBC | Full Article

With news out this week about a proposed national interlock schedule featuring the top teams in the CIS, which may start as early as the 2015 season, the question Huskie fans may be asking is: Are the Huskies ready to face the best from across the CIS? The national interlock schedule is the idea of Huskie alum and benefactor David Dube and Canada West broadcaster and producer Jim Mullin. As Kevin Mitchell explained in the December 26 edition of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix, the initial interlock schedule would involve the top eight teams in the CIS playing two regular season games against non-conference opponents, hosting one game and traveling for the | 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

Four current Huskies and two 2014 recruits will join assistant coach Brian Guebert as part of Team Canada at the 2014 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U-19 World Championship in Kuwait. Joining Guebert, who will coach defensive line, will be defensive linemen Brayden Twarynski and Garrett Meek, along with receiver Mitch Hillis and offensive lineman Mason Dick. Two future Huskies, defensive lineman Evan Machibroda and defensive back Gabe Simons, who represented Team Saskatchewan at the 2013 Football Canada Cup and Team Canada at the recent U-18 IFAF World Championship, will also make the trip to Kuwait. International competition is nothing new for Saskatchewan Huskie players. Three Huskies made the | Full Article

Football Canada has named the Junior National Team roster for the 2014 International Bowl and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies lead the way with six players named. Third-year defensive end Brayden Twarynski will be making his second appearance in the International Bowl. The 6-2, 250 lb. Calgary native had 11.5 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Huskies last season. Twarynski will be joined by receiver Mitch Hillis, who caught 15 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown in his rookie campaign last season. Also making the squad are offensive lineman Mason Dick, defensive back Lance Bashutsky, defensive lineman Garrett Meek, and defensive back/linebacker Eric Verity. The news release from | Full Article

With the Canada West season in the rear view mirror for all but the Calgary Dinos, it’s time to for teams to reflect on what went right, what went wrong and what they have to do to challenge the dominant Dinos in 2014 and beyond. For the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, this offseason is shaping up to be the most crucial in the history of the program. Although they made the playoffs for the thirteenth straight year, they once again made a first-round playoff exit, their sixth such ending in the past seven seasons. There was a lot of promise and some lofty expectations surrounding the Huskies heading into the | Full Article

Curtis Puetz is a receiver recruit who previously played with the Melfort Comets and Team Saskatchewan’s under 18 team. “I’m really looking forward to training camp,” Curtis told Huskie Outsider yesterday evening. “I’ve been doing lots of training during the summer, pretty much every day.” Curtis came away from spring camp very impressed with Huskie football and, like all other recruits, noticed a real difference at this new level. “It was so much faster than what I’m used to; it’s a big step up from playing 9-man football to 12-man university football.” Puetz is joining a receiving corps that may be the deepest unit on the team. “They’re a good | Full Article

Jesse Gordon is a DB recruit from St. Joseph’s high school in Saskatoon. Gordon is making a position switch from middle linebacker, which he played for the Guardians; he does have some experience at DB from his time with Team Saskatchewan in 2012. Jesse was asked about training camp, which is just over 2 weeks away. “I can’t wait,” he expressed. “I’m a little nervous.” Jesse’s experience in spring camp opened his eyes to the level of football played by the Huskies. “The gameplay is a lot faster, and obviously there is a size difference – it’s quite a step up. There’s a bigger age gap as well.” In preparation | Full Article