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Kieran Johnston is a 6′-1″ receiver from Saskatoon’s Evan Hardy Collegiate. Johnson, who is preparing to compete in the 400 metres in the upcoming Canada Summer Games, will also be a member of the UofS track and field team. Huskie Outsider recently caught up with Kieran at Griffiths Stadium after he had completed a workout with several members of his new team. “Spring camp was pretty awesome,” Johnston stated. “Now I’ve started to take advantage of the chance to come out and catch some balls with the guys – I’m already getting excited for the season.” Kieran told Huskie Outsider what receivers’ coach, Jason Sulz told him, at the conclusion | Full Article

Chase Quewezance, one of the top high school OLinemen in western Canada, joins the Huskies from Ross Sheppard Collegiate in Edmonton. “It was unreal,” is how Chase described spring camp. “It had such high intensity – it makes me excited to come back in the fall.” Unfortunately, Quewezance had to watch from the sidelines during the 4 day camp. “I suffered a knee injury during Senior Bowl tryouts,” he told Huskie Outsider. Quewezance was a very sought after lineman on the recruiting trail, and he spoke with Huskie Outsider about his decision to become a Huskie. “When I made my visit to the UofS, I met all of the coaches | Full Article

Following the 2008 season, the Huskies identified special teams as an area in need of improvement. They expanded their coaching staff, bringing in veteran coach Doug Humbert to coordinate special teams. The improvements were immediate, with special teams being a key factor in the success of the team over the past two years, keeping the team competitive while they replaced key players on offence. With Humbert retiring after the 2012 season, the Huskies needed a special teams coordinator with a similar commitment and knowledge base. Luckily, they had Brian Guebert, a legendary defensive lineman for the Huskies in the mid-2000s and a proven special teams performer at every level, in | Full Article

With only 2 of the Huskies’ winter practices remaining, Huskie Outsider wanted to hear from head coach, Brian Towriss about the benefit of having a few more practices this winter, how the practices have been structured, and some of the positive things he has observed. “We’ve scheduled 4 or 5 more practices than last year, which takes us up to the maximum amount,” BT said of the expanded workout schedule. “We’ve structured it a little differently; because we got started earlier, we didn’t have to jam in quite as much. The practices that we held prior to the February break focused on fundamentals, and I think that’s paying off now.” | Full Article

Offensive coordinator, and quarterback coach, Brent Schneider is in the enviable position of having both his #1 and #2 QB’s enter 2013 with a 4 years of eligibility remaining. The challenge this presents is that they are both still relatively inexperienced, particularly in the case of Matt Bonaca, who is projected to be the backup this season. Coach Schneider recently spoke with Huskie Outsider about his QB’s. “Both quarterbacks are doing well,” he commented. “Back when we recruited Drew (starting pivot, Burko), we knew that he was going to be a good learner; we’re asking him to do more this year in terms of identifying things in the run, and | Full Article

Travoy Martinez, the Huskie cornerback from Dallas, became a fan favourite during his first Canada West game. He entered the game in the third quarter and made 2 interceptions (and was disappointed to miss a 3rd), registered some big tackles, and was named player of the game. Martinez also had an impact in the kick return game, consistently providing the Huskies with excellent field position. There were some challenges though: he missed a couple of games because of an ankle injury, and he had to adjust to the Canadian game and its larger field. Huskie Outsider caught up with Travoy to talk about the offseason that he and the Huskies | Full Article

With mountains of snow several feet high in their yards and thick sheets of ice covering their streets, few Saskatonians have their minds on football with the season several months away. But football is exactly what is on the minds of the Huskie coaching staff as they prepare their team to go to the Hardy Cup and beyond in 2013. With only 52 days until the 13th annual Dogs’ Breakfast and spring camp, head coach Brian Towriss and recruiting coordinator Jason Sulz are busy solidifying what is already an excellent recruiting class. They feel the 15 recruits they have so far, including five former Saskatoon Hilltops currently practicing with the | Full Article

Looking to build on a third place finish in 2012, the Huskies have entered the third month of their expanded offseason program. This time last year, the team had just begun indoor workouts and was adjusting to a new quarterback and several other new starters on offence. In addition, the Huskies had turned over all three starting linebackers and were thin in the defensive secondary. While the extra practices have helped keep the team sharp this offseason, returning veterans such as quarterback Drew Burko are showing the confidence and preciseness that only a year of CIS football game experience can give players. “Drew’s certainly throwing the ball well, is getting | Full Article

Four University of Saskatchewan Huskie football players will be heading to Austin, Texas on February 5, 2013 to play for the World Team in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) International Bowl. Offensive guard Jordan Arkko returns for his second International Bowl, as does quarterback Drew Burko. Both players, who started for the Huskies last season, played on the 2012 World Team that beat Team USA 35-29 for the first World Team victory and Team USA’s first loss in international competition. This year’s team will include 2012 Huskie freshman of the year, defensive lineman Brayden Twarynski, as well as cornerback Keegan Arnyek, who helped Team Canada defeat Team USA | Full Article

On Friday night, the Huskies wrapped up the 2012 season with their annual banquet. The Huskies paid tribute to their Canada West all-stars, which included Kit Hillis, David Rybinski and Braxton Lawrence. Rybinski and Hillis were also recognized for being named CIS first-team all-Canadians. This year, the Huskies were also fortunate to have a player equal a CIS record. Fifth-year safety Bryce McCall tied a CIS, Canada West and Huskie record in the third quarter of the October 20 game against Alberta when he intercepted a pass for his 21st career interception. The team paid tribute to Bryce, along with defensive coordinator Ed Carleton, who received the Gino Fracas Award | Full Article