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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.

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

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

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

Day 2 of the Huskies’ spring camp is in the books, and Huskie Outsider caught up with coach Brian Towriss as the team was leaving the field. “Camp has been pretty good; we throw a lot at them which is especially challenging for the young guys. When the first unit is in things look good, but especially when you get to the second and third unit on the offensive line it starts to be a struggle. But we’re seeing some good things for sure.” If you’ve ever had the chance to watch spring camp, one of the first things you notice is that there is so much going on, with | Full Article

For teams in the Canada West conference, the start of the 2014 recruiting season coincided with the start of the 2013 football season. Several teams, notably Alberta, looked to get a jump on their competition, forcing all teams to start signing players early. The early commitments along with the new facilities at the University of Manitoba made an already competitive recruiting environment even more so, forcing all teams, including traditional powerhouses like Calgary and the University of Saskatchewan, to look over the fence. The Huskies have had a competitive recruiting package for several years, putting together a winning tradition, outstanding team facilities, a tremendous education and an unmatched gameday experience | Full Article

Recruiting season hit its peak last week with the arrival of NCAA signing day. Teams both south and north of the border are now putting the final touches on their 2014 classes, with many anticipating a banner recruiting year thanks to an abundance of high school and junior talent on the market. With 19 players committed and several others either practicing with the team or close to signing, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies have plugged several holes in their roster and, just as importantly, built a solid foundation for the future. All of these recruits will be announced at Dogs’ Breakfast 14, which will be held Thursday, May 1 at | Full Article

If you happened to be at the very first practice of this year’s training camp, you may have seen an observer standing at the fence behind the Huskies’ bench on the west side of the stadium. The young man caught a few people’s attention because of his muscular, athletic build. During the afternoon session, that same day, the young man was in uniform and returning punts at the start of practice. One thing that everyone noticed right away was that he was fast. Very fast. Kenrick Hanna is from the Bahamas and has also attended school, and played football, in Florida. “I played football for a few years in Florida, | 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