From Saskatchewan east, 13 current and former Saskatchewan Huskie players are participating in 2011 CFL training camps, the most of any Canada West school. In Regina, the acquisition of fullback Graeme Bell (@graemebell24) was one of the factors that led to the release of veteran Chris Szarka. Bell will join an offence anchored by 17 year veteran Gene Makowsky, the former Huskie and Canada West All-Star who has been named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman twice in his career. Makowsky will be taking on a mentorship role with the young offensive linemen in Roughrider camp, including 2010 draft pick and CIS First Team All-Canadian Patrick Neufeld (@paddyneufeld). After last weekend’s | Full Article
The Outsider posted about Ian Hamilton’s piece on the four Huskies at the Saskatchewan Roughriders camp, but there are many other Huskies dotting the CFL landscape this spring. In Montreal, Scott Flory, who played on the same offensive line as current Roughrider Kelly Bates on the 1998 Vanier Cup winning Huskie team, is entering season 12 in the CFL. Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette writes that Flory, who is one of three former Huskies at Alouettes camp along with defensive end Ivan Brown and cornerback Paul Woldu, kept a special memento from the Al’s Grey Cup win last November. Former Saskatchewan Huskie offensive lineman Scott Flory (57).
There are eight guest coaches participating at Spring Camp this weekend. Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss likes to get some former Huskies who have CFL experience to come back to the program and teach some of the younger guys. He also invites some high school coaches and CFL veterans to help teach and learn. “We like to see the connection between former players who have that pro experience and the current players, some of them who are practicing with the Huskies for the first time,” said Towriss. “The CFL guys have a lot of wisdom and experience which they can pass on to the younger guys. The team really responds | Full Article
This the seventh in and eight-part series on the 2009 Huskies. Returning 2008 Starters: David Rybinski (16.5 tackles, 3 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks), Steve Kovach (24 tackles, .5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown), Vaughn Rice (10.5 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 interception) Returning Veterans: Kyle Kuzek, Carter Kolybaba, Craig Woloshyn, Colten Jenzen, Losses: Ivan Brown, Tobi Sroka New Players: Zach Hart (Saskatoon Hilltops), Alex Burko (Aden Bowman Bears), Tolo Auav’a (Medicine Hat St. Andrew College Saints), Justin deMontarnal (Lloydminster Vandals), Nathan Weilgoz (Regina Riffel Royals), Joel Seutter (Sherwood Park Salisbury Sabres), Levi Steinhauer (Moose Jaw Peacock Tornados) Outlook: In 2008, many prognosticators thought the Huskies’ defensive line | Full Article
Former Huskies’ defensive lineman Ivan Brown, will be making his CFL debut tonight for the Montreal Alouettes, according to Herb Zukowsky of the Montreal Gazette. Brown was drafted in the fourth round, 31st overall in the 2009 CFL draft. “Words can’t describe it,” said the 24-year-old told the Gazette. “It’s a dream come true. Just being on the sidelines with players I practice with and watching them have success.”
The Outsider had a few questions show up in the email, so we thought we would answer them and open up the mailbag for the future. If you have a question, please post it in the comments section below or fire us an email at skhuskies at gmail dot com. We will try to answer your questions every week. From Dax in Toronto: Did Brown or McHenry play in the scrimmage? What’s next for them? Defensive lineman Ivan Brown and receiver Scott McHenry were both drafted by CFL teams on Saturday. Brown went 31st overall to Montreal. McHenry went in the next spot to Calgary. Neither player played in the | Full Article
With the conclusion of Spring Camp, the Outsider has done a roundup of media coverage of the weekend. The Star Phoenix has articles on Ivan Brown being drafted, and rookie Joel Seutter who speaks about why he chose the Huskies. There were a number of stories that we linked to earlier in camp. For a complete list of Star Phoenix articles, please click here. Global TV had about half a dozen stories on their sportscast. You can see a YouTube copy of those stories here. We’ll be back later today with more news out of yesterday’s Spring Camp. Note: if you have photos, videos, blogs or tweets about Spring Camp | Full Article
Earlier today, University of Saskatchewan Huskies Scott McHenry and Ivan Brown were drafted to play in the CFL. Brown went to the Montreal Alouettes in the fourth round, 31st overall. McHenry went in the fourth round, 32nd overall to the Calgary Stampeders. Both players were on the practice field when they were drafted. Some of their teammates on the sidelines had blackberries and were keeping them posted. It was an emotional scene when Coach Towriss called the team together and made an announcement to the group. In the videos below, you can see McHenry’s and Brown’s comments on being drafted. Congrats guys!
Well, the big news out of Spring Camp this morning was that Coach Towriss stopped the practice about twenty minutes into it. He called the entire team to centre field and announced to the players that “Ivan Brown is now a Montreal Alouette and Scott McHenry is now a Calgary Stampeder.” A big roar erupted from the team and congratulations poured in. A few moments later, the team was back in full practice mode. The practice started the same as last night’s with a focus on special teams. From there, the team went into the hard-hitting A-Drill. Today, the practice was much more physical than last night’s A-Drill. Some of | Full Article