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Let’s chalk that one up to opening night jitters. The Huskies came into tonight’s opening game with their provincial rivals, the Regina Rams, as favourites, if not heavy favourites. With several veterans returning on both sides of the ball and an enviable number of game-ready recruits ready to fill holes, a big performance was expected of this team. They came out firing, putting together several good drives and going up 15-0. Even when the Rams came back with a good drive that resulted in a touchdown, the Huskies kept the pedal down, capitalizing on a good pass rush that forced an interception by linebacker Dylan Kemp deep in the Rams | Full Article

The Huskies wrapped up their 2013 spring camp with their annual spring scrimmage. For the first time in several years, sunscreen, not thermal undergarments or rain gear, was a requirement for the several hundred fans in attendance. With many veterans sitting out with injuries, including four of five starting receivers, young players took the opportunity to show the coaching staff what they had to offer. On offence, receivers Mitch Hillis, Brydon Ozmun and Julan Lynch made several nice catches, fitting in well with the first-team offence. They were joined by running backs Jarvis James, Brandon Stewart and Zac Newman, who ran like veterans and gained ground the hard way. Ozmun | 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

Coming into this game, the Huskies needed a victory to secure third place and a first round trip to Regina. They got the win, but what they made was a statement. This team is for real and is ready to make a run in the playoffs. The offence, which has struggled this season, especially without starting quarterback Drew Burko in the lineup, put up 35 first downs and 534 yards on the night. They put points on the board on eight of 18 offensive drives, including seven touchdowns. All of this without Canada West leading receiver Kit Hillis in the Huskie lineup. Defensively, this team is as solid as it | Full Article

Winning in Saskatoon is a big deal. And for some it’s a much bigger deal than others. The way the Rams and their fans reacted following their nine point victory tonight, jumping up and down and carrying on as though they had just won the Vanier Cup, should not be entirely unexpected. Winning on the Huskies’ home turf is a rare experience for them, with this game being only the second in 14 years they have won in Saskatoon. It was far from a convincing victory, but it was a victory nonetheless, putting the Rams in the drivers seat for a home playoff game should these teams end up tied | Full Article

You have to hand it Shawn Olson. From his time as offensive coordinator with Simon Fraser to his current position as head coach of the UBC Thunderbirds, he has always done his homework and always has his teams ready to play the Huskies. Yesterday was no exception, as the Thunderbirds gave the Huskies all they could handle. Going against a defence that limited Manitoba’s vaunted rushing attack to 66 yards a week earlier, the Thunderbirds had Saskatchewan’s defence figured out, both on the ground and through the air, rattling off 276 yards rushing and 290 yards receiving. Of the 14 UBC drives on the day, eight lasted five plays or | Full Article

Laate Ago is a defensive halfback from Regina O’Neil Collegiate. Laate trained with Huskie players during the summer, and stepped onto the field with the Dogs, for the first time, in training camp. “Being in camp with the Huskies is a lot of hard work,” Laate expressed following practice on Tuesday morning. “Everyone is really helpful. If there is a problem, everyone works together as a team.” Laate is very impressed with the training facilities in the Huskies’ clubhouse, and equally impressed with the personnel who help the players with their training. “It’s amazing. There are so many things that you can do in the new facility, and there’s so | Full Article

Without question, the Huskie offense needs to improve in 2012. Last year, the output on that side of the ball was inconsistent, with a propensity for coughing up the ball and getting into 2nd down and 10+ yard situations. This was something that offensive coordinator, Brent Schneider, spoke with Huskie Outsider about following spring camp. Yesterday, Coach Schneider spoke with Huskie Outsider about the progress that he is seeing on offence. “I’ve seen lots of progress,” Schneider stated. “We haven’t come and smelled it out on any day, we’ve only gone forward. I’m really happy with what we’re doing. We’ve thrown a lot of stuff at these guys, and the | Full Article

The first day of two-a-days is in the books. Here are a few observations from the Huskie Outsider team about the afternoon practice: Ryan: The play of the day was the reaction that receiver Charlie Power made on a Chase Bradshaw pass. The ball was slightly under thrown and Power reached back and made an incredible reception between two defenders. Power turned his body and somehow came out between the defenders to make the catch. Linebacker Richard Zacharias really showed a lot of hustle today and did an excellent job in the team drills. Offensive lineman Mike Fuller had a good afternoon practice winning some battles in one on ones | Full Article