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One of the hot topics of discussion at this years’ Spring Camp was the quarterbacks. Hec Creighton nominee Laurence Nixon has graduated leaving Trent Peterson (2nd year), Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren (2nd year) and Parker Siemens (4th year) as the only quarterbacks with CIS experience. The Huskies also recruited high school standout Drew Burko. In the scrimmage the defense put a lot of pressure on Peterson at the start. After a few rocky plays, Peterson found his groove and looked like the real deal. He finished the scrimmage 7/13 with two long touchdown passes to Jeff Moore. He had a good command of the offense and was able to throw the ball | Full Article

The University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team returned to the indoor practice field last week after three months of off-season strength and conditioning. Each CIS team is allowed 15 off-season workouts and the Huskies will have ten indoor sessions before moving outside to Spring Camp on April 29th. Yesterday was the first chance to look at most of the 2011 team (most recruits are not eligible to attend these workouts). It was also the first chance to get an update on some of the injuries that players suffered last season. The Huskies were hit hard by injuries to running backs last year, but it looks like they will be in | Full Article

The Huskie Outsider training camp reports are sponsored by Gabruch Legal Group. Saturday afternoon’s practice was ran under hazy skies with a slight breeze coming out of the south east. It was hot and muggy in Saskatoon all day Saturday and it is expected to be the same on Sunday. Like the morning practice, there was a lot of time spent on teaching and inserting new things on both offense and defense. Special teams ran a circuit drill. With the wind less of a factor in the afternoon, the quarterbacks and receivers connected more often in one on ones and pass skeleton. Quarterback Laurence Nixon had a good afternoon, in | Full Article

Over the next few weeks, we will ask a question about each of the units on the Huskies Football Team. We started with Quarterbacks and Offensive Line and today we will look at the Running Backs. The Big Question for the Running Backs is can they stay healthy? If the running backs can stay healthy, the Huskies would have the most depth in CanadaWest. However, the team has five running backs entering the 2010 season with injury concerns. Punishing running back and inspirational leader Dathan Thomas will be returning for his final season after missing 2009 to a knee injury. Thomas looks fit and strong. His knee feels 100% and | Full Article

The Huskies held their annual Green and White scrimmage earlier today. Dallas will be breaking down the scrimmage and should have some video up later tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime we’ve got a few notes from the game. The first team offense was able to move the ball effectively on the defense, however the defense was able to stop the second and third team offense. “Our first unit offense is really solid,” said Huskies Head Coach Brian Towriss. “We’ve got some depth and running back and receiver. Defensively, we’ve got more depth on the second team than we do on offense, but that is not uncommon at this time | Full Article

We asked some of the Huskies players to think back over the holidays they had while they were younger, and in the past few years. Happy Holidays from the Huskies Football Outsider. What was your favorite Christmas gift? Mitch Friesen, Defensive Back: My favorite present was my table-top hockey game I got when I was 8. Brodie Rothe, Linebacker: Gifts I’m not really big into. I usually just get money so I can buy car parts. Taylor Wallace, Linebacker: a snowmobile. Shane Dueck, Receiver: My wife gave me a drawing of me playing football. It was from a picture that she found and it looks exactly like the photo taken. | Full Article

1. Who gets the offensive game ball? The Outsider: Cory Jones and Braeden George each had three touchdown receptions. Both had long TDs catches as well. Jeff Hassler had over 100 yards rushing on only nine carries. The offensive line gave the quarterbacks time to throw and opened up huge holes for the running backs. So, there are a lot of choices here. I am going to go with Laurence Nixon who threw five touchdown passes and only one interception. He was 19 for 28 and 284 yards in the air in about three quarters of action. Nixon managed the game and the Huskies moved the ball at will. He | Full Article

The Huskies practiced for about an hour and forty minutes last night on a cold, windy October evening. They travel to Regina on Friday to take on the Rams before starting the playoffs in Saskatoon on November 7 at 1:00pm. It was a typical second prep practice with most of the new wrinkles on offense and defense being finalized. The Huskies started out with special teams work, then some individual group work followed by team offense and team defense. The receivers uncharacteristically were dropping a lot of passes in the one-on-one sessions against the defensive backs. However, they did a 180 and caught almost everything in the team sessions. Shayne | Full Article

Will Alberta’s defense contain the Huskies? In the first meeting between the Bears and the Huskies, Alberta switched into a defense that they had never used before. In fact, it is not seen very much in college football in Canada. Essentially, they played a cover two, with seven under. What this means is that they had two Safeties covering the deep zones and seven players covering the short zones, 10-15 yards deep. That is a lot of players underneath and it led to some confusing reads and for the Quarterbacks and Receivers. The Huskies like the short passing game and Alberta’s cover two slowed the Huskies down. At the game | Full Article

Not much to say from last night’s game. Everything went as well as it could, considering the conditions. But here are a few observations: The guy at centre field waving the flag thought the glow sticks looked pretty cool. The Huskies running game is back. Aside from a couple fumbles which can be blamed on the conditions more than anything, all three running backs looked great in there. Garrett Bolen led all of them with 94 yards. Tyler O’Gorman would have been well over the century mark but didn’t see any action in the second half, as the Huskies were up 27-0 at the half. From the StarPhoenix this morning: | Full Article