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“I’ve never had my blood pressure go so high and so low in the same game,” a pumped up David Rybinski said after the Dogs finished off their 44-39 comeback victory over Manitoba. The fifth year defensive tackle then added “I’ve never been so proud of my teammates.” Depite allowing two long touchdown runs, the Huskie defence was solid for the large majority of the game. They held Manitoba well below their average yards/game and only surrendered 13 first downs. Three veteran members of the defence spoke with Huskie Outsider about the game, and the push towards the post season. “We did some good things out there,” remarked safety, Bryce | Full Article

After a road game followed with a bye week, Huskie fans are glad to be back at Griffiths Stadium for tonight’s “Blackout” game against the University of Manitoba. Huskie Outsider, the originator of “Three Downs,” is equally excited to see the Dogs play on their home turf, and we’re back with another pre-game edition of our regular column. 1st down: What is a key matchup that you’ll be watching tonight? Dallas: I’ll be watching how the Huskies deal with the Bisons’ three-headed monster backfield of Coombs, Demski and LaFrance. The Bisons exploited mismatches and blown coverages in the last game for two touchdowns. The Huskies’ defence will need to be | Full Article

After each game, we mention an unsung hero, or a player who had a big impact without having his name mentioned very often. Tom: The offensive line only gave up one sack, and even on that play I thought they gave Drew Burko plenty of time to get rid of the ball. They deserve some recognition for  a fine game. Dallas: I have to go with the entire offensive line, who gave Burko excellent blocking most of the game. Dog Whisperer: Like my cohorts the O-Line gave Drew time and opened enough holes on the ground to give us a blanched attack. There is no better friend to a young | Full Article

Prior to the Huskies’ first game of the Canada West season, each member of the Huskie Outsider gang made a statistical prediction. Let’s see how well we did: Tom predicted that the Huskies would do a better job of taking care of the ball in 2012, and he predicted that the Dogs would have no more than 1 turnover in the game against Alberta. Result:Tom was slightly off with his prediction as Drew Burko had 2 interceptions (one being caused by a pass going off of a Huskie receiver’s hands). Dallas predicted that the Huskies would have a running back go over 100 yards rushing for the night. Result: Jeremy | Full Article

First down: Who deserves the game ball on offense? Dallas: I’m going with Kit Hillis, whose speed and elusiveness gives the Huskies a running back-like threat at wideout. He was the leading receiver last night and made a great diving catch to sustain a drive that led to a touchdown. Tom: The O Line offered great protection for both Huskie QB’s throughout the game. They also did a good job of opening some holes for the running game. Dog Whisperer: Jeremy Andrew proved that we are deep at RB putting in a great effort in his first meaningful game. Shoutout to “Mr. Support Our Troops” Braeden George who has a | Full Article

In 3 days, the Huskies will kick off training camp with testing on Thursday, and Huskie Outsider is back with another edition of “Three Downs,” where we offer a primer on what to watch as the Dogs take to the field. 1st down: What positional battle are you most interested in following during camp? Dallas: As usual, I will be following the offensive linemen closely. After a tumultuous 2011 season, I think this group will be one of the best in the CIS, even with the loss of Ben Heenan. It will be a great competition at tackle between Cam Redl, Drew Digout and Evan Greff, while Lane Bryksa, Craig | Full Article

Since Monday, around 120 high school football players from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba have been taking part in the Huskies’ summer football camp. The camp gives players the opportunity to hone their technique and work on their conditioning in preparation for their upcoming season. There are morning and afternoon practices on Monday through Thursday, and conditioning sessions which take place on 3 of the evenings. This all leads up to a scrimmage on Friday morning, in which the players have been broken up into two separate teams. “This has been a good camp,” commented Huskies’ head coach, Brian Towriss. “They’ve all worked really hard, and there have only been a | Full Article

The play of the Huskies’ special teams was a mixed bag in 2012. The Dogs were solid in the return game, particularly with punt returns where their 14.2 yard average return was 5.7 yards/return more than the second best return team in the conference. They led the conference in kickoff coverage as well. Their field goal kicking was respectable, tying with UBC for the second best average in Canada West. But the Dogs really struggled for consistency, all season long, with punting. It’s an area the Huskies hope and expect to improve upon this fall. Special teams coordinator, Doug Humbert spoke with Huskie Outsider about what he hopes to see | Full Article

The Huskies 2011 special teams units looked unbeatable one play and frustratingly average the next. Special teams coach Doug Humbert had challenges early on in the season, when the kick and punt return teams first lost Kit Hillis to injury, followed by 2010 Canada West all-star kick returner Luke Thiel in week three. In addition, the Huskies never did settle on one or two of their three kickers, with each seeing action at both punter and placekicker throughout the season. In spite of a rotation of personnel at the returning and kicking positions, the blockers were solid and well coached and that led to all special teams units progressing during | Full Article

No practice report from Monday, as the Outsider crew was only in attendance for about half of the practice. The Huskies took to the field, in hot weather, for two hours on Tuesday. It is expected that the temperatures will again be hot on Friday, so today’s conditions were good preparation for game day. -The offense shone today, looking particulary sharp in scrimmage early in the practice, save for one interception made by Corey Edington. During the scrimmmage, Kit Hillis had a couple of catches with one going for a touchdown. -Coach Towriss had praise for Garrett Burgess, stating that he is getting craftier as a receiver. He had a | Full Article