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With the Canada West season in the rear view mirror for all but the Calgary Dinos, it’s time to for teams to reflect on what went right, what went wrong and what they have to do to challenge the dominant Dinos in 2014 and beyond. For the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, this offseason is shaping up to be the most crucial in the history of the program. Although they made the playoffs for the thirteenth straight year, they once again made a first-round playoff exit, their sixth such ending in the past seven seasons. There was a lot of promise and some lofty expectations surrounding the Huskies heading into the | Full Article

With mountains of snow several feet high in their yards and thick sheets of ice covering their streets, few Saskatonians have their minds on football with the season several months away. But football is exactly what is on the minds of the Huskie coaching staff as they prepare their team to go to the Hardy Cup and beyond in 2013. With only 52 days until the 13th annual Dogs’ Breakfast and spring camp, head coach Brian Towriss and recruiting coordinator Jason Sulz are busy solidifying what is already an excellent recruiting class. They feel the 15 recruits they have so far, including five former Saskatoon Hilltops currently practicing with the | Full Article

Lane Bryksa comes to the Huskies after a stellar career with the Sasktoon Hilltops of the PFC, where he was named a PFC all-star at offensive guard. Lane is a solid recruit with plenty of experience who can step in and contribute right away on an offensive line that will be replacing veterans Ben Heenan and Darren Hinds. “Because he’s a student here, Lane’s been working out with us since January,” said Head Coach Brian Towriss. “He’s got great character, is a great leader and he’s very athletic. He’s a little light to start with, but he’s worked hard and it looks like he’s picking things up well.”

As I arrived at Griffiths Stadium on Tuesday, the lack of snow and mild temperatures made it feel as though I should be walking to the field for a spring camp practice. Unfortunately, we’re still three-and-a-half months from spring camp. However, that time will be put to good use by Head Coach Brian Towriss and his staff, putting together the 2012 edition of the Huskie football team. After the graduation of veterans on both sides of the ball, the Huskies have their work cut out for them. Although some positions are deep with game-ready talent and can be filled from within, others will require a greater focus during recruiting, as | Full Article

Yesterday’s Canada West semi-final in Vancouver between the Huskies and the UBC Thunderbirds played out like a microcosm of the entire season. The Huskies started out well and looked like they would be hard to beat, but inconsistency at quarterback and ill-timed turnovers kept the opponent in the game. The Thunderbirds were able to stay close and put together scoring drives in the second half that stood up in spite of a late Huskie rally. The Huskies were close, but not close enough. In spite of coming into the game relatively healthy, aside from explosive returner and receiver Jerit Lambert, the Huskies couldn’t get over their lack of experience at | Full Article

The fifth in our six part series takes a look at the Huskies linebacking situation. Graduating Players: Taylor Wallace, Lyndon Boychuk Likely Returning Veterans: Peter Thiel, Nico Higgs, Eric Grisdale, Tony Michalchuk, Anthony Dudar, Rylund Hunter, Brodie Rothe, Thomas Hilderman, Charlie Power, Stephen Dereniwski Peter Thiel and Taylor Wallace bring down a Ram Outlook: Similar to the offensive lineman Hubert Buydens, the loss of Taylor Wallace will hurt on and off the field. Wallace was the leader of the defence, a tremendous teammate and talented athlete who lead by example. Lyndon Boychuk was another tremendous player who was a starter over the past two seasons after earning his stripes on | Full Article

We continue the tour through the roster, moving over to the defensive side of the ball. Graduating Players: None Likely Returning Veterans: David Rybinski, Steve Kovach, Vaughn Rice, Kyle Kuzek, Carter Kolybaba, Craig Woloshyn, Zach Hart, Joel Seutter, Colton Jensen, Tololima Auva’a, Justin deMontarnal, Nathan Wielgoz, Alex Burko David Rybinski sacks Marc Meuller Outlook: After adjusting to the loss of Ivan Brown to the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes last year, the defensive line became arguably the strongest unit on the Huskies. Led by interior veterans David Rybinski, Steve Kovach and Carter Kolybaba, the run defence was second in Canada West, surrendering 1063 yards through eight games. The Huskies pass-rush became a | Full Article