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Archive for August, 2009

Dog Pound

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 31, 2009

Our 2 minute Dog Pound feature started today and what else would we start with but football. Here is today’s edition:

Dog Pound – Aug. 31-09

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Huskies Press Conference

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 27, 2009

The University of Saskatchewan Huskies held their annual Kickoff Press Conference in their clubhouse with all the usual media there. Sports Information Director Nicole Betker started things off playing a video of Travis Gorski talking about not only this year’s team but the alumni and pride of the whole program. It is the same video that can be seen on the Huskies website. Nicole also went through some of the rules and regulations for things such as media passes, parking, upcoming events etc. Athletic Director Basil Hughton said that Huskie Athletics has raised over $18 000 dollars for cancer. He handed the microphone over to Brian Towriss. B.T. was very candid talking about this year’s team. He stated that this will be the fastest team he has ever coached as 27 of his players can run the 40 yard dash in 4.7 seconds or less. He also spoke of training camp so far and the non-conference game against Alberta on Friday. QB Laurence Nixon talked for the players and he said he believes that this offence should be able to move the ball down the field. He also said that over 1500 season tickets have been sold so far. I asked Laurence Nixon how the offence is comprehending the playbook so far. Linebacker Peter Thiel was also in attendance. Peter Thiel talked to me about the defence. That’s it in a nutshell. I also spoke with Doug Humbert, the new special teams coach. You can hear a couple of the clips I put on the radio under the “Voicers” section of my website. Also, don’t forget I am doing 2 minute training camp reports with B.T. every morning for the radio and I am putting them all in the post below this one. Go Huskies.

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Huskies Training Camp Reports

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 24, 2009

Huskie Training Camp

Our radio station is doing daily 2 minute reports starting today so I will be uploading them to this site when I get a chance. Here is this morning’s.

Huskie Training Camp Report – Aug. 28-09
Huskie Training Camp Report – Aug. 27-09
Huskie Training Camp Report – Aug. 26-09
Huskie Training Camp Report – Aug. 25-09
Huskie Training Camp Report – Aug. 24-09

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Luke Thiel Trying To Equal Brother Peter’s Rookie Season

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 19, 2009

It will be hard for any new Husky recruit to find a spot in the secondary with all the returning players coming back for the Dawgs. One of the guys that is going to be trying to make an impact at Fall Camp is Luke Thiel. He’s a defensive back out of Regina’s Laboldus High School. Despite living in Regina for most of his life, Luke was born in Saskatoon and is a big fan of the Huskies. His dad went to the U of S and is a huge football fan, in fact will probably travel to every game, home and away. Thiel is coming off a winning season in high school where Laboldus won both the city and provincial championships this past year. He was named a league all-star, named team defensive MVP and also received the “Off-season Excellence Award”. Because of these credentials, the 18 year old was sought after by many different programs; Queens, Toronto, McGill, Regina and UBC to name just a few. I asked him why he chose the U of S and he commented on the great program, the excellence of the school and he loves the city. He said that Brian Towriss was the first person to talk to him and B.T. took him and his parents out for breakfast to lay out the plan. Luke Thiel talks about his attitude going into Fall Camp. He said the biggest difference between high school and this year’s Spring Camp with the Huskies was speed as he is used to being one of the fastest players on the team. Now, everyone on the field is fast. Other noticeable differences are the “size of the players and their skill level”. His brother Peter, who made a big impact in his first year with the Huskies last year, has been a mentor to his younger sibling. Luke will be attending the College of Kinesiology and will also be looking into pre-med. His off-season training regiment is consisting of lots of conditioning and 2 days per week of weights. One thing we know is, if he can play as well as his brother did last year, Luke may just attain his goal of making the travel roster.

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Ben Heenan’s Back & Better Than Ever

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 12, 2009

Canada West Rookie of the Year Ben Heenan believes he can and will improve on what was nothing short of a sensational freshman season last year. It is a rare feat for a rookie offensive lineman to start in every game, but that’s what happened last season. Only 3 others before Ben have done that since B.T. started coaching at the U of S. Heenan says his off-season began in January with morning runs and practices and went back home to Regina right after Spring Camp to work for the summer. His training didn’t stop there however. He is still lifting weights and working on his speed and agility. Heenan has the rare combination of being a big man with a lot of quickness and agility. Expect the 6 foot 5 inch tackle to come into camp between 300 and 305 pounds this year. He says he is stronger and quicker than he was last year. One area that Heenan would like to improve on is his aggressiveness. He admits that making the jump to the CIS level was a little intimidating and feels he may have been too cautious in his first campaign. Ben is quick to credit his fellow offensive lineman and the coaching staff for helping him with the transition. He called the amount of preparation “overwhelming” sometimes with all the information, film and scouting being done for an opponent. The Agricultural student also had the Regina Rams and Simon Fraser Clan looking to recruit him before he chose the Huskies for the 2008 season. It should be a strong offensive line again with all the starters returning from last year and a couple of the new recruits should fill in adequately for the depth players they lost. Here is what Ben Heenan thinks about the team’s offense this year. Ben will be packing his bags and moving back to Saskatoon this Monday (August 17th) to get settled in, see some of the guys and get some rest before the start of 2-a-days, which shouldn’t be too difficult considering he has bumped up his training regime to working out 2 to 3 times a day now. Look for QB Laurence Nixon to be the benefactor of the strong offensive line as he should have increased time in the pocket to look downfield. Heenan says he has no regrets choosing the Huskies and would not want to be playing anywhere else. I think it’s safe to say that we are equally as excited about him being here.

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Hawks Training Camp

Posted by Darryl Skender on August 11, 2009

The Nipawin Hawks open their training camp on Friday August 28th at “The Cage”. Expect to see less players at camp than usual. On the 28th and afternoon of the 29th, there will be approximately 40 rookies going head to head in scrimmages. On Saturday night, the veterans will be added and should be able to get more ice time with less players at camp. It will be a chance for us to see if head coach & GM Colin O’Hara’s plan of having a tougher and more physical team this year has come to light. Gone are guys like Torrie Dyck, Brent Ottman, Shawn McNulty, Jordon Miller, Mark Currie, Dean Prpick, Colton McDonald and Cory Knaus because they are overage. They also lost Shael Hechter and Mike Brodziak to trades and it’s unknown whether Koltyn Miller will be returning so obviously it will be a different looking team. Colin also wanted a more well-rounded squad than he had last year where teams just focussed on the top 2 lines. Colin O’Hara talked about the smaller camp. Nipawin does not make any money off camp as there is no registration fee for the players to tryout. The pre-season schedule is now set and the Hawks open in Battlefords on September 4th. Their first pre-season home game is the very next day to complete their home and home series the North Stars.

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