Hilltops Looking Forward To Defending Their Crown:

The Saskatoon Hilltops off-season workouts are well underway and the team has their eye on a repeat.

About 100 players took to the turf at the Sasktel Sports Centre on Sunday with a wide array of players. Athletes varied from veterans looking to supplement their off-season regime to hopefuls trying to make an impression on the coaches, all were put through the paces in individual and team drills.

Head Coach Tom Sargent was impressed by what he saw especially from his leaders. He noted the confidence that his core group displayed and the upgrade in their football IQ over a year ago.

You can hear the entire conversation with Sarge here.

Meanwhile some other observances from the field:

Quarterback Jared Andreychuk had full command of the first offensive unit with some strong throws and a lot of composure. The battle to be number two on the Quarterback depth chart is going to definitely be very interesting.
Some new offensive wrinkles were displayed and looked very intriguing.

The receiving group looks like a fast and physical bunch. The group was undoubtedly lead by veteran Evan Turkington who looks bigger and faster than a year ago.

The running backs appear to be a very agile group, although it is hard to see how they will fare until the bullets are flying on the line.

Speaking of the line, the offensive line will return most of last year’s starters but that’s not to say there aren’t some phenomenal recruits that will press for playing time.

Along the defensive line there was a lot of hunger as the group as a whole looked fast and hungry.

The linebackers are looking for a replacement for the graduated Justin Filteau and while his presence will be missed the Hilltops next man up philosophy will do them well as they were able to rotate in a number of players to the position with only a few hiccups.

Lastly the defensive backs were put through the paces by not only newly named assistant coach Matt Yausie but also Winnipeg Blue Bomber DB and former Topper Graig Newman. The secondary appears to be very quick and able to read and react quickly.

The Hilltops will now focus on individual work-outs until their spring camp opens May1, 2015 at Ron Atchison field.