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Huskie Camp Day 2: More Sights And Sounds

Day two of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies spring camp was equally as impressive as day one.
The team once again maintained focus despite a lot of mental work that was done in meeting rooms prior to hitting the turf.

The offense continued to work on situational offense and well as the no-huddle offense.
Defensively the group in green worked on run defence and a lot of time and effort was put into individual drills for the secondary. The work with the DB’s should come as no surprise as they clearly have the largest group of players and new players at any position.

PLAY OF THE DAY:

Bombers Extend Willy

(Photo Courtesy cfl.ca)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announce today the club has extended the contract of starting quarterback Drew Willy. The pivot was entering the final year of his contract in 2015.

The club’s Most Outstanding Player from 2014 started 17 of 18 games last season, missing one due to injury, and finished third in the CFL in passing yardage with 3,769. Willy threw 14 touchdown passes, while growing into the club’s leader both on and off the field. He had six 300-yard passing games, and was twice named the Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks one and six). Willy led the Bombers to multiple come-from-behind wins, including two game winning drives in the first six weeks.

“Drew Willy is the leader of our football team. Both his skill set and his leadership on and off the field are the attributes you look for to build a solid roster,” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “We knew as an organization that we wanted to get this done before the season, and we’re really pleased we can look forward to Drew being a vital part of this franchise for multiple years to come.”

“I’m very excited to remain a Blue Bomber following this season and get this agreement in place,” said Willy. “In just one season I have really grown to love the city of Winnipeg and the entire province of Manitoba. The passion they have for our game, and specifically the Blue Bombers, makes a decision like this much easier.”  

Huskie Spring Camp: Sights And Sounds – Day 1:

After an inspiring Dogs Breakfast the University of Saskatchewan Huskies took to the turf at Mosaic Stadium for day one of spring camp.

First off, congratulations to the Huskie Football Foundation for another successful Dogs breakfast! Nearly 2000 patrons took in the 15th anniversary breakfast that raised $100,000 for Huskie scholarships. Additionally, Ronnie Lott was one of the best speakers that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing! Lott was sensational and his message to find a little “Woo” in our life everyday was tremendously inspiring.

Riders Coming Back To Toontown To Camp

The Saskatchewan Roughriders officially confirmed today that they will once again be holding this year’s training camp at Griffith’s Stadium at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

This will mark the third consecutive season the team will travel to the U of S campus to hold training camp after the Green and White held practice sessions there in 2013 and 2014.

The 2015 edition of Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp will open with on field workouts beginning Sunday, May 31st. The team will stay in Saskatoon practicing through Wednesday, June 17th at which time they will return to Regina ahead of their final preseason game June 19th at Mosaic Stadium versus the Calgary Stampeders.

Further details including practice times and fan events will be released in the coming weeks.

 

IMPORTANT TRAINING CAMP DATES

Sunday, May 31:

  • First day of training camp at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium.

Thursday, June 4:

  • Afternoon walk through in Prince Albert

Saturday, June 6:

Huskies Set To Go Camping

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 25 new faces to the squad for the 2015 season Thursday at the 15th Annual Dogs’ Breakfast.

This year’s recruiting class features some of the best high school and junior football players in the province and Western Canada.  These players are just some of the new athletes who will be in Huskies’ uniforms for the 2015 season.

“Spring camp gives us an opportunity to introduce our systems and evaluate and compare the incoming players with the veterans on our roster,” said Towriss.

Joining the Huskies from the Canadian Junior Football League champion Saskatoon Hilltops is All-Canadian linebacker Justin Filteau, All-Canadian Running Back and Offensive Player of the Year Wayndel Lewis and All-Canadian Offensive Lineman Ben Hodson. The three returned the Hilltops to the top of Canadian Junior Football for the fourth time in five seasons.

Also suiting up for the Huskies with junior football experience is All-Canadian Brooks Falloon, linebacker Chris Brown-Fillion and defensive tackle Brett Schulz. The three suited up for the Winnipeg Rifles in 2014, while All-Canadian defensive back Vince Greco (Calgary Colts) and linebacker Bret Selinger (Regina Thunder) all transfer to the green and white.

Saskatchewan continues to add home grown talent with 15 of the 25 recruits playing their high school or junior football in the province.

Among the Saskatchewan talent is Canada’s U18 Team standouts Ben Whiting (defensive back, Marion Graham), Payton Hall (defensive back, Campbell, Regina) and Eric Thakurdeen (linebacker, Notre Dame). Whiting, Hall and Thakurdeen, who are all also members of Team Saskatchewan, helped Canada to a 53-9 win over the USA in Arlington, Texas.

Riders Add Nationals To Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that national quarterback Noah Picton has been added to the team’s training camp roster.

Picton plays at the University of Regina and will join the Riders after being appointed by the CFL as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program.

Last season, the Regina native started four of eight regular season games. The 19-year-old redshirt freshman completed 123 of 192 attempts (64.1%) for 2,029 yards and 11 touchdowns while adding 20 rush attempts for 140 yards and a touchdown. He added 147 passing yards on 14 completions in the Canada West semi-final.

Also, wide receiver Alex Carroll and national running back Ronlee King-Fileen have signed with the team. As per club policy, details of the contracts were not released.

Top Ten Tuesday: From Camping To Moving

10 – Huskie Camp thoughts. It’s the unofficial turning of the page for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies this week. The team will introduce their new recruits at the Dogs’ Breakfast on Thursday morning and then kick-off their spring camp that evening at Griffiths Stadium. There are some questions that bear asking. You can answer one on the right.

9 – Meanwhile across town the Saskatoon Hilltops will also hold their spring camp. The team has been hard at work throughout the winter getting bigger and faster in preparation for their title Canadian Bowl title defense. I’m excited to see the hard work of Quarterback Jared Andreychuk come to fruition as well as some of the battles along the offensive line.

8 – More football and the Saskatchewan Roughriders outright released Seth Doege last week. Last year’s number three had one opportunity to start and unfortunately in his desire to make something happen threw three interceptions. Additionally, he had a less than standout performance at the teams camp in Florida two weeks ago. That all being said he had to know that he was in tough with the signing of veteran pivot Kevin Glenn and resigning of Tino Sunseri. That being said I trust new offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine’s jusdgement when it comes to quarterbacks as he has nurtured some pretty good ones like Travis Lulay, and Mike Reilly for starters.

7 – Staying on the grid iron and the Ottawa REDBLACKS desire to improve their receiving corp saw them sign ostracized pass-catcher Chris Williams. You may remember Williams breakout 2012 season as a receiver and returner in Hamilton. However, not wanting to play for the amount of money that he negotiated in his contract and hoping to sign a bigger money deal in the NFL he held out trying to force the Ti-Cats hands. Eventually the Tabbies would cave and release him from his deal. That being said I am not surprised that Ottawa is giving him a second chance. If he can return to his 2012 form that will be a big boost for the REDBLACKS but it may turn into a dispute in 2016.

Rifles Looking For New H-C

After two full seasons as Head Coach of the Winnipeg Rifles, Ryan Karhut announced today he has accepted a full time CIS coaching position in the OUA.

The Rifles have named Winnipeg Rifles Defensive Coordinator Jason Park as Interim Head Coach. The Rifles Board of Directors will now begin the process of selecting and interviewing a new Head Coach for the 2015 Season. Details related to the application and selection process will be posted on the Rifles website at www.riflesfootball.com in the next few days.

Dogs Set To Go Camping

Ready to hit the turf of Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park for spring camp, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie football team will get its first chance to test skills for the 2015 season.

Spring camp kicks off early Thursday morning with the 15th annual Dogs Breakfast at Prairieland Park and wraps up Sunday with the Green and White scrimmage. The Dogs Breakfast helps raise scholarship funds for the team. NFL legendary defensive back Ronnie Lott will be the guest speaker. At the event, Huskie head coach Brian Towriss will make an official announcement of new recruits to the team.

The players will then hit the field that night at 6:10 p.m. in the first practice of the weekend. They suit up again Friday at 5:45 p.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and finally 10:30 a.m. Sunday. All fans, supporters, alumni, family and friends are invited to attend any of the practices during the camp. The camp will feature more than 100 returning Huskies, new recruits and walk-on players.

A full spring camp roster will be available soon.

WHL Names Award Nominees: Former Blade Up For Player Of The Year

The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce that Tim McGauley (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland Winterhawks) have been selected as the Eastern and Western Conference nominees, respectively, for the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the 2014-15 WHL Player of the Year.

The finalists and eventual winner are determined through a voting process which includes general managers, coaches, and media representatives from each WHL Club. The winner will be crowned at the 2015 WHL Awards Luncheon, which will be held in Calgary on Wednesday, May 6th.

A product of Wilcox, SK, McGauley enjoyed a career campaign for the Wheat Kings this year, helping Brandon to a 53-11-4-4 record and the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s top regular season team. The 19-year-old scored 42 goals and 63 assists for 105 points along with a plus-43 rating while playing in all 72 games.

McGauley’s 105 points ranked third in WHL scoring while his 63 assists placed him fourth amongst all players. In addition, McGauley’s plus-43 rating led all Wheat Kings skaters this season while he also notched eight game-winning goals and three shorthanded goals. McGauley’s impressive season included a 24-game point streak in which he totalled 53 points (17g-36a) from January 16th-March 13th. McGauley also produced 34 multiple-point games and notched two overtime winners this year.

Selected by Brandon in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, McGauley has played 225 career regular season games for the Wheat Kings and amassed 210 points (80g-130a) with a plus-27 rating. McGauley is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.