Ronnie Lott to speak at Dogs’ Breakfast XV

Ronnie Lott

Please join the Huskies Football Foundation Thursday, April 30th for Dogs’ Breakfast XV. We are thrilled to have former NFL Defensive Back, Ronnie Lott as this year’s guest speaker. Ronnie was a cornerback, free safety, and strong safety in the NFL for fifteen seasons during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Lott played college football for the University of Southern California, and was honoured as a consensus All-American. A first-round pick in the 1981 NFL draft, he played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. Lott was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, appeared in 10 Pro Bowls and is widely considered one of the best defensive backs in NFL history. We welcome Ronnie Lott to the 15th anniversary of The Dogs’ Breakfast. Thanks to Prairie Mobile Communications, our guest speaker sponsor for their ongoing commitment to the team.

We look forward to seeing you at Dogs’ Breakfast XV and thank you for your continued support.

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Art Auction Another Success

On October 13 the Huskie Football Program hosted the second Artist & Athlete Invitational Art Auction in support of Huskie Football and the Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus. Art is gathered from alumni of the Emma Lake program and auctioned off live at the Graham Huskie Clubhouse to raise scholarship money for both programs. The evening was a huge success for the second year in a row and we want to give a big thank you to all of the artists who participated as well as Cory Thoms and Paul Trottier for organizing the event. One of the Artists, Nicki Ault, wrote a blog about her experience at the art auction.

The Artists and Athletes Invitational Art Auction was a huge success again this year- at least it seemed to be from my point of view. It was a different crowd compared to last year- the energy never really built as the auction went on and the auctioneer had to work a little harder for the bids, but in the end I think the organizers have to be happy with the final result. Almost all of the pieces went and a lot of money was raised for the U of S Huskies and The Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus.
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Huskies Vs. Manitoba October 12

Mitch Friesen attempts to break up a Calgary pass.

Game Story: Dinos 45, Huskies 4

Prior to the 2009 Hardy Cup, we asked Calgary head coach Blake Nill how he would stop his own team.

“I was always a big pressure guy, always,” he said, laughing, as he was a little surprised by the question. “I always said that if you can’t get enough (pressure) with five, bring six. And if you can’t get enough with six, bring seven.”

Seamus Neary tries to bring down Jake Harty of the Dinos (photo by Derek Mortensen for Electric Umbrella)

We have seen him employ this strategy time after time over the past few years. It has been successful almost every time. Tonight was no exception.

Aside from the first half of the first quarter, the Dinos eliminated the Huskies offence as a factor in the game. The Huskies could do virtually nothing against the Dinos defence, aside from turn over the ball. This game ended as a 41 point loss for the Huskies, their worst defeat since September 8, 2001, when the Manitoba Bisons beat them 52-7. Continue reading

Game Preview: Huskies at Calgary

Saturday, September 29, 5:00 p.m.
McMahon Stadium
Broadcasts available: Radio – www.ck750.com (pregame show at 4:30 p.m.)
TV – Shaw (channel 10 in Saskatoon, channel 303 in HD) and Shaw Direct (channels 299 and 407).

Records coming in: Huskies: 2-2, Fourth in Canada West, lost 35-26 (ranked tenth in the FRC-CIS Football Top Ten); Calgary 4-0, first in Canada West, won 62-7 over UBC last week (ranked second in the FRC-CIS Football Top Ten).

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Head to head history: Saskatchewan has 9 regular season wins to Calgary’s four since 2002.

What’s on the line: For Calgary, they will all but lock up first-place with a victory over the Huskies. They have dominated the first half of the season and look unstoppable at this point.

The Huskies would like nothing more than to go into the bye week with a big win. A win over the Dinos would virtually erase the close scores of the past three weeks, which included two losses. While no other team in the Canada West has shown they can play with the Dinos, the Huskies, no matter what state they’re in, usually get up to play for this game. It will be interesting to see how they respond to having five starters, including quarterback Drew Burko, out on offence and how the defence rebounds after a couple of poor performances. Continue reading

Three Downs: Huskies at Dinos

The Huskies have been preparing all week for a trip to Calgary and a matchup with the undefeated Dinos. Huskie Outsider is back with a few thoughts about tomorrow’s game.

Huskie Outsider is hoping for a strong performance from the defence tomorrow night (photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

1st down: What is one thing you will be paying particular attention to in this game?

Dallas: I’ll be paying specific attention to the run defence of the Huskies. I expected this to be the greatest strength of the team, and over the past two games, it has been their greatest weakness. They will be put to the test against the likes of Steven Lumbala and Eric Dzwilewski. I hope to see an effort similar to the one we saw in Manitoba.

Ryan: I will be watching the offensive line to see what kind of push they get against the Dinos’ front four. The Huskies will have to be able to run the ball to help quarterback Chase Bradshaw gain some confidence.

Dog Whisperer: In particular, I will be watching to see if we can limit gains on second down. I do believe that we can limit the Calgary running game so controlling their offence will come down to how well we can defend the pass. Calgary has potent receivers and even though he has not needed to much this year, their QB is a dangerous runner so second downs wil determine the outcome of this game.

Tom: I’m in full agreement with the Dog Whisperer here – last week the Huskies continually had Regina’s offence in 2nd and long situations but couldn’t get off the field. I’ll also add that the Dogs need to be much sharper on special teams this week, following an uncharacteristically poor game with punt returns, and missing a couple of short field goals. There will be no room for those kind of mistakes tomorrow. Continue reading

Chase Bradshaw prepares for first start

Chase Bradshaw will make his first CIS start tomorrow, against the Dinos (photo Liam Richards for Electric Umbrella)

If there is a positive angle to losing starting quarterback, Drew Burko for a game or two, it’s the knowledge that the Huskies have the best backup quarterback in the conference in Chase Bradshaw. Bradshaw, who led the Saskatoon Hilltops to CJFL national championships in 2010 and 2011, entered last week’s home game, vs. Regina, near the end of the first half. He completed 14/23 passes for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added 33 yards along the ground. Following Wednesday’s practice, Bradshaw spoke with Huskie Outsider about playing against the Rams, getting ready for his start in Calgary, against the Dinos, and the Huskie offence in general.

“Football is football,” Chase said about his first significant action in CanWest. “I enjoy playing and I have fun when I’m in there. “Getting more reps in practice should should make me well prepared for this week’s game. Calgary is going to be good. We’ve put a lot of work into getting ready and I think we’ll be prepared.”

Bradshaw was asked to comment on the Huskie receivers that he’ll be throwing to. “They’re awesome,” he stated. “I’ve worked with these guys quite a bit, even before I joined the Huskies. We’ve got playmakers, and it’s all about getting the ball in an area where they can make a play on it.” Continue reading