August 22, 2014 12:32 pm

Huskies gear up for 2014 as training camp opens

Watch above: what to watch for as the Huskies open training camp

SASKATOON – Football is back at Griffiths Stadium.

The Huskies got testing out of the way Thursday morning and hit the field for “two-a-days” starting Friday to officially kick off 2014 training camp.

On offence, the Huskies will once again be led by third year starter Drew Burko, who will be looking to take the next step in his progression from prospect to elite Canada West quarterback.

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While Burko lost a couple key targets from a season ago in Garrett Burgess & Mitch Stevens, this year’s receiving corp could possibly be the most explosive in the entire conference.

All-Canadian Kit Hillis is healthy and could be playing with a chip on his shoulder after being passed over in this spring’s CFL draft.

Kit’s younger brother Mitch headlines the group of young talented receivers who Burko will lean upon heavily.

That group is also boosted by John Trumpy and Graham Unruh, who come over from the Saskatoon Hilltops.

At running back, Dexter Janke has moved on but Jarvis James is poised for a breakout season, while top recruit Tyler Chow could make an immediate impact.

CJFL MVP Andre Lalonde, who was with the Riders for their CFL training camp, gives the Huskies a power back dimension they haven’t had for years.

The offensive line will also look much different with the losses of Jordan Arkko, Lane Bryksa and Michael Fuller. However, Matt Leung will anchor what is perennially a strong unit at the U of S.

On defense, the teams front four will have a different look with the graduations of Zach Hart, Joel Suetter and Ben Rush.

Brayden Twarynski looks to step in, as does former Hilltops Adam Morrison.

Linebackers Richard Zacharias, Geoff Hughes, Dane Bishop and Dylan Kemp along with defensive backs Mark Ingram and Travoy Martinez will be the strength of the Dogs defense in 2014.

The first game of the season is Friday, Sept. 5 when the University of Manitoba Bisons travel to Saskatoon to take on the Huskies. Game time is 7 p.m

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