Watch above: battle for pass rushers as Huskies d-line looks to not miss a beat
SASKATOON – Of the Saskatchewan Huskies losses from their 2013 roster, the defensive line may be where it’s most felt.
Gone is all-Canadian Joel Seutter, along with Ben Rush and Zach Hart.
The team looks set in the middle, with Clayton Sarich the only returning starter and Timi Agbji stepping into an expanded role.
“Those guys were good players for us last year,” head coach Brian Towriss said Sarich and Agbaji. “We expect them to be better this year because they have a little bit more experience.”
The training camp battle is really taking place on the outside; the pass rushers.
“I think it really pushes us a lot,” said Adam Morrison. “I think it pushes everyone to motivate everyone to do a lot better.”
Bryaden Twarynski is entering his third year with the Dogs and a solid bet to earn one of the rush end spots.
Playing behind the likes of Seutter and Rush the past two seasons has prepared him for what’s expected of a starter in the Canada West.
“I think the most I learned from those guys were their toughness,” boasted Twarysnki. “Those guys pushed through a lot and they never gave up.”
On the other end, Adam Morrison brings his 6’7”, 275 pound frame to the Huskies from the Saskatoon Hilltops.
“When I first got here I did notice it a little bit. Guys were bigger, stronger, faster,” Morrison said of the transition from junior football to the CIS.
“I think after week one or two of the winter workout you adapt really quickly and football becomes football after that.”
With no pre-season game this year for the Huskies, the d-line battle will continue, with Friday’s Green and White scrimmage acting as a big measuring stick to find out who starts week one against Manitoba.