September 4, 2014 11:48 am

Healthy Saskatchewan Huskies ready for opening day

Watch above: a healthy U of S Huskies football team is ready to kick-off the new season

SASKATOON – The University of Saskatchewan Huskies will begin the season on Friday with many of their key pieces healthy and ready to go.

After starting training camp 100 percent healthy, a shoulder injury to Kit Hillis cut his camp short.

Fortunately for Hills and the Huskies, the injury forced him to miss just a handful of practices and the green and white scrimmage

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“I dislocated my shoulder a couple years ago and missed a quite a few games over that,” recalled Hillis.

“It scares you a bit, but within 24 hours I was already feeling better. It sucked missing the end of training camp but I was glad to be out here on Monday, ready to go.”

Shane Buchanan, also an important piece to the Huskies offence, missed the majority of training camp but is healthy now and will play in the season opener on Friday.

The Huskies leading rusher from last is season is often overshadowed in the team’s offence, but his coach says he will once again play a big role in 2014.

“Shane earned that spot last year,” boasted Brian Towriss.

“Shane – game in, game out, practice in, practice out – he was the one that was most consistent. He earned his reps and earned his carries and we expect him to that again this year.”

On defense, it was Dane Bishop who was nicked up during camp.

The linebacker battled a groin injury, but like Hillis and Buchanan, the Edmonton product will be in the lineup Friday.

“There is definitely room to grow, always,” admitted Bishop.

“I hope to be playing my best football at the end of the season. As long as I can improve throughout the program I think I should be good.”

The Huskies take on the Manitoba Bisons Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Griffiths Stadium.

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