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Snake Wilson
2009-04-30, 07:42
Huskies high on crop of recruits

By Kevin Mitchell, The StarPhoenix
April 30, 2009

Cam Redl will drape a University of Saskatchewan Huskies' jersey over his 6-foot-7, 290-pound frame this morning, just like Redls from the past.

Redl, an offensive tackle with imposing bloodlines, has indicated he is making the jump from the junior Saskatoon Hilltops to the Huskies. He'll test his new allegiance at this weekend's spring camp, which kicks off with the Dogs' Breakfast this morning.

"Excited is probably the best way to put it," says Redl, whose uncles Scott and Doug were both conference all-stars with the Huskies before playing offensive line in the CFL. "I'm looking forward to a chance to prove myself. I had a chance to play a bit last year (as a Hilltops' rookie), but I don't think (the Huskies) know me as well as they know some of the other guys coming in."

Redl earned high praise from Hilltops coach Tom Sargeant last year after joining the team as a key recruit out of Yorkton, but he played sparingly behind a deep and veteran line.

Now he is a rookie for a second straight year -- this time behind returning tackles Patrick Neufeld and Ben Heenan. Neufeld is playing at the upcoming Canadian Interuniversity Sport East-West all-star game and Heenan was named conference rookie of the year last season.

"We'll give him lots of reps here in the spring and training camp and bring him along as quick as we can," says Huskies coach Brian Towriss, who notes his long-term plan is to move Heenan to the line's interior. "He's got all the tools -- he's strong, he moves very well and he's going to be given every opportunity to accelerate."

Redl, a natural left-side tackle whose father Ken won a national title with the Hilltops in 1978, enrolled in classes last year at the U of- and decided the move to the Huskies was a natural one.

He is one of 15 recruits Towriss will introduce at today's fundraising breakfast, which raises money for football scholarships.

Towriss says the recruiting class, which is made up mostly of high school prospects, could be one of the best they've had in recent years.

Junior recruits include Redl and fellow Hilltops Mitch Friesen (defensive back), Zach Hart (defensive line) and Shayne Dueck (receiver).

Incoming high school blue-chippers include Jeff Hassler, one of Alberta's best running backs while playing with Okotoks Holy Trinity.

Defensive back Luke Thiel, the brother of Huskies' linebacker Peter Thiel, joins the team out of Regina LeBoldus.

Towriss says both Hassler and Thiel have the ability to fast-track through the depth charts.

"At least 10 (of this year's recruits) will start in the very near future," Towriss said. "Maybe not this year, but there's 10 or 12 blue-chip guys."

The team holds its first spring camp workout today at 6 p.m. and follows with practices Friday at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, with a scrimmage at 10:30 a.m.

Notes: The Huskies learned this week that punter-placekicker Connor MacDougall, who joined them from the Hilltops last year, has decided not to return. That leaves the kicking job wide open, with the first choice being defensive back Grant Shaw. Shaw was named the Prairie Football Conference's top special teams player when he kicked for the Edmonton Huskies . . . The Huskies announced their football season-ticket packages Wednesday. The first package costs $140, which includes playoffs and a credit for 2010 season tickets if the Huskies play less than two home post-season games. The second package costs $100 and guarantees seats for the team's pre-season game with Alberta and four regular-season contests.



Snake Wilson
2009-04-30, 09:20

University of Saskatchewan Huskie football head coach Brian Towriss announced 15 new faces to the squad for the 2009 season Thursday at the Ninth Annual Dogs Breakfast.

The 15 additions to the lineup are some of the best players in the province and Western Canada coming out of the junior football and high school ranks. The players are just some of those that the team is looking to get into a Huskie uniform for the 2009 season. The Dogs Breakfast raised $120,000 for the team for scholarships.

“We have an expectation this season to win the Vanier Cup and these athletes will play a part in that,” said Towriss. “We look forward to seeing what each of these players can do in the green and white. They will all have an impact one way or another.”

Joining the Huskies after spending time with the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Junior Football League is slotback Shayne Dueck, defensive tackle Zach Hart, defensive back Mitch Friesen and offensive tackle Cam Redl. Dueck, Friesen and Hart all won the 2007 Canadian Bowl Championship with the Hilltops.

Dueck’s brother, Tyler, has played at the corner back position for the Huskies for the last three seasons. Hart made an impact in his second year in junior football recording 15 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and one touch down. A 6-7, 270 pound Yorkton native, Redl, had an impressive season being named the Hilltops’ rookie of the year for 2008. Friesen is a former Canadian Junior Football League All-Canadian.

“Former junior football players enter with experience that allows them to step right on the field and make a difference,” said Towriss. “All of these guys have that.”

Four high school recruits from Alberta and one from B.C. were also announced. Tailback Jeff Hassler and a linebacker Charlie Power played with the Holy Trinity Academy in Okatoks, Alta. Defensive end Joel Seutter and centre Brad Nehring played with Salisbury Composite High School in Edmonton. Suetter was handed the Haliburton Trophy given to the most outstanding player in Edmonton high school football while Nehring and Hassler are members of the under-19 Team Alberta. Vernon’s Matt Walker is a speedy receiver that clocked 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

“Jeff was a top offensive threat in high school football in Alberta, while Charlie is a hard-nosed linebacker,” said Towriss. “Joel and Brad had strong seasons with their high school’s garnering them award and all-star selections. We are happy to have all four with the Huskies.”

Saskatchewan high school products joining the Huskies include Humboldt’s Andrew Abbs, Moose Jaw’s Levi Steinhauer, Outlooks Matthew Busse and Regina’s Seamus Neary, Garrett Burgess and Luc Thiel, who is the brother of current Huskie linebacker Peter. Abbs, Steinhauer, Thiel and Neary all won high school championships in 2008 - Abbs with the 2A Humboldt Collegiate Mohawks, Steinhauer with the 3A Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes and Thiel and Neary with the 4A Regina Leboldus Golden Suns.

“Winning a provincial championship is tough in Saskatchewan and these players come in with big game experience,” said Towriss. “Levi is one of the top defensive players in the province, Luc is an outstanding cover man and kicker returner and Seamus is a versatile defender.”

Burgess, an athletic receiver with Regina’s Campbell Collegiate Trojans, is a second generation Huskie - his dad, Brian, played with the Huskie football team in the early 80s.

The Huskies being Spring Camp at 5 p.m. Thursday. It wraps up Sunday with a scrimmage at10:30 a.m.

Recruits announced:
Andrew Abbs – Humbolt Collegiate Mohawks; Defensive Back; 5-11, 185-pounds
Garrett Burgess – Regina’s Campbell Collegiate; Receiver; 6-1, 185 pounds
Matthew Busse – Outlook High School; Quarterback/Defensive End; 6-7, 225 pounds
Shayne Dueck – Saskatoon Hilltops; Slotback; 6-0, 200 pounds
Mitch Friesen – Saskatoon Hilltops; Defensive Back; 5-11, 185 pounds
Zach Hart - Saskatoon Hilltops; Offensive Tackle; 6-1, 240 pounds
Jeff Hassler – Okotoks’ Holy Trinity Academy; Tailback; 5-10, 185 pounds
Seamus Neary – Regina’s Leboldus Golden Suns; Defensive Back; 5-10, 170 pounds
Brad Nehring – Edmonton’s Salisbury Composite; Centre; 6-5, 250 pounds
Charlie Power – Okotoks’ Holy Trinity Academy in; Linebacker; 6-2, 225 pound
Cam Redl - Regina’s Sheldon Williams Collegiate; Offensive Line; 6-7, 270 pounds
Joel Seutter – Edmonton’s Salisbury Composite; Defensive End; 6-2, 230 pounds
Levi Steinhauer – Moose Jaw Peacock Tornadoes; Defensive Back; 5-11, 200 pounds
Luc Thiel – Regina’s Leboldus Golden Suns; Defensive Back; 5-10, 180 pounds
Matt Walker – Vernon Secondary High School; Receiver; 6-1, 180 pounds