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2009-05-01, 20:37
2009 Golden Bears football Spring Camp
Matt Gutsch
(May 1, 2009) Head Coach Jerry Friesen, now in his eighth season, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears football program officially kick-off the preparations for the 2009 Canada West regular season this weekend, with the announcement of Golden Bear’s Spring Camp.

Key recruits for the 2009 Green and Gold include: Julian Marchand (QB – Calgary Colts), Darek Graff (OL – Edmonton Wildcats), Chris Klevin (WR – Calgary Colts), Will Henry (OL – Winnipeg Rifles), Harpreet Turka (RB – Winnipeg Rifles), Anthony Malott (WR – Oak Park), Alex Issik (DB – Henry Wise), Kyle Brow (OL – Archbishop Jordan), Corey Kuzik (DL – Okanagan Sun), Smith Wright (FB – Calgary Colts), Hayden Bell (DB – Victoria Rebels) and Danny Sawchuck (WR – Peace River).

A full 2008 Golden Bears spring camp schedule can be found at the bottom.

The Bears are coming off their third straight year of missing the playoffs, and are looking for big improvements almost across the board. The team returns 47 players from last season’s roster, but has also brought in a very strong recruiting class to push the incumbents, and in some cases, to become starters. Alberta only lost three players, LB Scott Stevenson, RB Nigel Amenu-Tekka and DL Kyle Pagnucco, due to fifth-year eligibility status, but Simeon Rottier (OL) is expected to be drafted very high in the first round of this year’s CFL draft (May 2, 2009), and there will be other changes on offence as well.

Key returnees for the Green and Gold include, two-time CIS All-Canadian, punter and place-kicker, Hugh O’Neill, a veteran linebacker core in Dan Bass Jr. (5th) and Jean-Marc Jones (4th), as well as, strong defensive and offensive lines. Alberta’s two defensive-ends, Greg Whelan (5th) and Craig Gerbrandt (4th), both return after posting 46 tackles and four sacks, and 44 tackles and six sacks respectively. Fourth-year offensive linemen Terris Paliwoda and Gord Hinse will anchor a mostly intact offensive line, while a pair of third-year athletes, Nicholas Ternovatsky and Chris Kaminski, will be looked upon for leadership as returning starters.

Chris Muchena returns to the Golden Bear secondary, after breaking his leg in the opening game at UBC last season, and will likely be the team’s shut-down corner. Safety Jason Hetherington led Alberta in tackles last season, while Dean Guedo and Brent Krawchuk are also in the returning secondary mix.

Tendayi Jozzy, Matt Jarvis and Dale Stevenson all return to the Alberta backfield, but there will be changes at quarterback and at receiver for a club that has struggled with the passing game over the last three seasons. Zach Kohn and Mike Wasylyniuk are two returning receivers to watch for.

Kohn, Stevenson and Jean-Marc Jones will all represent the University of Alberta at the upcoming annual CIS East-West All-Star bowl, May 9 at McMaster University.

All practices for the Camp are at Foote Field and the times are as follows.

Friday, May 1
5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Practice – Foote Field
7:20 p.m. - 9:05 p.m. Practice – Foote Field
Saturday, May 2
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Practice – Foote Field
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Practice – Foote Field – Turf Field
Sunday, May 3
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Scrimmage – Foote Field – Turf Field