On a cold, frosty day three states away, Mason Knifes and his University of Saskatchewan Huskies had a long elusive football game.
Since then, they have had months to chew through a 27-21 loss to the Western Mustangs in the Vanier Cup. This is a trend that has led to national championship appearances since 2006.
According to Nyhus, they now know about the alchemy that drives the team to football in December.
“Every time I go to camp, every year I am here, I always had the goal of winning the Vanier Cup,” says Nyhus. “One of the things that has changed for us as a group by going to the Vanier Cup is that it’s not something mystical that no one else has ever done. We didn’t know— is that true?
“But we have the ability to get there and we know what it takes. We know that we have no choice but to go earn money.”
The Huskies kicked off training camp Monday at Griffith Stadium. They will host the Bisons in Manitoba at his tune-up game on August 25, and start the Western Canada season in Calgary on September 2.
They are, in some ways, a team in transition. Nyhus notes that the Huskies have lost eight of his 10-conference All-Stars since last season. Offensive linemen Conor Bergloff, Noah Zar, Nick Samack, receivers Colton Klassen, Sam Baker, running back Adam Macart, and defensive linemen Nathan Cherry and Riley Pickett are gone.
Nyhus and kicker David Solie are the only returning All-Stars.
Nyhus gives a list of players who have left the offense, explaining pending replacements and the potential for each to keep. And he sounds really excited when he carries out his name.
“That’s the essence of college football,” he says. “Every year there is a fair amount of turnover. Some years are more than others, like this year. I don’t think we are better or worse. I think it’s gotten better with experience, but I don’t think losing them makes it any worse.
“(Huskies head coach Scott Frawley),” he adds. And when you’re at the top and very close, it’s all petty, very small gains. We try to do that through camp. ”
Nyhus says he watched the Vanier Cup “several times” last season. He achieved his 303 yards and a touchdown on 28 of his 40 passes, and his first viewing session was on his flight home from Quebec City. He uses it as a learning tool, which he calls “self-analysis,” and he says he has a lot to learn from his final game of 2021.
“We pondered it for several weeks and watched the tape a few times,” he says. “Of course it still hurts.
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Huskies fresh off Vanier show move to training camp and new season
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