Here is the link to an article in the local STAR Newspaper
Posted on 23 April 2013. Tags: sport
By ADEM SARICAOGLU
QUARTERBACK and offensive co-ordinator Brent Weeks has declared a Vic Bowl appearance at the end of the season is the bare minimum requirement for the Western Crusaders.
The Crusaders fell one game short of that mark last winter, but Weeks is hoping a cleaner run of injuries this time around will provide a better result at the business end.
“We were actually derailed a little bit towards the end with a few injuries,” Weeks said.
“Based on the experience of the group and the guys coming back, we’re kind of thinking anything less than a Vic Bowl would be disappointing. So in saying that, making the Vic Bowl is the bare minimum this year.”
Weeks has every right to heap such expectation on last year’s Division One semi-finalist, as much of that squad has remained intact over the summer months.
That said, much change has still occurred in that time.
“This year, we’ve spent a lot more time on individual skills,” Weeks said.
“Last year, we spent a lot of time making sure the guys knew the playbook, whereas this year we have a more experienced team, so we’ve spent a lot more time just working on each individual player’s skill set.
“We’re bringing together the whole playbook side of things a lot later than last year.”
Though gridiron players are traditionally pigeon holed into one set position, the plan at the Crusaders has been to expand on the portfolio of each individual, allowing them to play multiple roles on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
“The most important thing there is the players are really versatile – not stuck in one position,” Weeks explained.
“You can look at them more as football players now rather than position-specific players.”
The return of quarterback Clinton Downing from a long stint on the sideline with a knee injury will free up Weeks himself to play different roles throughout the year.
“It will allow me to also play wide receiver or tight end or help out on the defence if needed,” Weeks said.
The Crusaders will kick off their season on 11 May with a road trip to take on the Berwick Miners.