Main Camp Media Advisory
The Edmonton Wildcats are kicking off our Main Camp this weekend!
The first practice starts at 6:30pm on Friday, July 29 and runs through until 9:30 pm. Both Saturday and Sunday will kick off around 10:00am and wind up at 3:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday. Monday will be a break, and everyone returns Tuesday for nightly practices leading up to the Exhibition Jamboree on Saturday, August 6 in Lloydminster against the Regina Thunder.
“It’s a tough, competitive group we’re bringing into Main Camp”, says Head Coach Darcy Park. “It was a busy off-season for the players, and we saw tremendous growth from both the recruits and our veterans through the weekly workouts. Everyone knows that they are competing for a spot on the roster, and they’re coming into camp prepared to earn it”.
The Canadian Junior Football League named 4 Wildcats in their Top 50 players of the 2016 season, including second year Running Back Armand Katamba, 3rd year Receiver Tristan Schultenkamper, 2nd year Defensive Back Jayden Dalke, and 2nd year Defensive Back and 2015 CJFL Rookie of the Year, Tony Savchuk.
While these four are definitely top of the list to keep an eye on, the quarterback battle brings another challenge to this years’ camp. With 5-year starting Quarterback Jordan Olson aging out of the CJFL, there is a battle between 4th year Colton Hippe, 3rd year Justin Swedish, and 2nd year Austin Ericson for the starting Quarterback position. “All three bring a very distinct style of play, which will only help us this season”, says Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Jeff Stead. “The QB that can play confidently and maintain a high cerebral level will be the QB we roll with to start the season. It will be one of the most competitive camps the Cats have seen in a long time”.
There are over 95 athletes coming out to compete for a spot on the 2016 team. The final roster will be determined after the Exhibition Game in Lloydminster.
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