Dinos lovin' back to back

CAM MAXWELL -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:14 AM ET

During last season's NFL playoffs, all four teams that made the conference championships boasted a two-running-back attack.

If it works for the big boys, why not the university of Calgary Dinos?

Following their first contest of the 2007 campaign, the Dinos look like they have a potent twin-back attack in sophomore Anthony Woodson and freshman Matt Walter.

The dynamic duo combined for 363 rushing yards in Calgary's 52-14 stomping Simon Fraser last Friday.

The two Calgarians, Woodson, graduated from St. Francis, while Walter is from Bishop O'Byrne, complement each other with different running styles.

"He really came on strong this year. He's a fast player with great acceleration, who is good at reading the holes," said Woodson, who had a receiving TD against SFU.

Woodson has some speed as well, but he's blessed with an uncanny ability to elude what look like sure tackles.

"He's a really good running back, but he's a lot more technical," said Walter, whose fastest 40-yard dash is 4.46 seconds.

"He's able to move around smoothly -- he's making moves but it doesn't really look like it."

The two, along with the rest of the young Dinos have their work cut out for them tomorrow with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies dropping by McMahon Stadium (1 p.m.).

Both running backs acknowledged they didn't get touched against the Clan until they were past the line of scrimmage.

That won't be the case against an experienced Huskies squad that was runner up in the Vanier Cup last season.

"This game I expect that we'll be getting pressured right when we're handed the ball," said Woodson, who set a career high with 177 rushing yards last week.

With Dinos rookie quarterback Jordan Flagel making just his second start, the Huskies will likely blitz to try and pressure the kid, while stopping the running game.

"(The run) worked well for us last week, so they'll probably take that away and see if they can get to our quarterback," said Woodson.

So the real battle will be in the trenches, with the Dinos offensive line against the Huskies defensive front four.

Dinos head coach Blake Nill has often said the offensive line is the most improved aspect of the team for this season, and those big guys are going to be tested.

While the Dinos o-line looks solid, the 1-0 Huskies lost three starters from last season from their offensive line, and that may be their Achilles Heel.

But Saskatchewan has plenty of weapons, led by quarterback Bret Thompson, and running back Scott Stevens, who is in his fourth year with the Huskies.

Stevens played in the 2006 East/West Bowl all-star game.


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