The Cats want to claw back to the post season in 2016

The Edmonton Wildcats are coming off a season of rebuilding with a number of younger players.   Now with that season under their belt, the Cats are looking to get back to the post season for the first time since 2013.

What’s Changing?

Head Coach Darcy Park took part in the U16 International Bowl and gained tremendous experience.  He was the head coach of the U16 team giving him a bit more perceptive and in turn has added to his Wildcats coaching staff.  Alumnus Jarred Winkel who played from 1999-2001has joined the staff as the running backs assistant.  Coach Frantz Clarkson has moved to the defensive side of the ball and will work with Tanner Lestus on defensive backs.  Coach Jason McLean moved to the offensive side and will work with Sean Reader and the receivers.

The Wildcats will also participate in the EFFA (Edmonton Flag Football Association), which will provide an opportunity for some younger players who may not get the opportunity to dress for a game, get some competitive reps in during the season.

Graduating Players:

QB Jordan Olson: For the first time in five seasons the Wildcats are looking for a starting pivot with the graduation of Olson.  He holds in the all-time team passing record after finishing 2015 connecting on 50% of his passes for 1,643 yards.  His 239 attempts led the PFC last season.

WR/K Ryan Smith: He finished 2015 fourth in Conference scoring kicking 11 field goals, 17 converts and scored a touchdown.  As a receiver he tallied 351 yards on a team high 28 receptions.

WR Landyn Vick: He is a big loss because of what he did on the field, but off it as well.  He was a leader through and through with 23 receptions, 318 yards and a touchdown last season.

What They Need:

The Wildcats have an excellent core of players and are looking to add depth to the offensive line, linebackers, secondary, running backs and the kicking game.

Counting On:

The Wildcats are very fortunate to have three quality players competing for the starting quarterback vacancy.   Colton Hippe, Justin Swedish and Austin Ericson are all capable talents and whoever wins the starting role will be counted on heavily.

Up front fifth year veteran Jon Harke will be looked at to anchor the offensive line.  Not only is he the centre on this team but he’s also the long snapper.

Linebacker Jeremy Fagnan will be asked to anchor the defence in 2015 as a fifth year player.  Last season the Bonnyville Alberta native made 21 tackles, six assisted stops and had two fumble recoveries.

The Wildcats will open the season on Saturday August 13 when they host the Calgary Colts in the opening game of the PFC schedule.

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