Roughriders head coach looking forward to the season

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Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Ken Miller was in Swift Current on Saturday as a guest speaker at the SIGA Telus Cup Western Qualifier banquet.

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Ken Miller was in Swift Current on Saturday as a guest speaker at the SIGA Telus Cup Western Qualifier banquet.

Miller is excited to begin his second season as the head coach of the Roughriders after a 12-6-0 regular season record in his rookie campaign.

"I am really excited. We have had some changes in personnel and some changes in our coaching staff, but we are really well (built) from a player personnel point of view. I am really happy with the coaches and we are really looking forward to getting going on June 7th."

One of the burning questions amongst Rider fans is whether or not wide receiver Matt Dominguez will be in camp.

"We won't know until we get there. He has had problems with that knee and when we get closer to training camp we will just have to assess how he is and then make a judgment call on whether we think he is up to the rigors of an 18-game season."

Miller also clarified the quarterback situation heading into camp.

"It is a competition going in. We have designated Darian (Durant) as the rabbit and he is going to go into camp as our number one quarterback. But it is open completion really and we are going to evaluate him, Steven Jyles, and Dalton Bell, and we will just see how that comes out.

The Riders have also began to stockpile Canadian talent during the off-season with the additions of players such as Jason Clermont, Jordan Rempel, and Jonathan St.-Pierre.

"I think that having Canadian talent is one of the keys to having success long term in the CFL, so I don't think that you can have too many quality Canadian players," said Miller.

As for who is the team to beat this season, Miller says it should be interesting.

"The Western Division is just a dog eat dog (division). The parity is really close. I think that going in you probably have to think about Calgary, they won the Grey Cup and have had very few changes in their coaching staff and in their player personnel so people may see them as the favorite. I know Edmonton has made some changes, BC has gone through some changes, and we have gone through some changes. I expect us to be really good though."

The Saskatchewan Roughriders season begins July 3rd when they host the BC Lions.

Organizations: SIGA Telus Cup Western Qualifier, BC Lions

Geographic location: Swift Current, Calgary, Edmonton

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