How ex- Eagles coach, Fatai Amoo discovered Odion Ighalo

first_img “A good coach will always recognise talent, but we can’t determine how far the player will go. It depends on so many factors – the nutrition, lifestyle, social life, his spiritual life and I don’t know all these as a coach. You don’t know what I eat or my spiritual life and I don’t know yours. “I can only confirm that I saw talent in Odion. I can’t turn myself to a mystic figure to say that I saw tomorrow that Odion would be a great player when he played under me in 2006. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Ighalo will travel with the team to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value Loading… Manchester United’s latest signing Odion Ighalo arguably might not have got his big break in football had it not been for Fatai Amoo. Shanghai Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo United made one of the most stunning moves of the winter transfer window when they signed the 30-year-old on loan for the rest of the season from Shanghai Shenhua. Ighalo was a slight teenager playing for local club Prime when Amoo, then manager of Julius Berger (now known as Bridge FC), spotted his talent in 2006. The striker would connect with agent Atta Aneke and begin his European adventure one year later, first with Norwegian side Lyn, then to Udinese in Italy, which included loan spells with Cesena and Spanish club Granada. He made a name for himself in England with Watford before moving to China in 2017, and eventually his deadline day ‘dream’ move to Old Trafford. But it all could have worked out differently if Amoo hadn’t convinced Julius Berger’s owner to take a chance on Ighalo’s raw potential. In an exclusive interview with, Amoo said: “When you are coaching a player or you spot talent, you cannot tell how far or successful he would be. It is only God that can determine that. As a coach, you can only recognise the talent of a player. “You will be the first journalist I will tell this story. It took me great guts to convince the then chairman of Julius Berger to sign him. He was a very small boy and I insisted that he should be registered. ‘Please register him and i will look for money to pay his academy,’ I said. “The following day, the chairman called me that there was something I might have seen in him for me to insist that he should be signed. So as a coach, I only recognised his talent and he was not the only one. There were many young teenagers like that in Lagos that I spotted. Ighalo has been undergoing intense fitness sessions to get himself physically ready for a Premier League return. With Marcus Rashford sidelined with injury, Ighalo has been brought in to bolster Solskjaer’s young attacking corps. And Amoo says the former Nigeria international can provide exactly what United need. “On a human angle by my own assessment of Manchester United and the player, he will succeed. And at a professional angle, Man Utd lacks a natural number 9 and that is the role Ighalo plays. “I know that it will not be easy, but with hardwork and of course, I know that he is very dedicated to his work as a professional, I hope he will succeed. What is remaining is for God to bless and favour his work with success. “For me, I have been watching him develop as a good striker. I watched him in the Super Eagles and while he was at Watford. He is a very determined player and naturally skilful and many people don’t know this. People just think that he only score goals, but he does not only score goals, he is technically gifted as a striker. “If you worked with a player for about two years, you will be able to observe his attributes and it is was glaring to me that Odion has great qualities as a striker. He is very passionate about his game and he has what we call goal sense. “He knows that he is going to wear a big responsibility now at Man Utd and I think he has the attributes to be successful at Old Trafford More than just his on-field talent, Amoo provides us with an interesting and unique insight into the character of Ighalo off the field. “I have always been advising him. He is a very humble and gentle person, always respectful. He is not arrogant in any way and he is a player that has distinguished himself in upholding the Nigerian culture of respect for elders. “For me, my advice is for him to continue to work hard. Success is a journey that you don’t think you have arrived. Therefore, he should continue to work hard to succeed for himself, his family and Nigeria as a whole. I know that this is the wish of every Nigerian. “I want to specially thank his mother for all her prayers. Whenever we meet, she prays for me as the coach who trained her son more than a decade ago. She prayed for me at the beginning of the year, the mother still prayed for me when her son moved to Manchester United. “Odion is well brought up, he is from a good home, a great professional and he will surely succeed at Old Trafford.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘Count me out’: Drilon not running for president

first_imgMANILA – Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he would not be running for a higher position come 2022 presidential elections. “The opposition will have a (presidential) candidate. Count me out,” Drilon said in an interview over ABS-CBN News Channel when asked about his thoughts on a suggestion that he was a “presidential material.” “The opposition will have a (presidential) candidate. Count me out,” says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. ABS-CBN NEWS According to the Ilonggo lawmaker, the LP is gearing up for the 2022 polls but is deliberately staying “below the radar” with the country still under coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. “We are willing to cooperate and provide to the best of our abilities policies that we believe can help our country get out of this difficulty. But we hope that we are listened to also,” he added.center_img Drilon’s name for the upcoming elections floated following his frequent appearances in television and radio interviews the past few days. The 74-year-old Drilon is not already eligible to run for a Senate seat in 2022 as he is on his second consecutive term as a senator./PN “I would emphasize that today we live in a crucial period. Being in the opposition is not easy, especially with the troll farms all over the place,” Drilon said.last_img read more

Law “singling out” Indiana abortion clinic ruled unconstitutional

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Supporters of women’s reproductive rights call it a victory, but the Indiana Attorney General’s Office says it is reviewing a federal judge’s ruling that an abortion law is unconstitutional.The law would have required abortion facilities that offer only nonsurgical abortions to meet the same licensing standards as surgical abortion facilities, said Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, adding that it essentially targeted a clinic in Lafayette.“The law was unconstitutional,” she said, “because it singled out what in effect was one facility in the entire state of Indiana and exempts physician’s offices.”The judge ruled that it violated equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.Even with the judge’s ruling, the case isn’t over. A final judgment has not been issued, and a trial is set for June. Cockrum said the judge directed the parties involved to come to closure before then, and that she’s hopeful it will be dismissed. Meanwhile, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General said in a statement that more court proceedings are likely.Cockrum said the ruling comes on the heels of court victories affirming reproductive justice in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. She said medically unnecessary abortion laws are designed to chip away at a woman’s right to make personal health-care decisions.“They’re trying to erect barriers to Indiana women’s access to safe, legal abortion,” she said, “They don’t spend their time and energy helping reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy because that’s what drives abortion.”To reduce abortion rates, Cockrum said, what’s needed is better education to help young people make informed choices on sexual activity and its consequences.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Honouring Chelsea can inspire Reds

first_img “I felt we did well at their place in the Capital One Cup – and here (Anfield) – against them,” he added. “Both legs I felt we performed well and probably deserved to go through but at the end of the day they went through and eventually won it. “When we go back there we have to play the same way we did the last time we were there and if we do we have a good chance of getting something out of the game.” In the wake of Chelsea’s title celebrations Mourinho gave his players an extended break but Rodgers does not believe that will benefit his side. “I think Chelsea’s days off are absolutely irrelevant to our preparation,” said the Reds boss. “Our job is to go there and keep the pressure on Manchester United and we can only control our own performance level and look to win the game. “I think they have had a few days off but they deserve it, they’ve won the league and can celebrate that. “But they are professional players and every game will be important for them. “Sometimes the break can reinvigorate you. Jose might find he wants to play some young players, who will have a motivation to want to play well. “Whatever team they play they will be looking to win the game.” While Chelsea and Liverpool looked well-matched in their cup encounters back in January just over three months later the Londoners have wrapped up the title with games to spare while their opponents’ top-four challenge has faltered. Rodgers insists, however, it is unfair to make comparisons. “There is not an issue on terms of why we have gone in separate directions,” he said. “We are at a totally different stage, they have something which has been in place for many years. “You only need to look at Chelsea in the last 10 years to understand that they are the most successful club in the country in terms of trophies and they have world-class, experienced players.” Irrespective of that, there is the feeling Liverpool have blown their chance having recovered from a shaky start to be just two points off the top four before they hosted Manchester United in late March, and then slipped up again recently with a draw at West Brom and defeat at struggling Hull. “When you look at games where you have dropped points it can be frustrating and disappointing but every team will do that, look across the season and think ‘What if?’ said Rodgers. “It is where you are at and we have the opportunities to gain the points “We are four points behind and we have to do everything we can. “It will not always be in the upward trajectory every single year. Certainly we will benefit from this season, however it finishes.” “You have to respect the team because they have been the best team over the season,” said the England international. “Of course it will be difficult doing that but you have to pay your respects. “If that (guard of honour) does happen you have to remember the feeling that it is what we want to achieve. “You have to bottle that and make sure next season we can have a really good go and use it as motivation and drive to push on.” By the time Liverpool arrive in west London their top-four hopes could have diminished further if Manchester United can pick up three points against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park 24 hours earlier. It would mean the gap before kick-of would be seven points, necessitating a victory at a ground where they have lost 12 of their last 18 league meetings. The criticism of Brendan Rodgers’s side this season is they have failed in the big games, having lost at home to Manchester United and away to Arsenal when the top four was within their grasp and then thrown away a lead to lose their FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa. Liverpool have met Chelsea three times already this season, having lost a two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, but Henderson insists they have the character to get results against their top-four rivals. Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson admits standing in a guard of honour for newly-crowned champions Chelsea should provide the players with all the motivation they need to be better next season. Jose Mourinho’s side won the title with victory over Crystal Palace last weekend and when they run out again at Stamford Bridge the visitors are expected to offer their congratulations, as has become the tradition over recent years. Henderson admits it will not be a nice feeling having to applaud their rivals but there is a positive to be taken from it. Press Associationlast_img read more

Roger Federer picks Pete Sampras among others he would love to see again

first_imgZurich: Roger Federer wants to bring back Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten, Swedish Stefan Edberg and American Pete Sampras among others if he could, the Swiss tennis ace said in an interactive social media session with fans.On Thursday, Federer retweeted Tennis TV’s post and opted to “bring back your favorite retired tennis player.”Tennis fans were excited to know Federer’s choices and the 38-year-old Swiss did not disappoint.Federer replied to his fans taking out names and by doing so he carried out an interactive session.Federer said he wants to bring back Brazilian tennis player and three-time Roland Garros champ Kuerten as he replied to a fan with “Yessss!!!”He also hailed the idea of bringing three-time Grand Slam champ Edberg back, saying “Obviously a great choice, Who else would be amazing?”Roger Federer, expectedly, chose Sampras as one of his favorite players. “1 of them is definitely the pistol baby,” he tweeted.Roger’s fourth-round match on Wimbledon’s center-court in 2001 against Sampras is one of the most memorable. Federer was playing his idol Sampras for the first time.Federer has been exploring new ways to embrace tennis at home and recently found a fun method at the wall where he’d previously put on a trick-shot show on ice.In a video, he stood just inches from the wall and hit rapid fire forehand volleys. Federer was already hitting volleys when the video began and he was still doing so when the video ended. The shots that he hit against the wall were too quick to count, but he hit about 200 consecutive volleys in one minute without moving his feet.The 20-time Grand Slam champion previously had posted clips of himself hitting against a wall in the snow, including around-the-back or through-the-leg-tweener trick shots.The men’s and women’s professional tours remain suspended until at least mid-July because of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed more than thousands of lives across the world. IANSAlso Read: Roger Federer brings out funny side with Rafael Nadal remark to a fanAlso Watch: One arrested in mysterious murder case of 14 year old girl in Lumdinglast_img read more

Cricket News Perfect 10! This Meghalaya Bowler Matches Anil Kumble’s Feat, Takes All 10 Wickets In The Innings

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The perfect 10 is one of the rarest feats achieved by a bowler in First Class cricket. In 142 years of Test cricket, only two players have ever achieved the perfect 10, which is taking all 10 wickets in the innings. One is England’s Jim Laker, who took 10 wickets against Australia in Manchester in 1956 while Anil Kumble managed to take all 10 wickets during the Test against Pakistan at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 1999. However, in first class cricket, on Wednesday, a young Meghalaya bowler matched the feat of Kumble and Laker by taking all 10 wickets in the innings.The incident took place during the Vijay Merchant Under-16 game between Nagaland and Meghalaya in Tezpur. Nirdesh Baisoya, an offspinner originally from Meerut but plying his trade for Meghalaya, took all 10 wickets in the innings to decimate Nagaland. Baisoya registered figures of 21-10-51-10 as Nagaland were bowled out for 113. In response, Meghalaya ended day 1 on 109. For Nagaland, only Sravan Naga Ravi Konidena smashed 55 and three other players managed to get double figures. In Indian First Class cricket, this feat has been achieved by other players as well. Debashish Mohanty, Subash Gupte, Pradeep Sundaram and PM Chatterjee are those who have taken 10 wickets in an innings in Indian domestic cricket. Last year, Rex Singh, a teenager from Manipur, took all 10 wickets in an innings in the U-19 tournament Cooch Behar Trophy.Also Read | On Anil Kumble’s Birthday, Here Is This Jumbo Advice On CoachingIn an interview with IANS, Baisoya, who has been coached by Sanjay Rastogi, who has also trained the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Praveen Kumar, said, “It’s yet to sink in. I was not born when Anil Kumble picked up 10 wickets, but I heard a lot about it. I always wanted to do something like that, never thought it would happen so early in my life. I just spoke to my parents and they became emotional as well. I had picked six wickets by the first session. That is when I started to believe that I can go for all 10. My teammates backed me a lot. There was turn on the pitch since morning and the overhead conditions also helped.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-BRAVES-HERNANDEZFélix Hernandez opts out of 2020 seasonATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 34-year-old’s decision at least temporarily ends his bid to revive his career. The news comes amid growing unease in major league clubhouses with the season less than three weeks away. But six drivers did not join Hamilton and 13 others in taking the knee. One of the six, Charles Leclerc, later tweeted that behavior in everyday life matters more than “formal gestures that could be seen as controversial in some countries.” He said his failure to take a knee doesn’t mean he’s “less committed than others in the fight against racism.”Hamilton has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks following the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd in May. Tanaka is in concussion protocol after a CT scan came back negative. Manager Aaron Boone says it looks like the Japanese right-hander “dodged a bullet.”In other news from baseball’s summer training: — Cleveland Indians’ Manager Terry Francona believes it’s time for the team to change their nickname. Francona says the Indians should “move forward” and consider a new name. The American League team has been called the Indians since 1915. On Friday, the team released a statement saying it was committed to determine a “best path forward with regard to our team name.” The move came hours after the NFL’s Washington Redskins announced plans to review their contentious logo and nickname. Last year, the Indians removed the much-criticized Chief Wahoo logo from their game worn caps and jerseys.— Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels. Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his selection before the Angels’ third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24. The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels’ fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder.— The San Francisco Giants expect Pablo Sandoval to be in baseball shape and ready to contribute when games begin later this month. Sandoval’s larger size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again. Manager Gabe Kapler expressed empathy for the scrutiny Sandoval faces over his fluctuating weight and is confident the 2012 World Series MVP can make an impact as both an infielder, switch-hitting slugger off the bench or as designated hitter. — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus. Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”— The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days. They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.— The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations. The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yelich’s deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball’s shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future. He says everybody is in a unique situation this season.— Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he’s asked wife Daniella, a former pageant queen, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. Correa’s wife was Miss Texas in 2016. The pair wed in the Dominican Republic in December. Correa spoke at length after Sunday’s workout about the importance of personal responsibility among the players if they hope to get through this 60-game season. It’s scheduled to begin July 23 or July 24. Stars Christian Yelich and Jose Altuve say they plan to play the 60-game season scheduled to start later this month. Reliever Sean Doolittle, who helped Washington win the World Series, plans to play but says that if he feels uncomfortable, he’ll opt out.A six-time All-Star in 15 seasons with Seattle, the player known as King Felix needed a fresh start following 2019, his worst season.The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The Braves announced Saturday that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19.In other virus-related baseball developments: NBA-BUCKSBucks shut training facilityUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDeChambeau takes the Classic July 5, 2020 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Harvick took advantage of Denny Hamlin’s late crash and wound up winning his third Brickyard 400 title. The Cup points leader beat Matt Kenseth across the yard of brick by 0.743 seconds to win his fourth race of the season.Harvick won for the 53rd time to move within one of tying Lee Petty for 11th on NASCAR’s career list, and it gave Stewart-Haas Racing a sweep of the weekend following Chase Briscoe’s win Saturday in the Xfinity Series race.For the third straight race, Harvick and Hamlin were in a league of their own.Until the stunning twist as the sun was setting over the historic 2.5-mile oval, it looked is if Harvick and Hamlin would sweep the top two spots for the third consecutive race.Harvick beat Kenseth off the final restart with two laps to go and pulled away for the victory. Update on the latest sportscenter_img — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says that relief pitchers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra have both tested positive for COVID-19. The Diamondbacks had previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive but Sunday was the first time any were identified. Lovullo said both players are doing well.MLB-TANAKA Tanaka back in ballpark, but on concussion protocolNEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive. They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week. The Yankees are planning to hold intrasquad night games Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the July 23 start of a 60-game regular season condensed by the coronavirus pandemic. DETROIT (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau got the result he was looking for from transforming his body. With jaw-dropping drives and some clutch putts, DeChambeau won the Rocket Mortgage Classic by three strokes Sunday for his first victory of the season and sixth overall. DeChambeau shot a 7-under 65 at Detroit Golf Club to finish at a career-best 23-under 265. DeChambeau came into the week with six straight top-eight finishes and was the only player with top 10s in the first three events after the restart from the coronavirus. He won for the first time since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in November 2018. Matthew Wolff was second.NASCAR-BRICKYARD 400Harvick takes advantage of Hamlin’s crash to win Brickyard The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned. The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon both went out the race.F1 DRIVERS AGAINST RACISMF1 Drivers all wear “End Racism” T-shirts, but 6 don’t kneelSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas kneeled holding the winners’ trophy at Formula One’s season-opening Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday and the podium trio held up a black T-shirt with “End Racism” written on it.That message was delivered before the race when all drivers wore that T-shirt. World champion Lewis Hamilton, the only black driver in F1, had Black Lives Matter on the front and End Racism on the back. Associated Press NASCAR said Price had been transported to a hospital for further evaluation.F1-AUSTRIAN GPBottas wins F1′s season-opening Austrian GP, Hamilton 4thSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas has won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix which saw Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after getting a late time penalty.Hamilton’s penalty saw him drop from second to fourth on Sunday. That meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari and Lando Norris was third. NASCAR-CREW MEMBER INJUREDBlaney crew member taken to hospital for further evaluationINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A tire changer for NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney was taken to a hospital after being injured Sunday early in the Brickyard 400. Zachary Price was pinned between Blaney’s No. 12 car and another car, the result of a six-car pileup near the entrance of pit road 16 laps into the race.Five of the drivers were checked at Indianpaolis Motor Speedway’s infield medical center and were released.Blaney, meanwhile, returned to the race. NHL-SEASONNHL, NHLPA agree on protocols to resume seasonUNDATED (AP) — Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have agreed on protocols to resume the season but are still negotiating a collective bargaining agreement extension. The league’s board of governors and players’ executive committee and full membership must approve it for it to happen. If ratified, the agreement will end a pandemic-forced shutdown for 31 teams across North America that began in mid-March. Games would resume in late July or early August with 24 teams taking part in expanded playoffs, finishing with the Stanley Cup being awarded in October. last_img read more

Quick look at 2008 UW football season

first_imgWith the spring game now behind the Badger football team, there are 4 1/2 months before Wisconsin kicks off the 2008 season. But before we start looking ahead to UW’s first opponent in Akron, here is my breakdown on how certain areas of the team performed during the spring practices.Quarterbacks and receivers If the spring game was any proof, there is no clear-cut favorite on who will be named the starting quarterback. And head coach Bret Bielema seems to be in no hurry to name one, as he said after the game he would wait until two weeks before the season started to give one of his quarterbacks the starting nod.Allan Evridge showed flashes of great potential and ability to throw the deep ball as he connected with Lance Kendricks and David Gilreath for 40 and 35 yards respectively. Evridge also went deep once more but was intercepted on a nice play by Chris Maragos; Dustin Sherer managed the ball well and showed some agility by stepping away from pressure. And Scott Tolzien, who did throw two interceptions — although only one was a really bad pass — shows an ability to move the team down the field.However, no matter whom Bielema names as the starter in August, Wisconsin should be OK, as all three showed the ability to manage the team very well. Plus, they are more than likely to be turning around and handing it off 30 to 40 times a game.Gilreath also emerged as a go-to, deep-threat guy. While he proved he was a quality return man last year, he is hoping to emerge as a quality receiver as well, and Saturday’s performance could prove him to be that dual threat.Running backsThe spring game didn’t help separate any of the running backs as all four played well.“P.J. when he’s in there has an understanding of what we are trying to get done. Zach, I’m really excited because I really think he had a great spring,” Bielema said after the game Saturday. “Those two, a week ago Saturday, kind of separated themselves, but Lance, as we all know, has got potential to be a guy who really changes the pace of the game. John Clay, that’s a big body coming down hill. That’s probably the order we see them in right now.”With four quality backs, it’s going to be hard for Bielema to get all of them touches. I have a feeling he will end up going with the hot hand from week to week. Don’t be surprised if you see Smith line up wide several times a game in an effort to get him more touches, especially since Bielema said Smith had the best hands on the team.DefenseWith seven of the projected starters out this spring, it would have been no surprise if the offense scored four or five touchdowns. However, the defense stepped up and prevented the offense from scoring for most of the game.“I think they gave up some yardage, but they made it up (with) some big plays,” Bielema said.That is probably the biggest encouraging sign coming out of the spring game, especially since last year the Badger’s defense did not live up to expectations. When the starters are back in the fall, all the experience the younger players got this spring will help the defense become even deeper and take that step to returning to 2006 form.A lot can happen between now and Aug. 30, but with everyone except Matt Shaughnessy expected to be back by June workouts, this team should continue to improve and should have a good shot at making its fifth-straight Jan. 1 bowl game.Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let him know what you thought of the football team’s performance during the spring game at read more

What we learned from Syracuse football’s 62-28 loss to No. 13 Louisville

first_img Published on September 10, 2016 at 4:03 am Contact Chris: | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ After a opening the season with a win against an FCS team in Colgate, Syracuse (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) struggled against No. 13 Louisville (2-0, 1-0) in a 62-28 loss on Friday. Check out what we learned from the defeat.Syracuse struggles against the read optionSU is young on the defensive line. That’s been a storyline since last season ended. But the Orange did not defend the read option well on Friday. Aside from scrambling, Jackson was able to gain yards on designed run plays. Several times, he had enough space to walk into the end zone without being touched by a defender.Because of its deficiencies on the defensive line, the Orange relies on its linebackers and secondary to pick up the slack and clean up messes. But SU struggled with that, too. The Orange missed many tackles throughout the game.Part of the problem was that Syracuse played Jackson, who is one of the best running quarterbacks in the game. There were some positive signs, per Babers. He said he saw players were in the right position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I saw him outrun contain, where three guys were exactly where they were supposed to be and we should have tackled for a 2-yard loss, and he runs all the way to the other side for an 8-yard gain and runs out of bounds,” Babers said. “And you can’t get mad at them, you have 2 yards of outside leverage on the guy, and he runs in and outside of the leverage and they still can’t touch him. He’s an extremely talented football player.”The run game is SU’s offensive weak spotAfter SU only ran for 117 yards on 35 carries last week, the Orange rushing attack again played poor against Louisville. Syracuse only could muster 121 yards on 40 carries against UofL.A key part of the problem has been Syracuse’s offensive line. Last week, the line couldn’t open up holes and only did so a few times on Friday.Jordan Fredericks had the longest run of any of SU’s running backs with a 29-yard scamper. Moe Neal and Dontae Strickland had long runs of their own, going for 16 and 13 yards, respectively. The other 37 carries SU tallied went for a total of 62 yards, or fewer than 2 yards per carry.Moe Neal is really the second running backNeal got the most carries of any of Syracuse’s running backs with 12. He didn’t do much with them, gaining only 40 yards, but there is a clear hierarchy. Strickland started the game and was given eight carries and gained 28 yards.Fredericks had the 29-yard rush, but on his other two, he only gained four yards. His first snap in the backfield came on a play where he was supposed to pass block instead of rush. Neal had the most impressive run this season (against Colgate) and should split carries with Strickland.Regardless of who has been in the backfield, however, SU’s run game has not found its rhythm through the season’s first two games. Commentslast_img read more