Shafer: Long highly doubtful for Duke game on Saturday, Wilson primed to step up

first_imgFreshman quarterback AJ Long is “extremely doubtful” for Syracuse’s game against No. 22 Duke on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., SU head coach Scott Shafer said in his weekly press conference Thursday morning. Sophomore Austin Wilson is ready to step up in Long’s place, Shafer added.Long has a nerve issue in his throwing arm after apparently being stepped on during the Orange’s loss to North Carolina State on Saturday. He has the cleat mark near his neck and shoulder to prove it.The true freshman was hurting after the game, Shafer said, but the injury was only considered a brief soft tissue issue that would only require a bit of time to heal. Long toughed it out in Monday’s practice and tried to continue to hide his discomfort during Tuesday’s practice, but his hand went numb and the coaches handed more reps to Wilson.“He’s a tough son of a gun. Holy cow, he’s a tough guy,” Shafer said of Long. “So really, we knew about it after the game but we didn’t know exactly what it was or where it was. I’ve had nerve problems in the hand and obviously you can’t function if you can’t feel it right.“… I think he’ll be fine, but it’s probably going to take some time and that’s why we’re going to go ahead and list him as extremely doubtful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe last time Wilson was on the field, he was on the receiving end of a jarring hit and had to be helped off the field by SU trainers during the Orange’s loss to Florida State on Oct. 11. Shafer said after the game that Wilson, a week after Terrel Hunt went down with his fractured fibula, had a “pretty good headache.”Wilson was limited in practice for a couple of weeks, Shafer said, but has felt “great” the last two weeks and has had a good week of work taking Long’s reps.“You adjust to your offense to the skill sets that your players have,” Shafer said. “Austin’s got a big, strong arm. He can make any of the throws so we’ll have to accentuate those strengths that he has and lean on those kinds of traits.”Shafer added that the Orange did pretty well against N.C. State in pass protection considering the shuffling parts due to injuries on the offensive line.Considering Wilson isn’t quite the mobile threat Long or Hunt are, Syracuse may very well have to rely on the pass much more than it’s had to this season and Shafer didn’t deny it.“We’re going to consider everything and anything possible in this world to try to find a way to beat Duke,” Shafer said, “and that would be one of those things that we look at.” Comments Published on November 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Men’s volleyball prepares for BYU after upset victory

first_imgKatie Chin | Daily TrojanSet up for success · Junior Gert Lisha sets the ball to teammate sophomore Matt Douglas. The team will take on BYU on Friday.After an upset victory over UCI last week, the men’s volleyball team will have to find that same perseverance, strength and even more in order to defeat nationally ranked No. 3 BYU on Friday. Having No. 6 UCI beat BYU earlier this season, though, the Trojans are focusing less on their ranking and more on how they can win.“It is the transitive property of competition, if you will,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “Irvine beat BYU, we play BYU, but we beat Irvine. It is not inconceivable that we go compete. What we learned from [last] week is that we can go toe-to-toe with a pretty tall, physical, jumping team and that we can just keep on competing.”The competition will be fierce, as part of the Cougars’ main strength is in their experienced and consistent players. Senior outside hitter Jake Langlois and junior opposite Ben Patch have been putting up the numbers for BYU in both kills and blocks all season long. With these two players leading the way in both the attack and the defense, they will be difficult to beat.“The more mature you are,” Nygaard said, “the more experience you have, the more comfortable you are in your own skin and the more comfortable you are with whatever is thrown your way.”USC has experienced players of their own to compete with BYU’s, though, like national kills leader and senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder. His consistency in making plays from one of the two outsider hitter positions on the court has been proven game after game. If Yoder continues at his standard of play and the rest of the team steps up, the game will be theirs for the taking..“If they pass great, the advantage is definitely on their side of the net simply by virtue that they have a strong attacker in every position,” Nygaard said. “If we can consistently put them in trouble and then be really disciplined on our side and take care of every single ball that we have an opportunity for and then try to transition score at a high rate, we have good opportunities.”With a full week of practice with no other games, the Trojans have had the time to study BYU in depth, which is not always possible with the way the schedule works out. They understand,  though, that what they have been doing for some games might not work against BYU, and they are not shying away from developing new things to take this team on.“If you go in expecting that all your old patterns will be successful and you go in and do your patterns and they are not successful, you have a choice,” Nygaard said. “You can grow and learn and develop something new or keep doing the same thing. If you watch film and develop other opportunities for yourself, you can have a lot of success.”No matter what preparation goes into a game, the game itself can throw unexpected challenges, and it is up to the teams to let those challenges rule them or to rise to conquer them. It could just come down to who wants it more and who is willing to persevere until the end. If that is the case, USC is ready to put in the effort for a victory.“We are going to have to work hard and earn it,” Nygaard said. “But there has been a lot of people that have gone up and done some good things against that team.”The Trojans will take on the Cougars on Friday at the Galen Center at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse’s defense dominates without Nick Mellen in 17-4 win over Binghamton

first_img Published on February 15, 2020 at 6:41 pm Contact Mitchell: Facebook Twitter Google+ Binghamton’s Thomas Greenblat drove toward the Syracuse net but was soon met by 6-foot-3 Peter Dearth. Instead of trying to beat his man, Greenblatt elected to dump the ball off to Quinn O’Hara who was then pressured by SU’s Brett Barlow. As Barlow closed in, the Bearcat attack sent a pass to X that was well out of reach. While the ball rolled out of bounds, Binghamton’s Ryan McBeth leaned over, put his hands on his knees and stared at the ground.No Orange player got credit for causing it, but that sequence was one of the Bearcats’ 21 turnovers Saturday — all of which Syracuse’s All-American captain close defender Nick Mellen watched from the sideline. Mellen left last week’s Colgate game with a muscular injury and is considered “week-to-week,” head coach John Desko said. Without their primary coverage defender and leader of the back-end, Syracuse’s (2-0) defense still dominated the Bearcats, holding Binghamton (0-2) to just 21 shots in a 17-4 victory in the Carrier Dome. “We were doing everything we discussed in the game plan and everything we wanted to improve upon,” Drake Porter said. “I couldn’t be happier with how the guys played in front of me.”Though Grant Murphy stepped in at close defense in place of Mellen, it was Brett Kennedy who filled his role covering the opponent’s top attack. All game, Kennedy followed Bearcat Will Talbott-Shere, Binghamton’s 2019 point leader, in the defensive zone — reaching with his pole to constantly keep Talbott-Shere within reach. The Binghamton junior, who scored in five consecutive games last year, was held to just one assist Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPostgame, Desko said the defense had been working with assistant Lelan Rogers all week to improve communication. With Mellen standing between SU’s Owen Hull and Jerry Staats on the sideline for most of the game, Murphy, who Desko has said to be one of the team’s better communicators, stood in front of SU’s crease and called out to teammates — waiving them into position. Murphy’s experience at short-stick defensive midfield last season allowed him to smoothly jell with the close defensive unit.“I’ve been playing day in day out with these guys for three years,” Murphy said earlier this season. “Even though I was a shorty, that communication didn’t change, it stays the same.”With 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Syracuse’s Landon Clary shuffled back and forth outside Porter’s crease, keeping the head of his stick glued to Binghamton’s Vincent Basile. Twice, Bearcat attacks looked to pass it off to Basile, but both times Clary stepped in front and dissuaded the attempt. Clary came in at the beginning of the fourth quarter, replacing Kennedy in the blowout. In the freshman’s first college lacrosse experience, SU’s defense allowed only two shots with him on the field.“(Clary) was very aware of what was going on, his head was on a swivel,” Desko said. “Many times, you get in your first college game of your career, you tend to ball watch or just focus on your man.”Last week, SU had a perfect clearing percentage, but without Mellen to help facilitate Saturday, the Orange’s rate dropped 12.5%. Porter said postgame the Bearcats ran a different ride than the one SU watched film on, but that the 87.5% clearance rate (which still would have ranked eighth in the country last season) came down to a few mistakes.With seconds remaining in the first half, and Binghamton down only six, Porter dished a pass to Kennedy on his right after making a save. With a Bearcat attack immediately pressing him, Kennedy passed it back to Porter who soon after sent a pass over Grant Murphy’s head and out of play.Syracuse’s leaderless defense was not perfect Saturday, but it was still dominant. Even without Mellen, it suffocated a Binghamton offense like title-aspiring teams are supposed to. Commentslast_img read more

Daniel Hudson, on his third team in three months, joins Dodgers’ bullpen

first_img“There was actually some mutual interest when I was a free agent after 2016 going into ’17 but the timing didn’t work out quite right,” he said. “When they called and kind of sat me down and explained some stuff to me and mapped out what they were thinking, it just kind of seemed like a no-brainer to me.”To make room for Hudson, the Dodgers optioned Walker Buehler to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. It’s a procedural move that allows the Dodgers to keep Buehler in California until his turn in the rotation comes up Saturday in San Francisco.Because Saturday is a doubleheader – including the makeup game of an April 6 rainout – the Dodgers and Giants will be allowed to carry 26 players on their roster that day. The 26th player will not be subject to the usual restriction preventing teams from recalling a player less than 10 days after he was optioned to the minor leagues.HILL HEALINGRich Hill threw 58 pitches in a simulated game at Dodger Stadium, his first time throwing to live batters since going on the disabled list. The left-hander last pitched April 14, then was sidelined by a cut on the tip of his left middle finger.The cut has since healed, and Hill is slated to start Monday in Phoenix. If his simulated game was any indication, Hill should be ready by then.“Four innings, lot of strikes, good changeups, good curveballs, good fastballs and good feedbacks from swings,” he said.ROTATION PLANSWith Hill returning Monday, the Dodgers have their rotation in place for the next week.After Clayton Kershaw faces the Marlins in Wednesday’s series finale, Hyun-Jin Ryu will face the Giants in San Francisco on Friday.Buehler is expected to face the Giants in the early game of Saturday’s doubleheader, but Roberts is not ready to make that official. Alex Wood will pitch Saturday’s second game and Kenta Maeda will start Sunday.ALSOYimi Garcia, who remains on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City, might not be in the mix for a major league bullpen spot until May. “We just kind of are sensitive to having two years off and to check all the boxes, to then have him ready and finish the season without restrictions,” Roberts said. “Next month sometime is feasible.” … Garcia had Tommy John surgery in July 2016 and did not return to the mound until spring training. … Logan Forsythe (right shoulder inflammation) made enough progress in his rehab to begin making throws from third base.UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-3, 2.45 ERA) vs. Marlins (RHP Trevor Richards, 0-2, 6.16 ERA), Wednesday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) “It was kind of crazy thinking you had a place in Pittsburgh, getting traded two weeks in,” he said. “The day before games started I got a call and had to drive down to Port Charlotte and get situated with a new organization, guys I never met before. It was just a little bit of an adjustment period. Right before camp broke, I was told I wasn’t going to make the team.“Like I said, I went from having a spot going into spring training, trying to work on things, to being told you might not make the squad. You go from there right into compete mode, and things kind of got out of whack a couple outings. It is what it is, but I’m excited to be here and looking forward to a new chapter.”The Dodgers saw a lot of Hudson from 2011-16 when he pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His time in Phoenix was interrupted by two Tommy John surgeries. After the second procedure in 2013, Hudson successfully transitioned from the rotation to the bullpen.Roberts compared Hudson’s repertoire to that of Dodgers right-hander J.T. Chargois. His four-seam fastball still runs in the mid- to upper-90s and is complemented by a slider and a changeup.Hudson said the Dodgers courted him once before. LOS ANGELES — Daniel Hudson made 71 appearances out of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen last year. That wasn’t quite enough to lead the team, but it was enough to make a man feel wanted.The last couple months have been jarring.On Feb. 22, the Pirates traded Hudson to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the Corey Dickerson trade. On March 28, Hudson was released. Five days later, he signed with the Dodgers. Until Tuesday, he’d worn the uniform of the Triple-A Oklahoma City club.Now the Dodgers have the luxury of carrying a nine-man bullpen and four starting pitchers. Hudson, a 31-year-old right-hander, became the team’s ninth reliever when he was added to the roster from Oklahoma City.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more