Lamar Jackson and Louisville drain what’s left of Syracuse’s bowl hopes in 56-10 Orange loss

first_img Published on November 18, 2017 at 8:07 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A week ago, Dino Babers asked a room full of reporters when they had last seen a quarterback perform as well as Wake Forest’s John Wolford had in his 500-yard game against Syracuse. Then Babers realized the answer was obvious and supplied it himself.“Well, it’s probably the guy we’re about to play this week, isn’t it?” he said.SU’s second-year head coach was alluding to Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman winner who on Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium led the UofL (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) in a rainy, 56-10 dissection of Syracuse (4-7, 2-5) a year after posting an SU opponent record of 610 total yards in the Carrier Dome. Jackson’s 381 total yards this time around reminded the country why Louisville ranked No. 16 before the season began. His dominance is the latest reason why, for the fourth straight season, it’s highly unlikely Syracuse will play in a bowl game.“Disappointed we couldn’t stop more things on defense,” Babers said. “Lamar is a first-round draft pick, and someone just asked me if he’s better than (former Baylor quarterback and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III). I want to say no, but God dang, he’s special.”While Jackson’s skills acted as the finishing blow to SU’s bowl hopes, Syracuse put itself in this position. Even the most optimistic preseason forecasts likely pegged the Louisville game as a loss. But entering the matchup against Louisville with four wins meant there was no more room to lose. SU needed a win to make next week’s game matter. Instead of having a chance to extend its seniors’ careers by earning a bowl berth, SU will send off its eldest players with yet another season-finale that means essentially nothing, and making this senior class the first to leave without playing in a bowl game since 2009.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Guys are just hurting, myself included,” senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said. “I think we will feel it all night.”Flashbacks to Louisville’s 62-28 drubbing of SU in the Carrier Dome last season rushed back immediately after the opening kickoff. In 36 seconds, Louisville ran two plays to go 80 yards for a touchdown. In response, SU senior quarterback Zack Mahoney threw an interception on Syracuse’s first offensive possession. Orange quarterbacks will now finish the season having tossed a pick on their first drive of every road game this year.Later, Jackson exited the pocket and took another chunk of SU’s hope with him. He dusted an overcommitted Evan Foster and stiff-armed a hopeless Devin M. Butler to glide into the endzone for a 43-yard score and a 14-3 lead.“Explosive plays kill you,” redshirt junior safety Rodney Williams said.The early explosions served as a notice, albeit an unnecessary one, that SU ought to respect Jackson when he runs in space. So when three Orange defenders corralled him in a similar spot on the field during the next Cardinals possession, Jackson pitched to UofL running back Reggie Bonnafon. He finished the run 33 yards later and gave Louisville a 14-3 lead. All week long, SU knew it would have to defend the same option plays it couldn’t stop last week. When the Orange didn’t, it only got uglier.A first-half weather delay made Syracuse sit on a 21-3 deficit for 43 minutes in the locker room. Redshirt Freshman Rex Culpepper replaced a benched Mahoney at quarterback. The change didn’t help. SU finished the game with 335 yards of total offense, but little to show for it. Jackson himself had more production.The offensive struggles — considering with usual starter Eric Dungey out for the second straight game with an injury — didn’t sting as much as the damage Jackson inflicted.“You can only contain him, you can’t really stop him,” Williams said. “… Even if you have the perfect call, him boxed in a one-on-one tackle, it’s still going to be tough to make that play. You can’t really practice for someone like that.”In the second quarter, Jackson slung a deep ball over the middle to a streaking Jay Smith. Smith had beaten Orange cornerback Juwan Dowels and had only SU safety Rodney Williams to beat. Williams was in decent position, right underneath Smith like he wanted to be, but not a good enough spot to do anything about the incoming ball. As soon as he turned around, Williams said, he knew the pass was perfect. Smith plucked it and cruised for a 72-yard knockout. On Louisville’s next possession, Jackson one-upped his passing precision and dropped a dime of a score into the hands of Bonnafon, the running back, on a wheel route. Syracuse’s Brandon Berry, a defensive end, attempted to cover Bonnafon on the play — the sign of a defense both depleted and defeated.After halftime, the list of Jackson highlights got too long. He juked SU senior linebacker Jonathan Thomas on a touchdown run that resembled his infamous hurdle from last year. The lead eventually grew so large that Jackson was rewarded with the warmth of a sideline poncho for the remainder of the game.It kept raining. The seats that went largely unfilled to start the game became increasingly empty. Syracuse watched as backups battled backups. A garbage-time Orange touchdown drew little reaction.That is the kind of lifeless condition one would expect when a team had its goal of earning a bowl invitation officially stamped as a failure. SU had its best start through seven games since 2011 and almost certainly won’t have a postseason game to show for it.“We wanted to compete for an ACC championship,” Williams said. “We had the opportunity and we let it slip away.”Tonight, credit Jackson. But blame Syracuse for letting his reckoning have the power to kill its season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Talented tandem of Olsen and Dissly at tight end for Seattle

first_img FOLLOW US First Published: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST COMMENT Associated Press Television News When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experience.Not better than what he had in his previous stops in Chicago or Carolina — both places he thoroughly enjoyed. Just different.“There’s a lot of energy, as you said. The first day I’m looking around like, ‘What the hell?’” Olsen said of his first practice with the Seattle Seahawks. “It’s just not something I’m used to. But it’s fun. It’s contagious. You find yourself really enjoying practice, really looking forward to practice. The coaches are into it. The staff is into it. I mean, if you’re on the field, everyone at any moment could bust into a celebration.”Olsen decided in the offseason to stay on the field and not move to the press box quite yet, hoping to prove, even at 35 years old, he can still be one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the NFL.But he’ll be part of a deep group of tight ends with the Seahawks that also includes the return of Will Dissly after his previous two seasons were cut short by major injuries.“The best thing is they’re both the same type of guy,” Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. “They’re all in. They love it. They love to compete. They love football. Football is important to them. It’s not about them, they’re very selfless. So yes, it is exciting.”It’s a position of great depth for Seattle that goes beyond just Olsen and Dissly. Seattle also brought back Jacob Hollister and Luke Willson and took rookie Stephen Sullivan late in the draft as a developmental project.But Olsen and Dissly will be the primary options. For Olsen, it’s his first training camp in a different location since 2011, when he first arrived in Carolina. So acclimating to a new camp has been part of the challenge on top of learning Seattle’s offense.“It’s probably as talented a group as I’ve been in from top to bottom,” Olsen said. “We’re getting six guys reps, which is probably the most in any camp that I’ve been a part of.”Olsen hasn’t played a full season since 2017, but last year appeared in 14 games for the Panthers and had 52 receptions. He may not be the target he was in the mid-2010s, when he had four straight seasons of more than 70 receptions, but with how Seattle uses the tight end in its offensive packages he can still be a major factor.Dissly had his rookie season in 2018 cut short after just four games because of a torn patellar tendon. He rehabbed to get himself ready for the 2019 season, only to have his second year end after six games due to an Achilles tendon injury. When he got hurt against Cleveland, Dissly already had 23 receptions and four touchdowns and was on his way to a breakout type season.Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the reports he received from where Dissly did his rehab work in Southern California were unlike any he’d heard before. Dissly was determined not to be limited when the Seahawks began training camp earlier this month.“We’re thrilled about Will’s progress,” Carroll said. “But then again because of the way he’s been, I’m not surprised that somebody would say that he’s been the hardest worker, the most diligent grittiest guy that they’ve ever seen come through the program.”Dissly said having consecutive seasons cut short by major injuries was tough mentally, but going through the rehab work on his knee helped in committing to what was needed to recover from the Achilles injury.“Everyone was there for me, giving me support, telling me I could do it and just encouraged me to stay strong and be positive,” Dissly said. “It was hard to stay in the dumps when you had that much support. Once we got the ball rolling, it was kind of go into to work mode. Surgery was really successful and then it was just my job to get back and prove those people right that were counting on me to get back.”NOTES: Seahawks SS Jamal Adams practiced Tuesday with a large protective wrap around his left hand. It did not affect his ability to take part in practice and Carroll is expected to address Adams’ situation after the team’s second scrimmage on Wednesday. … WR Phillip Dorsett missed his second straight practice with a sore foot.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 06:03 IST Talented Tandem Of Olsen And Dissly At Tight End For Seattle When Greg Olsen put off a broadcasting career for at least one more season in the NFL, he was looking for a different experiencelast_img read more

Clippers hope improved work on the boards will help them rebound from recent losing spell

first_imgPLAYA VISTA — Just go get it, right?If only it were that easy.Rebounding, always near the top of the Clippers’ to-do list, especially is a priority entering Thursday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, who outrebounded the Clippers 64-44 in their win against them early this month.“There’s nights you can see, as a group, we’ve made a conscious effort at rebounding,” said Rivers, whose team’s overall rebounding deficit for the season is almost nil: 45.8 to 45.7. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates “I know it’s demoralizing to other teams — playing defense and then having us get offensive rebounds,” Jordan told reporters after the game. “That sucks the life out of a team, little by little.”“D.J.’s one of the best rebounders in the land,” Rivers said. “So we know there’s things you have to do to D.J. to at least try to keep him off the glass.”But there’s saying it, and there’s doing it.“It’s tough, I can tell Marc (Gortat) and Bobi (Marjanovic) and Trezz (Harrell) what he’s gonna do, but I can’t show them. I can’t do what D.J. does, you know?” Rivers said. “But, listen, all those guys … they’ve all played against D.J. enough and seen him enough to know what he does. If it was that easy, Dennis Rodman wouldn’t have led the league eight years in a row, at 6-foot-7, rebounding.“I know I played against him and I remember the coaches said, ‘Hey guys, he does this and this …’ And at the end of the game, he had 27 rebounds. So great rebounders are great rebounders and what we have to try to do is control it as much as we can.”BAROMETER TREZZMontrezl Harrell almost willed the Clippers to victory in that last clash with the Mavs. The undersized center with the outsized hustle scored a team-high 23 points, 12 of which came in eight minutes during the fourth quarter, when the Clippers erased an 88-80 deficit.In the six games after that, by his standards, he looked flat, averaging just 8.8 points per game, well off his 15.1 season average.In the past two outings, however, he’s bounced back with 21 and 15 points. (He also appears to have broken out of a free throw-shooting slump. In the six games following the loss to Dallas, he made only seven of his 21 attempts from the line. In the two most recent games, he’s 11 for 15.)Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters But, Rivers acknowledged, “we’ve been inconsistent.”And recently, opponents have been beating them to more missed shots. In nine games this month, the other guys have hauled in 45.3 boards per game while the 17-13 Clippers have averaged 43.1.And here comes DeAndre Jordan for a visit Thursday to Staples Center.On Dec. 2, Jordan grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds, including six offensive boards in his first game against his former team.center_img All that is a swell sign for the Clippers, who feed off Harrell’s energy and have come to rely upon his output, Rivers said.“I just thought his energy was back,” Rivers said. “Who knows what took away from it but it did, something was not right. The last couple games for me, that’s more Trezz-like.“It’s clear when Trezz plays really well, our team’s pretty good. He’s one of the barometers to our team, there’s no doubt.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Grassley: Pressure is building to find compromise, end government shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says, “Shutdowns are not a way to do business,” and he’s hopeful the president and Democrats who control the U.S. House will be able to reach a compromise very soon.“I don’t have any indication of when it might end,” Grassley says, “but I think pressure builds very rapidly after a couple of weeks and I think that will bring people to the table.”President Trump plans to visit the U.S.-Mexican border later this week to emphasize his call for building a wall, which is the main sticking point between the White House and Democrats.Grassley, a Republican, says both sides have to be willing to give in order to reach accord and bring federal workers back from furlough.Grassley says, “It’s going to have to be something that includes meeting the needs of border security as well as funding the government.”Multiple federal agencies ran out of money on December 22nd as Congressional Democrats blocked Trump’s request for $5.7 billion for the border wall.“It seems to me it ought to be easy to find some sort of a compromise between almost six-billion and one-and-a-half billion that’s already been agreed to,” Grassley says. “Normally, when it comes to appropriations, we cut that in half.”House Democrats passed a bill last week that included one-point-three billion dollars for border security, but the measure has not yet been taken up in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority.last_img read more