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Shafer, Clawson discuss true freshman quarterbacks Long, Wolford

first_img Published on October 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb As Syracuse and Wake Forest find themselves sitting near the bottom of the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, they do so with true freshman quarterbacks currently leading their offenses.SU (2-4, 0-2 ACC) head coach Scott Shafer confirmed during the ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday morning that AJ Long will be his starting quarterback at Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2) on Saturday as sophomore Austin Wilson is recovering from an upper-body injury and Terrel Hunt is sidelined with a fractured fibula.“Pleased with his first output and looking forward to seeing how he can go against a very good Wake Forest defense,” Shafer said of Long. “When he’s on the move, he has good vision down the field and he can also still give us the designed quarterback run plays that cause defenses headaches.”In Long’s collegiate debut in Saturday’s loss to the reigning national champions, he impressed not only his coaches and teammates, but also his next opponent.Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson said during the ACC coaches’ teleconference that Long has benefited from being surrounded by a veteran offensive line and added that WFU’s defense will have to key in on bringing Long down and not allowing him to extend plays with his feet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re plugging this guy in with a bunch of guys who have played a lot of football,” Clawson said.The Demon Deacons, coming off a bye week, start John Wolford, another true freshman signal-caller. To this point in the season, the Jacksonville, Florida native has completed 59.3 percent of his passes, averaging 177.2 yards per game and throwing six touchdowns to 11 interceptions.Clawson complimented Wolford’s poise and maturity, the stats indicate that he’s struggled to get Wake Forest’s offense — worst in the country in yards per game — off the ground.“I don’t think there’s a coach in the country who goes into a season and says, ‘Man, I hope we play a true freshman quarterback this year,’” Clawson said. “If you’re playing a true freshman quarterback, it’s because something went wrong.”Clawson said that against the Seminoles on Oct. 4, the Demon Deacons didn’t drop Wolford back to pass as much to avoid him taking unnecessary hits in what ended up being a 40-3 loss.“You’re not going to have the same playbook you’re going to have with a third-year sophomore or junior or fourth- or fifth-year senior,” Clawson said. “Every quarterback has a breaking point in terms of overload, giving them too much. And that breaking point with a freshman happens a lot quicker than it does with a veteran quarterback.“You have to be careful with what you put on those guys’ plates.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Beat writers split on outcome of Syracuse’s finale at Boston College

first_imgNo. 20 Syracuse (8-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) finishes the regular season in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where it takes on Boston College (7-4, 4-3) on Saturday at noon. The Orange are fresh off a 36-3 walloping at the hands of undefeated No. 3 Notre Dame while the Eagles are losers of two-straight. Here’s who our beat writers have taking the win, and why.Josh Schafer (10-1)Road runBoston College 34 Syracuse 27AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo of Boston College’s best units, a run game and pass rush, will have the ability to derail this game for Syracuse. The Eagles and star sophomore running back AJ Dillon has run for more than a 1,000 yards this season in nine games. If he breaks for over 100 again on Saturday, Syracuse will be in trouble. In conference road losses earlier this season to both Clemson and Pittsburgh, dominant performance on the ground from opponents was too much for the Orange to overcome. Couple the likely scenario of Boston College running well with a Top 20 Eagles’ pass rush and things could turn BC’s way. While Syracuse’s offensive line has played solid this year, when team’s have gotten to the quarterback, the offense has struggled. If BC can attack Syracuse’s throwing game and run the ball at will, the Eagles will force Syracuse to play a slow game. Advantage BC.Andrew Graham (9-2)Szmyt happensSyracuse 31, Boston College 28Beside’s a No. 20 ranking and one more conference win, not much separates these two teams. Both have good pass rushes. Both run the ball well. Syracuse throws it better than Boston College does, but the Eagles defend the run much better than the Orange. That will be a problem for Syracuse, especially as it needs to figure out how to slow down sophomore running back AJ Dillon, who exposed SU in the Carrier Dome last season. But regardless, the Orange is going to need it’s passing game to show up if it wants any chance to win. It didn’t when Tommy DeVito took over for Eric Dungey against Notre Dame. It’s unclear who will get the start Saturday as Dungey deals with a bad back. But it’s hard to imagine DeVito, the more naturally talented passer, struggles that badly again, against a worse defense, if he is pressed into action. It’ll be close, but Andre Szmyt will come on and break a 28-28 tie late, and SU finishes the regular season with nine (!!!) wins.Matt Liberman (8-3)Grounded Eagles Syracuse 41, Boston College 35 In my mind this has been the first time all year that Syracuse has run into a team perfectly evenly matched against it. AJ Dillon is an absolute stud in the backfield and has the talent level of a Heisman winner. Josh alluded to his numbers and Syracuse’s fits that it has had in its losses when defending the run. Boston College though has trouble defending through the air. The Eagles rank 79th in the country in total pass defense, and whether it be Eric Dungey or Tommy DeVito starting at quarterback, both are surely capable of putting up big numbers. I think this game comes down to whether or not Syracuse can run the football. BC’s run defense is ranked 49th in the country, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, but the Orange backs were actually fairly successful against Notre Dame despite the lopsided scoreboard. If Moe Neal and Dontae Strickland are able to break 5 yards per carry, I like SU’s chances against a banged up BC team. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2018 at 4:52 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgFrancisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? 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