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President Trump to Appear on “Meet the Press” Sunday

first_imgPresident Trump will appear this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” with Chuck Todd his first NBC interview since he sat down with anchor Lester Holt in 2017.Trump’s sit down with Holt generated a flurry of headlines. It was in that interview that Trump said he was thinking of the “Russia thing” when he decided to fire James Comey as FBI director.It will be Trump’s first time on the Sunday morning news show since he became president, CNN reported on Thursday.His last appearance occurred on August 2015.The sit-down comes days before NBC will host the first round of Democratic presidential candidate debates in Miami next Wednesday and Thursday.Trump spent 30 hours with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in a highly teased interview that aired Sunday evening.The “Meet the Press” appearance will air one week after ABC News aired a prime time special featuring an interview with Trump.last_img read more

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Syracuse turns to ‘Okie’ package for 2 full possessions in loss to Maryland

first_img Published on September 22, 2014 at 12:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse It looked like the start of a really bad trend for Syracuse. Maryland’s first drive of the game lasted five plays and ended in a 25-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Brown to Marcus Leak. Then Brown threw a bubble screen to Brandon Ross on the second play of the next drive and Ross ran 90 yards into the end zone. Two drives, two big plays, two scores. Naturally, Syracuse made a defensive shift. “That 3-3-5 allows the blitz to do a lot more,” senior linebacker Cameron Lynch said.On the Terrapins’ third possession, SU switched to a 3-3-5 — its “Okie” package — to put more speed on the field and pressure Brown in the backfield. It only used the Okie on two possessions, Maryland’s third and fourth, in an eventual 34-20 loss on Saturday afternoon, one resulting in a three-and-out and the other in a UMD field goal. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSave a late field goal, Syracuse nearly blanked the Terrapins in the second half and didn’t need the Okie package to do so. But the two possessions showed benefits and pitfalls of the alternative set. “They’re a vertical team,” safety Darius Kelly said of the Terrapins. “We want to have more (defensive backs) on the field to stop the pass. That was one of the emphases with Okie.”The Okie package puts three defensive linemen on the line of scrimmage, three linebackers in the box and five defensive backs on the field. The Syracuse defense began Maryland’s third possession in a base set. After Stefon Diggs beat Durell Eskridge downfield and Brown just barely overthrew him, the Orange subbed safety Darius Kelly into the game for nose tackle Eric Crume to add speed in the secondary. Kelly became the third safety with Ritchy Desir and Durell Eskridge. Ron Thompson, Micah Robinson and Robert Welsh were on the line, Lynch, Marqez Hodge and Josh Kirkland were the linebackers and Brandon Reddish and Julian Whigham were at cornerback. In the next two plays, Ross rushed for 2 yards and then Lynch sacked Brown for a 5-yard loss. It was one of three times that the Terrapins went three-and-out in the game.On Maryland’s next possession, the Terrapins counteracted the Okie by allowing a blitz from the left side and throwing behind it. Syracuse overloaded that side of the ball and it appeared that linebackers Lynch and Luke Arciniega had a free run at Brown while Maryland guard Andrew Zeller moved into the second level. But Brown got rid of the ball just in time and hit Deon Long for a screen pass. Zeller blocked Desir, allowing Long to collect 13 yards. This wrinkle from the Terrapins exposed a weakness in the fast and pressuring package. But the two possessions showed that the Orange has an option if it can’t slow an offense down, even if it’s only usable in certain situations. Syracuse has sporadically used the Okie in third-and-long, but used it as a primary package to hedge the Terrapins’ athleticism. “You’ve got to win first and second down to get in those positions,” defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “We start to win first and second downs, we can get in those positions. If we don’t do that, then that personnel can’t get on the field.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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