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FB : Inside men: Orange plans to rotate players along interior defensive line

first_img Published on August 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Deon Goggins exerted his frustration on Jerome Smith. In back-to-back plays on the second series of the Ernie Davis Scrimmage on Aug. 20, Smith, the Syracuse running back, followed his blockers to the line of scrimmage. And each time he was met by a charging Goggins.In stuffing the running back on those two plays, the senior nose tackle may have put the past — a lost season in 2010 — behind him for good.One week later, Goggins received the gratification of being named a starter for Syracuse’s season opener against Wake Forest.‘I was my own worst enemy,’ Goggins said. ‘I just learned how to let everything go and just went after it. I feel like I’m back to playing like I was at (junior college), just a hundred times better.’Goggins entered preseason camp as a backup defensive tackle, but a strong camp punctuated by a standout performance in the scrimmage pushed the senior ahead of Cory Boatman on the depth chart. Goggins and Jay Bromley were chosen as the starting defensive tackles on the two-deep depth chart released by SU head coach Doug Marrone on Saturday. But they are only going to be part of a deep defensive tackle rotation for the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs many as six interior defensive linemen could get on the field for Syracuse this season. Marrone named four nose tackles and two defensive tackles on the depth chart.‘Anyone that is on that two-deep, we are telling everyone in this room that if that player went into a football game, we feel comfortable with him,’ Marrone said.Defensive tackle was one of the more competitive position battles in preseason camp. Last season, the Orange went with a primary rotation of three guys — Andrew Lewis, Anthony Perkins and Bud Tribbey — all of whom graduated.Bromley and Boatman left the spring as the starters, but Goggins was right behind them.The senior came in with high expectations following his transfer to SU from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College. But he never got on the field and was labeled somewhat of a disappointment.He has redeemed himself this August, though, looking strong and pushing for playing time. He had to move to nose tackle to secure a starting job, but he said he played some nose tackle at Cerritos and the only difference comes with technique.Lining up next to Goggins will be the sophomore Bromley, who played in 12 games last year and saw a little time at defensive tackle. The players behind them — Boatman, true freshman Eric Crume, Ollie Haney and Robert Welsh — will be called into action, too.‘A defensive tackle gets hit on every single play,’ defensive tackles coach Jimmy Brumbaugh said. ‘So if he’s out there for 70 plays, he’s getting hit 70 plays. You take a (defensive back) out there and he may hit somebody 10 plays. So it takes a lot of beating on your body.’Crume is the most intriguing of the other defensive tackles that will see playing time. Not only is he the lone true freshman among the six interior guys on the two-deep, he’s also the biggest player on the Syracuse defense.At 6 feet and 332 pounds, Crume is a mammoth, even among the defensive tackles. But he also has deceptive speed for his size.‘He’s a big boy, but he’s moving,’ Bromley said. ‘That’s the greatest thing about it. He’s a moving big boy, he ain’t no slow dude.’If Wake Forest’s offense is anything like it was last year, the season opener will be a good test for a young defensive line. The Demon Deacons had a decent rushing game last season, pounding out 158.5 yards per game on the ground.Brumbaugh said he doesn’t want his guys to hold the defense back because of their inexperience.‘We have to be the solution, not the problem,’ he said. ‘Because we are a young bunch.’ Graham secures third receiver role with strong campThis summer was different for Dorian Graham. The senior wide receiver needed to change his approach to the offseason to make plays during the season for Syracuse.He needed to work on catching the ball.‘I focused less on the weight room and all the hard training and stuff like that,’ Graham said. ‘I focused more on the field work, the skills, the route running, the catching. Pretty much most of my work was done on the field.’Graham beat out sophomore Jarrod West for the No. 3 receiver spot for the Orange entering Thursday’s season opener, a decision that displays the confidence SU has in Graham’s offseason growth.The senior didn’t catch a pass last season, despite seeing some time with the offense.His biggest problem was his hands. Graham has blazing speed — many believe he’s the fastest receiver SU has — but until this year, that was it. He struggled with dropped passes.In camp, Graham has been Syracuse’s best route-runner. After talking to his defensive backs, Syracuse defensive coordinator Scott Shafer said Graham and Syracuse’s No. 1 receiver, Van Chew, are the two they point out as the toughest to cover.Graham has always been a weight room freak with sprinter’s speed. But, pending the in-game proof that his ball-catching has really improved, he can be more than that.He can be the third receiver Syracuse needs.‘I think Dorian Graham really started last year, he worked extremely hard to get into a position to play,’ Marrone said. ‘I think he is really practicing well.’[email protected]last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers head to Mankato for first WCHA series of season

first_imgMinnesota State University is going to have their work cut out for them this weekend as they welcome the No.1 women’s hockey team in the country — the University of Wisconsin.The Badgers are killing this season, remaining undefeated through their non-conference schedule this season. Even though they started the season off at No.2, the grit and determination from this team has earned them the No.1 spot in the nation, taking it from rivals Minnesota.Women’s hockey: Badgers crush the Orange, remain undefeatedThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is still undefeated thus far this season after they devoured the Syracuse Orange Read…Wisconsin has defeated some tough opponents this year like MercyHurst and Lindenwood, and they are prepared to begin their WCHA season up in Mankato. These two teams have a lot of history against one another, but in most of their series, Wisconsin has always managed to come out on top.UW’s success this past month can really be factored down to three main areas: The underclassmen, Kristen Campbell, and Mark Johnson.For starters, the UW underclassmen have been dominating this year, with a grand total of 17 goals out of the 22 goals Wisconsin has managed to tally this season. This is one of the strongest showings Wisconsin has ever gotten from a group of underclassmen in a while.The second reason the Badgers have managed to start this season off so well is goaltender Kristen Campbell. After the loss of Ann-Renee Desbiens in 2017, the goaltending position was surrounded by an air of uncertainty, and whoever would wind up filling this spot was going to have some massive skates to fill.In comes Campbell, who transferred from the University of North Dakota after they cancelled their women’s hockey in March 2017. Campbell has only allowed four goals this season, and her impressive performance against Syracuse last weekend earned her the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honor.And finally, the reason that Wisconsin will always be a solid hockey team is none other than their head coach, Mark Johnson. It seems as though you can throw any problem at Johnson and his team, and this head coach always has a way to fix the problem.With a large part of this year’s team being underclassmen, many coaches would think that Wisconsin would falter early on in the season, but that would never happen under Johnson’s reign. Johnson has managed to put together productive lines and recruit the best players in women’s hockey to ensure that Wisconsin fans will always have a great hockey team to support.Wisconsin women’s hockey remains undefeated after weekend series against MercyHurstThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has been on a roll lately, and this weekend was no exception as Read…These three things are going to make it a challenge for Minnesota State to earn a win this weekend. Minnesota State is currently on a two-loss streak right now, and they are going to have to turn things around quickly if they don’t want to double that number by the end of Saturday.The Badgers and the Mavericks will face off Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Dodgers soaked by Rockies in extra innings

first_imgBut another loss was something the Dodgers had done plenty in that while. Yasiel Puig was responsible for the Dodgers’ first two runs against Colorado in the first of a three-game series.He couldn’t come up with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning as he grounded out to third with Andre Ethier in scoring position.Puig hit a first-pitch solo home run to right field off Colorado starter Jordan Lyles in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. And in the third inning, he tied the game at 2 when his RBI-single to left field scored Dee Gordon from second. Gordon had a highlight play himself when he put himself in scoring position with his legs via that infield double in the third inning. Colorado second baseman DJ Mahieu overran the ball, and Gordon, never hesitated and rounded first and slid into second for the double. Then Puig did his thing again to score Gordon.Tulowitzki hit a solo home run to left in the second inning to tie the game off Josh Beckett, Corey Dickerson also homered in that inning. Those were the only two runs Beckett allowed through seven innings. Much of the Dodgers’ attention Friday, however, was stationed in Rancho Cucamonga and not Los Angeles since reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw made his first rehab start. He threw five innings, allowing one run on two hits. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was there along with a throng of media. Still, the Dodgers have much work to do at Dodger Stadium, especially after losing three of four games to Philadelphia at home, too. Adrian Gonzalez sure made this interesting, but in the end, the Dodgers lost another extra-inning affair. That’s becoming a bad habit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, down by three runs, Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer to right field off Colorado’s LaTroy Hawkins. That pulled the Dodgers within one run, but the Rockies hung on for a 5-4 extra-innings win Friday at Dodger Stadium.Gonzalez was 0-for-4 before delivering that clutch hit. Scott Van Slyke then popped out to second, Carl Crawford flew out to left field and Juan Uribe flew out to right field to end the game. Colorado scored three runs in the top of the 11th in a rainy game and held on for the win. The Dodgers (13-11) have lost four of their last five games and have now lost four of their five extra-inning games. They’re also just 5-8 at Dodger Stadium. The rain started about 9 p.m. and it was never enough to suspend play.“We’re still continuing to have trouble scoring runs,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve been in a number of games where our pitching giving up two runs through 10 innings tonight, we’ve got to… I’m confident that we’re going to put runs on the board. We’re just not doing it right now.”Brandon Barnes doubled with one out for the Rockies in the 11th, and Charlie Blackmon singled to center to score him. Also in the inning, Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice to score a run and a run-scoring single by Justin Morneau would prove to be the most important run needed. Matt Kemp was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing a called third strike, too.Dodgers starter Josh Beckett allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings, so he was pleased. “I think this was a step in the right direction for me personally, just to show myself I can do some things I haven’t done in a while,” Beckett said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more