Between the lines: SU’s offensive line prepares for Bulls’ pressure-filled front four

first_img Published on October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm Good thing Andrew Tiller isn’t a stats guy. If the 6-foot-5, 338-pound right guard were a stats guy, the nerves — nerves he swears he and the Syracuse offensive line won’t have heading into its matchup against South Florida’s defensive line Saturday — might just emerge. ‘I haven’t even looked at the stats, to tell you the truth,’ Tiller said. The stats for USF: a school-record seven sacks in its 31-3 win over Florida Atlantic Saturday. Three forced turnovers versus the Owls last week. The No. 1 ranked pass defense in the Big East (161.5 yards allowed per game). An average score for their opposition through four games of just 17 points per game. Daunting. And beyond the stats, there are the words of Tiller’s head coach and offensive line coach. Monday, Doug Marrone said this USF defensive line, in its first year under new head coach Skip Holtz and defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick, is better than last year’s version. It is better than the line that had current New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul and former Big East Defensive Player of the Year George Selvie. It is better than the line that entered the Carrier Dome last year, held the Orange to 2.5 yards per rush, forced five Greg Paulus interceptions, sacked Paulus three times and pulled away for the 34-20 win, capped off by an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown by Pierre-Paul himself.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Yes, they are better than that team. Quicker. More polished. But for Tiller and Marrone, the SU offensive line group feels it can stick with, and maybe even dominate, the USF defensive line Saturday in Tampa, Fla., (noon, Big East Network) in what will probably be the most important matchup determining the outcome of the game. ‘This group of defensive linemen really step it up from a standpoint of athleticism,’ Marrone said. ‘I give them a lot of credit. They go 110 percent the whole time.’ This year’s group is a much different group from the NFL-talent led line that dominated the SU offensive line for most stretches in the Dome last year. It starts with the two replacement defensive ends, seniors Craig Marshall and David Bedford, who Marrone said were better than Pierre-Paul and Selvie. Working toward the inside, there is Cory Grissom at defensive tackle. And then there is ‘No. 97.’ Tiller’s ‘No. 97:’ nose tackle Terrell McClain. Every SU lineman has a specific matchup. ‘For me, it is No. 97,’ Tiller said. ‘But we still need to look at them as a whole. It’s not just one person. But 97, he is a pretty good player.’ Tiller’s words on McClain sum up just how the Orange will need to confront the USF line, and also how Marrone himself has been preparing. Facing so much talent, but more importantly, so much speed, each SU offensive lineman will need to keep his head on somewhat of a swivel, matching up against their assignments while trying to keep the USF front four contained as a whole. With his own words, Marrone swiveled back and forth between what exactly his unit needs to do. Yes, there are the individual assignments SU needs to win at each offensive line position. But he added his line is one which plays its best together as a whole, when everyone is clicking and communicating together. ‘We’re going to have to win those one-on-one battles,’ Marrone said. ‘In the run game, we’ll need to make sure we stay on the blocks and keep our feet going in front of them and just cover those players up to give us some opportunities to create some holes.’ Added Marrone: ‘The combination of all five who play well. It is the combination. Offensive line goes hand-in-hand — all five have to play well for there to be production. If one of them doesn’t play well and is getting beat in a one-on-one battle, then that causes a lot of problems for the whole game.’ Simulating a Marshall or Bedford off the end this week for the Orange has been defensive end Brandon Sharpe. Sharpe, a backup at the defensive end position who has made eight tackles and had one sack on the year, has been called upon on the scout team to enact the particular play of the two USF ends Marrone speaks so highly of. His assignment: To attack with a ‘speed to power’ playing style the Bulls defensive ends have played with through the first four games of the season. That is the way Tiller and Sharpe described it. When watching the Bulls on tape, the front four is constantly looking to bat down hands. And they use moves, a lot of moves — and different ones at that. So Sharpe has had to remain creative. And he said the main two linemen he frequented as the USF dummy this week, Tiller and right tackle Michael Hay, performed well. The reason for it is the improvement in technique stemming from the better communication Marrone harped on. With better communication comes less thinking and more reaction time for the technique. Calls are crisp. And less reaction is always good. But at that, it is an even more familiar communication for the duo on SU’s right side, thanks to the fact that they played at Nassau Community College. ‘Their communication is really tight,’ Sharpe said. ‘Their communication is just crazy. The way they are bonding, I’m like, ‘Wow.” Any kind of a ‘wow’ factor Sharpe is seeing in practice is much different than a ‘wow’ coming in SU’s game in Tampa versus this D-line Saturday. Tiller’s ‘No. 97’ is not from NCC. Marshall and Bedford are not Sharpe. They have each registered six more tackles on the season than Sharpe. Tiller might say he expects dominance every week from his unit, but this is still an offensive line with four new starters. This is still an offensive line that failed to supply Delone Carter with regular gaping holes against second-tier opponents like Akron, Maine and Colgate until the second half versus the Raiders. This is the same offensive line that allowed three sacks and constant Ryan Nassib rushes out of the pocket, versus Washington. South Florida isn’t the same as UW. Tiller thinks they are better. At least on film, he said they look better than UW. On the USF-Florida Atlantic tape, he came to that conclusion. He briefed himself on the look of the front four. Even if he didn’t familiarize himself with the stats. And when envisioning how he wants to dominate USF Saturday, Tiller pictured two minutes versus the Huskies. The 2:19 to start the game in which everything seemed to be clicking. Even if the SU protection broke down and Nassib scrambled 28 yards to the end zone. It was two minutes of drilling the Washington defensive line. But this USF front four will be drilling with that ‘speed to power’ right back. Tiller and the line know they need to provide not a two-minute drill, but a 60-minute plow for the Orange to win. Said Tiller: ‘It always comes down to the defensive line and offensive line.’ Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

21 year old wins US Masters

first_imgRory McIlroy tied for 4th on 12-under-par. Jordan Spieth is the 2015 US Masters champion.He claimed the famous Green Jacket after finishing 18-under-par at Augusta to finish 4 shots clear of his nearest challengers.The American’s score equalled the best ever recorded in the tournament’s history.last_img

Memorial Boxing Tournament to start on Saturday

first_imgSeventeenth International Memorial Boxing Tournament ‘Hakija Turajlić’ will be held on 18 and 19 May in organisation of Boxing Association of BiH and boxing club ‘Sarajevo’. Tournament will be held in Skenderija and 65 boxers from Qatar, Albania, England, Scotland and countries from the region will participate, reports Fena.Member of the Organising Committee Said Čolpa said that 10 boxers will represent BiH.Alija Turajlić, brother of deceased Hakija Turajlić thanked organisers for keeping the memory of his brother alive.Semi-final fights will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. after the solemn opening of the tournament.last_img read more

Wellington in ‘others’; Conway Springs ranked No. 3; Wellington tennis regional loaded; C football team wins; and cross country schedule change

first_imgWellington gets ranked in ‘others’: The latest Catch it Kansas and Wichita Eagle-Varsity rankings are out. Wellington has moved into the “others” rankings for the first time in like forever. In the latest Class 4A poll to be released by the Wichita Eagle, after the top five rankings of 1. Holton, 2. Andale, 3. Buhler, 4. Coffeyville, and 5. Baldwin, Wellington at 4-1 joins 17 other schools in the “others.”Wellington did not make the Catch-it Kansas poll, but the Channel 12 sports website only ranks the top five.Here is the bad news. Wellington travels to No. 2 ranked Andale Friday. Winfield, a district opponent, is also in the “others.” Clearwater and Mulvane aren’t mentioned. Let’s just say those teams won’t be patsies either.Wellington can afford to lose to Andale this week. District competition is in two weeks. The final three regular season games are essential to determining Wellington’s playoff hopes. All games up to next Friday is just window dressing.The full Varsity Kansas rankings are as follows:Class 4A1. Holton 5-0 (1)2. Andale 5-0 (2)3. Buhler 5-0 (3)4. Coffeyville 5-0 (4)5. Baldwin 5-0 (NR)Others: Bonner Springs 4-0 (NR), Clay Center 4-1 (NR), Columbus 5-0 (NR), Eudora 3-1 (NR), Hesston 5-0 (NR), Jefferson West 5-0 (NR), Larned 5-0 (NR), Maize South 4-1 (NR), Paola 4-1 (5), Smoky Valley 5-0 (NR), Tonganoxie 4-1 (NR), Trinity Academy 4-1 (NR), Ulysses 4-1 (NR), Wamego 5-0 (NR), Wellington 4-1 (NR), Wichita Collegiate 3-2 (NR), Winfield 4-1 (NR)Other football rankings:  As for other Sumner County teams and rankings, Conway Springs continues to remain at No. 3 in both polls- a position that the Cards have remained in for three consecutive weeks.Silver Lake is No. 1 and Beloit is No. 2. Pittsburg Colgan is at No. 4 and Scott City is at No. 5.South Haven remains in the “others” in 8-man division 1 along with its SCBL counterparts West Elk and Udall. Friday’s Udall at South Haven game is essentially a playoff game.No other Sumner County team is ranked.The Varsity Kansas rankings are as follows for Class 3A, 8-man Div. 1 and Div. II polls:Class 3A1. Silver Lake 5-0 (1)2. Beloit 5-0 (2)3. Conway Springs 5-0 (3)4. Pittsburg Colgan 5-0 (4)5. Scott City 4-1 (5)Others: Caney Valley 4-1 (NR), Central Heights 4-1 (NR), Eureka 4-1 (NR), Galena 4-1 (NR), Horton 4-1 (NR), Humboldt 4-1 (NR), Lyons 4-1 (NR), Nemaha Valley 4-1 (NR), Phillipsburg 5-0 (NR), Riverside 5-0 (NR), Rossville 5-0 (NR), Sacred Heart 4-1 (NR), Sedgwick 4-1 (NR), SE-Saline 5-0 (NR).8-Man I1. Madison 5-0 (1)2. Osborne 5-0 (2)3. Solomon 5-0 (3)4. Rawlins County 5-0 (4)5. Kiowa County 5-0 (NR)Others: Central Plains 4-1 (NR), Clifton-Clyde 4-1 (NR), Fairfield 4-1 (NR), Hodgeman County 5-0 (NR), Hoxie 4-1 (NR), Marais des Cygnes 4-1 (NR), Peabody-Burns 4-1 (NR), South Central 4-1 (5), South Haven 3-1 (NR), Spearville 4-1 ( NR), Udall 4-1 (NR), Uniontown 4-1 (NR), West Elk 5-0 (NR).8-Man II1. Wallace County 5-0 (3)2. Baileyville 4-1 (2)3. Victoria 5-0 (4)4. Hanover 3-1 (1)5. Beloit St. John’s 5-0 (5)Others: BV-Randolph 5-0 (NR), Chetopa 4-1 (NR), Hope 3-1 (NR), Ingalls 4-1 (NR), Natoma 4-1 (NR), Rolla 4-1 (NR), South Barber 3-1 (NR), Southern Cloud 4-1 (NR), Thunder Ridge 4-1 (NR), Waverly 4-1 (NR), Weskan 5-0 (NR).WHS, Conway Springs Tennis:The Wellington Regional will be a loaded one. Andover Central, Buhler, Larned, Nickerson, Pratt, Towanda Circle, Ulysses, Wichita Trinity, Winfield and – of course- Wellington will be participating in a regional which will begin on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12.Coaches meeting will be prior to the meet at 10 a.m. on Friday. Tennis play will begin thereafter around 11 a.m. or so.The top six singles and top six doubles finishers at each regional tournament will qualify for state competition held at the Topeka-Kossover Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, 2013.The latest tennis rankings came out Monday. Of those Wellington regional teams Winfield is No. 2, Andover Central is No. 4, Buhler is No. 6, Pratt is in the “others” in Class 4A. Wellington is not ranked.In Class 3-1-1A, defending state champion Conway Springs is ranked No. 3 behind two Wichita private schools. Wichita Collegiate is No. 1 and Wichita Independent is No. 2. Conway Springs is in the Hutchinson Trinity Catholic Regional with Wichita Collegiate and Independent.The full rankings are here: WMS Cross Country:The date and time change for the Pioneer League Division II Cross Country Championship has been changed from Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Monday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.The cross country hosts also moved up the time to 3 p.m. The meet is held at Rose Hill Shorty Cox Park area.img src=”” width=”480″ height=”70″ /> Wellington C football: On Monday, the Wellington C team football team destroyed Circle 46-0 by almost the same score as the varsity boys did on Friday when it won 43-0. The two teams beat Circle by a combined 89-0!Derek Driskell had two rushing touchdowns for Wellington.Dylan Ferguson had one rushing touchdown and a two point conversion.Colton Glover had one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and four two-point conversions.Dylan Goodman had one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown. Close Forgot password? 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Crusader football team gets mentioned in the “others” in the latest Wichita Eagle-Varsity poll… Conway Springs and South Haven do as well… Wellington’s tennis regional is loaded… Wellington C team romps over Circle… and the Pioneer League Cross Country meet has been moved from Tuesday to Monday…last_img read more