Babers talks wideouts, DeVito ahead of training camp

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44center_img Syracuse is less than 24 hours from the start of training camp when it will practice 19 times in the next three weeks in preparation for its season opener at Western Michigan on Aug. 31. A lot can change before then. But, for now, here’s what Syracuse head coach Dino Babers was talking about heading into training camp.Wide open receiver battleSyracuse enters the 2018 season without its top two pass catchers from a year ago in Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips. The two combined for 2,251 yards which equates to 63.6 percent of Syracuse’s total yards through the air in 2017.The early depth chart released ahead of training camp lists Devin Butler, Jamal Custis, Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson as the four starting receivers. Butler heads the group in experience, starting nine games last season while recording 33 catches for 327 yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a lot going into a wide receiver, you just can’t run routes,” Babers said. “You actually have to know what the coverage is after a step and a half to make sure you do the correct release, so you know whether it’s man zone, whether you’re going to be moving or whether you’re sitting down in an area.“With a veteran quarterback that’s not going to sit there and wait for you to have time to grow up, you better be right.”When asked about the wide receiver group in general, Babers recalled his first training camp with SU. The position was stacked that season, with Amba Etta-Tawo, Ishmael and Phillips. Babers said the best receiver through that camp was Jamal Custis.But after a high ankle-sprain in camp, Custis sat out the 2016 season. In three seasons the redshirt senior has caught 13 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns.“We haven’t seen that consistently,” Baber said. “But during that period of time he was the best wideout on the team.”Talking TommyAfter a redshirt season, the highly anticipated debut of Tommy DeVito could come this season. The former Elite 11 quarterback took first team reps at the Spring Showcase in April, with three-year start Eric Dungey not participating. DeVito went 8-for-15 for 58 yards.Babers noted at the end of the spring that DeVito had “closed ground” on Dungey.“I expect those guys to compete,” Babers said Wednesday. “I expect it’s no different than any other position on this football team.”Dungey has thrown for 6,472 yards and rushed for another 1,239 over 26 games. DeVito hasn’t taken an in-game snap. Still, there’s ground to gain Monday through Friday.“Practice counts regardless of what some of the Philadelphia 76ers believe,” Babers quipped, referring to former-NBA player Allen Iverson’s infamous press conference. “It’s not game experience, but if you see somebody doing it consistently good in practice you want to give them the opportunity to see if they can do it consistently good in the games.”Other notes:With talk swirling about Tristan Thompson and Taj Harris wanting to pursue opportunities with SU’s basketball team, Babers provided his stance. “I believe in guys being multisport guys, but you gotta handle your business,” he said. “First of all you better be a good football player, and you better know what’s going on the football team, you got to handle your academics, there’s a lot of things that go into that.”Babers noted he’s never had a year three. He said things are starting to come together and camaraderie is building after what he described as “the best offseason we’ve had.”last_img read more

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B&H Football Players Returned to Guaruja

first_imgB&H football representation returned to Guaruja.The team conducted a training after they watched the game Nigeria and Iran.Players who did not have opportunity to play against Argentina will have a training today, while for the other will be a free day.The team will have two more trainings on Wednesday in Guaruja, and on Thursday afternoon is planned departure to Cuiaba, where on Saturday, at midnight, they will play second round match of World Cup, against Nigeria.(Source: Fena)last_img

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“Our patriotism must never be questioned” – Jagdeo

first_img… says Guyanese need to work together for true prosperityOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeoas Guyana and Guyanese here and abroad celebrate the country’s 50th Anniversary of Independence from British rule, Opposition Leader and former President Bharrat Jagdeo believes that Guyanese need to work together in order for the country to truly prosper.He was at the time addressing the National Assembly late Tuesday evening. The Opposition Leader took the opportunity to extend Independence greetings to Guyanese, while wishing Government parliamentarians, a year filled with productive service in favour of development in the country.“We believe that we have to work together regardless of our political affiliation to move our country forward. We too share a vision for this country – a vision that is similar, at least in its ideals, to those and that of the President (David Granger). We’d like to see our country prosper, we’d like our people to progressively have a better life,” he stated.Jagdeo added that he too envisioned a green economy and national patrimony which could be passed on to future generations. He said that the Party wanted the country’s people to live together in harmony and not be divided by history and by current circumstances.“We believe that as Guyanese we have more in common than those things that divide us…Regardless of the robust debates that we have; regardless of the numerous encounters we have wherever we go in the streets or on television or in the debates, we are all children of this soil. We all share its history,” he posited.The former Head of State recalled Guyana’s history and the struggle the country’s fore-parents had to endure in their fight for Independence. He said as the country celebrates its jubilee milestone, persons must take account of the struggles of all of those who fought for freedom.“Here in Guyana, we must disabuse our minds that somehow the British handed this (freedom) to us. From the very first fight for freedom from slavery and from organised trade union movement to the Political Affairs Committee 1946, when the first sort of political action was brought together in an organised way… and then in 1950 when Burnham and Cheddi Jagan formed the first political party in Guyana – the People’s Progressive Party,” he recounted.According to Jagdeo, these were all important milestones in the march to freedom and it was progressive policies in 1950 that paved the way for what came after. He went on to say that the PPP and its then leaders started to enact those policies because they wanted to change Guyanese lives for better.However, he pointed out that this journey was not without struggle as external pressure and interference mounted in the early 60s, mainly because some did not want freedom to be extended to Guyana or they wanted freedom but on their own conditions.The Opposition Leader noted that those situations have negatively impacted Guyanese as they promoted division among them, something which still lives in the lives of that generation and has even poisoned the minds of this new generation.“So when we talk about social cohesion today, the primary task, I think, is to go back and remove the (divisiveness) from that period. Yes, we did have (division) from local leaders who might have been used, but the plot was external to divide our people, purely external and we have had to live with the consequences,” he stated.On this note, Jagdeo outlined that they had to ensure collectively that whatever policies were enacted today, that Guyanese perceive them to be for the entire country. He further remarked that after the Independence celebrations, he hopes the whole year would be spent on achieving the lofty vision of bringing Guyanese together, noting that this was something his party was willing to be part of.“The PPP and its members will always work in the nation’s interest. Our patriotism must never be questioned. We and our members love this country as much as anyone else do… We will work as hard for this country as anyone else. We are looking forward to 50 years in the future when we can look back at this celebration and say our country have moved forward,” he said.last_img read more

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