Scouting Louisville and its high-powered offense with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ For the past two games, Syracuse defenders have watched opposing teams run the ball down their throats without reprieve. First it was South Florida, with mobile quarterback B.J. Daniels running the zone option to perfection. Next came Munchie Legaux and Jordan Luallen, tormenting the SU defense once again en route to a 35-24 win.This week Syracuse takes on Louisville, a team ranked No. 11 in the country and in the Top 10 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Cardinals’ quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, is arguably the best player in the Big East as just a sophomore. He is mobile, but has emerged as more of a pocket passer in 2012.The media caught up with Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn, a native of South Florida where Bridgewater went to high school, to talk about defending the league’s top player during this week’s interview session.Q: Talk about what you’ve seen from Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on film and what it is that makes him so successful. What do you have to do as a defense to combat that?Lyn: That offense, they do a lot of shifts and adjustments, and get our eyes bad and get us lined up wrong. But we’ve just got to come prepared and be sound. You’ve got to communicate out there as a defense. It’s a great team, they’re undefeated and their quarterback is playing great. You’ve just got to be sound. You can’t make no mistakes against teams like these.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textQ: They have some good skill players and wide receivers that are tall and fast. What do you have to do to nullify their advantage there?KL: Just don’t overthink it, because we’ve seen great receivers all year. Just go out there and play your game. Be patient and win at the line of scrimmage. Just win before the snap. Know your assignment and just take one play at a time and you should be fine out there.Q: Louisville runs a little bit of the zone read but not as much as your previous two opponents, who both ran for over 200 yards. Are you guys glad to see that go away a little bit, or would you like another crack at it?KL: You’re kind of glad that they don’t do it that much. Two weeks straight we’ve struggled with it, so I wouldn’t just throw it out at the easy for Louisville. They might come out and try to run a zone read and see what they can do with it at first before they go back to their regular things. You just have to be prepared for anything. They’ve got a great quarterback, great receivers, great running back. They play sound football.Q: When you were playing high school football at Miramar High School in South Florida, did you play against Teddy Bridgewater?KL: Teddy is from around the same area, and I knew Teddy. But we didn’t play against each other. I didn’t play my 11th-grade year, and we played (his school) Miami Northwestern. But I didn’t play football that year. … I know Teddy very well. We’re close off the field and on the field.Q: Is there anything from what you knew about Bridgewater back then that you can tell some of the other guys in the SU secondary, or is he totally different now under Louisville head coach Charlie Strong?KL: He don’t make the same mistake twice. He’s a great player. He can create plays with his feet, too, and in the pocket. He’s becoming a great player, and he knows the game inside and out having a year under his belt with his offense. He’s probably going to be one of the best players — even though he is now, he’s one of the best players now — he’s probably going to be the best player in the Big East next year. Comments Published on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

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Liberia: Intermittent Earning Place for Officials?

first_imgFrom all indications President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has now conspicuously laid bare the reason contributing to the backwardness and underdeveloped state of Liberia and its underprivileged masses.Delivering her State of the Nation Address to the national Legislature yesterday, the President noted that the country and its people are in such a deplorable state as a result of Liberia being used as a transit point by past and present leaders of the country.If Liberia is to overcome this intentional neglect by people who call themselves sons and daughters of the land, who prefer to use the country as an office and take their earnings to the United States and other developed Western countries with no tangible development in Liberia, then officials must learn to make Liberia their home rather than what she called “an Intermittent earning place” as has been the status quo ever since.She noted that development has eluded the country since independence because officials prefer to take the country’s money on voyages and merrymaking in the West.  If development is to come to Liberia, she said, officials of government should learn to give back to the country through development, resources taken from it.“The building of Liberia will rest solely and surely on our shoulders, the shoulders of all Liberians. We will carry this load only if we are prepared to make Liberia our home rather than our intermittent earning place, only if we give back to our country’s development, the resources taken from it,” President Sirleaf declared.I firmly believe that God will give us the strength and courage to walk boldly into the next few years with a renewed spirit of peace, reconciliation, and commitment to country.President Sirleaf, who has never been short of words to encourage her compatriots, even when things appear to be out of grip, called for a renewal of commitment and love for country.The President, since 2006, she has always dished up words of inspiration depicting hope for the future, and this year’s address was no exception.Though she may bear the greatest responsibility, President Sirleaf  nevertheless made a clarion call to the other two branches of government, the Legislature and Judiciary, saying that when the government fails it means all of them have failed.She noted that it is now time for officials of government to re-examine themselves to see whether they are properly executing the mandate given them by the Liberian people and if they are working in the people’s interest.“The pain inflicted on our national pride by the Ebola crisis provides an opportunity to search our souls, to ask ourselves if we have been truthful and honest to the commitments made in 2006 when we embarked on this journey together, to ask ourselves if we have served our country and our people well.”If never in the past, President Sirleaf noted, this is the time for us to unite as one government to deliver the promises to our people. There is absolutely no room for blame shifting, she said.The support in security protection and finance which we enjoy from our partners today, will not last as attention moves away from us to other international priorities, the President warned.Honourable members of the Legislature, a nation bound together in 2006 vowed to walk away from the destruction and the hurt of the past; vowed to be committed and determined to ensure a future of peace and prosperity for all Liberians, she reminded her audience.There was not very much then to share or to divert, as we were building from ground zero. In five years we stood together, lifting our nation from the burdens of debt and decay.We worked together to increase revenues, to restore basic services, to remove the heavy debt burden, to mobilize foreign investment, to rebuild the infrastructure, to restore hope.The world marvelled at our tenacity, resilience and determination and reached out massively to help us. Partners committed resources far beyond our domestic effort and our absorptive capacity.Speaking in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature, President Sirleaf recalled her government’s appreciation for the cooperation received from the Legislature that led to the passage of several pieces of legislations relevant to the consolidation of the processes of the nation’s Agenda for Transformation and the National Vision 2030 which she said began several years ago to chart a course for Liberia’s growth and sustained development. “An examination of the various legislations revealed that they address the challenges of governance, the economy, the rule of law, and our obligations as a responsible member of the international community.”President Sirleaf then highlighted those instruments which she claimed will significantly impact governance, economic transformation, the rule of law and the country’s international obligations.She asserted that a sound, firm and attainable economic policy aimed at Liberia’s economic transformation, demands structural reform of the country’s form of governance.“In this light, in addition to the passage of the Budget Act of 2014/2015 I am pleased for your ratification of the financing agreement between the Government of the Republic of Liberia, and Export/Import Bank of India, the Kuwait Fund, the African Development Bank, the African Development Fund, and the International Development Association of the World Bank.”President Sirleaf further asserted that the economic transformation of Liberia is not limited only to the public sector, but includes the private sector as well. “In a bid to strengthen and expand the capacity of our private sector to contribute to Liberia’s economic transformation, we submitted to your honorable body, an amendment to the Mineral Development Agreement among the government of Liberia and Sense Gua Limited and Bloemfontein Limited; and the bill to ratify a concession agreement between government and the Liberia Cocoa Corporation, a wholly owned Liberian investment.” She said the instruments manifest government’s commitment to generate economic and employment opportunities in key corridors of the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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