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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Syracuse bowl hopes likely disappear, other fast reactions to SU’s 56-10 loss at Louisville

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — The fireworks behind the North end zone at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium were practically set to automatic. Backed by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, Louisville torched Syracuse for five first-half touchdowns and three more in the second half. After every touchdown, fireworks exploded and the Louisville sideline celebrated.On Saturday afternoon, SU lost its fourth consecutive game. Louisville (7-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast), the No. 16 team in the Preseason Top 25, mauled Syracuse (4-7, 2-5), 56-10. Since halftime last week, Syracuse has been outscored 96-15.Here are three quick reactions to the game.Fourth straight losing season, bowl hopes dissolveThe Syracuse senior class has become the first class since 2009 to graduate without a winning season. It also is unlikely that the Orange gain bowl eligibility even with a win next week against Boston College. SU will finish the season either 4-8 or 5-7 in what will be the Orange’s fourth consecutive losing season. Syracuse, which has not won since upsetting Clemson on Oct. 13, has dropped to 0-7 in the month of November over the past two seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere we go againOn the first play from scrimmage last year in the Carrier Dome, a 62-28 Louisville victory, Jackson threw a deep touchdown pass. On UofL’s first play Saturday, he ran for 29 yards. Running back Malik Williams ran up the gut for a 46-yard touchdown on the next play.The Cardinals repeatedly found wide open gaps in the SU defense, cruising to a 35-3 halftime lead. Jackson broke the all-time Louisville record for total yards in a career. He also reached 300 total yards — at the half — for the 11th time this season, a school record. And he ran for two touchdowns against the Orange, bumping him to eight rushing TDs this season, which ties his own single-season school record. His final line: 270 pass yards, 111 yards on the ground and four touchdowns total.Missed tackles, blown coverages and poor routes allowed Jackson and the Cardinals to punish the Orange defense. Crossing routes, curl routes and screen passes outmatched Syracuse.Zack Mahoney’s struggles continueA Syracuse quarterback has thrown an interception on the first drive in each of SU’s five road games this year. Mahoney, making his second straight start for injured starter Eric Dungey, was picked off on his fifth pass of the game. The senior finished 5-for-15 with two interceptions and 49 passing yards. Redshirt freshman and third-string QB Rex Culpepper took over in the second quarter, but he threw two picks himself and finished 8-for-19 with 89 yards. Syracuse fell to 1-7 in games Dungey hasn’t started since 2015.Last week, Mahoney appeared to be in command of the SU offense. In his first start of the season, against Wake Forest, he threw for three touchdowns and 297 yards — in the first half. But he threw two second-half interceptions and completed only 11 of his 25 attempts after the break.“When he’s on, we’re capable of scoring a lot of points with him,” SU head coach Dino Babers said this week. “Hopefully we get first-half Zack and not second-half Zack.”Syracuse got the latter. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2017 at 7:59 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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