West proves reliable deep-ball threat for Syracuse passing game in loss to Notre Dame

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It wasn’t quite the connection Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had with wide receiver Will Fuller, but Terrel Hunt and Jarrod West were on the same page, too.Trailing for all but about 15 minutes of the game against Notre Dame, Syracuse had to drop the running game and attack the Fighting Irish through the air. If there were any positives from Hunt’s outing against Maryland on Sept. 20, it was the rapport he’s continuing to develop with West. The same could be said of SU’s 31-15 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.West became the 11th receiver in program history with 100 career receptions and eclipsed 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time in his career.He finished with a career-high eight catches for 103 yards — no other Syracuse receiver logged more than 58 — after having just three receptions for 9 yards at halftime.“I’m not a selfish player, so it’s not frustrating,” West said of not getting involved until late in the game. “I just try to go out and whatever comes my way, I try to make my plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn SU’s first play of the second half, Hunt found West for a gain of 33. That moved the Orange into UND territory before Hunt threw a drive-killing interception four plays later.Late in the third quarter, Hunt dropped in a well-placed pass for West, who brought it in for a gain of 28 and again moved Syracuse past midfield. The senior wideout added a 19-yard reception in the fourth quarter to convert a third down and set SU up in the red zone.“They did a great job of slowing down the run and making us pass,” West said.Against the Terrapins on Sept. 20, West recorded 74 receiving yards, the bulk of which came on a 51-yard reception down the left sideline.As Syracuse looks to rebound from an off performance in the running game, the offense can only benefit from Hunt and West stretching out defenses and taking what it’s given.“Jarrod’s becoming a big-play threat down the field and it’s very encouraging to see,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “It’s good to have a vertical passing game working like that. It helps out the running game a lot.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Williams’ injury might be more than an ankle sprain

first_imgThe Trojans returned to the field Tuesday for the first time since their 55-21 loss to Stanford on Saturday.There, they got some more bad news.It looks as if redshirt junior receiver Damian Williams will miss practice for at least the rest of the week with an ankle injury.Sitting this one out · The injury that kept wide receiver Damian Williams out of last week’s game may be worse than originally thought. – Mike Lee | Daily TrojanWilliams originally suffered the injury on a 75-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State earlier this month.It was initially determined to be a high ankle sprain; now, Williams says it might be worse — a stress reaction, or even a stress fracture.“It’s almost like a real bad bruise,” he said on his way out of practice Tuesday. “It’s just always sore.”Williams, who wouldn’t rule himself out of playing against UCLA on Nov. 28, still requires a boot to walk.“The sooner I get out of the boot, the closer I am to playing,” Williams said. “While I’m in this thing, the worse my chances look.”In other injury news, redshirt junior running back Allen Bradford and redshirt freshman receiver Brice Butler both left practice early.Bradford has a bone bruise in his foot, while Butler’s back injury that sidelined him briefly last month is bothering him again.Butler said he wouldn’t be sidelined for an extended period of time.Sophomore safety Drew McAllister took part in most full-speed drills in his return to Howard Jones Field after missing the last three games with a hip flexor.uThe Trojans have managed to stick together in the aftermath of Saturday’s 55-21 loss, and they say they’re using it as a learning experience.“We learned that if we don’t play as a team, then any team in our conference can beat us and any team in the nation can beat us,” said junior running back Joe McKnight, who rushed for 142 yards against the Cardinal. “And as long as we have that focus as a team, we can do anything in front of us.”Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley said the road to recovery starts with the team’s veterans, who are already taking on a positive attitude.“The leaders are and the starters are and it’s trickling on down,” Barkley said. “It was pretty down over the weekend and even a little bit [Monday], but you can tell things are up today.”Junior center Kristofer O’Dowd added that each of the team’s players has to take equal responsibility for the loss.“You can’t really put the blame on somebody,” O’Dowd said. “It takes all 11 on both sides of the ball. If one guy has a mistake, then the whole team falters.”uBye weeks are — for the Trojans, at least — known as a time for young players to stand out, as coaches tend to give more repetitions to backups with less pressure to prepare for an opponent.USC coach Pete Carroll spotlighted a number of players likely to see the field more in practice this week, including freshmen safeties Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald and freshman offensive lineman Kevin Graf.“I think it’s really important for our program to present our guys with competitive situations as much as possible,” Carroll said. “To give them an opportunity to see where they are, and so they can learn and so that we can learn and we can make progress with them.”Carroll also said that backup quarterbacks redshirt junior Mitch Mustain and redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp are receiving more snaps than usual this week.“Practice, for me, has been kinda fun,” Corp said. “You get to play free and just run around and have a good time.”last_img read more

Playoff baseball continues to provide special moments

first_imgPerhaps we don’t see it much in Southern California, but this is the time of year when the cool air rolls in and the leaves begin to change. For a certain group of sports fans, this change of weather means one thing: the MLB postseason. I love October baseball. It’s not my favorite playoffs of the professional sports — the NHL holds that spot — but when October rolls around, I’m always excited for baseball playoffs, regardless of if I have a team in contention or not. There’s just something about the magic of October baseball that I really love. Some of my most memorable sports moments happened in October. I’ve gotten to see the Red Sox win the World Series three times in my life. While all wins are great, the 2013 win sticks out to me the most. I remember Game 6 at Fenway Park the most. John Lackey took the mound after losing Game 2, also at Fenway. The Red Sox knocked in six runs, three each in innings three and four. At this point, sitting on my couch at home, I was on top of the world. The Red Sox were set to win their third World Series in 10 years. The Cardinals picked up a run in the seventh, but I wasn’t worried. I could just feel that the Red Sox were going to win. Koji Uehara came in as the closer. When he walked out, I knew the Red Sox were finally going to clinch the World Series at Fenway — something that hadn’t happened in 95 years. Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to win it all. Watching the team and the fans at Fenway celebrate, I jumped off the couch, just as happy as all of them. I wanted more than anything to be there that day. Going to Fenway had been my dream since I was about 7 or 8. I finally got to live out that dream this past May. While at Fenway, I got to see all of the team’s World Series memorabilia. Getting to see everything from the 2013 World Series was beyond cool. To top the victory off, David Ortiz was named the World Series MVP. I was so excited for him that I cried during the presentation of his award and his interview. It was a pretty amazing Wednesday.The second most memorable memory I have is Game 2 of the 2015 National League Division Series. My friend Sam and I sat atop Dodgers Stadium excited to watch Zack Greinke pitch. It was an eventful game, to say the least. The Mets knocked in two early, which brought down our spirits just a bit, but then the Dodgers knocked in one a inning or so later. The Dodgers were down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh when one of the biggest things to come out the this series happened. With one out, Chase Utley slid into second, collided with Ruben Tejada, and broke his leg. At first, everyone in Dodgers was screaming and cheering that Utley was called safe. It wasn’t until Tejada didn’t get up that everyone realized something was wrong. A silence more or less fell through the stadium as they played replay after replay on the big screen — Tejada still hadn’t gotten up. It felt like forever until they finally brought the stretcher out. Everyone clapped as Tejada was strapped on and taken off the field. The Dodgers went on to score four runs in that inning, winning the game 5-2. After the first run, the stadium was rocking. It continued to get louder and louder with each run the Dodgers scored. That was some of the most fun I’ve ever had at a sporting event.Even though the Dodgers ended up losing the series, it was still a great game and atmosphere to take part in. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series in my lifetime, but every year when October rolls around and the boys in blue are playing, part of me hangs onto the hope that it’ll finally be the year. So far, it’s never been the year, but maybe this year will be different. To me, October baseball is the best kind of baseball. There’s a type of magic around it that keeps me coming back year after year. Maybe it’s the fact that the MLB season has 162 games that make October so special. There are stretches of the baseball season that don’t seem to matter. With so many games, baseball feels long and tedious, but that’s not the case in October. Crazy and exciting things always seem to happen in the postseason. This year’s playoff is nothing short of expectations. The Cubs are looking to break their 107-year curse. The Indians are looking to win their first championship since 1948. The Dodgers are trying to “Win for Vin” and get their first title since 1988. Whoever ends up winning, it’ll be an exciting, magical journey through October, and I couldn’t be more excited to watch. Jodee Storm Sullivan is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. Her column, “The Storm Report,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more