Frogs’ defense can’t catch a break with injuries

first_imgDean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 printWhen TCU Football lost six defensive starters from 2014, nobody said it would be easy for the Frogs this season.But nobody expected that half of the unit’s starters this season would be out because of injuries.With junior conerback Ranthony Texada suffering a likely season-ending knee injury during Saturday’s contest against SMU, the Frogs are now down seven defensive starters in 2015.Texada sustained the injury in the second quarter while covering SMU receiver Courtland Sutton, who was called for offensive pass interference on the play. Texada attempted to limp off the field after the play before being helped off by trainers.“We’ve been about no excuses here and it’s a tough loss with Ranthony,” head coach Gary Patterson said. “We’ll be able to get him back next year. He’s a younger player anyway.”Patterson said Texada hopes to get a medical redshirt having only played three games this season.Additionally, senior defensive end Terrell Lathan was taken to the locker room for an injury evaluation during the first quarter, but returned in the second quarter. Patterson said he doesn’t know if Lathan will play next week against Texas Tech.“It’s not our first rodeo, but with the numbers that we have in specific places it’s tough,” Patterson said. “I’m not going to make this about us being hurt because that’s not what our program is built on.“We’re not going to make excuses, we’re going to go forward.”Prior to Saturday, senior safety Kenny Iloka, junior linebacker Sammy Douglas, senior defensive tackle Davion Pierson and senior defensive end James McFarland were already out with injuries.Iloka suffered a knee injury against Stephen F. Austin in week two, while Douglas suffered an injury early on against Minnesota in week one. Pierson and McFarland have yet to play a game this season, both having suffered injuries during training camp.Pierson is recovering from a head injury, while McFarland reportedly injured his foot stepping on a sprinkler head.As is the case with Texada, Patterson said McFarland, Iloka, and Douglas are not expected to play again this season. Patterson said, however, that Pierson is making progress and could play again soon.The injury bug is not the only problem that has plagued TCU’s defense. Freshman linebacker Mike Freeze, who impressed in week one’s game against Minnesota, went on a personal leave of absence on Sept. 9 and has not returned since.Senior defensive end Mike Tuaua has also been absent the last two games for unknown reasons.With the absences piling up, the Frogs now must rely on an even more inexperienced defensive squad to keep the team’s hopes at a Big 12 and national title alive.“The next man has to step up,” Patterson said. “Either we’ll learn for next year or we’ll learn this year and we’ll win enough games to get to a bowl game and do the things we need to do to make a run at a championship.”The backups and new starters struggled to contain SMU’s offense Saturday night though, as the Mustangs threw for 330 passing yards and recorded 508 yards of total offense.“They have to play better,” Patterson said. “You have to play every offense that you play, you can’t just play basketball. You have to move forward and the new guys have to grow up and play.”Patterson said several players in particular, including senior cornerback Corey O’Meally , need to up their game to the next level. O’Meally came in as the replacement for Texada Saturday night.Sophomore cornerback Torrance Mosley also struggled against the Mustangs’ offense.“Corey and Torrance must improve,” Patterson said. “Give a lot of credit to Nick Orr tonight for moving around positions, though.”A sophomore safety, Orr started the game at corner before moving to safety and then returning to corner later on. Orr came up big late in the fourth quarter when he broke up a pass on fourth down that turned the ball over to the Frogs.Senior safety Derrick Kindred, one of the few healthy returners from last year’s defense, praised Orr for his versatility.“Orr is a fighter,” Kindred said. “He doesn’t complain when he gets switched positions. He just goes out there and does his job, and those are the kind of players we need.”While the defense may appear to be getting thinner each week, players such as junior defensive end Josh Carraway are confident that the new players will improve as they get more experience.“When you see another guy go down it’s just next man up,” Carraway said. “Torrance can play well. We saw him last year and once he builds confidence he can go out there and do what he normally does.”If the Frogs want to stay competitive, though, there won’t be any more room for little errors that result in big numbers for the opponent.“The key isn’t to just play. It’s to play well,” Patterson said. “Tonight we did not play well.” Cornerback Ranthony Texada was injured in TCU’s victory. 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Call for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, Limerick

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter WhatsApp Limerick City and County Council has announced details of a competition for a new public art installation on O’Connell Street in the heart of Limerick city centre.The commissioning of a new piece is part of the multi-million euro revitalisation project of O’Connell Street, that is currently going through the Part VIII (Part 8) planning process.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The new artwork will be in place on a permanent basis and is intended to reflect the current transformation of Limerick City and the region, while also taking into account the significant Georgian legacy that O’Connell Street retains, as well as its later Victorian and Edwardian interventions – styles which extended outwards as the city grew and prospered.Consideration must be given to visual impact on the street and positive impact on the environment.The commission must be no taller than the top of the adjacent building parapets.The selected artist or artist team must be open to future collaboration whereby the artwork may be shown on multimedia, as images of the commission may be used for marketing purposes.Consideration should also be given to the need to incorporate the selected commission into the larger O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project, and the need to coordinate the installation of the artwork.Proposals from individual artists, collaborations, collective responses, and interdisciplinary practices are sought and welcome in equal measure.The Public Art Competition is being run as part of the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation Project which will see Limerick’s main thoroughfare transformed into a pedestrian priority area, with improved surfaces, more street furniture, a shared road surface and priority bus lane.A briefing meeting will be arranged for artists, curators and creative producers interested in the commission and will be held on 19th August 2019 in Istabraq Hall, Corporate Headquarters, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick, V94 EH90 at 4pm. The briefing session will be filmed and posted online.The closing date for Stage 1 submissions is 9 September 2019 at 12pm.Selection of the Commission will be announced in December 2019, with an anticipated completion date of artwork by end 2020.For more information about the Public Art competition please see eTenders website, RFT number 155363.For more information on the overall O’Connell Street Revitalisation project visit limerick.ie/oconnell-street-revitalisationPlans are available for viewing at Planning Department, Limerick City and County Council, Dooradoyle, Limerick V94 WV78 or Customer Services Department, Limerick City and County Council, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick V94 EH90 until 23 August 2019.Submissions either via MyPoint (https://mypoint.limerick.ie/) or by post to the Planning Department must be submitted/ received by 6 September 2019. Linkedin Printcenter_img Email Facebook NewsCommunityCall for Public Art Submissions for O’Connell Street, LimerickBy Staff Reporter – August 9, 2019 791 Previous articleArts and sports funding is now up for grabsNext articleLimerick Post Show, August 9, 2019 Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more