Veteran receiver is finally getting his chance to shine

first_imgUSC’s receiving core is looking a little different than it did last season.In fact, at times, it’s unrecognizable.Other than sophomore receiver Marqise Lee, who was a star last season and has carried that success over to the spring, there have been some lesser known players who have stepped into the enormous shoes that junior receiver Robert Woods left when he announced he was out for the duration of spring practice.Photo by Chris PhamOne of the players making a name for himself is junior De’Von Flournoy.Last season, Flournoy caught a total of zero passes. He has no catches in his Trojan tenure. But looking at him this spring, you sure wouldn’t think he was inexperienced.Flournoy has made the routine catches but has made the difficult ones as well. And he is enjoying every second of it.“It’s been wonderful,” Flournoy said. “I’ve been put in a position I’ve never been at before.”Flournoy came to USC as a four-star recruit out of Birmingham High School. He had offers from some of the college football heavyweights, including Notre Dame and Oregon. Injuries, however, have hampered his career.He has gotten lost in the receiving mix with Woods, Lee and former top recruit receiver George Farmer, all from Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., headlining the squad.But injuries caught up with Farmer and Woods this spring, and Flournoy has been working with the first-string offense in their place.Flournoy has had to change his outlook now that he is a focal point of the offense.“It’s definitely a mindset,” Flournoy said. “I have to prepare myself the day before for all kinds of positions. I have to be ready for anything.”He also said that in working with the first team, he has paid greater attention to detail and is taking things more seriously.“I’m getting [more of a] feel for football,” Flournoy said. “[I’m] getting more comfortable being out on the field and just bettering myself as a football player.”With more exposure and more chances to succeed, Flournoy has also gained a great deal of confidence.But it is not just playing with the first team that is giving the junior confidence; it is his knack for the spectacular play and knowing that coaches are watching.“I’m getting confidence by being out here, but I’m getting confidence by making big plays because I know it’s on film,” he said. “Like [associate head] coach [John] Baxter always says, ‘Every day, the coaches are going upstairs and watching a silent movie about you.’”While his playing time has changed, so has his regular quarterback. Though he and freshman quarterback Max Wittek have the most catches between them this spring, Flournoy has had to adjust to catching passes from senior quarterback Matt Barkley.“Every quarterback throws the ball differently,” Flournoy said. “Getting reps with Barkley out here [in practice] and outside of school is a good thing, because we’re working on timing … and that’s where you want to be. You want to be with the first team.”When it comes down to it, however, Flournoy said that though his quarterback is different now, his job will always be the same: to catch the football when it comes his way, no matter who throws it.“It’s just being out there and in a different position and just being able to catch the ball from the quarterback … if he trusts you enough to throw you the ball,” Flournoy said.The offense has been somewhat of a work in progress this spring, with players normally atop the depth chart out with injuries. Flournoy, however, has not made any excuses; he is playing with the first team.“We’ve installed a lot of plays so, as an offense, we have a lot that we’re handling mentally,” Flournoy said. “We just have to go out there and just execute it.”Flournoy will likely take a back seat when Woods and Farmer return; however, he said he is making the most of his opportunities and is soaking in everything he has learned this spring, at every position he can.“I’m not going in with the mindset I’m playing one position,” Flournoy said. “I’m in the mindset of being thrown everything.”last_img read more

Defending champion Axelsen advances at badminton worlds

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ English FA brings in cards for touchline misconduct by managers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Defending world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan defeated Canada’s Rachel Honderich 21-11, 21-9 to advance.In men’s doubles, top-seeded Indonesians Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo advanced with a win over Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China. They will face 10th-seeded Vladamir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov in the next round.On the women’s side, No. 1 seed Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan defeated Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova 21-13, 21-14.The win sets up a clash with fellow countrywomen Du Yue and Li Yinhui in the round of 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil When play resumed on a different court, Axelsen won five of the next six points to clinch the game. He maintained this momentum into the second game, as he cruised to victory.“When we changed courts, I knew that both the light and wind was different, so I tried to focus on that and came really aggressive. Luckily that paid off in the end,” said Axelsen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Two-time world champion Chen Long beat Thailand’s Phetpradab Khosit 21-16, 21-11 in a match that lasted 50 minutes. Chen started slowly as Khosit repeatedly attacked the front of the net, but Chen eventually pulled away for the win.“When today’s match started, I still needed to adapt myself and mentally prepare myself,” said Chen. LATEST STORIES View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Viktor Axelsen of Denmark plays a shot against Huang Yuxiang of China during their men’s badminton singles match at the BWF World Championships in Nanjing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)NANJING, China — Defending world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Huang Yuxiang 21-17, 21-8 Wednesday to advance to the round of 16 at the badminton world championships.The match was tied 16-16 in the first game before play was suspended for roughly 10 minutes as organizers dealt with water that was dripping onto the court.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Chen will next face 14th-seeded Kenta Nishimoto.Fifth-seeded Kidambi Srikanth beat Pablo Abian of Spain, while No. 6 seed Kento Momota continued to shine in his 21-8, 21-10 victory over Austria’s Luka Wraber. Momota will play Anders Antonsen of Denmark in the round of 16.In women’s singles, China’s top-ranked shuttler Chen Yufei edged Gregoria Tunjung of Indonesia 21-17, 22-20 in a closely contested match.“The opponent and I seemed to be equally competent. We reached a stalemate during the first half of the match, then we both played harder in the second half,” Chen said.Chen will next face Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia, who upset No. 14 seed Aya Ohori of Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

‘Roy Hodgson must stay as England manager until World Cup 2018’, insists former captain

first_imgFormer England captain Terry Butcher believes Roy Hodgson should be handed a new contract up until the Russia World Cup in 2018.Hodgson’s current contract is up after next summer’s European Championships in France and the FA have made it clear there will be no further discussions on an extension until after the tournament.There have been reports circulating that the FA will turn to a foreign manager after France 2016, but Butcher insists that would be a “disaster” and it must be Hodgson to carry on nurturing the youthful England team.“With the younger players coming through, they respect him and the chemistry is right around the squad, both on and off the pitch,” Butcher told Drivetime.“He should have one more tournament after this to take this young group though to the World Cup finals. That would be ideal, rather than have someone else come in and the whole philosophy change round.“They’re talking about having a foreign manager coming in but I think that would be a disaster. We’ve got Roy in there now, he’s settled, the chemistry’s right, he’s got the young players playing, everybody wants to play for England again and there’s a spirit and a passion about the team as well.“We don’t have any real world class players but what we do have is a team that shows passion, fights for the jersey and that’s something that the fans can relate to very well.”last_img read more