Countdown to Camp: Eric Dungey has shown he can lead Syracuse’s offense, but can he do it for a full season?

first_imgSyracuse football’s training camp begins July 30. Every day leading up to camp, The Daily Orange’s football beat writers will take a look at some of the upcoming season’s most pressing storylines, players and position battles. Read more on the Countdown to Camp here.For the second straight offseason, the questions surrounding Eric Dungey have nothing to do with his play.The junior quarterback averaged 297.7 passing yards per game and had 293 rushing yards for the season. He accounted for 21 touchdowns. Yet Dungey missed considerable time. For the second straight year, he missed the last three games of the season due to “upper-body injury.”Dungey took a step forward last year as a quarterback despite learning a new system from the year prior. His second year in Dino Babers up-tempo offense should help him solidify his spot in the upper echelon of Atlantic Coast Conference quarterbacks. The one hurdle he’ll have to overcome to get there is his health.Before last season, Dungey pledged to try to stay in the pocket more. In the second game of the season against Louisville, he tried hurdling a defender and got flipped over in the process. After the upset victory over Virginia Tech in mid-October, Babers’ said the offense needed Dungey’s running ability.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At certain times, we’re willing to put him at risk,” Babers said at the postgame press conference, pausing before saying risk. “I would love to play a game where our quarterback never has to run the ball. I’d love to play a game where our quarterback never gets touched. And I have played games like that. But right now, at this time … we have to be calculated and we need his legs in our offense.”Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerThe SU offense was much more dynamic with Dungey running, especially because there wasn’t much production from the running backs. With two big receiving weapons next year, and a still-young offensive line, it appears Dungey’s legs will still need to be a crucial component of the SU attack.There are some positives. For the second straight year, Dungey bulked up in the offseason before spring ball. And last year, he more often slid and ran out of bounds to avoid hits than he did in 2015. He will need to continue to do that consistently.But he missed the end of each of the past two seasons after taking shots to the head. Should the hits keep piling up, Dungey’s career could be in jeopardy.He seems poised to play at a high level this season. Based on his past, though, it’s unclear if he’ll be available for all of it. Comments Published on July 28, 2017 at 10:23 am Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wisconsin heads into uncharted territories

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers head to unfamiliar Bemidji State this weekend in the second to last series of the regular season. The Badgers sit just three points behind the Beavers in the conference standings and need to continue their recent success if they want to have any hope of catching BSU this weekend on the road. UW is only 1-8-1 on the road this season.[/media-credit]All season long, when the Wisconsin men’s hockey team has taken a road trip, there’s always been concern over how the youngest Badgers will handle a new atmosphere.As they head to Bemidji State (15-14-3, 9-12-3 WCHA) this weekend, the youngsters aren’t the only ones who have never visited BSU before – in fact, Wisconsin (13-15-2, 8-14-2 WCHA) as a whole has never set foot on its foe’s campus.“Well, I hope I perform well; I’ll probably be outstanding behind the bench,” head coach Mike Eaves joked.In fact, some of the guys can’t even locate Bemidji, Minn., on a map.Sophomore defenseman Joe Faust used to live in the northern woods of Minnesota, not too far away from Bemidji, and has received questions about it.“I went to a school called Greenway,” Faust said. “I have a lot of friends and family that’s still up there, so I’m excited. Some of the guys were asking me where it was. They knew it was in northern Minnesota, but they didn’t really know where, so I was describing that a little bit.”Joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 2010, the Badgers hosted the Beavers last season, sweeping their newest conference adversary with a 3-2 Friday night win and a 2-0 decision Saturday. The teams have met on neutral ice once before, in the first round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.But in the WCHA era, this week marks only the second time the two teams have met and the first time even Eaves has been to Bemidji’s new arena.“I talked to (women’s hockey head coach) Mark Johnson at the radio show; he says it’s a great facility,” Eaves said. “… I think everybody is looking really forward to going and seeing what they have to offer.”With only two more series remaining in regular season play, the Badgers are looking to make the most of what games they have left. Currently sitting in 10th place in the WCHA, Wisconsin trails eighth place Bemidji by only three points.UW is beyond recognizing the importance of the weekend or any remaining series – the team has known just how important each series has been through the second half of the season. Rather, they just need to win, plain and simple.“We need four points,” sophomore Keegan Meuer said. “We’ve said it for the past couple of weeks; but it’s kind of been do or die for us. Every game has been the most important game of the season for quite a while now, but we need four points. A split will do us no good.”For a team that is 1-8-1 on the road, winning has not been an easy task.But after a 5-2 rout of a potential conference title-contending Denver team last weekend in its final home game of the season, Wisconsin knows it just has to keep the offense rolling and continue to get shots on net.“We have to go and bottle what we did on Saturday,” Eaves said. “Not only playing well but finishing offensively. Our [goal] would be to bottle that and take that on the road with us.”“I think we go back and just look at what we did well and how we did it so well,” Meuer said. “I think it was the first time we put up 35 shots in a while. We kept them under 20, and we got a lot of scoring chances. We got a lot of pucks on the net. … If we just keep getting pucks on net and keep getting traffic in front, we’re going to find ourselves with good opportunities to score.”Regardless, the Badgers hope to continue last weekend’s win and its adjoining momentum through the remainder of the season.“I think Saturday was just huge to get out of a losing streak,” Faust said. “To get that win and play better was a huge boost to the team. It’s just brought back a new level of excitement and energy, and I think we’re just going to try and carry that into Bemidji and keep going. We don’t want to get too carried away, but we have playoffs coming up; we just have to keep improving and getting better every weekend.”last_img read more

Wellington council approves applying for walking trail grant around Hargis

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council has voted to apply for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant which if obtained would fund the construction of concrete hike and biking trails around Hargis Creek Watershed in northeast Wellington.The city council and staff members have been discussing building a path that can be used for walkers, joggers and bicyclers. The long-term goal is to build a path that would loop around and connect the city’s four biggest parks:•Hargis,•Century Park – formerly known as Lions Club Park – in central Wellington north of the U.S. 80-160 viaduct,•Woods Park, south of the municipal golf course,•Worden Park, in northwest Wellington, home of the sports complex.But the completion of such a path route is years away. Right now, the council is looking to build just one phase of the overall project.At its Dec. 18 meeting, the council voted to overrule a recommendation of the Park Board, an advisory board for the council, and go with a path around Hargis Creek Watershed. The park board had recommended Woods Park in that it would be easier to eventually connect with Worden Park, said Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer.Instead the council decided to start with Hargis. The path, if built, would loop around the Hargis Creek and eventually head west onto Hillside Road (see proposed map below). The Hargis Creek project would be built in four phases. The first phase would be two loop paths on the east end of the watershed, the second phase would be on the west end. The third phase would be on the south end, and a fourth phase would be to stretch west on Hillside Road.The funding will come out out of a Transportation Enhancement Grant fund through KDOT which currently has $15 million to disperse in a 2013-14 timeframe. The city must have an application to KDOT by February 15.Wellington City Economic Development Director Cody Sims says KDOT will recommend the city submit a grant application with the entire project, and they would award the selected cities for a certain number of feet for a certain number of dollars.Sims estimates that the Hargis project will cost $541,946. The state would pay for 80 percent and the city would pay for 20 percent of the funding.The city did contact the Wellington school officials about whether this would mess with the cross country tracks at the annual meet held in September. With a few modifications, it was decided both the hike/bike path and cross country routes would not interfere with the other.Proposed hiking/biking path around Hargis Creek. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -10 Vote up Vote down Sam · 397 weeks ago Oh goody-goody. Why not something that everyone can benefit from. Report Reply 2 replies · active 397 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down two ears, one mouth · 397 weeks ago Why listen to the park board? They probably only did a little more research than the city Counsel. Why have a walking path around the only real place to hold a family picnic, play disc golf and the golf course. Did you just not run an article on having people volunteer…seems it does not matter now does it… I am at least glad they decided to go foward with the project so now we can hike and walk around the smell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Billy · 397 weeks ago What’s that big red dot right next to the trail? Report Reply 1 reply · active 397 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Bob · 397 weeks ago this will be nice hope we get the grants Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Phil · 397 weeks ago Two ears and one mouth…so you will be applying for one of the vacant Park Board positions? Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down JaneJane · 397 weeks ago The red dot is the Police Department firing range. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down The Voice · 397 weeks ago Small Town Boy are you saying that the people of the community should have no voice. Should just roll over and say thank you can I have another when it comes to the decisions made by the councel. Who are elected by the people?????? Nothing wrong with people who post their displeasure. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Sam · 397 weeks ago I agree with you The Voice. Look at the select few who wants the trail vs the ones who don’t get to enjoy the grant project. This town does not look at the over all public use. They sure didn’t want ac/heat in the auditorium for everyone. But must say they have put in ramps at crossings for the handicap. Now they need to finish a sidewalk to walmart that needs done asap. I’ll be damn if they get my vote on election again. Can’t believe I have minus 2 expelling my health reason for not wanting the trail. Just shows how disrespectful jerk people are. That is ok I have lived with disrespect for years, nothing has changed. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JaneJane · 397 weeks ago It’s not that the city is not wanting to fix all of the other stuff that needs done around Wellington, it’s that there is no funding for it. Recently we have been fortunate enough to be the recipient of two grants that have provided us funding for walking trails.This is another one of those opportunities. The people who are giving out the monies for these grants are the ones that determine what you can and can not do with their money.Since exercise and healthy lifestyles are at the forefront right now, that is where the money is going. I am sure that all of us would like to see a sidewalk out to McDonalds and WalMart. I am sure that the City Council is looking for funding for that as we speak. Until something comes up as a way to pay for that we need to do projects that we can get money for. Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down notlla · 397 weeks ago The free grant money is fine ,But who do you think payes the other 20% We need some of that free money to bring something downtown, Report Reply 0 replies · active 397 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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