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: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NHL playoffs 2019: Maple Leafs cursed by Drake? Toronto drops Game 4 with rapper present

first_imgJust days after an Italian soccer team banned its players from taking photos with Drake, the Canadian rapper showed up to support his hometown hockey team and had the sports world talking about whether his so-called curse would extend to the Toronto Maple Leafs.With Toronto hosting the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their first-round series on Wednesday, Drake could be spotted in a private box sporting a blue Leafs jersey with the No. 6.  View this post on Instagram With the 🦉 @champagnepapi 🙏🏽 📸 @bassforrealA post shared by Layvin Kurzawa 20 (@kurzawa_20) on Apr 12, 2019 at 9:23am PDTNot everyone believes in the Drake Curse, though. Boxer Anthony Joshua posed for a photo with Drake and showed little regard for superstition.Bout to break the curse 🦉 #June1st pic.twitter.com/UIh3ILUfrE— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) March 21, 2019Is the Drake Curse real? After Game 4 it might seem that way for Leafs fans, but there’s still plenty of hockey left to prove otherwise. Kurzawa played in both games for PSG. Photos and video of the 32-year-old immediately started to spread on social media, with most referencing the so-called “Drake Curse” that befalls any team or athlete that the rapper shows support for.Is the Drake Curse about to affect the #Leafs? Find out in 2 more periods.(📽: @SNFaizalKhamisa)pic.twitter.com/L3Q4ThnJaM— Sporting News Canada (@sportingnewsca) April 17, 2019The curse seemed to be for real on Wednesday, with the Leafs going down 2-0 within the first 6:38 of the game. Toronto battled back with two straight goals of their own, but David Pastrnak scored twice in the second period before the teams traded a pair of goals each in the final frame to gave Boston a 6-4 victory and a 2-2 tie in the series.#NHLBRUINS WIN!!! 🙌6-4 over the Leafs. Series is tied 2-2! pic.twitter.com/Gbc2rkczwR— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 18, 2019It’s not a great omen for Leafs fans, but Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen offered up a simpler reason for why his team lost: The Bruins were simply better.”They came pretty hard and were able to take advantage of some of their chances,” Andersen said. “They probably came out a bit harder than we did.”Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, caused a stir this week when AS Roma cheekily tweeted that it would not be allowing its players to take photographs with him through the rest of the season.All Roma players banned from taking photos with Drake until the end of the season— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 15, 2019Roma’s tweet was in response to a photo posted on Instagram by Paris Saint-Germain defender Layvin Kurzawa three days earlier. PSG went on to suffer a 5-1 loss on Sunday, its worst loss in a decade, followed by a 3-2 defeat to 14th-place Nantes on Wednesday.last_img read more

Toddler drowns after slipping into canal

first_imgThe distraught mother standing in disbeliefThe motionless body of a 23-month-old boy was on Monday pulled from a trench close to his Berbice home moments after he disappeared.Dead is Bryston Akrie of No. 52 Village Cortentyne, Berbice, whom might have slipped into the pond as he was making his way to join his other three siblings a short distance away. He was found floating face down by his mother, Patricia Devi, at about 15:00h.When Guyana Times contacted the mother on Tuesday, she was at the time speaking with Police detectives who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the child.She however explained that the child asked for some tea and as such, she left him with his grandmother as she went to the kitchen. However, as she returned, she saw her mother fast asleep and the child was missing.She explained that the child would normally go out to play with his siblings and thought that he was with them. It was not until one of her other children returned home that she realized that he never joined the others. She said she frantically woke her mother and raised an alarm.“Meh search all ova… upstairs, down stairs, in the back yard…and we nah see he… Meh mother and so start to help search but we nah see he,” she recalled.She said that she decided to check around the pond where she was confronted by her biggest fear. Upon seeing the child in the water, she reportedly jumped overboard and retrieved the child.At that time, she recollected his body was pale and there were no movements or signs that he was alive. Her father, who heard her screams as he was heading home from work, ran towards her and as he picked up his grandson, he realized that the child was dead.The mother, grieving the lost her last child, said that on his way to meet his siblings, he might have stopped by the pond to play with the water and it then slipped in.“We carry he in the house, bathe he and change he clothes and by then the police come do them checks…we then carry he to the hospital mortuary,” the distraught woman added.She further told Guyana Times that she and the father of her four children had separated three months ago and in order for her to take care of her children, she was forced to look for a job. She is presently employed with an aunt to clean fish glue. The other children are ages eight, six and four.A Post-Mortem is expected to be performed shortly.The canal in which the child was pulledlast_img read more