Syracuse football roundtable: Positives in the secondary, SU’s 2nd receiving threat and who has to step up against Virginia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast) hosts No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0) on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. It’s the two teams’ first meeting since the Hokies beat the Orange, 51-7, in 2003. Heading into the matchup, beat writers Tomer Langer, Chris Libonati and Jon Mettus answer three questions surrounding SU.1. Has the secondary had any bright spots amid its terrible start to the season?Tomer Langer: Do bright yellow flags flying because of pass interference calls count as “bright spots?” It’s been hard for this secondary, particularly after losing two starters to season-ending injuries. Daivon Ellison has had some nice moments, and most of the secondary has actually done a solid job tackling recently (when the DBs aren’t getting burned over the top) as Cordell Hudson, Kielan Whitner and Corey Winfield combined for 25 tackles against Wake Forest. And if we’re looking at silver linings, none of the DBs are seniors, so experience can only help for next year.Chris Libonati: If you watch games, you know this unit has had some head-scratching plays. That doesn’t fall totally on defensive coordinator Brian Ward, secondary coach Nick Monroe or any defensive back in particular because of the change in scheme. One player who has stood out as outdoing the rest of the secondary is Daivon Ellison. The 5-foot-8 safety has been impressive in clean-up duty from the back end for the Orange. Despite his size — he also only weighs 177 pounds, which is actually a nine-pound improvement over last season — he’s one of the secondary’s best tacklers. When he’s faced down bigger runners, he stays down and wraps up the ball carrier. Despite not starting in the first two games and not getting much playing time, he’s third for SU with 37 tackles. In coverage, he has one interception and hasn’t been beaten as often as his counterparts. His emergence has been and will be key for SU going forward.Jon Mettus: The secondary has looked bad for various reasons including miscommunications, poor coverage and bad routes taken to stop ball carriers. A lot of the big plays the Orange has given up — often for scores — fall on the shoulders of those in the secondary. Safety Daivon Ellison has looked the best after filling in for injured safeties Antwan Cordy and Kielan Whitner, now establishing himself as a starter. He makes plays at the line in the running games, looks like the best tackler in the secondary and has forced a fumble and snagged an interception. Cornerback Corey Winfield has been emerging slightly as a bright spot over the last three games where he’s recorded 15 tackles and broken up two passes, including a big hit in the backfield that led to an interception against Wake Forest. But he’s been plagued by missed tackles like almost every other defensive back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBryan Cereijo | Staff Photographer2. How desperate is Syracuse to develop a second threat from the wide receiver position?T.L.: I’m not sure it’s a matter of developing that second threat per se as much of a finding the other threats to be more consistent. Wake Forest game aside, Ervin Philips had at least six catches in every game this season and Steve Ishmael has five in each of his last two games. But the catches all seem to come on a few drives with the offense getting shut out at other points. The weapons are there; the offensive execution just needs to be more consistent.C.L.: Well, I think SU has two. Amba Etta-Tawo and Ervin Philips. I think Philips hasn’t gotten as many looks simply because Etta-Tawo has simply been that good. In its last game against Wake Forest, Eric Dungey looked away from Etta-Tawo a lot without a ton of success. Once SU can spray the ball over the field (and get mismatches at more than one spot) rather than concentrate on one area, it’ll have more success. That’s a long way to say SU needs another outside threat more than it just needs a second general threat. If Steve Ishmael proves to be that guy remains to be seen. He’s a good receiver, but his skillset also doesn’t jibe with the system he’s in all the time. Ishmael isn’t as quick as the other wide outs on the roster. More than a second threat, SU needs to figure out its offensive line.J.M.: It’s not just a second threat that Syracuse needs, it’s a third and maybe even fourth. Right now, Amba Etta-Tawo is the primary and basically only deep threat. Ervin Philips has established himself as the secondary threat with 42 catches to Etta-Tawo’s 51, but Philips has more than 500 yards fewer than Etta-Tawo. Part of it has to do with the outrageous success that Etta-Tawo is having — save for the hurricane-filled Wake Forest game — but against teams with better secondaries, Eric Dungey needs to throw the ball to more than just one or two receivers when throwing it close to 50 times per game. The Orange is going to likely rely on the short passing game more, too, with a struggling offensive line and running game. It’s time for Steve Ishmael, Brisly Estime and maybe even freshman Devin Butler to step up.3. Which SU player has to step up in order for Syracuse to have a chance against Virginia Tech?T.L.: The entire offensive line, honestly. A lot of pressure came up the middle last week against Wake Forest so some might single out Colin Byrne or either of the two guards. But the truth is that this patchwork group as a whole hasn’t been that strong. It hasn’t been terrible, but it’ll need to be solid not only in pass protection but in run blocking if SU has a chance to beat VT.C.L.: Aaron Roberts/Evan Adams. Colin Byrne said WFU sent double A-gap blitzes, which is a horrendous mess to pick up and is a nightmare when you consider how patched together the SU offensive line is right now. Byrne has played well in place of starter Jason Emerich and maybe even better than Emerich would have played, but it’ll be up to SU’s guards to aid in interior blitz pickup. And you best believe a defensive coordinator like Bud Foster is going to try to blow up the SU offensive line with blitzes. Dino Babers mentioned Foster’s previous work during Monday’s press conference. If Babers doesn’t want his squad to end up on a highlight film for Foster, he’ll need his interior linemen to be ready.J.M.: Colin Byrne. The success of this offensive line starts at the center, both in position and space. Pressure up the middle makes it impossible to run the ball (see the 11 tackles for a loss by Wake Forest) and hard to throw the ball (see Dino Babers’ postgame press conference where he mentioned that receivers were open but Dungey couldn’t see them because of the pressure). Dungey is mobile enough that he can step up to avoid pressure from the edges, but from the center is disastrous. Byrne has been the most critical of his own play and the play of the group recently (interestingly, Dino Babers decided not to make him available to the media this week). All eyes should be on him and the middle of the offensive line. Comments Published on October 13, 2016 at 11:03 pmlast_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Wednesday, July 5.Dan MC GEEThe death has taken place in the Lakehouse Nursing Home, Portnablagh, of Dan Mc Gee of Meenacladdy, Gweedore. Survived by his brother Patrick, nieces and nephews. Removal from The Lakehouse yesterday at 5.00pm going to his brother Patrick’s residence in Magheroarty for wake. Removal from there on Thursday, the 6th, for 11.00am requiem Mass in St Colmcille’s Church, Knockfola, with burial afterwards in the adjacent cemetery. Rosary both nights at 9.00pm.Joe LOUGHThe death has taken place at The North West Hospice, Sligo of Joe Lough, Doohill, Ardara. Sadly missed by his beloved wife Bridget, son Paul, daughters Geraldine, Mags and Caroline and all his dearest family and friends.His remains are reposing at his residence from 11am today (Wednesday). Funeral from there on Friday morning at 10.30am to The Church Of The Holy Family, Ardara for 11am Requiem Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining graveyard. Family time from 12 midnight to 10am. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu, if desired, to The North West Hospice, Sligo c/o any family member. Joseph CLARKEThe death has taken place at Letterkenny University Hospital of Joseph Clarke, 525 Bonemaine, Bridgend, Co Donegal. Beloved husband of Marian and dear father of Keith, Annemarie, Jennifer, Emma and Angela.Removal from Murphy’s Funeral Home Wednesday 5th July at 11.00am going to his residence. Funeral on Friday 7th July leaving his home at 10.15am going to St Aengus’ Church, Burt for 11.00am Requiem Mass followed by interment in Burt Cemetery.Packie ‘Annie’ O’DONNELLThe death has occurred of Packie ‘Annie’ O’Donnell, Brockagh, Dungloe, at Letterkenny University Hospital.Reposing in McGlynn’s Funeral home from 6.30pm this evening (Wednesday July 5th) with rosary at 9pm and also tomorrow from 10am with rosary at 6pm with removal afterwards to his late residence in Brockagh. Funeral Mass on Friday July 7th at 11am in St Crona’s Church, Dungloe with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. House is private from 11pm and also on the morning of the funeral.Helen DIVER (née Mc Laughlin)The death took place on Monday 3rd July 2017 at the Donegal Hospice Letterkenny of Helen Diver (née Mc Laughlin) Hollywell Retirement Village Killea Co Donegal and formerly of “Hill Bungalow” New Line Road Letterkenny.Reposing at Light Chapel of Rest Carnamuggagh Letterkenny on Wednesday 5th July from 4.30pm until prayers at 5.30pm and removal to St Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny to arrive at 6pm to repose overnight. Funeral mass on Thursday 6th at 11.30am and interment following mass at Conwal cemetery in the Mc Laughlin family plot.Helen is survived by her step-daughters Noleen and Suzanne, sister Gabrielle Caffrey (Cork) brothers Vincent (Cork), Aeneas (Derry), Nieces, Nephews, sisters-in-law Anne, Roisin, Brother-in-law Gerard and wider family circle. Helen is pre-deceased by her husband Vincent, her father Charles V and her mother Winfred and brother Robert and Paul. Family Flowers only Please Donation in lieu if desired to The Donegal Hospice, Knocknamona Letterkenny Co Donegal. Marie GALLAGHERThe death has occurred of Marie Gallagher Ardnawark, Barnesmore, Donegal.Removal from her residence took place this morning at 10.15am for 11am Mass in St. Agatha’s Church, Clar. Burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Alzheimers Unit, Donegal Town.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: July 5th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal death noticesobituarieslast_img read more