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November 5-7, 2010
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SU could be bowl-bound with win, but Marrone, Orange have sights set on more
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And now, the Marrone plan sees its 1st big effect on recruiting By Brett LoGiurato
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Nov. 3, 2010 3:31 p.m. USC. Penn State. Notre Dame. Alabama. And Syracuse. That’s the final list for the 2011 No. 1 prospect in New York state, defensive end-tight end Ishaq Williams of Lincoln High School in New York City. This is all according to the New York Post. According to Scout.com, Williams is the No. 7 defensive end prospect in the class. Now, to start and be fair, both of Williams’ parents are Syracuse alumni. And he grew up in the Central New York-area until he was 16. So naturally, SU would have to be a consideration. But it just doesn’t seem like Syracuse would be a real consideration for Williams if he hadn’t seen the recent steps of the program, which SU head coach Doug Marrone now has at 6-2 and on the way to a bowl for the first time since 2004. And a Big East title, which absolutely no one had seen coming at the beginning of this season, is not out of the realm of possibility. And because of that, a dynamic player like Williams isn’t out of the realm of possibility, either. Marrone’s 2010 class was about on par with that of Rutgers as part of the middle of the pack around the nation. But Williams would be a huge step forward. Marrone’s third class is already shaping up to be better than his second. Six three-star recruits have already verbally committed to play for the Orange, which is already more than half the number of three-star recruits Marrone scooped up last year. And Signing Day isn’t until February. And a commit from Williams could spur even further progress for the 2011 class, according to the Post. Williams could also possibly be the face of the program, the biggest prospect Marrone has landed since he arrived in upstate New York three years ago, and could lure fellow city standouts like Brandon Reddish of Fort Hamilton and Shaquell Jackson and Wayne Morgan of Erasmus Hall to Syracuse. And here’s what Williams’ father, Shaun, had to say about Syracuse and Marrone to the Post: “We think Coach Marrone is poised right now to really put Syracuse on the national map,” Shaun said. “He is really laying down the foundation for a winning program.” And this: “I thought he showed so much class,” Shaun said. Ishaq Williams plans to commit on Jan. 8 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, according to the Post. He’s scheduled for a visit to Syracuse on Dec. 11. We’ll see what happens with this one. email@example.com
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matthew ziegler | staff photographer The Syracuse defense ranks 13th in total defense, but it will be tested Saturday against Louisville. The Cardinals rush for nearly 200 yards per game, No. 23 in the nation.
Against Cardinals, ever-improving SU defense will face new challenge
oug Hogue doesn’t spend a lot of time dwelling on the numbers. Not at this point, just 10 weeks into the
season. To Hogue, the fact that Syracuse enters the weekend as 13th-ranked defense in the country is a trivial piece of information. It doesn’t at all speak to where the Orange hopes to be at season’s end. And focusing on it doesn’t do anything but bring complacency. And that’s not something the Orange can have with the nation’s No. 5 rusher coming to town on Saturday in Bilal Powell. “Personally, I never really pay attention to those things,” Hogue, a senior linebacker, said of the defensive ranking. “We just have to keep it up and keep building. I feel as though we have yet to play our best defense. We’re going to have to keep improving.” Hogue’s mentality isn’t just his own, either. It’s one that is shared by his teammates, all the way up to SU head coach, Doug Marrone. Together, the Orange defense collectively understands that each week is a new obstacle to overcome. A new team looking to exploit what has steadily
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goin’ hog wild become the rock upon which SU’s season relies. And as the Orange prepares to take the field against a much improved Louisville offense Saturday in the Carrier Dome, that mindset won’t change. Facing an offense that features one of the premier running threats in the country in Powell, the Orange can’t get caught up in what it accomplished last week or the week before. For them it’s another new challenge. It’s another opportunity to continue improving. Gone is the “swag” and brash trashtalking mentality we saw from the defense in the first few weeks. Now it’s all business. Because it didn’t really matter that the Orange defense had shut down Akron and South Florida on the road earlier this
season. Directly following each of those two games, that feeling of complacency set in, leading to embarrassing performances against Washington and Pittsburgh, SU’s only two losses of the season. Now three weeks removed from that loss to Pitt, the same mentality that accompanied the Orange on the road in impressive wins against West Virginia and Cincinnati must remain Saturday against Louisville. Though Powell — who leads the Big East in rushing — is questionable for the game with a swollen right knee, the Cardinals have enough offensive weapons to exploit the Orange if SU takes the game lightly. Perhaps that’s why Hogue and his teammates are staying grounded. Despite what was accomplished last week or the week before, the approach remains the same: Don’t look back, just ahead. Focus on the task at hand. “It’s all about us maturing each week,” SU strong safety Shamarko Thomas said. “The Pitt game just made us a tougher defense. It brought us together and taught us that we need to communicate better and see john page 8
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fan Perspectives compiled by mark cooper | asst. copy editor
If Syracuse wins this weekend and makes it to a bowl game, how will you celebrate?
“I won’t really celebrate. They should make a bowl.” Mike Lefko
“I would go crazy with my friends and look into making travel plans for the bowl game.” Ricky D’Arrigo
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Junior Information Studies major
“My friends and I have a game day dance that we’ll definitely perform, to Jock Jams.”
“I’ll attend more games next season. Obviously try to go to the bowl game.” Antonio Rejman
Junior Biology major
Freshman Broadcast Journalism and Information Studies major
“I will paint my body orange.” Carolyn Fine
Freshman Advertising major
“Party on the Quad.” Jackie Roberts
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STRONG medicine With arrival of head coach Charlie Strong, Louisville’s defense evolves into one of conference’s best units By Zach Brown
oug Beaumont knew from the very first team meeting of the year that new head coach Charlie Strong was ready to turn around a sagging Louisville program. Before spring practices started, before he had gotten to know his players, Strong sent his team a message in that first meeting. A message that the senior wide receiver Beaumont said was not delivered in the kindest of tones. It was a message, Beaumont said, that showed the Louisville football team that Strong was there to turn things around. He demanded respect from his players. And he got it immediately. “He told us from the get-go what he’s expecting, what he’s going to do,” Beaumont said. “And it showed us that it’s not time to play around no more, and we
“When you look at it, it’s a program that four years ago went to the Orange Bowl. It hasn’t been to a bowl game in the last three years, so it’s just change the overall attitude of this football team. You had to get them to believe that they can go play. Get them to believe that they can win.”
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just have to respect him. He got his trust right away. And from then on, he kept his trust. “My first impression was he was the real deal.” Strong has eased off that intensity slightly as he has built a rapport with his players. But come Saturdays, the passion works its way back into the first-year head coach’s demeanor. As the former Florida defensive coordinator, he was brought to Louisville to improve that side of the football, where the Cardinals (4-4, 1-2 Big East) finished 65th in the nation last year. And that improvement has already emerged in Louisville’s play this year. Strong and the Cardinals’ No. 22-ranked defense will be on display when they take on Syracuse (6-2, 3-1) Saturday at noon in the Carrier Dome. “It’s a big turnaround, you can just tell,” Beaumont said. “The defense is more motivated to get to the ball fast, play hard. … They have great execution planned from Coach Strong and the defensive staff.” Just a year ago, Louisville struggled to keep teams out of the end zone, a major contributor to its 4-8 season. The defense allowed 26.3 points per game, a number that bumped up to 32.5 per game in the Cardinals’ eight losses. Their pass rush mustered just 23 sacks through those 12 games, and the run defense
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matthew ziegler | staff photographer shamarko thomas (21) ranks fifth on the Syracuse defense with 36 tackles this season and also has two sacks. He had 4.5 tackles in last season’s 10-9 loss to Louisville.
Scouting Louisville with Shamarko Thomas By Andrew L. John
s part of Syracuse’s 13th-ranked defensive unit, safety Shamarko Thomas has racked up 36 total tackles and two sacks and a fumble recovery through the Orange’s first eight games this season. Against West Virginia, Thomas had seven tackles and assisted on the final sack of WVU quarterback Geno Smith to end SU’s 19-14 victory. On Saturday, the Orange defense faces a new challenge coming from the nation’s No. 4 rusher in Bilal Powell. The Daily Orange spoke to Thomas this week to discuss how the unit is preparing for the Louisville offense.
The Daily Orange: What is the team’s mentality heading into this game after winning two in a row on the road? Thomas: We just need to stay focused and take it one game at a time. We’re only worried
about getting this ‘W.’ Go 1-0 every week. It’s just another game, and we need to stay focused and get back to work.
swagger.” I mean, we know what we can do, and against a good Louisville offense, it’ll be another chance to prove it.
The defense has played well in back-to-back games now coming off the disappointing game against Pittsburgh. What did that loss to Pitt do for you guys?
What opportunities are presented for you guys as a defense going up against one of the top running backs in the country in Louisville running back Bilal Powell?
We had some miscues against Pitt. But it ultimately helped us become an even better defense. That game helped us mature. We had a little discussion and we talked it out and we were determined to step it up. We have been playing great, and that’s just from staying focused and having great defensive leadership.
It’s not just him, Louisville has a great offense so we’re not just focused on him. We’re focused on the whole offense. We’re looking forward to the challenge.
What do you guys expect this week against an improved Louisville offense? It’s the same mentality. Our whole mindset has changed from the beginning of the year. I tell our guys, “We’ve got a different kind of
Does it change your game plan if he does not play on Saturday? Not at all. We’re focused on that matchup, but the approach is the same every week. Like I said before, our mindset is to go 1-0 and play balls-out, balls-to-the-wall. Like our coaches always tell us, f ly to the ball. That has been our theme. Every week, we just want to get better and better, and that’s
What are you guys looking to focus on specifically with this offense? What kind of things have stood out to you in watching film? Big plays. On film, they make a lot of big plays. Deep balls, screens and a lot of other stuff. So our goal is to eliminate the big plays they make on offense.
How do you guys stay grounded coming off two big wins? How do you not allow Louisville to come into the Carrier Dome and catch you guys off guard? We always have to persevere and stay strong and stay together as a team. This is our family, so (SU head coach Doug Marrone) taught us how to grow with each other and stay together. He’s showed us how to win. He speaks about that a lot, about winning and coming together as a team. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q&A with SU linebacker Malcolm Cater By Brett LoGiurato Asst. Sports Editor
Though most of the attention has been focused on freshman linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fellow freshman has made noise at the same position. Malcolm Cater has played a key role on special teams while occasionally fitting into the linebacker rotation on defense. Cater, a 6-foot1, 212-pound linebacker from Riverhead, N.Y., has 11 total tackles and a sack this season. The Daily Orange caught up with Cater this week to discuss his freshman season thus far and look ahead to Saturday’s contest with Louisville and beyond.
The Daily Orange: Going back to the game against Maine when you had five tackles and a big hit on a kickoff return, was that your coming out party? Cater: Yeah, it was exciting just going out there as a freshman and showing my team that I’m ready to be on the field and be ready to just play ball. I’m out here to play ball and show what I can do.
Have you heard the nickname “Clothesline Cater” off that big hit? Yeah, that was pretty funny. I saw it online and everything. It’s a pretty cool nickname to have. In my recent game I played against Cincinnati, I just played all right. I have to work a little more now, wrap up a little more. But I took some shots out there that I’m a little upset about, and I should have made those tackles. I’ll make it better.
We need to stay in the “camera club.” Everybody just has to fly to the ball, just run to the ball and keep tackling. Just keep going for shots and make things happen. We have a great defense on the field. Everything needs to flow on defense. I’m not really worried about defense. I think our defense is going to keep going hard and fly to the ball like we usually do.
As a freshman linebacker, what have you learned from Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith? Just hard work. How they study film and how they’re so focused on film. They want to learn more and more every day. Even though they’re good players, they work on the small, small details. How they “dip and rip,” how they burst through the hole, how fast they close to the ball, how they take the right angle to the ball-carrier. Just small things like that, they stress so much. And being seniors, they show us as freshmen how to be more focused. It’s really good working behind Doug and Derrell.
Along the same lines, what have you learned from fellow freshman starting linebacker Marquis Spruill? What’s your relationship like, and what do you see from you guys going forward?
That’s very important. I’m a very physical person. I like to be a hard-hitter. I like to make big plays. It’s just being a middle linebacker. That’s what you have to do. You have to come between those tackles, and you have to fill the gaps. You just have to keep playing hard and keep doing it.
Me and Marquis are roommates. We just talk about the future and everything. We talk about how he could make better plays and how he could focus up a little more on small details and just how he slow-plays sometimes and could speed it up. Seeing him play, everybody wants to be in that position. But just seeing him and how he works so hard, he makes me work hard. He’s a hard-working kid. Next year, it’ll be me and him. I’ll be middle linebacker, he’ll be outside linebacker. It’ll be a great duet.
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How important is the hard-hitting, physical aspect for you as a linebacker?
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matthew ziegler | staff photographer malcolm cater (4) has made 11 tackles and one sack this year as a backup linebacker for the Orange. The freshman has played mostly on special teams this season.
Monday about how some of the matchups with Louisville worried him. What are some of the matchups you guys are worried about on defense and are looking at as keys to come out on top?
know our roles out there. And we’ve been doing that each week ever since. “We had some miscues against Pitt. But it ultimately helped us become an even better defense. That game helped us mature.” And after holding WVU and Cincy scoreless in the second half of each of the last two games, the defensive unit only appears to be getting better with each week. That’s the only thing that interests Hogue and his teammates right now. The numbers and past accomplishments are virtually meaningless to this group. The defense has evolved from the trash-talking unit that had that “swag” at the beginning of the season.
Now, after each win, it’s simply on to the next one. “Every week we just try to forget about what we’ve accomplished the previous game,” defensive end Mikhail Marinovich said. “This week it’s a new challenge. We face a good offense, and despite what is behind us or ahead of us, this is our focus.” Perhaps that’s why Hogue and the rest of his unit aren’t paying attention to the numbers. Despite what this defense has done in previous weeks, the biggest challenge for the Orange is the one just around the corner. Regardless of whether or not Powell is lining up in the backfield. Andrew L. John is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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johnny patrick cb Louisville’s rush defense is not as strong as its pass, and that’s what SU will likely look to exploit. With Prince-Tyson Gulley out, though, SU needs both Carter and Antwon Bailey at full strength.
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brandon heath lb Pugh and the offensive line allowed Nassib to move methodically last week at Cincinnati. Against Gnat, who leads the Cardinals with 6.5 sacks, Pugh has to be at the top of his game.
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rodney gnat de If Powell plays, it’ll be a different animal for SU. That comes in the form of a top-five running back nationally in terms of average yards per game. And as the leader of the defense, Smith will be in charge of stopping him.
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In 1989, Syracuse beat Louisville in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan, marking the only time SU has ever played outside the United States. When SU shocked No. 18 Louisville 38-35 in 2007, current starting strong safety Max Suter ran back a kickoff return 93 yards for a touchdown. Louisville has gone 129 consecutive games without being shut out. Syracuse has shut out four of its eight opponents in the second half this season.
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they said it “Everyone knows what our record is. Everyone knows how many wins we have to have to become bowl eligible. It’s in everyone’s mind. Yeah, we talk about it.”
SYRACUSE OFFENSE 12 QB RYAN NASSIB 3 RB DELONE CARTER 49 FB ADAM HARRIS 15 WR ALEC LEMON 82 WR VAN CHEW 85 TE JOSE CRUZ 67 LT JUSTIN PUGH 75 LG ZACK CHIBANE 70 C RYAN BARTHOLOMEW 66 RG ANDREW TILLER 74 RT MICHAEL HAY
LOUISVILLE DEFENSE 91 DE William Savoy 92 DT Brandon Dunn 93 NT Roy Philon 58 DE Rodney Gnat 24 OLB Daniel Brown 46 MLB Dexter Heyman 5 OLB Brandon Heath 42 CB Bobby Burns 19 CB Johnny Patrick 29 SS Hakeem Smith 36 FS Shenard Holton
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Conference wins for Louisville in the past three seasons. Louisville is 3-14 in Big East play over that span.
Non-specialist scholarship players that will be available Saturday against Louisville, SU head coach Doug Marrone said Monday.
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Road Big East wins for Syracuse in three games, the most for the Orange since 2001.
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Nassib will take on Louisville’s 13th-ranked pass defense, and it starts with Patrick, who will likely be covering Van Chew most of the game. Nassib needs to improve from his relatively shaky Big East performances thus far.
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Syracuse 30 Louisville 17 Louisville has been a surprise team in the Big East this year. But Syracuse appears to be on a roll, and I just don’t see this streak ending here.
LOUISVILLE OFFENSE 9 QB Adam Froman 15 RB Bilal Powell 1 WR Josh Bellamy 27 WR Doug Beaumont 14 WR Andrell Smith 83 TE Cameron Graham 78 LT Byron Stingily 79 LG Mark Wetterer 55 C Mario Benavides 65 RG Josh Byrom 76 RT Greg Tomczyk
SYRACUSE DEFENSE 54 DE MIKHAIL MARINOVICH 94 NT BUD TRIBBEY 51 DT ANDREW LEWIS 99 DE CHANDLER JONES 11 SLB MARQUIS SPRUILL 25 MLB DERRELL SMITH 32 WLB RYAN GILLUM 6 CB DA’MON MERKERSON 35 CB MIKE HOLMES 24 SS MAX SUTER 1 FS PHILLIP THOMAS
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Syracuse 31 Louisville 13 SU takes this one handily, partially because I don’t think Bilal Powell will play. If he doesn’t, take into consideration that SU has beaten two consecutive opponents without their best players.
TONY OLIVERO Syracuse 24 Louisville 10 For the second week in a row, SU will win big due to the opponent’s injury to their best offensive player. The real question is, will G-Rob call any of his old players for bowleligible congrats.
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Around the nation CAMERON NEWTON, QB, AUBURN
Newton just keeps finding ways to help his team win. It’s as simple as that. And as he does it, he improves his Heisman resume. Two weeks ago against LSU, the Tigers held him to just 86 yards through the air. Instead, Newton ripped off a season-best 217 yards on the ground and two scores to push his team to a 24-17 win. His 1,122 yards rushing is good enough for fourth-best in the country, and his 14 rushing touchdowns are tied for the NCAA’s best mark. Through the air, Newton has been nothing less than solid. True enough, he’s never topped 250 yards passing this year, but he’s been efficient and accurate with 3-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
LAMICHAEL JAMES, RB, OREGON
There’s no real debate here — James has easily been the best running back in the country in 2010. He leads all tailbacks with 1,210 yards rushing and has an astonishing 7.1 yards per carry. But perhaps even more impressive is that he has three games of more than 225 yards already this season. Last week against USC, James carried the ball 36 times for 239 yards and three touchdowns. His 14 rushing touchdowns are tied with Newton for the highest total in the country. This weekend, James and the Ducks take on a lowly Washington team, so expect this electrifying sophomore to have another huge game.
KELLEN MOORE, QB, BOISE STATE
Moore and the Broncos just keep rolling along in 2010. Another week, another double-digit win. That’s six in a row, if you’re counting. Last week against Louisiana Tech, Moore threw his first interception since Sept. 18 against Wyoming. In that four-game, pick-free stretch, Moore totaled 11 passing touchdowns and 982 yards. He leads the country in quarterback rating and yards per attempt and is sixth in completion percentage. The Broncos have one more game against a ranked opponent (Nov. 26 @ Nevada) in which Moore can make a statement to Heisman voters.
ANDREW LUCK, QB, STANFORD
Ever since the Cardinal suffered a disappointing loss to then-No. 4 Oregon three weeks ago, Luck has responded by leading his team to three straight wins. His 20 touchdown passes are tied for ninth in the nation, and he is 10th nationally in quarterback rating. Luck showed off his legs in last week’s dominating win over Washington. In addition to his 192 yards and a touchdown through the air, he also carried the ball five times for a season-high 92 yards and a score. Saturday’s game against Arizona will be a tough test for Luck, as he goes up against one of the nation’s Top 10 defenses.
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GAMES TO WATCH No. 4 Texas Christian vs. No. 6 Utah In this matchup of two unbeatens, someone’s hope of playing for the national championship will be crushed. With these two
schools and No. 2 Boise State all ranked in the Top 10, there are three non-BCS schools with a legitimate shot at finishing the season undefeated. Saturday’s game will be an
offensive showdown with national-title implications on the line. Both the Horned Frogs and the Utes come into the game scoring at least 40 points per game this season and in the Top 25 in total offense. After this game, neither team plays a ranked opponent for the remainder of the season. For either TCU or Utah, Saturday is an audition for a possible chance to sneak into the national title game. No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 12 Louisiana State It feels like there is a good game every week in the SEC, and this one is no exception. Two teams with identical records (7-1, 4-1 SEC) are fighting for a chance to get to the league’s title game. Although the Tigers are the underdog this weekend, playing the game in Baton Rouge, La., is a huge advantage. The Tigers are undefeated at home this season, and its only home loss last year was to No. 1 Florida. Les Miles’ defense allows just 16 points per game, good for 10th in the nation. And if the Tigers want to come out on top in this one, that defense will have to shut down an Alabama offense that hasn’t scored fewer than 21 points all year. No. 17 Arkansas vs. No. 18 South Carolina The Gamecocks (6-2) control their own destiny as they pursue a trip to the SEC title game. Currently sitting atop the East Division, South Carolina could punch its ticket to Atlanta with a win Saturday and a Florida loss to Vanderbilt. Though the Razorbacks
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and SEC passing leader Ryan Mallet are no slouch of an opponent, the Gamecocks are fortunate in that Mallet will be without one of his best playmakers. Wide receiver Greg Childs, who had led the team in receptions, yards and touchdown receptions, is out of the season with a patella tendon injury. Thus far in 2010, the Gamecocks allowed a conference-worst 260 yards per game through the air, so head coach Steve Spurrier and his defense might be breathing a sigh of relief that Childs is out. No. 13 Arizona vs. No. 10 Stanford Behind the stellar play of quarterback Andrew Luck, the Cardinals are off to their best start in 40 years at 8-1. Luck, who many project to be the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, is 10th in the country in quarterback rating. He will take on the No. 10 defense in the country when Arizona arrives in California Saturday. These two teams both trail Oregon in the Pac-10 race. A win keeps them alive for the conference’s BCS berth if the Ducks slip up along the rest of the way. Saturday’s game is going to come down to whether or not the Wildcats can keep Luck under control and limit big plays downfield. So far, though, he has at least two passing touchdowns in six of his team’s eight games this season.
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Despite a season that has many people pegging him as the Heisman frontrunner, Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton doesn’t want to think about the NFL quite yet. The nation’s fourth-leading rusher and third-highest rated quarterback said Monday that he will ponder his football future after the season is over. Newton said he can’t be thinking about those types of “selfish thoughts” with his team in the midst of the Southeastern Conference title hunt. Not to mention a possible push toward the national championship. As for right now, Newton wouldn’t be able to give “a definite decision on how I’m feeling right now.” Miami is already down to its fourth-string quarterback for Saturday’s game against a surprising Maryland team. Now the Hurricanes will be without their top running back as well. Senior tailback Damien Berry, who had amassed 690 yards rushing and four touchdowns, is a “little sore, banged up,” his head coach Randy Shannon said. Shannon said Berry has been dealing with this injury for a little over two weeks, although he wouldn’t identify what it was specifically. So without Berry, the life of true-freshman replacement quarterback Stephen Morris is much more difficult. The Hurricanes have dropped all the way to third in ACC’s Coastal Division after a disappointing loss to Virginia last week. The campus of Mississippi State is mourning the loss of defensive end Nick Bell, who died Tuesday after a fight with cancer. The sophomore Alabama native was diagnosed near the end of September. On Oct. 1, he had surgery to remove a mass from his brain, but emergency surgery was necessary Monday when the cancer was found to be spreading throughout his body. The No. 21 Bulldogs have a bye this week before returning to the field on Nov. 13 against Alabama. Through the first four games of this season, Bell had seven total tackles, two of which were for a loss. After the Big East schools unanimously agreed Tuesday to expand the number of football participants in the conference from eight to 10, the speculation game began. Which two schools would be invited to fill those final two spots? Many believe the conference will target Conference USA members Central Florida and Houston. But Wednesday, both schools spoke out saying they had not been contacted by the Big East. For the time being, each school continues to be a “proud member of Conference USA.” A third potential target is the Mountain West’s TCU, according to various reports. Just one week after their teammate was shot and killed by police, four Pace University football players pleaded not guilty Thursday at their arraignment at Mount Pleasant Town Court in Valhalla, N.Y. Three of the players are charged with disorderly conduct, and the fourth is charged with criminal mischief in connection to an incident that left teammate Danroy Henry dead at a suburban shopping center. Authorities allege that Daniel Parker, Joseph Garcia and Yves Delpeche interfered with getting medical help for Henry. The fourth player, Joseph Romanick, allegedly broke a store window. All four were arrested in the aftermath of the Oct. 17 shooting, which took place just a few hours after the team’s Homecoming game.
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10 LAST TIME LOUISVILLE SYRACUSE 9 THEY PLAYED NOV. 14, 2009 In a way, the games could be thought of as exact opposites. Last year’s game against Louisville was a must-win to keep any hope of a bowl alive. This year’s game could grant the Orange bowl eligibility in its pursuit of something more than simply being eligible. That’s why last year’s 10-9 loss to the Cardinals in Louisville, Ky., stung so much. It was only Nov. 14, and the team had to deal with knowing that its hopes of postseason play were
already over. “It hurts, that’s all I can say really,” SU running back Delone Carter said after last season’s game, according to an article published in The Daily Orange on Nov. 16, 2009. “We had it, we had it in the bag, and it slipped away from us.” Louisville quarterback Adam Froman found wide receiver Josh Chichester for a 15-yard touchdown with less than two minutes to play to earn the come-from-behind win. It was a game
in which Syracuse only trailed for 1:24 seconds, yet SU came away with nothing. The Orange outgained Louisville by 115 yards. It had nearly 10 more minutes of possession than Louisville. And it had more than four-and-a-half times as many rushing yards as the Cardinals. But it had one fewer point on the scoreboard. “It’s a heartbreaker,” SU center Jim McKenzie said. “They pulled it out at the end. It’s unfortunate. It’s a part of football. You got to play all four quarters, all 60 minutes.” And as tended to be the case for most of last season, it was Carter who kept the Orange on top throughout the game. Carter ran the ball 28 times for 129 yards and a score, accounting for just less than 50 percent of the team’s 266 total yards. On SU’s lone touchdown-scoring drive of the game, Carter carried the ball on three out of the four plays — almost single-handedly willing the Orange into the end zone. But other than Carter, the team struggled. Quarterback Greg Paulus failed to top 100 yards and had no touchdown passes with one interception. Wide receiver Marcus Sales had a ball clang off his chest and intercepted by Louisville. And the team racked up nine penalties for 65 yards. “We did well overall, I thought we played hard, we had great effort, I was really proud of my teammates,” McKenzie said. “But in the end,
it was just one too many mistakes. There was a litany of them throughout the game.” That game was part of a stretch of four Big East games in 2009, during which the Orange failed to score more than 13 points. At that point, Syracuse (3-7, 0-5 Big East) was demoralized with nothing left to play for. No postseason. No bowl. No wins in the conference. It left the team deflated and longing for 2010. “I think you have to execute, and that’s the whole thing you expect to execute at a high level, and to win football games, that’s what you have to do,” Marrone said. “There’s nothing really crazy about this game. It’s about execution.” — Compiled by Michael Cohen, asst. copy editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Big East Awards Races Offensive Player of the Year 1. RB Bilal Powell, Louisville The Cardinals are 4-4 and surprisingly in contention for a bowl, and Powell is one of the main reasons why. Head coach Charlie Strong named his running back the “face” of the program in the preseason to the surprise of many after Powell ran for just 392 yards last season. But the senior has been the star of the Big East, rushing for 1,067 yards on seven yards per carry. Powell is fifth in the nation in rushing yards. 2. QB Zach Collaros, Cincinnati Despite missing last week’s game with a knee injury, Collaros is still the Big East’s leader in passing yards and touchdown passes. The Bearcats are just 3-5, but it’s more a result of UC’s porous defense than Collaros’ efficiency. Collaros is 16th in the country in passing efficiency, above stars such as Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Southern California’s Matt Barkley. 3. QB Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh Although Pittsburgh (5-3, 3-0 Big East) is well out in front of the conference, the Panthers do not have a standout star on offense. Still, Sunseri is the leader under center, and he’s come on strong in conference play. He has thrown seven touchdowns to just one interception in Pitt’s three conference games. And with his success through the air has come a Pitt team that averages more than 35 points per game courtesy of pittsburgh media relations in Big East play. Defensive Player of the Year
1. DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh Sheard has filled the void left by the injury of Greg Romeus, last year’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Sheard leads the Big East with nine sacks, four forced fumbles and 12.5 tackles for loss. He had two sacks in last week’s win against Louisville.
2. LB Doug Hogue, Syracuse Both Hogue and fellow SU linebacker Derrell Smith are in the race for the award, but to this point Hogue has had the more prolific season. His 57 tackles rank second on the Orange, and he has seven tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. He won the National Defensive Player of the Week award in Syracuse’s win against West Virginia this year with 10 tackles and two interceptions.
Zach Collaros Geno Smith Tino Sunseri Adam Froman Ryan Nassib Rushing
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139-225 163-248 141-214 132-218 119-214 Att.
61.8 65.7 65.9 60.6 55.6 Yards
3. LB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut Wilson was one of the favorites for the award after making 140 tackles last season, and he has lived up to expectations in 2010. His 84 tackles lead the Big East, and he ranks 12th in the nation with 10.5 tackles per game. — Compiled by Asst. Copy Editor Mark Cooper
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Pittsburgh 5-3 (3-0)
Syracuse 6-2 (3-1)
South Florida 5-3 (2-2)
West Virginia 5-3 (1-2)
Connecticut 4-4 (1-2)
Louisville 4-4 (1-2)
Rutgers 4-4 (1-2)
Cincinnati 3-5 (1-2)
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Tale of the tape
A position-by-position breakdown of Saturday’s game
Quarterbacks Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and Louisville’s Adam Froman have been simi-
lar quarterbacks thus far. They are Nos. 4 and 5 in the Big East in pass efficiency and average passing yards per game, though Nassib has 14 touchdowns to Froman’s 11. With Froman’s status in question, SU gets the nod here. Advantage: Syracuse
Both teams’ offenses are built around their respective running games. And both of those running games are currently hampered by injuries. In SU’s case, it’s the absence of freshman Prince-Tyson Gulley. In Louisville’s case, it’s the uncertain status of the nation’s fourth-leading rusher in Bilal Powell. SU’s two best running backs in Delone Carter and Antwon Bailey, though, should be good to go. Advantage: Syracuse
The not-so-secret weapon in the Orange’s pass game could be Bailey, who is quickly climbing up the charts and now has 20 receptions. Overall, both teams’ receivers are similar. SU’s Van Chew and UL’s Doug Beaumont both have 31 receptions, though Chew has exploded for 143 more yards on those receptions. Advantage: Syracuse
SU’s Nick Provo has established himself as a legitimate weapon in the Orange’s passing attack, and he now has 20 receptions on the year. But Louisville’s Cameron Graham is the Cardinals’ red-zone threat. He has three touchdown catches this year. Advantage: Louisville
Syracuse’s offensive line has steadily improved from a penalty-riddled performance at South Florida. But Louisville’s line has only allowed 10 sacks this season to SU’s 17, and it paves the way for Powell. Advantage: Louisville
Both Syracuse and Louisville have legitimate pass rushers in Chandler Jones and Rodney Gnat. Both getting to the quarterback will be key in the game’s outcome. Advantage: Even
The position is Louisville’s weak link on defense. No linebacker has more than 27.5 tackles this season. The Orange has two tackling machines in Derrell Smith and Doug Hogue, who have 63 and 57, respectively. Advantage: Syracuse
Telling of Scott Shaffer’s defense is the fact that three defensive backs have a sack this season. But Louisville’s secondary is good in its own right, as it leads a defense that is ranked 13th nationally against the pass. Advantage: Even
Overlooked amid the overall hoopla surrounding Syracuse is that Ross Krautman has only missed two kicks the entire season — one on a botched snap on an extra point and one field goal. He is 11-for-12 on the season, providing consistency and reliability. Advantage: Syracuse
Both Doug Marrone and Charlie Strong inherited programs at the bottom of the Big East and are starting to build those programs back up. In his second season, Marrone is on a faster track, but not by much. Advantage: Syracuse — Compiled by Asst. Sports Editor Brett LoGiurato
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ranked No. 84 in the country. Enter Strong. He served as Florida’s defensive coordinator from 2003 to 2009 and won two national championships with the Gators. After accepting the new position at Louisville, he completely revamped the entire coaching staff — offense included. He brought Vance Bedford with him from Florida to serve as defensive coordinator and added position coaches from all over the country on both sides of the ball. With all the changes have come improvements, especially in Strong’s area of expertise. The defense has shaved a full touchdown off its points-allowed average from a year ago. It already has 20 sacks through its first eight games, and its pass defense ranks No. 13 in the nation. The Cardinals have even pitched
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two shutouts already this year in wins against Memphis and Connecticut. Strong said it starts with defensive line play. “It’s important that you play well up front,” he said. “Especially on the defensive front, because if you can’t stop anybody from running the ball, then you don’t even get a chance to rush the passer. So it’s critical that we get going there, that we play very well up front.” But what makes Strong different from other coaches is not his talent with X’s and O’s. Florida head coach Urban Meyer, who Strong served under while with the Gators, said last offseason that it was his skills off the field that separate him from others. “A lot of times, you may not be the best schematic coach, which I think (Strong is) very good,” Meyer told reporters. “But the thing that makes Charlie such a special guy is the fact that he has impeccable character and is a great leader.” The Cardinal players have taken notice of their coach’s intangibles as well. Beaumont said the coach can command respect and express his
passion one day, like he did in that first team meeting, but can also keep things light-hearted. He has maintained trust and respect from his players by developing relationships with them. He jokes around and laughs with the team when appropriate. But he also comes down on them when he needs to, as he did by benching defensive end Rodney Gnat for the Cardinals’ opening day loss to Kentucky. Strong said the senior didn’t practice well leading up to the game, resulting in his benching. Gnat responded by tallying seven tackles and 4.5 sacks the next week in Louisville’s 23-13 win over Eastern Kentucky. He currently ranks fourth in the Big East with 6.5 sacks on the year. “I just think he’s a players’ coach,” Beaumont said. “He can joke around with us. He can fool around with us. He’s a coach that knows how to lead. He has a fun time but, at the same time, knows it’s business and knows that we have to be serious on the game field.
“And that’s what he’s good at.” Strong has already initiated the turnaround he was hired to produce. He does delve into the offense to make sure it is prepared for Saturdays, but his heart lies with the defense, where he has already left a mark. He has said he wants to change the mindset of the program. Louisville went to a BCS bowl as recently as 2006 before stumbling to a 15-21 record over the past three years. He sent the message to his team that it was time for a change in that first team meeting. And as Strong’s era has gotten underway, so too has the turnaround for Louisville football. “When you look at it, it’s a program that four years ago went to the Orange Bowl,” Strong said. “It hasn’t been to a bowl game in the last three years, so it’s just change the overall attitude of this football team. You had to get them to believe that they can go play. Get them to believe that they can win.” email@example.com
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