McNabb likens Hunt to younger Boyd

first_img Published on November 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Donovan McNabb has watched Terrel Hunt since his very first start at Syracuse. He’s been impressed by his diverse skill set — his arm, legs and playmaking ability — and sees promise.What stood out most to McNabb was the Clemson game. On one end there was Hunt. On the other was potential first-round pick Tajh Boyd. To McNabb, though, the difference between the them is just experience.“Very similar careers, I think,” McNabb said. “You may be seeing the type of career that Tajh Boyd is having this season.”Hunt was excited at the prospect of meeting an idol on Tuesday. Standing in the Iocolano-Petty Football Wing at Manley Field House, he stood in front of a video screen displaying McNabb highlights on loop. Three days later he would finally get a chance to meet the legendary Syracuse quarterback.At noon on Friday, McNabb stood in front of a horde of cameras and recorders in front of those same screens. He hadn’t yet met with Hunt, but that was his next destination.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve watched him ever since his first start,” McNabb said. “I didn’t want to bother him during the season.”McNabb wanted to hold off on talking to Hunt until head coach Scott Shafer had settled the quarterback situation, McNabb said, but he’s been impressed.In the first two games that Hunt took the bulk of the snaps, he put on performances not seen at SU since McNabb donned an Orangemen uniform. He completed more than 83 percent of his passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns against Wagner and followed it up with a four-touchdown day against Tulane a week later.He’s failed to crack 100 passing yards in any game since and posted a dismal 26.5 passer rating against the then-No. 3 Tigers, but McNabb still sees talent.“I just enjoy his progression and I enjoy what they’ve been able to do while he’s been under the helm,” McNabb said. “He’s a talented player. Strong arm. Can make plays.”On that Saturday in early October, Boyd showed the difference. He completed 20-of-27 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns to overpower the Orange. He is a senior, though, and in McNabb’s mind, reaching that age could be what it takes for Hunt.“That may be T-Hunt in a few years,” McNabb said, “and people will be talking about Syracuse football again.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EdMonth kicked off with “SparkED” panel

first_imgUSG kicked off USC’s fourth annual EdMonth on Monday night with “SparkED,” a panel featuring activists who spoke about their work promoting educational justice for traditionally marginalized students.The panel addressed grassroots initiatives and obstacles to education reforms, particularly within Los Angeles and Chicago. It was moderated by Assistant Director Nnenna Ezeh, a senior majoring in health and humanity.Malcolm London, a freshman at University of Illinois and a poet-activist known for his spoken word piece “High School Training Ground” performed at TED Talks Education, explained the resource disparities within Chicago’s public education system.London explained that the problem is not that schools in poorer areas are not producing results — the problem is that those schools do not receive proper attention and funding.“When on the opposite side of the city [from where the mayor’s children attend school] you have one teacher for every 40 kids, you replace counselors with policemen, and then you underfund these schools and say, well they aren’t being used correctly,’ well whose fault is that?” London said.London helped organize protests when Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel closed 50 schools, many of which contained a high proportion of minority students, because those schools were labeled as “underutilized.” The protests included up to 15,000 people demonstrating in the streets weekly.Emily Almendarez, a high school activist involved in the Coalition for Educational Justice and Schools that LA Students Deserve, expanded upon the discussion of inadequate resources.Almendarez noted the differences between the predominantly Caucasian middle school she attended in the valley and the high school she attended in Koreatown.Almendarez’s high school had five campuses that shared one nurse, one college counselor and one library.“There are no resources that indicate that you’re worth going to college,” Almendarez said.Jose Lara is the vice president at El Rancho Unified School District and a founder of Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, a grassroots group that is working on asking unified school districts in California to require a Ethnic Studies class to be a high school graduation requirement.Increased efforts to include Ethnic Studies in high school curricula has lead to the implementation of the course in four school districts in California.Lara discussed that minority students are not exposed to education on the histories, cultures and languages that affect their every day lives and communities because curricula are western-centered.Director of EdMonth Hannah Nguyen also explained that this year’s panel speaks to the theme “Spark a Movement” because it highlights the power of the student voice so that education reform is approached from a different angle.last_img read more

USC still attracts recruits

first_imgStanford football coach Jim Harbaugh announced Jan. 7 he was leaving to become the next coach of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, signing a lucrative five-year, $25-million contract.Recruiting power · NCAA-imposed sanctions have not stopped Lane Kiffin from finding top talent. USC’s commits currently rank 5th in the nation, according to Rivals.com. – Daily Trojan File Photo “It’s the perfect, competitive opportunity,” said the former NFL signal caller at his introductory press conference regarding the decision to bolt for the professional ranks.In the aftermath of Harbaugh’s departure, the Cardinal swiftly promoted offensive coordinator David Shaw to head coach, hoping to continue the success the program had achieved under Harbaugh’s watch, culminating in a 12-1 finish and an Orange Bowl victory earlier this month.If recent results on the recruiting trail serve as any indication, however, it won’t be a seamless transition after all, and USC stands to benefit as a result.On Monday, USC coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans received an oral commitment from Anthony Sarao of Absecon, N.J., a four-star linebacker according to Yahoo! Sports’ Rivals.com, who had previously been committed to Stanford.The announcement came just one day after four-star running back Amir Carlisle from Sunnyvale, Calif. announced that he was also switching his commitment from Stanford to USC.“Amir is going to USC,” said his father Duane in a text message to Scout.com recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman.Saroa and Carlisle were among a group of 19 prospects visiting USC on official and unofficial recruiting visits this past weekend. The number of recruits on campus was one of the largest totals in the program’s recent history.When making his decision, Saroa told USCFootball.com, “It was a perfect visit. I had a great time out there.”The campus wasn’t the only selling point, however, as the New Jersey native admitted to being rather fond of the coaching staff’s pedigree.“USC has one of the best coaching staffs in college football,” Sarao also told the Rivals.com USC-centric website. “They definitely know what they’re talking about.”The Trojans’ staff includes highly regarded defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron, in addition to assistant head coach Monte Kiffin, who has been credited with creating the famed Tampa-2 defense. If Sarao had remained a Stanford commit, he would not only be playing for a new coach, but also a new defensive coordinator, after Vic Fangio announced he was leaving for the 49ers along with Harbaugh.Many recruiting analysts say Sarao, who is ranked seventh overall at his position by Rivals.com, has great strength, as ball carriers have had a difficult time escaping after first contact. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound linebacker can also go toe-to-toe with fullbacks when he blitzes or tries to shoot through the gaps.And with starters Malcolm Smith and Michael Morgan graduating, Saroa, who is expected to provide help at the linebacker position, addresses an area of severe need for the Trojans.In terms of depth and position need, Carlisle also represents a needed pickup, becoming USC’s only running back for the 2011 class. Ranked by Rivals.com as the 10th best player at his position, Carlisle measures 5-foot-10 and weighs 181-pounds.Huffman has compared him to former California standout and 2010 NFL Draft pick Jahvid Best, who was known for his speed and breakaway ability.Carlisle runs a 4.43 40-yard dash and can catch passes well coming out of the backfield, which will make him a two-dimensional threat for the Trojans.“Both are great pickups,” Huffman said Monday via Twitter. “Carlisle will end up being the top running back in the West and is extremely versatile.”“Sarao is a big hitter and really physical. Not real tall, but thick with great agility and range.”The Trojans currently have 25 commitments for their 2011 class, ranked as fifth-best nationally according to Rivals.com.Under NCAA sanctions, USC would normally be permitted to offer just 15 scholarships per recruiting class. Because the school is appealing the penalties, however, the limitation will not be enforced until 2012, allowing the program to offer a maximum of 20 scholarships, including the nine early enrollees that count toward the 2010 totals.It is still possible that USC could self-impose further and offer just 15 scholarships.last_img read more

Ruby Walsh claims victory at Listowel festival

first_imgWalsh landed the first race on the card when partnering the Augustine Leahy-trained Loyalty Card to success in the Jet O’Carroll Memorial Maiden Hurdle. Taking his time aboard the 5-1 shot, Walsh tracked the leaders into the straight before sending on the four-year-old between the final two flights for an ultimately comfortable seven-length success. The winner is owned by the trainer’s wife Ellen. Back in second was 11-2 shot Snaidhm with the 25-1 outsider Conduct Yourself showing plenty of promise back in third.last_img read more

FIFA President defending removal of ethics officials

first_imgHe says corruption will never happen again at the sport’s world governing body. Photo © Pixabay FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s defending his decision to replace some of his high-ranking football ethics officials – accusing critics of “fake news”.People like judge Hans-Joachim Eckert – the man who helped bring down Sepp Blatter – have been removed from their posts.It’s provoked claims of a cover-up – but Infantino says it’s because previous attempts at reform have “failed miserably”.last_img read more

Delta Moves to Revive Principals’ Cup

first_imgOn his part, Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Hideaplux Limited, Mr. Tony Oritse-Pemu said the decision to revive the “abandoned Principals’ Cup competition” stemmed from the need to redirect the energies of talented students into productive ventures including sports.Pemu said: “From experience I discovered that a lot of our youth need mental reset for them to be great. I was also able to identify the fact that our young people with great sporting talents no longer have a platform to showcase and grow their talent.“As a result, they now channel their energy into social vices like cultism, brigs dry, truancy and hooliganism, among others. So we thought of engaging one of the most effective platform to use in tackling these negative trend and what came to our mind is the secondary schools being an environment where we have a lot of youth at their emerging stages in life.”He noted that “Our dream is to make this event a household name among secondary school students in the state and football lovers in Nigeria.”The preliminary round of the competition billed to kick off in February next year would run through various stages while the final is expected to be played on May 27, 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Delta State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with a consultant, Hideaplux Limited in a bid to revive the Principals’ Cup soccer competition among secondary schools across the state.Signing the MoU on behalf of the Government, Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Festus Agas reiterated the commitment of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led administration to human capacity development.Congratulating Hideaplux Limited on the initiative, he however, urged the firm to source for sponsorship across the country for the competition to succeed, adding that government would not provide funds for its sponsorship.last_img read more

Juliet Holness calls for end to child sex abuse

first_imgHolness…called for end to child sex abuse Jamaica’s first lady, Juliet Holness, made an impassioned plea for the eradication of child sexual abuse at last Saturday’s Protect The Children Gala at Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale.The wife of Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness, was keynote speaker at the event.Citing statistics from the United Nations and UNICEF which showed millions of children throughout the world living in poverty and being sexually exploited, Holness noted that, “Child sexual abuse, like poverty, sickness and death, knows no boundaries.”Holness stressed the need for organizations like Save Our Boys And Girls Foundation, a non government organization she founded in Jamaica.It assists with educating and mentoring vulnerable children, ages 6 to eighteen.While her address was largely gender-free, the mother of two sons emphasized the importance of strong men to a stable society.With worldwide trends showing a worrying level of boys falling into criminality, she said: “We are running a serious risk of building broken men.”The gala’s second staging was presented by the Female Development World Organization and Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill. Three persons were honored for their work with South Florida’s endangered youth.They are: Pastor Marcus D. Davidson who received the International Leadership Award; Juliet Murphy Roulhac, the Humanitarian Award and Barbara Weinstein, Protect The Children Freedom Award.Holness received the inaugural Dr Rita Marley Ambassador Award from Mrs Marley, widow of reggae icon Bob Marley.last_img read more

Guyanese government launches program to protect women from violence

first_imgGuyana has launched a 16-day campaign aimed at the elimination of violence against women.“There have been too many brutal acts of violence against women and girls,” Social Protection Minister Amna Ally said, noting that the move to end violence against women is a social, political and civic duty of everyone.Must address gender inequalities“If we do not address gender inequalities and discrimination against women it will become almost impossible to accomplish Goal 5 of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls thus, impeding the development of our nation.”Sexual Offences CourtThe government says together with its local and international partners, it has been implementing crucial mechanisms through the establishment of the Sexual Offences Court and the recent adoption of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offences in the Caribbean.It said these will further facilitate the implementation of international conventions Guyana has ratified, in order for our domestic laws and plan of action to effectively tackle sexual and domestic violence.Ally noted that these model guidelines form part of a comprehensive approach to improve the management of sexual offence cases and the treatment of witnesses and survivors of sexual offences.Sixteen days of activismIn recognition of the ‘16 Days of Activism’, which officially started on Saturday, the Ministry of Social Protection in collaboration with its partners, will host several activities to raise public awareness and mobilise stakeholders throughout Guyana.The activities will be held under the theme, ‘Leave no one behind, let’s collaborate to eradicate gender-based violence”.last_img read more

Mason City man arrested after high speed chase on motorcycle in Clear Lake

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — A Mason City man is in jail after leading authorities on a high speed chase in Clear Lake earlier this morning.Shortly before 4:45 AM, officers attempted to make a stop on a motorcycle being driven by 19-year-old Crisstian Jacobs. Jacobs allegedly accelerated at a high rate of speed after turning onto US Highway 18. He continued to elude officers, turning on McIntosh Road before fleeing into Clear Lake.Jacobs was later apprehended and charged with eluding, failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to provide proof of insurance, not having a valid driver’s license, and three charges of speeding — two of those charges being 16-20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, with the other charge being over 21 miles per hour over the speed limit.Jacobs is being held at last check in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $2000 bond.last_img read more

Publix looking to hire thousands of workers

first_imgWhile many businesses are scaling back on employees due to the coronavirus, Publix says they are looking to hire thousands of employees to help them keep up with public demand.The grocery store chain said in a letter on Friday that they have openings not only in their grocery stores but also in their distribution centers and that they encourage applications from people in service, manufacturing, warehousing and other industries who have recently found themselves out of work:“We take pride in serving our communities during times of need, and with the unprecedented demand we are experiencing, we’re in need of more associates to help across our operating area,” said Publix Vice President of Human Resources Marcy Benton. “We’re looking for people who have a desire to serve, are passionate about the food industry, are willing to work hard and ready to build a career at Publix.”The chain has nine distribution centers located in Boynton Beach, Deerfield Beach, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando and Sarasota, Florida; Lawrenceville, Georgia; and McCalla, Alabama and even more area stores.They also offer benefits to full- and part-time employees including health care options, further education, and retirement saving.To apply click here.last_img read more