Camp Notes: Dino Babers awaits opt-out decisions from multiple players

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The media won’t have access to Syracuse’s training camp practices this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the football team is organizing regular Zoom interviews with head coach Dino Babers and select players while also providing film from the Ensley Athletic Center. With “Camp Notes,” The Daily Orange’s beat reporters bring the latest news, observations and analysis as the Orange gear up for an unprecedented 2020 season. Follow along here and on Twitter.The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Less than a month before Syracuse football is scheduled to take the field for its first game at North Carolina, head coach Dino Babers still doesn’t know which of his players will be playing this season and which will opt-out. The Orange have had only one player, redshirt freshman defensive lineman Cooper Dawson, opt-out so far. But Babers has said on numerous occasions that multiple players are still “on the fence.” He’s not sure who will be available, though quarterback Tommy DeVito, fullback and tight end Chris Elmore, defensive back Andre Cisco and offensive lineman Airon Servais have all said they intend to play the 2020 season, if it happens.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“From a teammate standpoint, all I can do is respect their decision, listen to what they have to say, listen to their reasons,” Elmore said on teammates potentially opting-out. “They’re making decisions as grown men, what they feel is best for them and their family and their future.”The NCAA’s Board of Governors will meet Friday to determine if players who opt-out of the 2020 season will be granted another year of eligibility. While the NCAA’s council recommended granting the extra year, it’s not official yet, leaving players unsure of their decision, Babers said. The head coach said he’s taken multiple polls to see who’s in and who’s out, but the situation is fluctuating daily.“I’ve taken a poll, and the poll is always changing,” Babers said. “Some is over COVID-19, some is uncertainty over what the options are because those options haven’t come down from above us.”With classes at SU beginning Aug. 24, students from states across the country are completing their quarantine periods and arriving on campus.“That’s going to be the real key,” Babers said about students returning. “During the day time, you look at young people, they do a fantastic job. What they do at night affects what happens during the day.”The PAC-12 and Big Ten cited health concerns — most notably myocarditis, which was present in multiple athletes — as one reason for postponing their fall football seasons last week. When media asked DeVito last week if myocarditis specifically came up, he said no, but that in general, athletic staff had presented medical concerns to him. Babers said Monday that players and their families have discussed the health risks of the virus with medical experts.“It’s like anything else. We know the risk of it all,” DeVito said. “Obviously not to the fullest because it is a new virus. The medical teams are still trying to figure things out because nothing is 100%.”He added: “We have not spoken about what’s been going on with those Big Ten athletes.”Babers credited his players for holding SU Athletics accountable on the testing shortfall. Director of Athletics John Wildhack stated Friday that SU will be testing its athletes once per week, instead of every other week as it had done before. A miscommunication between the staff and the athletes on this protocol led to them sit out practices last week until it was cleared up and the players were tested. Once the season begins, each athlete will be tested three times per week, starting the week of Sept. 7. The Orange announced Friday that they didn’t have any active COVID-19 cases among their entire athletic department and that the football team has had five positive cases since the summer training program began.Before the season can begin, though, Friday’s NCAA decision on future eligibility could be the latest turning point on the status of the 2020 football season. Published on August 17, 2020 at 3:17 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Ghana ocean racing has outdoored its logo at ceremony at Hilburi Resort at Aburi in the Eastern Region.The event was to honour Peniel Kobby Boateng who emerged the winner of a contest for design of the logo for the Ghana Ocean Racing team.The Ghana Ocean Racing team joined the world of ocean racing in 2012 after the National Sports Authority gave approval for the team to represent the country as the new national team.The Ghana Ocean Racing team is currently working to enter the Amateur Clipper World Race in 2015/16 to prepare the team for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017/18 and the IMOCA race series.last_img read more

Kyler Murray confirms at his pro day that he’s all in on football

first_imgMurray said he still loves baseball but knows “I can’t play both. So, is it out of my system? I don’t know. I guess. It’s a weird question.”The Oakland A’s own his rights for seven years, and Johnson said baseball is a sport Murray could always return to if the football dream doesn’t work out.”Oh, for sure,” Johnson said. “He could jump back in and do good at it. I think he’d pick up right where he left off. I think he’s that kind of dynamic athlete.” NORMAN, Okla. — Just hours before the biggest job interview of his life, Kyler Murray attended a baseball game.It was cold and windy at Oklahoma’s L. Dale Mitchell Park, and the Sooners rolled to an easy 9-1 midweek victory. One NFL coordinator in attendance and one scout expressed mild disappointment in not having an official 40 time, but both also said such a thing mattered little.Murray said he didn’t run because he was focused on showing scouts his arm and didn’t want to risk an injury that could limit his throwing session.Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Murray’s 40 time, whether fast or slow, would have been inconsequential.MORE: Murray fuels conspiracy theories by not getting measured “He’s athletically so far beyond anything in this game, and anything in that league at that position, that there’s just really, honestly, not that much point to it,” Riley said. “When you’ve got to get ready to throw … then you certainly don’t want to do anything that hinders that. You can risk injury. There’s a lot of things that can happen when you do all that different testing.”His quickness and speed — I think the tape speaks for itself. There really wasn’t anything to gain for him doing that today.”Murray hired former NFL quarterback and coach Jim Zorn to train him ahead of the draft. After Murray’s workout, Zorn explained Murray’s predraft strategy, his skill set and what’s ahead for his star pupil.”All 32 teams were here looking at him,” said Zorn, who helped Murray execute Wednesday’s throwing routine. “None of them would go away from this workout being disappointed at all that he wouldn’t run a 40. I think they have to be pretty excited. What I told him afterwards is he ought to feel really good about what he just did. He was very convincing.”Zorn said as a coach, he wouldn’t have even asked Murray why he didn’t run.”Watching him throw? Pretty impressive,” Zorn said.After the NFL Combine, Murray took some criticism in a report last week from NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly about his work ethic and study habits. But those critiques now seem largely unfounded. As football has moved to the forefront of his life, Murray has embraced the amount of learning that needs to happen.MORE: Murray’s agent bashes Casserly’s comments”I saw Charley’s comments,” Zorn said, “but that was with Charley not being around Kyler. Most of these young guys need to understand more about gap control, defensive techniques, the front seven; how do we identify who these guys are and what they are? And so those are the things that we’ve been working on. What he did, and I commend Kyler for this, is he went back to his coach (Riley) and they studied. That’s what was going to happen at the combine. He was going to get asked about his offense and what they did. I think he did very, very well.”Likewise, Zorn has no reservations about Murray’s taciturn personality.”When you’re around him for very long, you see that, ‘Oh, he really does care. He really is serious about this game,’ ” Zorn said. “What you talk about, he understands. … When you’re with him, you get it. If you’re not around it, yeah, he can be a little quiet or aloof or whatever.”Johnson isn’t worried about Murray’s work ethic. He recalls early in his first year in Norman, 2016, when he was still the Sooners’ pitching coach. His family was still back in Texas, so Johnson got an apartment close to the baseball field. Late one night, about 1:30 in the morning, the phone rang. Murray had been in the batting cage and got locked in the stadium.”He works at it,” Johnson said. “He wants to be great. He works to be great.””I felt amazing leaving the combine,” Murray said. “I thought every meeting I had went well. Didn’t have any, at least to my face, nobody was negative. I had fun with it. It was a great experience.”Casserly also said he was told by NFL sources at the combine that Murray’s leadership was subpar. How would Murray describe his leadership skills?”I don’t know,” Murray said. “Ask my teammates.”MORE: Riley says Murray all about winning”Anything about that guy is not questionable,” said teammate and first-round offensive line prospect Cody Ford. “His heart, his mentality, his mindset going into games. Kyler’s a different breed. He’s a great leader. He’s a great teammate. … For somebody to sit back and say he’s not a leader, it’s not right. They’re wrong in so many ways.”Murray acknowledges that it has been just a short time since he announced on Twitter that he would focus on the NFL and give up the baseball dream. To that end, his workload going into the combine and pro day has been laser-focused.”Trying to be smooth as possible on dropbacks,” he said. “Trying to be on time and accurate.”Zorn said Murray’s pro day was “more than decent.”You could see his ball speed. A lot of guys try to throw hard. He doesn’t look like he’s trying to throw hard and the ball can come out with great speed because he fires his hip really well. And the accuracy is there with the ball speed. I think that showed up to everybody today, the kind of authority he throws with.”Zorn said Murray is still learning — a lot. He recently spent time with Baker Mayfield in California talking about NFL protection schemes and how advanced they are compared to the college level. Zorn said Mayfield has offered plenty of knowledge about just the pace of learning in the NFL.”Baker was not shocked,” Zorn said, “but was taken aback a little bit by how much there really is to learn. Because you’re really learning the intricacies of a defense. You’re learning the details of coverage.”Zorn added, “we haven’t worked enough. He’s learning how to drop from underneath the center. He did a great job of it today, but I keep telling him, ‘Stretch your drop, stretch your drop.’ That’s probably the biggest thing he’s learning, how to be comfortable in a dropback from underneath the center and still throw accurately. You saw that today. He did a lot from underneath the center.”As far as the work that we’ve done, I’d love to have more work in the classroom as well. But he’s on his way.”center_img But there sat Murray, the future NFL first-round draft pick, maybe the No. 1 overall selection, watching his old team knock it around the yard.”Man,” Murray told OU coach Skip Johnson, “I miss this place.”MOCK DRAFT: Murray goes to No. 1 Cards, shaking up Round 1Early the next morning, Murray woke up and blew away NFL scouts, coaches and GMs at his pro day. Murray stepped on the scale (205 pounds) but declined to have his height measured, and declined to run, lift, jump or do agility drills. But he did stage an impressive throwing session, some 66 passes of all varieties — deep, short, intermediate, shotgun, simulated under center — and afterward, the 75 personnel representing all 32 NFL teams were happy with what they saw.So, yes, Murray does still miss baseball. But he left no doubts Wednesday with his quick release and velocity and accuracy that he is all in on football.”Just got going,” Murray said. “It was fun to finally do something.”last_img read more