Q&A with The Athletic’s FSU football beat writer Tashan Reed

first_img Comments Published on September 14, 2018 at 12:21 pm Syracuse (2-0) enters its matchup against Florida State (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) coming off a 62-10 win against Wagner. Eric Dungey threw for five touchdowns while SU had four players rush for over 40 yards. After being dismantled, 24-3, by No. 13 Virginia Tech, Florida State snuck by an FCS opponent in Samford, 36-26, last weekend. The Orange will host the Seminoles at noon Saturday.The Athletic’s Florida State football beat writer Tashan Reed answered a few questions for The Daily Orange ahead of the game.The Daily Orange: How much stock do you put into Florida State’s first two games with a Virginia Tech loss and the close Samford win?Tashan Reed: I don’t think you can really write either one off. Against Virginia Tech, they pretty … much got thoroughly outplayed in that game. They made a few plays here and there where it could’ve been close. But either way they would have probably went on to lose that one. Early on against Samford, it was just losing one-on-one battles both on offense and defense. In the secondary, they couldn’t stick with Samford’s receivers as crazy as that sounds.The offensive line has so many injuries with bunches of less experienced guys playing there. The Samford guys were giving them a lot pretty much on the offensive line. When you’re struggling on both ends of the ball with positions, it makes it tough. It’s hard to overlook that going forward.Heading into this week looking at the depth chart, it doesn’t look like Florida State’s offensive line is going to be any different than it was. Obviously, they can improve and get better in certain areas, but they’ll probably end up having some similar issues that they had the first two weeks. It just comes down whether or not they can execute.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Florida State’s run defense has been relatively solid through the first two games. How do they normally try to stop a running quarterback like Eric Dungey? What do you expect to see from them Saturday?T.R.: You can kind of pull from week one when they went against Josh Jackson. They didn’t have a ton of success running. Yet he didn’t look to run too much. Florida State was looking for that. Leading up to that game, they talked about how much Jackson likes to run and how to prepare for it. They said similar things this week, too.They’re pretty athletic up front, inexperienced with the linebackers. They might be able to find success in the second level, but up front it’s probably, along the defensive line, that’s their strongest overall position in the defense. They have guys like Brian Burns and Demarcus Christmas up the middle, so I think it could be a little bit difficult for a quarterback to run against them. It’ not impossible by any means, but they’re definitely looking to key on that.The D.O.: Which player might surprise Syracuse fans and have a big impact game that may not have known going into the game?T.R.: I think Tamorrion Terry — he might not be a household name yet. He’s somebody that’s been really impressive throughout camp. He’s a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman, so it’s his first year playing. First game, he had a really nice jump ball against Virginia Tech, and in the last game both of the catches he had went for touchdowns. He’s a really big guy who’s fast and is a pretty good route runner and blocker. The thing is (Deondre) Francois likes to go to him when he needs somebody who can go up and get the ball. I can see him making a few big games other than a Francois or a (Cam) Akers.The D.O.: Who do you think wins the game?T.R.: It’s hard to call it because on Syracuse’s end they’ve had a great offensive start. They played lower-tiered opponents, though. With Florida State, given how they looked against a FCS opponent and how Virginia Tech outplayed them, it’s kind of hard to judge them. Florida State’s first road game of the year — last three years even though it was under a different coach — they’ve been kind of up and down on the road. I believe they’re 7-6 in road games in the ACC the last three years. They’ve really been hit or miss on the road, so it’s hard. I think it’s going to be a close game, something like a three-point game or so with Florida State pulling it out because I think they have a little better defense. If it ends up coming to an offensive battle, I think Florida State would be better.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Who is Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher? The Irish wonderkid eager to make waves at Anfield

first_imgHe excelled as a goalkeeper and soon earned national recognition, representing the Cork Youth League in nationwide tournaments before going on to play for Ireland at youth level.Liverpool signed Kelleher from Ringmahon in the summer of 2015 and he has ascended from the Under-18 team into the Under-23 side, as well as becoming a member of the first-team squad.The summer of 2018 saw the Cork native take a massive stride into the mind of Klopp, who brought the teenager along with the first team to compete in the International Champions Cup.He replaced Loris Karius at half-time in a 2-1 win over Manchester City before keeping a clean sheet after coming off the bench in the 4-1 win against Manchester United. He also featured in a friendly victory over Blackburn Rovers.Kelleher’s progress was duly rewarded in August that year, when he put pen to paper on a long-term deal.“I’ve been doing the same things but getting better every day,” he told the club’s official website. “Training at Melwood, you improve much more. Alisson and Simon and Kamil are here and we train to the highest level every day.”In: Michael Obafemi, Caoimhin KelleherOut: Shane Long, Derrick WilliamsNew call up for training: #IRLU19 captain & @ManUtd defender Lee O’Connor.Full squad update: https://t.co/2vdDwP6AN1 #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/fORxdnSi0g— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 12, 2018At international level, he has represented the Boys in Green Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 teams.Having been included in the senior panel on a number of occasions, he will be aiming to put pressure on Darren Randolph in the coming years.Kelleher hails from a football-loving family and his brother Fiacre is a former Ireland youth international who currently plays for Macclesfield Town, having previously played for Celtic and Oxford United.What does Jurgen Klopp think of him?While Klopp has a strong array of goalkeeper options at Anfield, it is clear that he rates Kelleher very highly.”He is an outstanding talent. Outstanding,” the German coach said shortly after Kelleher signed a new deal in 2018. “[He is] very cool with the ball, you saw that in pre-season when he played in front of 100,000 people, that he wasn’t bothered about that which is a very important skill to have.”For most of his youth he was an outfield player, he has fantastic reactions. If nothing serious happens, he will have a really fantastic future.”I don’t know how many really good goalkeepers that Ireland have but one more is never a big problem. I like him a lot and he will be in our squad.”How do you pronounce Caoimhin Kelleher’s name?Caoimhin is the Irish equivalent to the English name Kevin and it is pronounced ‘ Kwee-Veen’.In some parts of Ireland the pronunciation of Caoimhin is slightly different, with ‘ Kee-Vin ‘ sometimes heard. Should Kelleher continue his ascent and carve out a career for himself in senior football, commentators are sure to have difficulties pronouncing his name.Those unfamiliar with Irish names (which can be famously baffling to those outside of Ireland) may recoil aghast when confronted with the collection of letters forming the Liverpool starlet’s first name.You can hear Kelleher’s pronunciation in the video above. However, the Reds are also priming themselves for the future and featured in the ranks of the senior team this season is 20-year-old shot-stopper Caoimhin Kelleher, just a few years after his arrival on Merseyside.Indeed, the youngster could well be called into action sooner rather than later, with injuries affecting Reds goalkeepers Alisson and Adrian.For those unfamiliar with Kelleher, Goal brings you everything you need to know about him, including his previous clubs, experience and, crucially, how to pronounce his name!Who is Caoimhin Kelleher?Caoimhin Kelleher is a goalkeeper who plays for Premier League side Liverpool and the Republic of Ireland at international level.He was born on November 23, 1998 in Cork, a city in the south of Ireland and came through the ranks of his local team Ringmahon Rangers.Interestingly, he began his playing days for Ringmahon as a striker before making the transition to goalkeeper at the age of 14 after the team’s original net-minder quit.A former coach remarked in an interview with the Cork Evening Echo that Kelleher regularly scored 20 and 30 goals a season before donning the gloves permanently. The arrival of Alisson from Roma in a record £65m ($84m) transfer in 2018-19 means that Liverpool’s chronic goalkeeper woes have finally been dealt with.Jurgen Klopp has found a solution to a long-running problem in the form of the Brazil number one, whose prowess between the posts means he should make the position his own at Anfield in the coming years. Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a1/d0/caoimhin-kelleher-liverpool-2018-19_vucjhe9w4g01kpwq8rt1mpq3.jpg?t=305472903&w=500&quality=80 Caoimhin Kelleher’s FIFA statsGiven his age and relative inexperience, Kelleher’s FIFA 19 stats are not particularly eye-catching, but his potential ability suggests that he has what it takes to be a decent Premier League or Championship goalkeeper.Caoimhin Kelleher’s detailed FIFA 19 statsOverall RatingDIVHANKICREFSPEPOS58585452603755In FIFA 19, his overall rating is 58, with his reflexes deemed to be his strongest attribute at 60. Kelleher’s diving is rated 58 and his positioning is slightly lower at 55, while his speed is clearly his weakest skill.With a price tag of roughly £200k in the EA Sports game, he might well be considered a bargain buy, particularly if he manages to live up to expectations.last_img read more

Granja Comary – at home with Brazil

first_imgBolivia v Brazil Granja Comary – at home with Brazil Raisa Simplicio 20:08 10/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy The CBF's Granja Comary training centre Bolivia v Brazil Brazil v Chile Brazil Bolivia Chile WC Qualification South America This week the Selecao have once again adopted Teresopolis, and Raisa Simplicio found out how the city has taken the national team to its heart Situated some 75km away from the hustle and bustle of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Granja Coamary training complex in Teresopolis is something of an oasis for the national team.And this week it was home to coach Tite for the first time as he prepared his squad for World Cup qualifiers with Bolivia and Chile. The Selecao departed for Bolivia today, where tonight they move on to La Paz before returning to Sao Paulo for Tuesday’s clash with la Roja.READ MORE: Casemiro to captain Brazil | Brazil to meet Japan on BGT | Arthur: Brazil’s new plan BThe logistics of this final competitive international break prior to World Cup 2018 haven’t been ideal, but familiarising themselves with what will be their home ahead of a trip to Russia next year has been vital for the much-travelled Selecao. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “It is a place they can call home, it will be where they will begin their preparations in earnest for the World Cup and it’s been important for the technical committee to get to know it better,” Eduardo Mansur of O Globo told Brasil Global Tour.Granja Comary 18072016“For example, being there allows them to use equipment like drones, resources that aren’t available to you in other countries. The tiny details are important. There is a solid structure in place here, with spectacular playing fields, so Granja provides a level of comfort and luxury the Selecao are rarely afforded.”Brazil’s affinity with Teresopolis began long ago, with the national team using it to prepare for World Cups since the 1970s. “You have to keep the national training centre in use, as there has been a lot of investment made here. The first time they trained here was for the 1978 World Cup and there was no Granja Comary then, they trained at the Comary club here and then in 1987 they started to use Granja,” recalled Paulo Vinicius Coelho of Fox Sports.Torcedores Granja ComaryThe entire city is transformed whenever the national team arrive here at Granja. Young people huddle around the doors of the centre, desperate to capture a glimpse of their idols and hoping for the chance to pose for photos and collect autographs. “I live here in Teresopolis and I’m a huge fan of the Selecao,” said local Lucas Garcia. “I always come here but only once have managed to get in, before the Olympics, when I asked someone for help and she gave me a lift. I took a picture with Marquinhos and Gabigol and even talked to Neymar.”Granja Comary 21032016Brazil’s presence here also boosts the local economy, with restaurant owner Leco underlining the importance of the increased media presence to his business.”It has certainly increased, especially for the journalists and the tourists that flock here to see the Selecao. We have been here since 1994 and, since then, we have become accustomed to it all and love to welcome so many people here, some have even become close friends,” he said.”For the bakery, the local hotels, the market, our daily routines are transformed. We expect the team here next year ahead of the World Cup which will again be a boost for us.”Treino Brasil 04102017Ahead of 2014, a new hotel was erected specifically to deal with the demand of the media tracking the Selecao and some local dwellings have already adopted special schemes and are even providing special services, like car hires, for the travelling media.Granja also welcomes the women’s team, who use the complex as their base as well, and the city has embraced its role as a home away from home for the Brazilian national team.last_img read more