North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren discusses Eric Dungey, close losses and kicking problems

first_imgNorth Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren spoke on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday ahead of the Wolf Pack’s game against Syracuse on Saturday. N.C. State (4-5, 1-4 Atlantic Coast) will head to the Carrier Dome for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff against the Orange (4-5, 2-3).Here are three things Doeren said.He’s assuming Eric Dungey will playSyracuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey was knocked out of the Orange’s 54-0 loss to then-No. 3 Clemson after a high hit left Dungey unable to lift his head at first. The quarterback needed support walking to the locker room. Dungey exited the game in the first quarter and did not return, only coming back to the sideline later in street clothes.SU head coach Dino Babers has been tight-lipped about Dungey’s status, saying only that he’s still going through testing as of Wednesday. Orange linebacker Zaire Franklin and receiver Amba Etta-Tawo said the quarterback practiced Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’re assuming he’s going to play until they say he’s not,” Doeren said. “Even if we were pretending the other two guys were gonna play, there’s not enough film to know what’s gonna be different.”Austin Wilson replaced Dungey for most of the game, throwing for 116 yards, two interceptions and no scores. Zack Mahoney, who was the only quarterback besides Dungey to appear this year prior to the game, completed 1-of-4 passes in the fourth quarter. Wilson has played in just eight games during his three-year SU playing career. Mahoney started the four games last season that Dungey missed with injury, but that was under a different system. This season, Mahoney has appeared in garbage time of games throwing just 13 passes in his seven appearances.“You just got to go in there and plan on seeing Dungey and defending all the things that he’s been able to do,” Doeren said. “If somebody else comes in, like in any game, and things change, we’ll have to make adjustments.”‘The dam’s gonna break’N.C. State’s season has been marred by close losses and blown games. The Wolfpack lost to East Carolina, No. 3 Clemson, Boston College and then-No. 19 Florida State all by one score.Most recently, the Wolfpack led Florida State for most of the game before giving up the game-winning touchdown with three minutes left. Shawn Boone dropped a sure interception the play earlier that would’ve prevented the score and given N.C. State the ball. Against Clemson, N.C. State was a 33-yard field goal away from winning the game, but Kyle Bambard missed to wide right to send the game into overtime.“None of things that happened in our games were intentions,” Doeren said. “No one intended to miss a field goal or drop an interception or line up the wrong way. It just comes down to detail.Doeren said that he’s seen his team make progress in coming closer to closing out games, though he said there are no moral victories. He added “the dam’s gonna break” in turns of the team turning the corner.“You have to understand that you’re being tested and you’ve got one of two options. You can fight harder or you can give into it and we’re choosing to fight harder. I think that’s the only thing that we can do.“We’re getting closer. There is progress. There just isn’t pleasure yet.”Connor Haskins will start at place kickerThe Wolfpack has bounced between Bambard and Connor Haskins as its starting place kicker this season. Haskins will be the one to get the nod for the SU game, Doeren said. Bambard will be the kickoff specialist.Prior to the Florida State game last week, Haskins hadn’t started since the second week of the season when he missed 44- and 42-yard field goals in the first quarter of a three-point loss to East Carolina. Bambard took over that game and has been the starter since.But Bambard has had his own struggles. He missed three field goals in the loss to Clemson, including the one that would have won the game with no time left.“After the Clemson game, I told (Bambard) I’d give him another opportunity, that I wasn’t going to just turn on him,” Doeren said, “but if he struggled again that I’d have to go back to Connor.”Bambard didn’t attempt a field goal for the two games following Clemson but then missed his only chance against Florida State last game. Haskins came in and hit both of his field goals.“I told Connor the same thing,” Doeren said. “That he’s gonna get another chance and when his opportunity came to get his helmet on and make a kick and he did that.”Syracuse is having its own kicker problem. Cole Murphy has missed seven of his last nine attempts. Head coach Dino Babers has pledged his support for Murphy, though, and said the team will stick with him as the kicker. Comments Published on November 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, and Other Emergency Responders Train for ‘Active Shooter Situation’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe world is changing and so is the way of training.It was a busy day at the Combat Readiness Training Center as law enforcement teams, fire departments, and other service members performed an “active shooter drill.”According to Lieutenant John Grimshaw, there hasn’t been an “active shooter situation” in Northeast Michigan but there has been other scary situations.Just this week in Toronto, Canada, an active shooter killed 2 people and wounded 13 others. With the updated training team members hope to see those conditions decrease.Besides learning new techniques, these men and women learned other things and that’s working together as one no matter which service branch you come from.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious District Health Department Holds Community Baby ShowerNext What’s Trending for July 30last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Vince Dunn, Oscar Sundqvist back for Game 4 — just in time

first_imgCenter Oskar Sundqvist, suspended one game for a boarding infraction on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2, rejoins St. Louis’ fourth line with Ivan Barbashev and Alex Steen.”I just wanted to feel myself getting used to the speed of things. The more I practiced, the faster I was catching up to things,” the smooth-skating Dunn, 22, said Monday. “So I gotta feel like myself out there, I want to be able to be effective and I want to be the player that I was (before the injury).” Related News Getting Dunn along with Sundqvist back couldn’t come at a better time.The Blues are coming off a 7-2 home loss Saturday in which the Bruins’ power play was 4-for-4 and needed only 2:06 of power-play time and four shots to score the four goals. Ouch. More important, Boston took a 2-1 series lead and reclaimed the home-ice advantage in the best-of-seven series.”It was tough obviously. You want to be out there with them and it felt like it was a night that took forever. So, I’m happy to be back,” Sundqvist said (via of watching Saturday’s shellacking and knowing he’s one of the Blues’ better penalty-killing forwards.While Sundqvist, the forward, offers defensive help, Dunn, the defenseman, offers an offensive skill set that coach Craig Berube pointed to Monday.”He moves the puck as good as anybody on our team from our own end out transition-wise, and Dunn has the ability of doing high-end things in the offensive zone sometimes,” Berube said. “Not all the time, but there’s just times where he can do things that wow you a little bit and make a great play, or score a goal from nothing. He can make something from nothing a lot of time in those areas.”Berube also made some other lineup moves, shuffling three of his lines, most notably putting Zach Sanford, who was on the fourth line in Game 3, on the second line with center Ryan O’Reilly and winger David Perron for Game 4.One change Berube didn’t make: Goalie Jordan Binnington, pulled in the second period of Game 3 after the Bruins’ fifth goal, will be back in net to start Monday. Berube’s decision to stick with the rookie could be influenced by the fact that he’s 6-2 after losses in his first NHL playoffs.”In his bounce-back games,” the Blues coach said, “it’s just his calmness and his mannerisms more than anything. I think he goes back in there and he feels real confident about himself.” As if to reinforce what Berube noted, Binnington, when asked Monday about his confidence after being pulled for the first time in his NHL career, said of Game 4: “It’s another game. You prepare the same way.”Game time in St. Louis is 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in St. Louis. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington benched for first time in playoffscenter_img Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Bruins’ Game 3 win over Blues The Blues will get back two key players — one from injury and the other from suspension — for Monday’s crucial Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Bruins.Defenseman Vince Dunn, sidelined since taking a puck to the face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Sharks, returns to the Blues’ third defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson, replacing Robert Bortuzzo.last_img read more