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: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Taylor, Bloomfield retain titles at Carifta

first_img Remained unbeaten Jamaica also dominated the 1500m winning three out of four. Cemore Donald remained unbeaten this season after capturing the Under-18 girls’ event. The Edwin Allen High student won in 4:42.50 ahead of teammate Britnie Dixon. Ashani Robb won the girls’ Under-20 1500m in 4:39.20 while defending champion Shevon Parkes won the Under-20 boys’ event in 3:56.72. Earlier in the morning session, Hydel High’s Shian Salmon pocketed Jamaica’s first gold medal of the meet. Salmon, the defending champion in the Under-18 high jump, cleared a season’s best 1.82 metres to win the event. Teammate Lamara Distin picked up silver with a best of 1.77m. Bermuda’s Sakari Famous, also 1.77m, was third. Jamaica’s other medal in the morning session came from Akio Jones, who captured bronze after finishing third in the girls’ Under-18 shot put with a heave of 13.87m. Jamaica should also win several medals today as 19 finals, 10 on the track and nine in the field, will be contested. Track events include the 4×100 metres in both age groups. ST GEORGE’S, Grenada: DEFENDING 400 metres champions Christopher Taylor and Akeem Bloomfield retained their titles in fine style as Jamaica picked up 18 medals – eight gold, 7 silver, and three bronze – on yesterday’s opening day of the 45th Carifta Games in St George’s, Grenada. Taylor, the record holder in the Under-18 boys’ one-lap event, was not tested as he won in 47.36 seconds away from Antoni Hoya Small of Barbados, 48.23. Third went to Onal Mitchell of Trinidad and Tobago in 48.72. ” I just came out and did what I had to do to win the event,” said Taylor. Bloomfield ran a relaxed race throughout to take the Under-20 title, just doing enough to win in a season’s best 46.02. Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands was second in 46.23, with bronze going to Kinard Rolle of The Bahamas in 46.88. “I just came out to win and defend my title as I want to finish competing here, so I can focus on the Penn Relays and World Junior Championships,” Bloomfield said after his victory. Stacey Williams had earlier captured gold in the Under-18 girls 400 m in 54.00, getting the better of Amanda Crawford of Grenada, 54.16, with Britni Fountain of The Bahamas taking third in 54.68. Jamaica’s Sanique Walker, the silver medallist a year ago, was fourth in 55.25. Sada Williams of Barbados prevented a Jamaican sweep of the 400m as she raced to a personal best 52.07 to capture the Under-20 girls’ event. Shaquina Dorset of The Bahamas was second in 52.59 while Jamaica’s Tiffany James took third in 52.70 ahead of her teammate Semoy Hemmings, fourth in 53.89.last_img read more

Lions return to Great Karoo

first_imgLions disappeared from the Karoo in the 19th century, but have now returned,thanks to a Sanparks project that aims to re-establish the predator-prey balance.(Image: Luke Harwood)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan Taplin, Sanparksregional communications manager+27 83 650 8649 RELATED ARTICLES • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • 10-year plan to save Africa’s chimps • Wildlife poachers to be taken down • Call of the wild at Sabi Sand• SA gets new coastal conservancyJanine ErasmusEarlier in November 2010 a pride of eight lions was released into the Karoo National Park, marking the return of the free-ranging big cats to the area after an absence of 170 years.The four adults – two males and two females – and four cubs gained their freedom after a two-month stay in an enclosure in the park, where they adapted to their new environment.The 90 000ha Karoo National Park is managed by South African National Parks (Sanparks), the national parks authority. Sanparks introduced lions back into the park with the aim of re-establishing the large predator-based ecosystem that once existed.The lions will also boost tourism to the area and are expected to add some excitement to the usual atmosphere of tranquillity.According to Sanparks’ regional GM Lucius Moolman, the lions, as well as other activities such as 4×4 trails, will tempt visitors to extend their stay in the Karoo National Park from the usual one-night stopover to a two- or three-night holiday. Sanparks reports that lions were once widespread in the area, and that the last of the magnificent beasts was shot and killed at the nearby small town of Leeu-Gamka in 1842.Sanparks also suggests that the number of farm and river names based on the word “lion” is further evidence that the cats once roamed free across the land.The names of the area’s two main rivers, the Leeu and Gamka, are derived from the Afrikaans and ǀXam words respectively for lion. ǀXam is an extinct Khoisan language, also used for the South African national motto ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke (diverse people unite).The new Karoo lions come from the Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape, where the predators were successfully introduced in 2003. Those animals, in turn, were taken from Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park stock and were selected for the Karoo because of their genetic similarity to the Cape lions of old, and because they are free of disease.Visitors need not fear for their safety – low-level electric fences now surround the rest camp, its reception area, swimming pool and camp site, and the popular fossil trail. A lion-proof fence has been installed around the entire perimeter of the park to prevent the predators from wandering into neighbouring farms.Tracking collars around the animals’ necks will allow Sanparks to monitor their movements closely and observe their choice of habitat and prey.Great plainsThe Karoo National Park is located in the Great Karoo, the vast arid region of South Africa that extends over an area of 400 000 square kilometres in the interior of the country. The Karoo proper, South Africa’s largest ecosystem, is sub-divided into the Little Karoo in the south and the Great Karoo in the north, which was at one time in the distant past covered by a glacier.The San Bushmen wandered the great plains for hundreds of years, along with herds of antelope, zebra and other large mammals, and it wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th century that Europeans ventured into the interior. Once the Westerners had taken over, sheep and cattle eventually replaced the wild animals, which led to a drastic depletion of grass cover.The Karoo was also the setting for violent clashes between the forces of the English and the Afrikaners during the second Anglo-Boer War of 1899 – 1902. Remnants of the conflict are still visible, mainly in the form of blockhouses scattered throughout the region.Today sheep farming is still the region’s primary economic driver, but tourism is on the rise.Diversity of wildlifeProclaimed in 1979, the Karoo National Park is situated on the N1 route between Cape Town and the interior, near the town of Beaufort West. Visitors travel to see not only the park’s spectacular scenery, but also the variety of creatures which have adapted to the harsh environment.Many of the animals found here today, such as the vulnerable Cape mountain zebra and the critically endangered black rhino, are those which were once driven out by farmers and have made their way back to their original habitats.The park boasts a diverse range of birdlife, such as the booted and black eagles, rock kestrel, and Namaqua sandgrouse. It’s also home to a rich variety of reptiles, including tortoises, chameleons, geckos, skinks, snakes and one species of monitor lizard.The Karoo lions will not go hungry, with some 1 500 gemsbok, 1 400 red hartebeest, 400 eland, 700 kudu and 600 ostrich resident in the park. Sanparks estimates that the park will currently be able to sustain up to 20 lions.Since 1987 the Karoo National Park has been the scene of the Quagga selective breeding project, which attempts to bring back the extinct quagga, a sub-species of the plains zebra, by selective breeding with plains zebra stock. Quaggas – unusual brownish, partly striped zebras – were wiped out by hunters during the 19th century, and the last mare died in 1883 at the Amsterdam Zoo.last_img read more