Starting quarterback to remain a mystery until Penn State game

first_img“We don’t know what we’re getting,” Hunt said. For Hunt, the redshirt sophomore, and Allen, the graduate transfer from Oklahoma, it leaves them in a unique position. On Monday, ESPN reported that the Orange is one of four teams that is not expected to name a starting quarterback until the day of its first game. When Syracuse arrives at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31 to face Penn State its quarterback will be a mystery to all outside the program. Scott Shafer doesn’t plan on revealing his starter until that day. “I wouldn’t care if it was Saturday morning or today because you work so hard and you prepare like you’re the starter no matter what position you are,” Hunt said. “If you’re second string, first string, you just prepare and when your time comes, you’re ready.” So why let Penn State know what Syracuse has to show? — That’s Shafer’s thinking. Shafer said on Monday that there is a bit of separation, but even when he and the coaching staff reach a verdict, he won’t make it public. He wouldn’t even say when he hopes to have that decision made. Allen and Hunt will likely know before that Saturday, but neither quarterback was concerned about when he’d find out. “Why give anybody an advantage?” Shafer said, pounding his fist on the podium. “To me I just wouldn’t understand it. It’s just me. If it gives them one more practice to play against something they think one kid can do compared to the other, why give them that advantage?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Every practice makes a difference, so Shafer will hold tight to as much information as he can for as long as he can. “I approached every day as if I was a starter,” Allen said. “I prepared every day in the film room and I prepared every day on the practice field in order to be ready because there could’ve been an injury, a sudden change of plans. Somehow I needed to be ready.” PSU was not reported as one of the teams that will wait until opening day to make a decision, but it’s hosting a tight quarterback competition, too. Allen spent four years with the Oklahoma Sooners learning how to handle a situation like this. He was likely never going to pass Sam Bradford or Landry Jones for the starting job, but he was always there in case something happened. The quarterback competition, which is down to Drew Allen and Terrel Hunt, has run neck-and-neck through the entirety of training camp with both signal callers splitting reps with the first team almost completely evenly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While a potentially frustrating position for the quarterbacks, it is one that makes sense: There’s no need to give the Nittany Lions an extra advantage. “We don’t have to play until the 31st, so the final decision won’t truly be made until we step on that field,” the head coach said. Of course, at OU he was an injury away. At SU it’s a 50-50 competition. Published on August 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 “I don’t want to tell half-truths,” Shafer said. “So we’re going to do the best we can to put that position together for the 31st.”last_img read more

Men’s golf: Strong finishes from Jordan Hahn, Griffin Barela bring optimism entering final month of season

first_imgComing off their first team title since 2015 at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team has been a middle-of-the-pack squad for most of the season. The Pinetree played to the likes of senior Jordan Hahn, who led the Badgers by tying for first place individually. Hahn got red hot on his back nine, carding four birdies and joining teammate Griffin Barela to become the second Badger in under a year to tie for first in a tournament.Three other Badgers, including Barela, finished in the top 10, solidifying a dominant five-stroke team victory. Most recently, the team traveled to Awendaw, South Carolina, to compete at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Golf Club. The Badgers’ starting five consisted of freshman Cameron Frazier, sophomores Barela and Sam Anderson, junior Pete Kuhl and Hahn, the team’s steady leader. Men’s Golf: Badgers look forward to spring season with high ambitionsAfter a 10th place finish in last year’s Big Ten championships lead by a top 10 individual performance from then Read…Head Coach Michael Burcin noted before the trip that Barela and Hahn continue to be the leaders of the team. In their previous tournament, Barela’s strong weekend finish brought him to tie at sixth on the leaderboard at the Mission-Inn Spring Spectacular down in Florida. His personal efforts brought Wisconsin up to a respectable ninth-place finish.At the Hootie, the Badgers finished at 7-over par, which ranked 13th out of the 15 teams that participated in the tournament. Barela carded two rounds under par, both times shooting a 69. His final round propelled him to finish tied for 13th place. Joining him in the top-25 was Hahn, who finished the tournament at 1-under par, giving him his seventh top-25 finish of the season. The Badgers will look to get back on top when they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Boilermaker Invitational in two weeks.last_img read more

Athletic club matching donations to help ‘Toys for Kids’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — It’s been a tough holiday season for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 583’s ‘Toys for Kids’ wrapping drive. They serve hundreds of families in need and are still shy of their goal to serve all of those children in need before the holidays.Social media posts have been floating around about the nonprofit’s need for toy and monetary donations. Local organizations are already beginning to step in, one of those being Bay Athletic Club.As part of their season of giving, the athletic center is matching toy and monetary donations for the organization that they’ve helped support for many years.“Sometimes, we just need to remember how good it feels to be able to help someone else even if you don’t know who that person is,” said Bay Athletic Club Communications Director Sarah Morrison. “When you’re out shopping, just swing by an aisle and grab something and that can be your donation.”You can drop off donations at Bay Athletic Club in Alpena off of Chisholm Street now through Friday. If you can’t make it to Bay Athletic by Friday. Donations can be made to the ‘Toys for Kids’ headquarters on 2040 Werth Rd. (the Old Ripley Street Fruit Market)“Every little thing you do can make a really big impact,” said Morrison.Toys are donated to families in need throughout Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, and Presque Isle Counties.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Bay Athletic, bay athletic club, holidays, northeast michigan, Sunrise Side, toys for kids, Vietnam Vets Chapter 583Continue ReadingPrevious Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartNext Alpena Public Schools Request Bond Sales to Update Structures and Security Systemslast_img read more