Second string getting chance to shine

first_imgDay two of the Lane Kiffin era was nearly identical to day one — lots of second teamers, lots of intensity and a heavy emphasis on discipline.The Trojans still have more than a dozen players out of action, giving many of the second teamers an opportunity to get their reps in.“It was a really good opportunity for those guys that need double reps to get better,” said coach Lane Kiffin.Those second teamers filled in at a variety of positions, including center when junior Kris O’ Dowd went down with a knee injury. Details on the injury were sparse, but O’Dowd was held out of practice the rest of the day.  He was expected to see a doctor soon after practice.“We obviously don’t want to push him through, it being spring practice,” Kiffin said.That same sentiment was extended to junior tight end Blake Ayles, who was held out of Tuesday’s practice.Ayles participated in limited drills, but most of the tight end reps went to senior David Ausberry and fourth-year junior Jordan Cameron.  Kiffin described the two as “the number one and two tight ends right now.”Ausberry, a wide receiver for the last three seasons, was moved to tight end because the injury to Ayles and redshirt junior Rhett Ellison catching mononucleosis.  The move is permanent for now, according to Kiffin, because “we just don’t have the numbers.”Besides moving players to new positions, the team added 14 new walk-ons yesterday, and may be hosting an additional tryout in the future.—The intensity present on day one remained, in part thanks to a new special teams drill.“It’s a kickoff-kickoff coverage drill,” special teams coach John Baxter said.The first-year coach is looking to inject some intensity into special teams drills that usually lack it.  The team was divided into four tribes, like in the TV show Survivor. The teams compete against each other and against themselves for points.“The person with the least amount of points, the team as a whole has to vote them off,” said senior running back Allen Bradford, the captain of team Atlas.As the captain, Bradford is responsible for maintaining the team flag, an elaborate drawing of Atlas holding up a football-shaped Earth.  The competition encouraged by the game is designed to bring the team and the staff together, said defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.“Once we get to the fall, there’s only one flag that matters, and that’s the one with the ’SC on it,” Baxter said.  The intensity built in the special teams drill was present throughout the defensively dominated practice.—Practice ended with the traditional 11 on 11 scrimmage, highlighted by redshirt junior defensive tackle Da’John Harris tipping a Matt Barkley pass and subsequently intercepting it.“I’ve been dreaming about that play since I got here,” Harris said.  “It was too perfect.”last_img read more

Maisnam Meiraba Clinches Korea Jr Open Title, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran Wins Bronze

first_img badmitonbronzeGoldIndia First Published: November 2, 2019, 11:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Maisnam Meiraba Luwang lived up to his top billing as he clinched the boys singles U-19 title at the Woncheon Yonex Korea Junior Open International Challenge 2019 in Miryang, Korea on Saturday. The top seed from Manipur needed just 36 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 15th seed Lee Hak Joo of Korea in a 21-10, 21-13 win.Also claiming the bronze in the same category at this Junior International Challenge badminton tournament was eighth seed Sathish Kumar Karunakaran, who had bowed out to Luwang 16-21, 22-24 in a gritty semi-final contest on Friday. Luwang, who currently holds the No. 9 spot in the World Junior Rankings, was impressive throughout the week and dropped just one game in six matches. This is the 16-year-old rising star’s third international title this year following his triumphs at the Russian Junior White Nights 2019 and India Junior International 2019.Luwang would especially be pleased with the way he rebounded after a disappointing exit from the World Junior Championships last month, where he crashed out in the Round of 64. last_img read more