Nelson Agholor is USC’s next great wide receiver

first_imgAfter a freshman season highlighted by an explosive 6-catch, 162-yard game against Oregon last year, sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor seemed primed for a breakout 2013 campaign entering the year.Prior to the Arizona game, however, Agholor’s statistical output this season just wasn’t indicative of a dominant sophomore season. Despite demonstrating immense talent both as a receiver and a blocker, Agholor had yet to record more than four receptions or 64 receiving yards.But less than three minutes into last week’s battle against Arizona, that latter mark was nearly eclipsed on one play.Agholor sped past the Arizona secondary, caught a perfect deep ball from redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler and ran into the end zone to complete a stunning one-play, 62-yard drive.“I thought Cody threw a great ball and put a lot of trust in me to go get under it, and I think I made the play I needed to make,” Agholor said.The first catch was just a taste of what was to come later. Kessler and Agholor continued to connect throughout the night as Agholor totaled a career-high seven receptions for 161 yards. The agile receiver carved up the Wildcats in a variety of different ways, showcasing his versatility as a precise route runner and deep threat. Whether it was catching the ball in stride across the middle of the field or making tough catches near the boundaries, Agholor’s wide array of skills was on display.The sophomore standout’s performance came at an opportune time for the Trojans, a team beleaguered by injuries, specifically paper-thin at the wide receiver position. With only two scholarship receivers suiting up last Thursday, Agholor’s clutch game showed the wideout’s knack for coming up big when it counts.He wasn’t the only Trojan player thrust into a bigger role than usual. USC’s new playcaller, offensive coordinator Clay Helton, put a greater emphasis on spreading the ball around. Five running backs had multiple carries, and Kessler hit six different targets throughout the game, with Agholor accounting for more than half of the reception yardage.“Someone on our team had to make plays,” Agholor said. “I’m just very happy Coach [Helton] put the ball in my hands to make some plays. And he put the ball in a lot of guys’ hands to make plays, and we did.”As the Trojans look forward to Notre Dame on Saturday, Agholor’s emergence as a dependable No. 1 option while Lee is sidelined has eased some of the concerns surrounding the viability of the Trojan offense without its star receiver. You can bet the Fighting Irish are aware of Agholor’s breakout performance, and the Notre Dame defense will be sure to key in on the sophomore come Saturday.The Trojan offense might be buoyed by the possible return of Lee — after practice on Tuesday, Lee said he was “coming around pretty good,” and that, “by Saturday, [he] thinks [he’ll] be 100 percent.”If Lee is healthy enough to play Saturday, Agholor will be able to exploit favorable one-on-one matchups and build on his game against the Wildcats. Another solid outing against Notre Dame could propel Agholor towards a tremendous second half of the season, putting him back on track in terms of following the trajectory of Woods and Lee — not to mention restoring hope for a successful USC season.But interim head coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t want the team to put too much stock in the Notre Dame game.“I don’t want to make it bigger than life,” Orgeron said. “This is game two of our season together.”Orgeron’s vision has many of the Trojans excited, including Agholor.“I’m looking to take advantage of all the opportunities that are given to us,” Agholor said when talking about the remainder of the season. “We are all given many opportunities, and if we take advantage of it, I think we will be in good shape.”If Arizona was any indication, giving Agholor opportunities is a recipe for success. If that strategy continues against Notre Dame and beyond, the Trojan offense looks to be in good hands. The recent model for star USC wide receivers is to flash glimpses of potential as a freshman and burst onto the scene as a sophomore. Current Buffalo Bill Robert Woods did it first, with junior Marqise Lee following in his footsteps last season by winning the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s best wideout.Catching up to ‘Qise · USC sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor has one more receiving touchdown (2) this year than junior Marqise Lee. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Syracuse blows 2-run lead in the 4th inning of loss to Colgate

first_imgAfter a seven-run Syracuse win over Colgate in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and a two-run first inning for the Orange in the second game, Syracuse was looking great.That was until the fourth inning, when disaster struck for the Orange in its 3-2 loss to the Raiders. Syracuse (24-19, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) gave up all three runs on one hit in the fourth inning to Colgate (8-22, 3-5 Patriot). As Brigit Ieuter’s screwball toyed with the Orange, Katie Bushee’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded hit buried the Orange.“We thought we could just roll over this team,” Corinne Ozanne said, “and obviously we couldn’t.”After throwing three scoreless innings for the Orange to start the second game, starting pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti walked into the circle and eyed Colgate leadoff hitter Tara Grennan to start the fourth inning.As Grennan dug in, Gatti went into her windup. Ball one. The right-hander followed with four more pitches, three of them balls, walking Grennan on just five pitches total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti admitted after the game that in the fourth inning, she wasn’t as consistent as she usually is. At times she felt like herself, but she wasn’t 100% there.Meghan Romero followed Grennan with a single down the third base line. The single put runners on first and second. Gatti then got the next two batters out, bringing up nine-hole hitter and Colgate starting pitcher Ieuter.As Ieuter walked to plate, a wave of uneasiness came over the crowd. Gatti had already gotten the Orange out of two jams earlier in the game, stranding a runner on base in both the second and third innings, but she wasn’t looking like herself on the mound.“I tried to be tougher and carry over the innings before,” Gatti said. “… But I just didn’t feel like myself.”Ieuter steadied herself at the plate and Gatti came at her with everything she had, but nothing seemed to hit the strike zone. After a high pitch out of the zone landed in catcher Olivia Martinez’s glove, home plate umpire Danny Everson called ball four.A hush fell over the crowd as Ieuter jogged to first base, flipping her bat towards the cheering Raider dugout as she went past. A few Syracuse players shouted words of encouragement to Gatti, who was beginning to look flustered on the mound.As Colgate leadoff hitter Bushee stepped into the right handed batter’s box with the bases loaded, Gatti looked down at the rubber and took a deep breath. Bushee was already 3-of-5 on the day, with a run scored in the first game.“You walk the nine-hole hitter to get to the girl on top who had the best day (of any Colgate player),” Bosch said. “So with the bases loaded, you’re going after their best hitter.”Early in the at bat, Gatti made a mistake.She floated a changeup high in the zone and Bushee made her pay for it. The junior pounded a two-out double to deep left field that rolled under the glove of Alyssa Dewes and all the way to the fence.“(Bushee’s RBI double) was kind of a gut shot, because that inning led off with a walk,” Ozanne said. ”Things just kind of trickled into play — it’s tough to come back from that.”Grennan scored. Romero scored. Ieuter scored.Just like that, the Orange was down, 3-2, a score it wouldn’t come back from the rest of the game.As the Orange filed off the field after the game, the scoreboard in left field showed a line of zeroes in the Colgate row, flanked by one three in the fourth inning. It was the only inning the Raiders scored in all game.Gatti finished with three runs allowed on four hits, five strikeouts and one misplaced changeup, a changeup that ended up costing the Orange the game.“I hung the changeup. If I would have left it a little bit lower, (the three run double) probably wouldn’t have happened, but I hung it,” Gatti said. “Stupid me.” Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones agrees to plea deal including jail time, alcohol probation

first_imgJones has spent the bulk of his 12-year NFL career in Cincinnati. He joined the Broncos for seven games in 2018 before being released in November. Related News Dez Bryant on free agency: ‘I will be a steal wherever I go’ Cam Newton swears off sex for a month to become ‘mentally stronger’center_img Adam “Pacman” Jones’ latest fiasco will force him to serve some time behind bars.The former Bengals cornerback was arrested for cheating at the Rising Star Casino in Indiana last month. He agreed to a plea deal that will require him to spend 10 days in jail and restrain from drinking alcohol for 18 months, according to a report from TMZ Sports. The 35-year-old has lost the right to carry firearms or other dangerous weapons without the permission of his probation officer during this period. He has also been banned from the Casino.Jones faced several charges after the incident, including felony intimidation, felony battery against an officer and multiple misdemeanors. He is no stranger to run-ins with the law and has dealt with various legal issues in the past.last_img read more