Tommy Wilson: Do we really need to get high at all?

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgNZ Herald 10 May 2019Family First Comment: “We seem to be stuck with two opposing choices. If we legalise or at least decriminalise dope we stop the stigma of breaking the law. The other side of the cannabis coin is we open up the availability to the already vulnerable – especially our tamariki. The damage done by drink is heartbreaking when you see it every day, so for me adding another drug to the problem can only go one way with no exit…  Maybe we should be asking ourselves – and each other, why do we need to get high at all, be it by drinking or drugging… (David) Bowie said, “Drugs gave me nothing. In the end I regretted I ever took them. There so-called liberating qualities were illusory”.For me the issue is bigger than a bong full of buds, a jar full of rasta-infused gummy bears or growing a couple of plants in your own back yard for personal consumption.I am all good for growing anything that either feeds you or fixes you up.However, we seem to be stuck with two opposing choices. If we legalise or at least decriminalise dope we stop the stigma of breaking the law. The other side of the cannabis coin is we open up the availability to the already vulnerable – especially our tamariki. The damage done by drink is heartbreaking when you see it every day, so for me adding another drug to the problem can only go one way with no exit.Bit of a Mexican marijuana stand-off really.Maybe there is a third option to entertain?Maybe we should be asking ourselves – and each other, why do we need to get high at all, be it by drinking or drugging.In a recent interview on the Jim Mora Sunday show, Jim interviewed Mike Garson, David Bowie’s life-long friend and pianist who never took anything to enhance his creative talents during his 47-year touring career with the Starman.His quote from Bowie himself about drugs has held its higher ground in my mind ever since and that in itself proves I still have some memory left.Bowie said, “Drugs gave me nothing. In the end I regretted I ever took them. There so-called liberating qualities were illusory”.Tautoko Rawiri I have come to the same realisation myself.For my two bobs’ worth of what we should do about cannabis reform, all I can add to the pot pot is what I know from personal experience, and if we do decriminalise it – and we should, then let’s also sow the seed of sobriety.Staying straight and getting high on love, life and learning is also equally as cool as cannabis.So, this leads me back down the long and winding road to loss of memory and its possible connection to lazy thinking brought about by smoking too much of the “holy herb” back in the day.If we legalise cannabis and it becomes available everywhere, what effect will it have on those who are already logged into lazy thinking? How will the instant everything generation react when Uncle Google is already dumbing them down by doing their thinking for them?Lazy thinking induces a lazy lifestyle and limits the potential of our people, Māori and non-Māori.We need to understand where the referendum will take us and prepare for the good, the bad and the ugly of decriminalising cannabis.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/premium/news/article.cfm?c_id=1504669&objectid=12229174last_img read more


Finally Cyriel  Dessers gets Eagles call up as Rohr names 24 for S/Leone

Posted On Sep 26 2020 by

first_img Eagles set for Leone stars Below is the full list of the 24-man Eagles list as dished out by German tactician Gernot Rohr; Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany Read alsoCOVID-19: former Eagles Coach Oliseh goes spiritual Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic, England); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Koln, Germany) Midfielders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (Getafe FC, Spain); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (Heracles Almelo, The Netherlands); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigeria born Heracles Almelo forward Cyriel  Dessers was among the 24 players called up by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr ahead of the double header  2021 African cup of Nations qualifier against Leone stars of Sierra Leone. The 25 year old product of Nigerian father and Belgian mother has been in superlative form recently and has captured the attention of the Nigerian media. Dessers himself in a recent interview believes that playing for Nigeria will boost his soccer career noting that invitation to any national team does not come on a platter and should be celebrated when it comes. His inclusion in the 24- man list dished out by Rohr on Wednesday will no doubt take the young man to cloud nine. The interesting thing about the list is the return of Kelechi Iheanacho whose rejuvenation recently has also been noted by technical crew and fans alike. Also interesting to note is the inclusion of Germany based defender Kingsley Ehizibue who plays for FC Koln and who will be making appearance for the first time for the Super Eagles. The usuals were not missing with Daniel Akpeyi expectedly making it coming after he posted a splendid performance for his South African Side Kaizer chiefs in their Soweto Derby against hard fighting Orlando Pirates. The match which attracted massive turnout at the FNB Stadium, saw many agreeing that the Nigerian international was indeed good after he made breath-taking saves to keep Pirates away with Chiefs running away with a lone goal victory to consolidate on the log.last_img read more


Lady Dogs Win Over Lady Knights

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgThe Dog Pound closes early for the second straight night as Batesville toppled the knights in minimum sets.From JV coach Shelly Prickle: With scores of 25-9, 25-20, the JV Lady Bulldog volleyball team defeated South Dearborn. For the 2nd straight match, 15 players contributed to the win. Maggie Walsman regained her service form scoring 17 points including 10 straight to end the first set. Cece Hund chipped in with 5 service points including an ace to spark the team. Tori Kurtz continued her solid play at the net with 5 kills while connecting on all 9 of her attempts. Lily Abplanalp had 5 perfect serve receives to lead the back row. Monica Gerstbauer fueled the offense with 10 assists from her setter position. The team is now 14-2.In the varsity match, for the second consecutive night, we were able to keep our unforced errors to an average 12 per set. Uncharacteristically a lot of those came form the service line. However so did a lot of good as we recorded 14 aces on the night with Audrey Amberger #8 & Kyie Laker #7 both serving up four each.  Back that up with 22 kills on the night, with Morgan Meyer #3 taking the lion share of 10, and you have a good night of volleyball. Defensivley sound as ever, we shared 35 digs on the evening.Varsity will travel to the Cougar Invitational on Saturday @ Greenfield-Central.  We will start in a pool with the host team, Greenfield-Central (11-8) and Whiteland  (2-17).  All Matches will start @ 9:00am.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more


Jonny Howson header ends Norwich’s Premier League winning drought

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgNorwich ended their six-game winless run with a vital 1-0 victory that extended Swansea’s misery. Equally out of nowhere and at the opposite end, O’Neil shot wide of the target with a powerful effort, but with that Norwich took encouragement, and the opening goal followed. Brady won a corner when his shot, from the edge of the area, was saved by Fabianski, and from the resulting corner he crossed to substitute Dieumerci Mbokani, who left the goalkeeper out of position by heading into Howson’s path from where the midfielder nodded in with ease from the closest of range. Norwich thereafter retained their lead when their deep-lying defence and midfield limited Swansea’s chances. Worryingly for Monk, despite time and plenty of possession, his team simply never came close. TWEET OF THE MATCH GET IN! Jonny Howson’s second half header earns City a crucial three points against Swansea at Carrow Road. #NORSWA – Norwich City’s Twitter feed (@NorwichCityFC) share their delight as the Canaries win their first league games in seven games. RATINGS Norwich John Ruddy: 7 Andre Wisdom: 7 Sebastien Bassong: 7 Ryan Bennett: 7 Martin Olsson: 7 Gary O’Neil: 7 Alex Tettey (c): 6 Wes Hoolahan: 7 Robbie Brady: 8 Jonny Howson: 8 Cameron Jerome: 7 Subs: Dieumerci Mbokani 8 Youssouf Mulumbu 6 Swansea Lukasz Fabianski: 7 Kyle Naughton: 6 Ashley Williams (c): 7 Federico Fernandez: 6 Neil Taylor: 6 Ki Sung-Yeung: 7 Jonjo Shelvey: 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6 Jefferson Montero: 5 Andre Ayew: 5 Bafetimbi Gomis: 5 Subs: Eder 6 Wayne Routledge 7 Leon Britton 6 MAN OF THE MATCH Robbie Brady. In a game lacking creativity and players with confidence, the talented midfielder showed plenty of both, proving Norwich’s chief goal-threat and significantly contributing to their only goal. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Swansea’s Garry Monk was very recently being touted as a future England manager, but his team have struggled to convince since August, winning only once since. Every manager and team experiences bad runs, but worryingly for Monk he seems short of ideas on how to end Swansea’s. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Cameron Jerome headed both high and wide, despite time and space and an exceptional delivery, from directly in front of goal in the ninth minute. An early goal may have ignited this match; without it, this barely got going. MOAN OF THE MATCH Swansea are, on paper at least, blessed with creativity. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jefferson Montero and Jonjo Shelvey and capable of much, but none demonstrated it at Carrow Road. Wayne Routledge can also be a joy to watch, but appears to be similarly lacking in confidence. NEXT UP Chelsea v Norwich City, November 21 (Premier League) Swansea City v Bournemouth, November 21 (Premier League) Norwich, similarly without a single win throughout October, started with Andre Wisdom, Gary O’Neil and Wes Hoolahan in place of Youssouf Mulumbu, the injured Matt Jarvis and the suspended Russell Martin. Both teams were unquestionably out of form and equally lacking in confidence, and throughout the opening 45 minutes it consistently showed. Beyond Cameron Jerome’s ninth-minute effort, in which the striker, despite being unchallenged and blessed with time and space inside the six-yard box, somehow managed to head Robbie Brady’s masterful left-wing cross high and wide, threats on goal were almost non-existent. Howson hit a well-struck 25-yard shot on target soon after, when Federico Fernandez headed the ball into his path near the edge of the area, but did so far too close to Lukasz Fabianski and the goalkeeper comfortably saved. Thereafter, amid the lively Hoolahan’s attempts to add some creativity to an otherwise-flat affair and Jonjo Shelvey’s repeated, misplaced passes, the first-half largely played out with Swansea doing little in possession and Norwich, defending well owing to their five-man midfield, content without the ball when that was the case. G iven Shelvey is not known for his defensive ability he may feel fortunate that the latest England squad had already been picked, though in his defence, ahead of him the talented Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero were equally indecisive as Norwich’s compact shape nullified their threat. When almost immediately after half-time Brady forced a fine save from Fabianski with a close-range header from Howson’s cross, it was hoped that each team’s desperate need of three points would inspire a greater intensity, but at least until Sigurdsson went close in the 66th minute the game’s pattern was largely unchanged. With little pressure building, Sigurdsson hit the top of the crossbar with a curling shot from substitute Wayne Routledge’s cross. In a match with few significant chances, midfielder Jonny Howson headed the only goal midway through the second half to secure the three points that crucially keeps them clear of the Premier League’s bottom three. Swansea, with just a solitary win since August, and perhaps in a demonstration of manager Garry Monk running out of ideas, were unchanged from last week’s 3-0 defeat by Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more


HHS: Pharmacists to Administer COVID-19 Tests

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgThe Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health issued new guidance under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized.HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement:“Giving pharmacists the authorization to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients means easier access to testing for Americans who need it. Pharmacists play a vital role in delivering convenient access to important public health services and information. The Trump Administration is pleased to give pharmacists the chance to play a bigger role in the COVID-19 response, alongside all of America’s heroic healthcare workers.”HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Brett P. Giroir, M.D. issued the following statement:“In an effort to expand testing capabilities, we are authorizing licensed pharmacists to order and administer COVID-19 tests to their patients. The accessibility and distribution of retail and independent community-based pharmacies make pharmacists the first point of contact with a healthcare professional for many Americans. This will further expand testing for Americans, particularly our healthcare workers and first responders who are working around the clock to provide care, compassion and safety to others.”OASH’s Guidance for Licensed Pharmacists, COVID-19 Testing, and Immunity under the PREP Act is available here – PDF.FDA’s Emergency Use Authorizations for diagnostic and therapeutic medical devices to diagnose and respond to public health emergencies is available here.Priorities for testing patients with suspected COVID-19 infection are available here.last_img read more


New Video in George Floyd’s Death During Arrest Fuels Protests

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgRioters cut a path of destruction through the streets of Minneapolis and Los Angeles following the release of more viral video of a black man killed while being taken into police custody. Violent protests in Minneapolis last night and one person is dead. Police say the shooting happened outside a pawn shot late Wednesday night. Police haven’t said if the shooting victim was looting, as people continued to protest the death of an unarmed black man in police custody earlier this week.In Los Angeles, protestors temporarily blocked Highway 101 and clung to a California Highway Patrol cruiser during a downtown demonstration Wednesday over the death of George Floyd.Floyd, 46, died Monday night in Minneapolis, with video later showing him on the ground with a police officer’s knee pressed against his neck.“I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me,” Floyd shouts in the video, which has sparked outrage across the U.S. and led to the firings of four Mineapolis police officers. Protests continuing in Minnesota on Wednesday erupted into violence and looting.So far the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck leading to his death has not been charged with a crime, but has been fired.President Trump on Wednesday ordered the FBI and Justice Department to investigate the case.last_img read more


SB : Caira’s no-hitter, Saco’s heroics earn victory for Syracuse

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgJenna Caira threw a no-hitter, but Kelly Saco was the center of attention by the end of the game.In the bottom of the seventh of a scoreless game, Saco, a senior first baseman, belted an offering from Rutgers pitcher Alyssa Landrith over the right-center field wall for a walk-off home run to clinch a dramatic Syracuse win. As the ball narrowly cleared the fence, the SU players erupted into euphoria.Instead of being the center of the celebratory mob, Caira was just one of the players crowding around Saco. But to Caira, it didn’t make a difference.‘I didn’t care about the no-hitter,’ Caira said. ‘The fact that we got that run and I was extremely proud of Kelly because she had been working so hard and she finally got the big hit for us.’With Caira’s no-hitter and Saco’s clutch long ball, Syracuse escaped with a 1-0 win over Rutgers at Skytop Softball Stadium in front of 137 fans Sunday. The win clinched the three-game series for the Orange after splitting the doubleheader Saturday. Caira dominated throughout the contest, frustrating Scarlet Knight hitters every inning. While the offense was missing, the senior emerged as the hero to take the rubber game in the Big East conference showdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCaira was in command from the start. She struck out the first six batters, keeping them off-balance with a baffling changeup.Caira saw her changeup was effective and heavily relied on the off-speed pitch against an aggressive Rutgers offense.‘I think I threw 70 percent changeup, and that doesn’t ever really happen,’ Caira said. ‘They weren’t really adjusting to it, so I just kept throwing it and making sure that they were staying off-balance.’Caira struggled with her control at times, allowing two walks and hitting three batters. Caira nearly allowed a hit on two different occasions that would’ve broken up her quest for the third no-hitter of her career.In the fifth inning, RU’s Jackie Bates hit a hard grounder to the right side, where Stephanie Watts showed her range and threw Bates out by a couple of steps. An inning later, Loren Williams grounded a ball deep into the hole to Morgan Nandin, who quickly fielded and fired to a fully extended Saco at first base, getting Williams by half a stride.The SU offense couldn’t get anything going either, though.In the first inning, SU loaded the bases without getting a hit, but couldn’t push across an early run. In the sixth inning, pinch runner Emily Thompson was stranded on third after freshman Carey-Leigh Thomas struck out looking.‘I think a couple kids had opportunities earlier in the game and were pretty mad that they couldn’t get it done,’ SU head coach Leigh Ross said. ‘But that’s part of the game sometimes. You got to keep with the right attitude.’Keeping a positive attitude was crucial for Saco. The senior first baseman entered the game with a .139 batting average.But Caira said regardless of what the stat sheet reads, whenever there’s a big moment in a game, Syracuse can rely on Saco to break through under pressure. Earlier in the season, Saco delivered a game-winning hit against Canisius during the Duel in the Dome. This time, Saco was just happy she contributed to the final outcome.‘It was just a sigh of relief, like about time,’ Saco said. ‘About time I got a decent hit.’That big hit stole the thunder from Caira’s impressive no-hitter.Though the celebration took place around home plate rather than in the circle, Caira was content the Orange picked up another victory.‘It’s a wonderful feeling being able to get a no-hitter,’ Caira said. ‘The whole team worked really hard staying focused the entire game, so I’m very thankful for what happened today, and I think this no-hitter wasn’t just about what I just did. It’s about what the whole team did.’dgproppe@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on April 22, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more


High school teammates Grant, Oladipo meet in Sweet 16

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Related Stories Clamping down: Syracuse’s vaunted 2-3 zone gets set for clash with loaded Indiana offense in Sweet 16Boeheim, current Syracuse players reflect on 1987 national title loss to IndianaWith renewed health, Keita ready to take on Indiana’s All-American Zeller’It still stings to this day’: Twenty-six years after narrowly losing title game to Indiana, Syracuse has shot at redemption in NCAA TourneyRavens coach Harbaugh attends Indiana practice to support brother-in-law Crean Published on March 27, 2013 at 7:20 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman WASHINGTON — Their 6 a.m. workouts became routine. Victor Oladipo and Jerami Grant, along with Grant’s brother, Jerian, would be in the gym early every morning during their time together at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. They shot around, they lifted weights, but most of all, they shared the determination to rise to the top of their games.Grant and Oladipo will have their first chance since high school to play on the same court when Syracuse and Indiana play in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Verizon Center. They played together at DeMatha for two seasons, as well as AAU together on Team Takeover. Before the rest of the nation saw Oladipo become one of the best players in the country, Grant was already witnessing it in those early workouts.He absorbed everything he saw.“He definitely was athletic,” Grant said. “I was athletic, too, so I kind of looked up to him, trying to play like him a little bit.”Grant said he always believed Oladipo would become a standout player in college. Since Oladipo has been at Indiana, though, Grant said he’s molded his game even more to reach a level that’s garnered national exposure and honors.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOladipo is a first-team, All-American and Sporting News National Player of the Year. He’s also first-team, All-Big Ten and second in the conference in field-goal percentage at 59.4 percent. The 6-foot-5 wing, along with big man Cody Zeller, is largely responsible for the Hoosiers ascending to the top spot in the rankings.“He always told me to work hard,” Grant said. “We always used to work out early in the morning, just trying to get better, no matter what.”Those workouts with Oladipo continue to pay off.Coming out of high school, Grant was named the 39th best prospect in his class by Scout.com, and was one of 11 players invited to play in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic.Now in his freshman season at Syracuse, Grant plays sporadically for Jim Boeheim and the Orange. His athleticism gives Syracuse a spark off of the bench, but he also proved himself during a stint in the starting lineup, including a 14-point performance against Notre Dame on Feb. 4.Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens said Grant’s rise had a lot do with practicing and playing with Oladipo and brother Jerian, who’s a junior guard at Notre Dame.“I think Victor and Jerami’s brother, Jerian, being two years older than him, were able to set the bar for Jerami,” Stevens said. “I think that’s what made Jerami the player he is.”Grant said he and Oladipo are like brothers. He said Oladipo was always at his house in high school. They still talk and text on a regular basis. Grant said as soon as it became official that Syracuse and Indiana would play in the Sweet 16, he texted Oladipo right away.In the locker room just down the hall at the Verizon Center, Oladipo called Grant his “little brother.” He said they shared those 6 a.m. workouts because they all “wanted to be great.”Stevens said Oladipo always had great talent, but an even greater desire to get better. He said he had incredible abilities and athleticism. In one game, Stevens said, Jerian fed Oladipo an alley-oop, and Oladipo dunked over a player who fell to the floor in the process.After the game, that same player was sitting on the curb outside, crying.All of it left a mark on Grant as he watched Oladipo play hard on every play and every possession. Still, Oladipo deflected the praise.“He can credit me,” Oladipo said, “but I credit him for actually just buying into it and coming in every day and working on his game and wanting to be the best basketball player he can be.”Grant knew it from the time they were in high school, working out or hanging out at Grant’s house. He saw it every morning and continued to learn from him.On Thursday, they can both see how far they’ve come. This time, it won’t be in a gym at DeMatha — it’ll be in the national spotlight of the Sweet 16.Said Oladipo: “I’m looking forward to playing against him.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Syracuse focuses on Maryland despite primetime date with Notre Dame

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_img Published on September 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ In 11 days, Syracuse will play Notre Dame in MetLife Stadium in a game to be broadcast at 8 p.m. on ABC.But the Orange (2-0) meets Maryland (2-1) first, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Avoiding distraction is hardly an issue for Syracuse, head coach Scott Shafer said, and he added that the Terrapins are too quick, talented and dangerous to be overlooked.“Daily the message is ‘Focus on ourselves, and then focus on the opponent ahead.’ End of story,” Shafer said during his weekly teleconference on Tuesday. “It’s easy to stay focused on Maryland because when you watch them on tape, they’re a very good football team.”With the Terrapins’ ability to hurt opponents with its receivers, special teams and defensive schemes, Shafer said, the Orange has little choice but to stay zeroed on its next opponent before looking to the Irish, which is ranked No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.Junior wide receiver Stefon Diggs leads Maryland this with 17 receptions, 13.5 yards per catch and a touchdown. Senior receiver Deon Long has chipped in 10 catches, 12.9 yards per catch and a touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilliam Likely and Avery Thompson have each returned punts for touchdowns this season.“They have playmakers on the outside on offense, they have a great kick return, punt return guy,” he said. “Defensively, they do a lot of different things that can cause you issues and it’s easy to stay focused on Maryland.” Commentslast_img read more


Syracuse football: Shafer discusses 1st day of practice

Posted On Sep 17 2020 by

first_imgSyracuse opened up spring practice on Sunday morning at the Ensley Athletic Center and head coach Scott Shafer talked about getting back on the field afterward with the media. Here are four main talking points from the Orange’s first on-field action of the season.Hunting seasonQuarterback Terrel Hunt was back on the practice field for SU after recovering from a fractured fibula suffered on Oct. 3 against Louisville. Hunt was initially ruled out for 4-6 weeks, but was declared out for the season on Nov. 20 with two games remaining.On Sunday, Shafer said Hunt was “full go,” and liked what he saw from his likely starting signal-caller.“Ball came out of his hand real well today, made some nice tight throws,” Shafer said. “All in all I thought it was a good day. It was good to see him back in the huddle.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will return rising sophomore AJ Long at quarterback, along with rising junior Austin Wilson. Preferred walk-on Zack Mahoney and incoming freshman Eric Dungey will round out the crop of quarterbacks at SU’s disposal in 2015.Safety netAfter losing three starters in the defensive backfield, Shafer will look to some new faces to fill in the vacant secondary spots left by Darius Kelly, Durell Eskridge and Brandon Reddish.The head coach said rising sophomore Rodney Williams and rising junior Chauncey Scissum got time strictly at safety on Sunday, but that rising sophomore Antwan Cordy may be a movable part in the unit.“Antwan Cordy is the one guy who’ll learn both corner and safety right now,” Shafer said.Shafer also noted that Williams, who was ruled out for the remainder of last season on Oct. 27 with a lower-body injury, didn’t participate fully and would take place in three minutes of a five-minute individual drill.Young gunsSyracuse will also look to its youth in the linebacking unit after losing Cameron Lynch and Dyshawn Davis to graduation.Shafer said that rising sophomore Zaire Franklin manned the middle linebacker spot while rising junior Marqez Hodge took the boundary side. The outside linebacker position, though, is one that Shafer said is up for grabs.He name-dropped rising sophomores Parris Bennett and Jonathan Thomas as linebackers that got run there on Sunday and though they had some trouble defending inside routes, Shafer was pleased with their performances.Luke Arciniega is still awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he’ll receive a medical hardship waiver for a sixth year of eligibility, Shafer said. Even if he does, though, the former linebacker is now being used at defensive end and opens up a spot for more competition in the second level of the defense.“A lot of rotation today at the linebacker position, a lot of people on and off the field,” Shafer said. “A lot of young, healthy competition is just what you want.”Skills that killThere were a handful of skill players that Shafer highlighted for standout plays and performances on the first day of spring practice, including wide receivers Alvin Cornelius and Steve Ishmael.“Without having the pads on, you kind of look at the skill kids a little bit more than you do the kids up front,” Shafer said. “And guys like Alvin Cornelius made some very good catches, Steve Ishmael, Oliver Vigille had two interceptions today, which was good to see.”Shafer also mentioned that junior college transfer Trey Dunkelberger made three or four grabs and that Jamal Custis also caught a deep ball on a “very good pass and catch.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 22, 2015 at 5:29 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more