Replacing Gustin: Practice focuses on solidifying defense

first_imgSenior linebacker Porter Gustin left the Colorado game with a fractured ankle and won’t return this year. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)USC football took a huge blow Sunday when the team announced that senior linebacker Porter Gustin would miss the remainder of the season with a fractured ankle. As the team practiced Wednesday in preparation of Saturday’s road matchup with Utah, Gustin’s absence loomed over the proceedings.Gustin’s seven sacks lead the Pac-12, and the Trojan pass rush has noticeably struggled when he has been out this season. The team is turning to redshirt junior defensive lineman Christian Rector and redshirt freshman linebacker Hunter Echols to fill in for Gustin at the “predator” position. “Replacing [Gustin] is a tough thing to do, but we have to have a next guy up mentality,” Rector said. “We have a good scheme, a good system, so I have to execute it.”No other player on the Trojan defense has more than 1.5 sacks, so the team has big shoes to fill. The pass rush was still excellent when Gustin was injured last season, but that team featured threats like Uchenna Nwosu and Rasheem Green, both of whom have departed for the NFL.Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said there is no replacing a player of Gustin’s caliber. “Everything from work ethic, helping people get lined up during the game, helping to coach the younger guys at practice, to playing and competing at a high level,” Pendergast said. “He’s someone that you can’t replace.”Gustin’s injury comes at possibly the worst time for the Trojans, with the most important game of their season coming up on Saturday. Utah boasts a strong offensive line, with four starters of at least 310 pounds, so USC’s front seven will have its work cut out for it.“They’re very physical up front, they do a nice job in the running game,” Pendergast said. “[Junior Zack] Moss, the running back, is very much a downhill perimeter runner, the [junior] quarterback [Tyler Huntley] is a true dual-threat guy, and they’ve got a lot of speed outside. So they can hurt you in a lot of different ways offensively.” Moss has rushed for 617 yards and seven touchdowns on 110 attempts, averaging 102.8 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry this season. Huntley is the team’s second-leading rusher, with 207 yards and three touchdowns on 75 attempts.“They’re really physical, their [offensive] line is really big up front,” said freshman linebacker Palaie Gaoteote. “They compact the box and try to run it down your throat.”Utah’s offense is on the rise, putting up 40 or more points in its previous two games against Arizona and Stanford. As Pendergast said, the improvement has been most evident in the run game, as the Utes topped 220 rushing yards in both games.“They’ve gotten themselves in a lot more manageable third down situations, therefore they’re winning on first down,” Pendergast said of the Utes’ recent improvement. “Their offense is very impressive, and it’s a completely different style of offense than what we faced last week in Colorado.”If there’s an area the USC defense can exploit in Utah’s run game, it’s Huntley’s propensity for taking negative plays. The junior signal-caller has 112 negative yards on rushing attempts this season, which the Trojans can take advantage of if they get into the backfield repeatedly like they did against Colorado.Huntley has solid overall numbers in the passing game: He completes 64 percent of his passes for 203.5 yards per game, with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. With Gustin gone, other USC pass rushers will have to contain the speedy Huntley so he can’t make plays outside the pocket. Even so, Helton said the team was focusing on stopping Utah’s run game.“Hopefully, we can do like last game and maybe get up or create third and longs where you’re putting them more in passing situations,” Helton said. “Because when they can lean on that run game, lean on the play-action game, they’re good. That’s right in their backyard.” Utah is notable for its rowdy atmosphere, which the Trojans prepared for this Wednesday by filtering crowd noise during their third down drills. If the practice was any indication, though, the Trojans will struggle to match the energy; the session was quiet, lacking the contentious competitiveness that had characterized the practices over their three-game winning streak.Injury updateHelton said that both Gaoteote and senior linebacker Cam Smith are close to game ready, but neither have been medically cleared yet. Smith is recovering from a hamstring injury, while Gaoteote has not yet cleared concussion protocol.Smith was unavailable after practice, but Gaoteote said he was improving every day and feeling better.The team also pulled redshirt junior offensive guard Jacob Daniel with knee soreness.last_img read more

‘Disgusting to denounce state government’: Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij targets Manu Bhaker for her tweets, asks her to ‘feel sorry’

first_img LIVE TV Teenage shooting sensation Manu Bhaker, on Friday, took a dig at Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij and the state government for not fulfilling the promise of Rs 2 crore cash reward which was announced after she won a gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics. In a series to tweets she had asked the sports minister for state, if the announcement was ‘correct or just jumla’.Retaliating to the Manu Bhaker’s tweet, Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij took to Twitter to hit out at the 16-year-old shooting star. Here’s the tweet: COMMENT WE RECOMMEND Taking to Twitter on Saturday, the Cabinet Minister posted a series of tweets in which he slammed Manu Bhaker saying, ‘It is disgusting to denounce a state govt which is giving highest awards in the country’. Later, he went on to affirm the shooter will get the prize as notified by him. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th January, 2019 10:07 IST ‘Disgusting To Denounce State Government’: Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij Targets Manu Bhaker For Her Tweets, Asks Her To ‘feel Sorry’ Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij has hit out at Manu Bhaker for her tweets asking him about the cash prize that the state government had promised her on her gold win ar the 2018 Youth Olympics. FOLLOW US In another tweet, Mr Vij asked the gold medalist to ‘feel sorry for creating this controversy’ and ‘focus on her game’. 1 year ago CONFIRMED: Emraan Hashmi announces a new release date for ‘Cheat India’ First Published: 5th January, 2019 09:28 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Digital Desk Written By 1 year ago Lok Sabha Passes Bill To Amend Aadhaar Act READ: ‘Was It A Jumla?’: Manu Bhaker Reminds Haryana Sports Minister Anil Vij Of Rs 2 Crore Cash Prize PromiseEarlier, the young pistol shooter, hailing from Goria village in Jhajjar, posted screenshots of Anil Vij’s previous tweet in which he had stated that the state government will reward her with cash prize worth Rs 2 crore for her performance and making the country proud.  Manu Vij gained the attention of the country with her stellar performances in shooting ranges across the world, winning multiple gold medals in her maiden senior World Cup, Commonwealth Games, besides the first prize at the Youth Olympics.READ: Youth Olympics 2018: Manu Bhaker Wins Second Medal, Hockey India Enjoys Successful Outing 1 year ago Terror funding: SC rejects plea of Hizbul Chief Salauddin’s sonlast_img read more

ICC World Twenty20: Ex-servicemen protest against India-Pakistan match in Dharamshala

first_imgThe Pakistan cricket team will be provided strong security but if ex-servicemen protest against the India-Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 match in Dharamshala on March 19, they would not be stopped.According to reports yesterday, the Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh had apparently told the Pakistan security team that their cricket team would not be provided any security for the high-profile match. But that, as it turns out now, is not true.Ex-servicemen have already started protesting against the match. Protest in Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) ahead of India-Pakistan ICC #WT20 match. pic.twitter.com/47ucEUHu5G ANI (@ANI_news) March 8, 2016Singh insisted that the state government is competent enough to provide security to the visiting Pakistan team. The seasoned politician had kicked up a storm a few days back when he said that he would not be able to give any security to the Pakistani cricketers.But Singh remained adamant that the state would not use any force on the martyrs’ families if they did protest during the India-Pakistan match. Families of four martyrs have already slammed the state government for agreeing to host the match between the two-subcontinental giants.A two-member security team from Pakistan arrived at the Attari border post of India yesterday and headed for Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to review security arrangements for the match.The team, comprising the director of the Federal Investigation Agency and a Pakistan Cricket Board member, crossed the Wagah-Attari joint checkpost (JCP) between both countries on foot before heading for Dharamsala, nearly 235 km from Attari.advertisementThe Pakistan security team was joined by a Pakistani High Commission official in New Delhi and reviewed security arrangements for the Dharamsala match.The visit of the Pakistan cricket team is being opposed by ex-servicemen and families of martyrs from Himachal Pradesh. They say they will not allow Pakistan to play the match at Dharamsala as the neighbouring country was responsible for repeated terror attacks in India in which many soldiers have sacrificed their lives.last_img read more