USF head coach Willie Taggart previews matchup with Syracuse

first_imgSouth Florida head coach Willie Taggart has watched tape of both Eric Dungey and Zack Mahoney at quarterback, but concluded that not much will change with either Syracuse quarterback behind center.On Monday, SU head coach Scott Shafer told Cuse TV that Dungey is “ready to go” for the Bulls on Saturday. But Taggart said on the American Athletic Conference coaches’ teleconference that his team is preparing to face the Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) option offense as a whole when the Bulls (1-3, 0-1 AAC) host SU on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Tampa, Florida.“I don’t think they’re going to get too far away from their offense and the things that they do,” Taggart said.Playing against the option takes discipline, Taggart said, and the ability to stick with defensive matchups.“You have a guy for the dive, you have a guy for the quarterback, one for the pitch,” Taggart said. “You’ve got to be consistent with your discipline. And go back to high discipline.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDefensively, Taggart said, he knows that Shafer will have his team ready to go up against USF and its mobile quarterback Quinton Flowers. He referenced SU’s ability to “fly around” and blitz, and said the Orange creates a lot of confusion.“They blitz and try to get you off schedule offensively,” Taggart said. “I think offensively we’ve got to be sound in what we’re doing and understand when they blitz and what they like to do when they do blitz.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2015 at 1:04 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Two Kenyans set for tourney in Russia, to precede FIFA World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Jadidi Ndambuki (left) and Myles Muriuki chatting after a recent training session at their school’s football ground. Photo/AMOS ABUGANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 23 – June 2018 couldn’t come sooner for two teenagers from Parklands Baptist Primary school after being selected to be part of the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship (F4F) tournament that will precede the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia.Jadidi Ndakumbi and Myles Muriuki both 12-years-olds and class seven pupils in the school based in the heart of Westlands in Nairobi, have been given the chance to take part in the age group tournament. Jadidi for his silky skills on the pitch, and Myles for his exemplary leadership skills and journalist abilities impressed selecting coaches and teachers.To be part of F4F, an International Children’s Social programme implemented by Gazprom company – official partner of FIFA and the World Cup, an initiative that involves the young generation throughout the world in promoting the most important human values among their peers – friendship, equality, peace and respect for different cultures and nationalities intrigues  Myles and Jadidi,Jadidi Ndambuki exhibiting his juggling skills. The 12 year-old has been selected to take part in the sixth edition of the Football for Frienship tournament in Russia in June. Photo/AMOS ABUGAJadidi, who wants to be a professional football player in future, says God has answered his prayers to finally travel out of the country to meet other equally talented kids to socialize and get to learn their culture and make friends.“I have always loved to play football ever since I was a young boy, through the sport I have been able to make friends not only in my school but also kids from neighboring schools.Soon I will be able to meet many more young footballers from around the world,” Jadidi, the second born to Andrew and Lilian Ndambuki explained.Coach Stanley Achima (centre) instructing Jadidi Ndambuki to his (right) and Myles Muriuki in a recent training session. The two youngsters will be part of the footballer for friendship tourney in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGA“I will be supporting Argentina and Germany in the world Cup because I know they have the potential to lift the trophy, Though Brazil cannot be ruled out as well. It could have been better to support Kenya, but unfortunately they will not be at the World Cup,” he offered.Myles on the other hand caught the eye of the selectors for his dedication not only to tell his story but also that of his friends through the art of writing.“Through writing, I am able to tell the world my feeling and that of my friends, as a footballer, I like to document the happenings in our school football team, that is my passion for a while now,” Myles disclosed.“I want to be a journalist when I grow up, this is because the profession is fun and most importantly because I want to tell the world what is happening,” Myles the first born to Nicholas and Rachel Muriuki narrated.-Earn opportunity to train-Myles Muriuki (left) and Jadidi Ndambuki posing for a photograph. The two will be Kenya’s ambassodors at the 2018 Football for Friendship Tournament in Russia. Photo/AMOS ABUGAThe tournament will also be beneficial to the youngsters as the footballer will get an opportunity to be trained by some of the world best coaches and for the aspiring Journalist Myles, he will be guided further on how to tell his story and become  a better scribe.According to development coach Stanely Achima who has handled Jadidi from an early age, he describes the youngster as an extremely talented footballer and a good leader of the game.“His dribbling capabilities are a joy to watch, offensively  he scores a lot of goal and also  creates so many more  for the school’s under 12 team, he also falls back to help the team when we are under pressure. I have no doubt he will go far,” Achima who was part of the selecting committee lengthened.The Chairman of the Board of Directors of PJSC Gazprom Victor Zubkov, has good feelings about the tournament that will be marking its sixth edition.“F4F is supported by 211 countries and regions! For the very first time, young athletes from all parts of the world where football is played will meet on the same field. We live in an age where people all over the world seek to unite behind the principles of equality and respect for each other,” Zubkov noted.The tournament will bring together 32 International Teams of Friendship athletes of different nationalities, different genders and different physical abilities to play in one team.The age of players is 12. Each International mixed Team of Friendship will be trained by Young Coaches – football players of 14-16years from different countries.The tournament will run from 8-15 June 2018 and the youngsters will also have the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the first match pitting host Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki, Stadium in Moscow.-By Amos Abuga-0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more