Dino Babers gives injury updates, says Mahoney will likely start if Dungey can’t on ACC teleconference

first_img Published on November 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) plays its last home game of the season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when it takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3). The Orange is coming off a 35-20 loss to North Carolina State, while the Seminoles crushed Boston College, 45-7, last Friday.Here are three things SU head coach Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.Injury updatesThe Orange missed two key starters on offense last week when both quarterback Eric Dungey and wide receiver Steve Ishmael sat the game out. Additionally, center Colin Byrne — who has been the starter since Week 3 after senior Jason Emerich hurt his shoulder in the second game of the season — had to leave last week’s game with an injury.Dungey was knocked out of the Clemson game in the first quarter and never returned. He was listed as questionable last week, and then after the N.C. State game Babers called him doubtful to play this week. He is getting a second opinion on the injury but that hasn’t happened yet, per Babers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIshmael was a surprise scratch last Saturday, and Babers said that it was a nagging injury that slowed him down as the week went along. Quarterback Zack Mahoney said that Ishmael was a full-go in practice yesterday, but Babers refuted that today saying that he started yesterday’s practice but didn’t finish it.Babers declined to expand on what Byrne was dealing with. Byrne took a shot to the head was lying on the ground for several minutes before he was be helped off the field.“Well,” Babers said, sighing, “I think we’ve gotta leave that stuff all up to the ACC thing. We’re not supposed to be talking about injuries.”“You saw the tape, you saw the game. I’m just gonna leave it there and you can see the (injury) report on Thursday.”Mahoney will probably start if Dungey is outLeading up to last week’s game, the quarterback situation for SU was murky. It was unclear if Dungey was going to play, and which of the two backups — Mahoney and Austin Wilson — would start in his place was also a mystery. Mahoney was second on the depth chart all year, but it was Wilson who came on in Clemson when Dungey left.Mahoney started last week, but both were listed as backup options on this week’s depth chart. Babers said that based on last week’s performance, Mahoney would probably get another shot.“Well I think right now, based off of how well Zack played, Zack should be the guy that goes up first,” Babers said. “But we haven’t decided yet, have to still see how everything fits in the game plan.”In his first start of the season, Mahoney went 14-for-25 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.Dalvin Cook is better than Babers thoughtFSU’s junior running back currently ranks second in the ACC and ninth in the country in rushing yards per game, with 124.2. In the conference, he trails only Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Heisman favorite who torched SU’s defense in Week 2.After seeing Cook on tape though, Babers saw that the star running back is even faster, and better, than he first realized.“I thought he was really, really good, but I didn’t know how fast he was until I saw the Clemson game, and I saw him run away from the Clemson secondary people,” Babers said.“We couldn’t run away from the Clemson secondary people. He’s probably one of the fastest, or the fastest, back we have in the conference.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers faced the Giants Monday night with several key players out on both sides.

first_imgOn Broadway, the playbill always has this disclaimer: “Understudies never substitute for listed performers unless a specific announcement is made at the time of the performance.”That doesn’t soothe the wound if the guy who served you an omelet in the morning is filling in for Dustin Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” that night, but it’s there.They don’t print such things on MLB tickets. Perhaps they should.Some of the Dodgers met some of the Giants on Monday night in the opener of a three-game series. The Dodgers were up by 3 1/2 games in the National League West. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said beforehand that it might be more fun to be the chaser than the chasee. Giants manager Bruce Bochy considered that and drawled, “Well, we’d be glad to trade with him.” Both managers would have been much happier with healthier players.This is the Year Of The Hamstring on the Dodgers’ medical calendar. At the moment Howie Kendrick, Yasiel Puig and Kike Hernandez are out with hamstring pulls. Mattingly admitted it might be “a couple of weeks” before any and all come back. A couple of weeks is a half-season right now.The Giants welcomed back shortstop Brandon Crawford, a true weapon with 75 RBIs, for Monday night’s game. But they don’t have second baseman Joe Panik. Crawford is coming off an oblique strain, Panik a lower back inflammation.Then there’s Hunter Pence, who runs into things and was just getting over a concussion when he had oblique problems. He’s the right fielder, and center fielder Angel Pagan has patella tendinitis.“It’s tough when your defense is affected in the middle of the field like that,” Bochy said. He could have included the mound, too. Tim Hudson, Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum are all disabled. That’s 445 major league wins and two Cy Young Awards, and reliever Jeremy Affeldt is down, too.The Dodgers traded away quality prospects, second baseman Darnell Sweeney and pitcher John Richy, to Philadelphia for Chase Utley, to fill in for Kendrick. The Giants sent pitcher Stephen Johnson to Cincinnati for the ever-productive Marlon Byrd, who drove in 11 runs in the four games that preceded Monday. (Angels? Angels?)Injuries are part of the ongoing saga, of course, and the Cardinals are nearly 40 games over .500 with Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams out. But look at 1997, when the Dodgers and Giants brawled into the final week of the season.On that L.A. team, Raul Mondesi, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile all had 630 plate appearances or more. For the Giants, Barry Bonds, Jose Vizcaino, Jeff Kent and J.T. Snow duplicated that.With 32 games left, Buster Posey and Brandon Belt seem to be the only Giants with a shot at 630-plus, and Adrian Gonzalez and Jimmy Rollins have that opportunity for the Dodgers, as does Joc Pederson if his performance allows.There are 45 NL batters who have played in 120 games this year. That’s three per team. An Orioles’ third baseman leads baseball in consecutive games by an active player. Just don’t tell Cal Ripken that it’s Manny Machado, with 130. But don’t blame Machado, either. He’s the only player who has punched the clock in every game this season.Players are better-prepared than they have ever been. The players of two generations ago could never hope to get through their workout routine, let alone extend it through the calendar. But today’s talent doesn’t have to play on the unforgiving turf fields that used to populate the National League, doesn’t rise at 6 a.m. to take commercial flights, doesn’t have a club nutritionist or a massage therapist to consult. Everything that can be done to prevent injuries, including testing for steroids that accumulate muscle mass in scary proportions, is being done. And it isn’t working.Maybe baseball players shouldn’t be baseball players 12 months a year. Their predecessors were dockworkers and delivery men and construction workers during the winter, because they had to have the money. No one is nostalgic for those days, but ballplayers dabbled in other sports more frequently.The other day, Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber was remembering his days as a high school linebacker. “Playing football, I learned the difference between being sore and being hurt,” Schwarber said.The current player, having used only baseball muscles, might not know that difference.Anyway, the fans still got to see Gonzalez and Posey, and tonight they’ll see Madison Bumgarner and Zack Greinke. Refunds were never an issue anyway.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more