Donnie Simmons paves way for fellow Stepinac grad, URI lineman Dwayne Scott

first_imgIn 20 years at Archbishop (New York) Stepinac High School, Mike O’Donnell had never had a player offered a scholarship before his senior season.That was until Donnie Simmons, a 17-year-old speedy defensive lineman, grew into his frame and started garnering early interest from colleges. Simmons received an offer from Akron and also attracted Ohio, but ended up committing to Syracuse before playing his way to all-league and all-state honors as a senior.“Donnie helped put us on the map more of being a football program and since then, more and more kids are going to play in college,” O’Donnell said. “Since then, we got kids to want to come to the school because of the level of football we’re playing. I think Donnie was a pioneer for us.”Of the kids who’ve benefited since Simmons graduated in 2010, one will play his first college game against Simmons and Syracuse when Rhode Island visits the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Friday. Dwayne Scott, a freshman offensive lineman for the Rams, was a standout at Archbishop Stepinac and was inspired by Simmons and his state championship-winning team.And while it’s unlikely that Scott will see the field and find himself blocking Simmons — who is expected to be a Week 1 starter for the first time in his five-year career — he’ll be in the same building as the player who helped pave his football future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We always said it, ‘We want to be like that 2010 team,’” Scott said. “It’s hard to put into words how good they were. We knew it and guys like Donnie, he pushed us to put in work.”Simmons and Scott are completely opposite players. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 264 pounds, Simmons uses speed around the edge to mask his small frame for a defensive end. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 304 pounds, Scott uses strength first and is always polishing his athleticism. Simmons’ goal is to run around players. Scott’s goal is to hold them in front of him.But their high school selves shared the common goal of playing college football, and Simmons visited White Plains, New York during breaks and told Scott and his teammates what the experience at Syracuse was like. The training, the facilities, the competition — Scott and his teammates sat around the weight room and listened intently to Simmons’ stories.Then Simmons would work out with the team, and Scott saw what it took to be a D-I football player.“Any time you get to work with a college player and you’re in high school, it can only make you better,” Scott said. “When Donnie came back to work out those times, you saw what it took.”On Friday, Simmons’and Scott’s paths will converge before they go entirely separate ways.After redshirting as a freshman and then missing all of 2013 with a torn ACL, Simmons sees 2015 as his chance to finally prove what he can do. Scott, on the other hand, is joining an offensive line that returned four starters and seven players with college playing experience. It will be the beginning of the end for Simmons, and the beginning of it all for Scott.For both of them, it all took root with Simmons’ success.“I tried my best to lead the way, so others could implement that same mindset to achieve great things,” Simmons said. “Not just staying at one level, just going for that highest peak and the best of your ability.” Comments Published on September 1, 2015 at 10:59 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Kareem Hunt can help during six-team bye week

first_imgWEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSQuarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAnd what would a sleeper list be without Ronald Jones? He finally had his breakout, and while the past suggests it could be fool’s gold, Jones finally has Bruce Arians saying the right things about him this week. It might be time to fully buy in.Our Week 9 fantasy sleeper headliners were one big win and one big whiff. Jaylen Samuels was heavily involved for Pittsburgh and wound up with 13 catches, making him an even better option in PPR leagues. But Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in London against a bad pass defense (and now he’s been benched). WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPBeyond those two, we were very right about Devin Singletary who finally had the breakout we’ve been waiting for. Philip Rivers and Derek Carr both had solid games, as did Golden Tate. Jamaal Williams didn’t do a ton, but he managed to get into the end zone, but WRs Anthony Miller and Phillip Dorsett were total flops. To see our Week 10 busts, click here.Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: Running backsJoe Mixon, Bengals vs. Ravens (Billy Heyen). Mixon finally had a decent rushing game before the Bengals’ bye, and if anything, with Ryan Finley making his first start, Cincinnati will lean on Mixon more. Baltimore has allowed 4.3 yards per carry and eight rushing touchdowns to running backs this season, so it’s not a bad shot for Mixon. Ronald Jones, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Vinnie Iyer). He’s a starter now and won’t disappoint in a high-scoring game where he should get carries inside the 10.Bilal Powell, Jets vs. Giants (Matt Lutovsky). Powell started the first seven games last season, though he split touches with Isaiah Crowell during that span. All told, he averaged 4.3 yards per carry and 64.7 total yards per game. With Le’Veon Bell (knee) ailing, Powell could be in line for significant touches and won’t have to split with someone like Crowell, as receiving back Ty Montgomery shouldn’t be a major threat to Powell’s rushing production. Against the Giants, who allow the ninth-most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to RBs, Powell could pay off. Bonus: Kareem Hunt, Browns vs. Bills (Lutovsky). Hunt will make his season debut against Buffalo, and although he’s been away from the team since the start of the year, Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said Monday that Hunt  will “definitely have a role” in the offense. Nick Chubb is obviously still the lead back, but Hunt will likely get a handful of carries and play on a good chunk of passing downs. It’s easy to forget just how productive Hunt was with the Chiefs, as he averaged 4.7 yards per carry and 10.5 yards per catch. He also scored 19 touchdowns in 27 games. Obviously, things will be much different with Cleveland, but against Buffalo, who allow 4.6 yards per carry and 8.3 yards per reception to RBs, Hunt could break off enough big plays to have FLEX value during this six-team bye week. WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 10  Fantasy Football Sleepers: QuarterbacksDaniel Jones, Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Jones and Sam Darnold are both possible sleepers in this game, but I’m  more confident that Jones will actually make big plays. He also adds some upside with his legs, something Darnold can’t claim.Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers vs. Seahawks (Iyer). He went nuts in Week 9, and the Seahawks didn’t offer much resistance against Jameis Winston last week.Kyler Murray, Cardinals @ Buccaneers (Lutovsky). Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in four road games, so to say he’s “due” is an understatement. Tampa allows the fourth-most FPPG to QBs, and Murray has some rushing potential to help raise his floor and his ceiling. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Wide receiversDeVante Parker, Dolphins @ Colts (Heyen). With Preston Williams (knee) done for the season, Parker’s targets should rise, and he’s found the end zone in four of the last five weeks, to boot. Robby Anderson, Jets vs. Giants (Iyer). All the Giants’ secondary does is give up big plays to speedy wideouts.Zach Pascal, Colts vs. Dolphins (Lutovsky). Pascal has produced at least 72 yards in both games T.Y. Hilton (calf) has missed, and with Parris Campbell (hand) also hurt, Pascal has even more upside against a Dolphins defense allowing over 25 standard FPPG to WRs (eighth most).MORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderWeek 10 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Tight endsJonnu Smith, Titans vs. Chiefs (Heyen). The Chiefs are one of the league’s worst defenses against tight ends, and it will probably be at least another week until we see Delanie Walker (ankle) back on the field to take looks away from Smith.Gerald Everett, Rams @ Steelers (Iyer). He should be the biggest beneficiary of Brandin Cooks missing time rather than Josh Reynolds, especially in this matchup.O.J. Howard, Buccaneers vs. Cardinals (Lutovsky). We’ll take the low-hanging fruit here. If you count Taysom Hill as a TE, Arizona has allowed a TE touchdown in all but one game this year. It’s unbelievably bad against the position, and we know Howard has big-play ability. Yes, he’s been a massive disappointment, but he’s worth trusting after his two-game layoff because of a hamstring injury. We head into Week 10 needing fantasy football sleepers to come through more than ever. There are six teams on bye this week, meaning that a number of your usual starting options are relegated to your bench. You might be scouring the waiver wire or free agency for pickups that can save your week as we approach the stretch run of the fantasy season — and the last thing you want is for the guy you add to bust. Maybe Bilal Powell or Kareem Hunt can be just the savior that your fantasy team needs. (Update: With Le’Veon Bell expected to play, Powell has little fantasy value.)As usual, the name of the game for sleepers is a combination of matchup and opportunity. We have Daniel Jones as a QB sleeper, and he very well could’ve been joined by the other quarterback in that same game, Sam Darnold. Kyler Murray, O.J. Howard, and Zach Pascal are all here with great matchups, too. Week 10 Fantasy Sleepers: DefensesNew York Giants @ Jets (Heyen). Sam Darnold and Adam Gase’s offense couldn’t perform well against the Dolphins. Please give me a defense that’s improved by the Leonard Williams acquisition (and revenge-game factor) against a team that just lost to the previously winless Dolphins.Indianapolis Colts vs. Dolphins (Iyer). This may seem like a layup, but even with Miami showing competent offense last week, Indy is better at making defensive impact plays at home.New York Jets vs. Giants (Lutovsky). In seven games since Daniel Jones took over, the Giants have turned it over 21 times, allowed 26 sacks, and given up four D/ST touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who’s facing them — you want that D/ST.last_img read more

PureCircle announces stevia antioxidant for food and drinks

first_imgPureCircle announces stevia antioxidant for food and drinksPosted By: News Deskon: June 26, 2017In: Flavours, Industries, Ingredients, New productsPrintEmailStevia producer PureCircle has developed a commercially viable stevia antioxidant product in a bid to give food and beverage companies access to health ingredients for their consumers.While researchers have known that antioxidants are present in stevia plants, PureCircle claims to be the first company to be able to extract them from the stevia leaf.The Malaysia-based company said it has created a unique process for extracting and purifying this plant-based antioxidant ingredient at a global scale.The product is now going through a sampling stage, with a full roll-out expected after US regulatory approval in 2018.PureCircle’s portfolio currently consists of flavour modifiers and sweeteners.Vice president of marketing and innovation Faith Son said: “Stevia as an antioxidant will further support beverage and food companies in providing their customers with health benefits and great-tasting products containing compounds commonly found in superfoods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.“Although it has been known that stevia plants contain antioxidants, the ability to extract is a major commercial advance.”Earlier this year PureCircle completed a $42 million expansion of its stevia facility in Malaysia, doubling its production of stevia leaf extract.The expansion to the automated plant has allowed the group to grow its output at a scale that matches global demand.Share with your network: Tags: MalaysiaPureCirclesteviasweetenerlast_img read more