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first_img Published on May 20, 2015 at 4:11 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse released its first post-spring practice depth chart Wednesday afternoon. Here are five takeaways from the pecking orders that may open a few eyes heading into the preseason.1) Redshirt freshman Kayton Samuels starting over senior Wayne WilliamsOn the Atlantic Coast Conference spring coaches’ teleconference, SU head coach Scott Shafer praised the improvement of Samuels on the defensive line. The starters were presumed to be Williams and senior John Raymon – who’s listed as the starter at defensive tackle – but for now, Samuels has the nod over Williams at the nose tackle spot instead.2) Senior Ashton Broyld listed as third-string H-backSyracuse and offensive coordinator Tim Lester are looking to do big things with the “hybrid” position this year, and Broyld doesn’t seem to be at the forefront of those plans just yet. Sophomore Ervin Philips and junior Ben Lewis are ahead of Broyld on the depth chart, and the senior is coming off a season where he only played four games due to injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text3) Austin Wilson ahead of AJ Long in quarterback pecking orderWhen Terrel Hunt went down with a fractured fibula last year, Long was the one to step in. He completed 54 percent of his passes in six games and threw two touchdowns against then-No. 1 Florida State on Oct. 11. But Wilson – a sophomore who played in five games and completed 56 percent of his passes last year – will be Hunt’s backup for now.4) Walk-on Cameron MacPherson listed as backup tight endThe junior transfer from Georgetown hasn’t played a snap yet for the Orange – he sat out last season due to transfer rules. But he’s still listed ahead the likes of JUCO transfer Trey Dunkelberger and sophomore Tyler Provo, and looks to be getting a chance as Josh Parris’ backup to start the preseason.5) Freshman Matt Keller in the primary long-snapper spotIt’s rare to see a recruited long-snapper, but that’s what Keller is. He spent the spring at SU after finishing high school early, and was placed ahead of returners Keith Mitsuuchi and Nathan Hines on the depth chart. For now, it looks like Keller will be the one tasked with replacing all-around man Sam Rodgers. Commentslast_img read more

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions from Sam Allardyce that he is to blame for Liverpool injury’s crisis.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT on Wednesday, Allardyce offered his thoughts on the Reds’ injury woes, which has sidelined 10 first-team players.The Sunderland boss claimed that the “high-tempo pressing game” implemented by Klopp at Anfield left his players fatigued and susceptible to muscle strains.Allardyce, who recently branded his rival manager a “soft German”, said: “I don’t think Jurgen has realised just how ferocious our league is at this period of time and because he has asked for that extra high-energy, that extra ten yards, these lads are fatiguing now with so many games in much a short period of time and are picking up these muscle strains.”Klopp, who is likely to travel to their FA Cup tie with Exeter with no senior central defenders – hit back at the Black Cats manager and rejected his claims.“I am glad for Sam, such an experienced manager, that he has time to think about Liverpool’s problems – I don’t have time to think about this,” he said.“I knew about the Premier League, the fixtures, the intensity of the football here.“There is no time for training, only recovery, the game is our only session in the week to be honest.“We know about our situation, we know in most of the cases about the reason.“One injury at the wrong moment is a problem for the whole squad because other players have to play too much but you have to react to this.“Two weeks ago we never knew we would have a problem with centre-halves.”Since arriving in mid-October, Brendan Rodgers’ replacement Klopp has regularly corrected what he sees as misconceptions about his methods – particularly the high-intensity gegenpressing tactic which he employed with such success at Borussia Dortmund.“The problem is now people speak about the intensity of my style – I didn’t create a style, how could I? I am not a genius,” he added.“We play only football and a team like Liverpool, with the ambitions the club have, we have to find a way to be successful.“For this you need players, a little bit of luck with injuries but we haven’t had too much of this.“Maybe the first game against Tottenham was more intensive than the other games and now we make a few sprints more but not 500 more.“It is completely normal, average running – football is not all about more, it is more about thinking quicker and being quicker in the right position.“As long as you are not quick enough in mind then you have to run a little bit more.”last_img read more