Smooth transition: Wales ready to fill void left by Provo at tight end

first_imgWhen Beckett Wales steps onto a football field, the transformation starts to take place.Increased intensity morphs his personality. He becomes a football player.For the past two seasons, Wales did so at the expense of his emotions. But the Syracuse tight end also watched and noted how the player ahead of him on the depth chart maintained a level head on the field.With the graduation of Nick Provo, Wales is stepping into a starting role and replacing one of the Orange’s most consistent producers. In an offensive system where tight ends are used heavily, Wales will need to apply that lesson to the field to have success this season.“Character. How to hold your character on the field,” Wales said. “Not getting too emotional, not getting too under-emotional. Just keeping a level head the whole time is one of the things I learned.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWales is still searching for his first touchdown in a Syracuse uniform. But in Saturday’s 42-41 loss against Northwestern, he caught six passes for 49 yards — more yardage than he posted in both 2010 and 2011.If Provo’s production in his four seasons with the Orange is any indication, Saturday’s game was only the start of Wales’ status as a go-to receiver for quarterback Ryan Nassib. In 2011, Provo caught 51 passes for 537 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He only had two touchdowns in his previous three seasons combined.The 6-foot-3-inch, 235-pound Wales will be counted on to help an offense looking to improve after a down season. Wales said he doesn’t feel pressure to repeat Provo’s performances, but instead is motivated to provide similar production. If there’s pressure at all, he said it’s a “great form of pressure.”Wales is going to have his opportunities to translate that motivation into big plays for Syracuse.“Especially at that position, what we do at that position,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “I’ve always made the joke that in college football, nobody covers running backs and tight ends, so it’s nice to have a guy like Beckett there that can fill in that role like (Provo), and it’s going to be exciting to see what he can do.”That started immediately Saturday.On Syracuse’s first offensive play of the 2012 season, Nassib lined up in the shotgun with Wales on the left side of the line. The quarterback took the snap and faked a handoff to running back Jerome Smith. Wales blew past Northwestern linebacker Chi Chi Ariguzo, who immediately turned as he realized what just happened.Wales ran out over the middle, and Nassib found him wide open for a 17-yard pass and a first down. Perhaps it was a sign of things to come for Wales and the SU offense.Right from the start, Hackett’s play-calling showed Wales will be a major contributor to this offense.If Nassib had any concerns at all about losing Provo, Wales dispelled them right away. In the days leading up to the game, Wales said he and Nassib already built a game-ready chemistry early in training camp.“The chemistry with me and Ryan, I think, is great,” Wales said. “When I run a route, I pretty much know when I’m going to get the ball. And that’s a great thing to know, because when I turn around to expect the ball, and it’s there, it’s a great feeling.”Three plays after his first catch of the 2012 season, Wales put his blocking skills on display on third-and-4 when he drove Ariguzo off the line of scrimmage so Nassib could rush up the middle for about two yards, setting up an Orange field goal.Throughout training camp, Wales started off each practice working with head coach Doug Marrone and fellow tight ends Max Beaulieu and Ron Thompson. Marrone, who took over the responsibilities of coaching tight ends after last season, emphasized exploding off the line and driving the defender back.Running at the defender, rather than staying stationary at the line and blocking from that position, was a constant focus. Day by day, Wales worked on it and improved.In SU’s first drive of the season, Wales revealed his all-around abilities.The lone hiccup came in the second quarter when Wales fumbled, and Northwestern’s Davion Fleming recovered the ball.During training camp, Nassib said he expected to have the same type of connection with Wales that he had with Provo. Saturday’s game is a small sample size for sure, but it was enough to offer a glimpse at what Wales can do.“Beckett is definitely somebody that has filled the role for the position Provo had,” Nassib said. “Beckett learned underneath Provo, so it doesn’t surprise me that their games are kind of similar, that we have a similar connection.”Wales said he and Provo spent a lot of time together over the past few years. While Provo taught him plenty, Wales learned just as much from how Provo carried himself on the field.With his emotions always in check, Provo was a steady force in SU’s offense.Hackett said both Wales and Provo play with “ferociousness.” Provo tempered his aggression, something Wales is looking to do himself. Wales saw Provo play the way he did. He watched him rack up consistent yardage.Now, it’s his turn.“It’s great to play behind somebody like that, or come up and learn from somebody like that,” Wales said. “And how he set goals for me to accomplish.“It’s just things like that just make me want to play harder.” Comments Published on September 4, 2012 at 3:29 am Contact Chris: | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Packer stepping up for Wisconsin

first_imgMadison Packer has two goals and four assists so far in the 2013 WCHA playoffs.[/media-credit]Fresh off a two-game sweep of St. Cloud State University in the first round of the WCHA playoffs and currently riding an eight-game winning streak, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is playing their best hockey of the season.In the midst of Wisconsin’s tremendous performances has come the emergence of junior forward Madison Packer, who has come on strong for the Badgers in the second half of the season, especially during the team’s winning streak. During the Badgers’ current eight-game winning stretch, the Michigan native has scored five goals and notched nine assists.Packer, who has 18 goals and 19 assists on the season, proved her dominance was here to stay last weekend with a strong performance against the Huskies, scoring twice and earning four assists – a stat line that even outshined that of Patty Kazmaier award finalist Brianna Decker who finished with five points against St. Cloud State.“She plays in some key situations,” head coach Mark Johnson said. “Obviously playing a lot of the season with Brianna at the top line and being a part of our first power play, you will look for her to score some goals and create or set up some goals and be part of that and she has done that.”In a career littered with injuries and adversity, Packer has had a long road to the success she is enjoying now. Last season, Packer was lost among a roster jam-packed with talented forwards and hampered by multiple injuries throughout the season. The forward ended her 2011-2012 campaign with four goals and 14 assists – a mark 19 points short of her 2012-2013 numbers.“I’ve stepped it up and come a long way from last season,” Packer said. “You look at my stats from last season and then you look at this year, it’s hard to even compare the two, so I think that I’ve accepted a different role this year and stepped it up a little bit.”The production is a marked contrast from this past November, where Johnson decided to move Packer from the first line to the second after a slow start. Re-evaluating her game, she started to make some tweaks to her game including the way she held her stick.“I think I was gripping my stick a little tight and Decks actually had a conversation with me and just said, ‘It’s going to happen when it happens,’ so I kind of settled down a bit and things opened up,” Packer said.About halfway through the season, Packer fought her way back to the front line with Decker and Karley Sylvester. After being put on the first line for the second time this season, Packer has been able to generate chemistry with Decker and has played with an increased level of confidence that has gone hand-in-hand with her success.“She’s had a lot more confidence in the second half of the season and even a little bit before break,” Decker said. “We’re playing together, we’re doing well and we’re clicking. So, I think she’s getting a lot more opportunities to put the puck in the net.”“It’s fun to play with one another,” Packer said of Decker. “We need to talk more on the ice, but there are times when I don’t even pick my head up and I’ll make a pass and she’ll be there and vice versa.”Beyond Packer’s ability to score and facilitate in the second half of the season is her physicality of play that brings a sense of energy to the team. The junior seems to be in the thick of any choppiness on the ice.“We need that type of player on the team that can sacrifice themselves to stand up for other people or take the body in a lot of situations,” Decker said. “Every team needs one of those players and I’m glad to have her as one of them.”While the team may benefit from Packer’s hard-nosed style, it also has to deal with the consequences that come with it – Packer leads the team in penalties and penalty minutes with 29 and 58 respectively.“Sometimes I’m a little more aggressive, but I send a message,” Packer said. “I think that St. Cloud was a little chippy last weekend and if you look at the game and the way it went after I threw that girl to the ground after the whistle, they weren’t really going to the corners and messing with people. I’m a bigger player, so I’m not afraid to mix it put, maybe I should tone it down and hold my temper a little bit going into the playoffs, but it’s fun.”Penalties or no penalties, Packer has been a tremendous asset to a Wisconsin attack that is gaining steam and will be needed in the Badgers’ next matchup with North Dakota which will in essence act as a play in game for the NCAA tournament.Packer says her recent play has given her confidence, but credits her teammates for her late-season success.“Yeah, I have a lot of confidence, but also I have a lot of confidence in my teammates,” Packer said. “I had I think four assists on the weekend, so that’s someone else putting the puck in the net when I’m giving it to them.”last_img read more

Japan wins gold in FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

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first_imgCutelyst, a QT web framework, is on a mission to help developers to share code between their desktop and mobile apps. The open source project was released in October 2013 by Daniel Nicoletti. It is designed to enable the sharing of C++ code for web applications including Windows, Linux, OSX, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS.“Why have two or more development teams focused on an especifc platform when you can have a single team coding the same code, sharing skills and lines of code!,” according to the project’s website.Similarly to Perl Catalyst, it encourages rapid development and clean design without enforcing rules, according to the project’s GitHub page. The project covers from the programming language C++11 and toolkit Qt5.The project’s main features include: WebSockets, REST with ActionREST, cross-platform, asynchronous processing, and chunked responses. It also has plugin based views, which include Grantlee (set of free software libraries using the Qt framework), Clearsilver (provides separation between presentation code and application logic, makes working on projects easier), JSON (JavaScript Object Notation), and SimpleMail (small library written for Qt5 that sends complex emails using the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol). The team recently released Cutelyst 2. This is the first major release update since Cutelyst 1 was released a year and a half ago. The latest version features a size reduction, new HTTP/2 parser, and enhancements to Windows MSVC and WSGI module.“The HTTP/2 parser adds more value to our framework, its binary nature makes it very easy to implement,” said Nicoletti in a blog post. “Upgrading from HTTP/1.1 is supported with a switch, as well as enabling H2 on HTTPS using the ALPN negotiation (which is the only option browsers support), H2C or HTTP/2 in clear text is also supported but it’s only useful if the client can connect with previous knowledge.”It also comes with a dependency called HPACK, a header compression mechanism that was created for HTTP/2 because gzip compression as used in SPDY.Top 5 projects trending on GitHub this week:Chinese independent developer: A list of independent Chinese developers.Driver.js: Drive the user’s focus across the page with this light-weight, no-dependency, vanilla JavaScript engine.Rough.js: A light weight library for for sketchy, hand-drawn-like styles.Interview Notebook: Master your technical interviews with this basic knowledge.Pell: A WYSIWYG web text editor.last_img read more