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SU Football is Ready For Home Opener Against Wagner

September 12, 2013

(Syracuse)- Drew Allen will start this weekend in the home opener against Wagner, but Terrel Hunt will also make an early appearance in Saturday’s game, according to head coach Scott Shafer. Hunt, who had a 15-yard run to record his first career touchdown last weekend against Northwestern, will take the field early to lead the […]

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(Syracuse)- Drew Allen will start this weekend in the home opener against Wagner, but Terrel Hunt will also make an early appearance in Saturday’s game, according to head coach Scott Shafer.

Hunt, who had a 15-yard run to record his first career touchdown last weekend against Northwestern, will take the field early to lead the Syracuse offense. Coach Shafer thinks it’s important to get both players into the game to improve the quarterback position.

“The position hasn’t been consistent enough,” said Shafer during Thursday’s press conference. “We’re looking for consistency.”

In last weekend’s game against Northwestern, Shafer saw good things on the field from Allen, who had a 66-percent completion rate, but it was the number of turnovers that hurt the team’s offense.

This week, the Orange are focusing on a number of target areas, which include protecting the ball better on offense. Every week the objectives for the team change, but certain areas remain consistent for the team, including:

· On the first down: gain four or more yards, sixty percent of the time
· Taking advantage of the third down by controlling the number of plays it takes to get to the first down.

After a week of focusing on their target areas, Shafer said the Orange are ready to play in the Dome for the first time this season.

“The kids are excited to get home,” said Shafer. “Let’s get the student body out there and enjoy playing in front of your friends on campus, as well as the community.”

The players are not the only ones excited to face the Seahawks, Shafer says he is also ready for Saturday’s game.

“From a personal point of view, I’m really excited to give the fans something they appreciate,” said Shafer. “I just look forward to it, I couldn’t be more excited for this one.”

ACC Midweek Press Conference

September 12, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Leading up to this weekend’s football home opener, the ACC held its weekly teleconference with each head coach. The Syracuse Orange (0-2) take on the Wagner Seahawks (1-1) in a interstate matchup. The hot topic this week surrounds the quarterback position. Drew Allen, the fifth-year transfer from Oklahoma, has started both […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — Leading up to this weekend’s football home opener, the ACC held its weekly teleconference with each head coach. The Syracuse Orange (0-2) take on the Wagner Seahawks (1-1) in a interstate matchup. The hot topic this week surrounds the quarterback position. Drew Allen, the fifth-year transfer from Oklahoma, has started both games with inconsistent play. Sophomore Terrel Hunt, who was thought to be the front-runner during training camp, is expected to play more significant time on Saturday.

Below are press highlights from Syracuse coach, Scott Shafer.

Q. I know you’ve been asked a lot about your quarterbacks. With Drew, the way he played in the first two games, have you been able to pinpoint in watching the tape why he’s had some of the struggles he’s had?

SHAFER: With Drew, first thing is, we had two good opponents in Penn State and Northwestern. He got thrown to the wolves early, which is in the long run is going to be a good thing.

I was pleased with his increased completion rate. I think he was 66% in the Northwestern game. Biggest thing with Drew, he’s got to eliminate the turnovers. Sometimes he’ll get locked in on a target. He’s just got to do a better job checking down. When things are muddy, he has to go down to the check-down, get the ball out of the backfield, not try to force things.

Q. I’m wondering if going into this week there’s anything you say to Drew so he doesn’t play with any sort of feeling pressure?

SHAFER: I think more than anything, it’s just getting into the flow of the game, trust his eyes, go play, have fun, enjoy the process. I think any time you have a player at any position that is trying hard to continue to improve in his game, you want to make sure that his focus isn’t so tight and narrow that he’s not playing with the flow of the game.

Q. Obviously you’re off to a tough start. Given the opponents you played, people wouldn’t expect you to be off to a much better start. Are you where you thought you would be at this point in the season?

SHAFER: I have to look at all the different pieces and parts that make up the formula. We played poorly, especially coming out of the first half against Northwestern. Some of the things we need to continue to focus on is, first and foremost, the turnover ratio. We’re sitting at minus three. You can’t win a lot of games when you’re at minus three. We need to get in the plus category. That’s been a focus last week as well as this week.

Q. The thought process after the Northwestern game, how seriously did you consider starting Terrel and how did you get to the ultimate decision where you wanted to give Drew another shot to start against Wagner?

SHAFER: We went through it. For me it was, Let’s take a look at who we have playing, what areas we have to improve on. Are they areas we feel any player could improve upon? In his situation, I felt strongly that he could definitely do that.

But I also feel good about the fact that Terrel went in and did a good job, played well. I liked his approach and attitude. Both guys will be ready to play this weekend.

Q. Considering Wagner is an FCS team, does that factor into the decision at all?

SHAFER: No. We have a team coming off a championship season and broke records. Regardless of where they’re at, a championship team is a championship team. We need to approach it the same way we would any solid football team we’re going against.

Q. Recap the last two games. What do you need to work on this Saturday against Wagner?

SHAFER: We have to look at turnover ratio, both offense and defense, and strive towards trying to get on the plus side. We’re at minus three. I’d love to come out of the Wagner game and be at plus one or better and feel good about that offensively. Then defensively eliminating the big play.

That’s been our focus this week on both sides of the ball, and we’re looking forward to reaching our objective against Wagner.

Q. What do you see in Wagner in the video? What type of team are they on the field?

SHAFER: They’re a team that plays extremely hard on both sides of the ball. They’re a team that has some returning veterans that were part of a storied season, winning their conference championship in 2012. They put up 35 points a game on offense right now. They have a running back that’s averaging over 200 yards a game in Dominique Williams. They have a quarterback that is mobile, can both throw and run, and can create plays to be extended with his feet.

Catch the action Saturday, when the Syracuse Orange face the Wagner Seahawks.

The game will air live on ESPN3, from the Carrier Dome, at 4 PM EST.

ACC Midweek Press Conference

September 12, 2013

SYRACUSE, NY — Leading up to this weekend’s football home opener, the ACC held its weekly teleconference with each head coach. The Syracuse Orange (0-2) take on the Wagner Seahawks (1-1) in a interstate matchup. The hot topic this week surrounds the quarterback position. Drew Allen, the fifth-year transfer from Oklahoma, has started both games […]

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SYRACUSE, NY — Leading up to this weekend’s football home opener, the ACC held its weekly teleconference with each head coach. The Syracuse Orange (0-2) take on the Wagner Seahawks (1-1) in a interstate matchup. The hot topic this week surrounds the quarterback position. Drew Allen, the fifth-year transfer from Oklahoma, has started both games with inconsistent play. Sophomore Terrel Hunt, who was thought to be the front-runner during training camp, is expected to play more significant time on Saturday.

Below are press highlights from Syracuse coach, Scott Shafer.

Q. I know you’ve been asked a lot about your quarterbacks. With Drew, the way he played in the first two games, have you been able to pinpoint in watching the tape why he’s had some of the struggles he’s had?

SHAFER: With Drew, first thing is, we had two good opponents in Penn State and Northwestern. He got thrown to the wolves early, which is in the long run is going to be a good thing.

I was pleased with his increased completion rate. I think he was 66% in the Northwestern game. Biggest thing with Drew, he’s got to eliminate the turnovers. Sometimes he’ll get locked in on a target. He’s just got to do a better job checking down. When things are muddy, he has to go down to the check-down, get the ball out of the backfield, not try to force things.

Q. I’m wondering if going into this week there’s anything you say to Drew so he doesn’t play with any sort of feeling pressure?

SHAFER: I think more than anything, it’s just getting into the flow of the game, trust his eyes, go play, have fun, enjoy the process. I think any time you have a player at any position that is trying hard to continue to improve in his game, you want to make sure that his focus isn’t so tight and narrow that he’s not playing with the flow of the game.

Q. Obviously you’re off to a tough start. Given the opponents you played, people wouldn’t expect you to be off to a much better start. Are you where you thought you would be at this point in the season?

SHAFER: I have to look at all the different pieces and parts that make up the formula. We played poorly, especially coming out of the first half against Northwestern. Some of the things we need to continue to focus on is, first and foremost, the turnover ratio. We’re sitting at minus three. You can’t win a lot of games when you’re at minus three. We need to get in the plus category. That’s been a focus last week as well as this week.

Q. The thought process after the Northwestern game, how seriously did you consider starting Terrel and how did you get to the ultimate decision where you wanted to give Drew another shot to start against Wagner?

SHAFER: We went through it. For me it was, Let’s take a look at who we have playing, what areas we have to improve on. Are they areas we feel any player could improve upon? In his situation, I felt strongly that he could definitely do that.

But I also feel good about the fact that Terrel went in and did a good job, played well. I liked his approach and attitude. Both guys will be ready to play this weekend.

Q. Considering Wagner is an FCS team, does that factor into the decision at all?

SHAFER: No. We have a team coming off a championship season and broke records. Regardless of where they’re at, a championship team is a championship team. We need to approach it the same way we would any solid football team we’re going against.

Q. Recap the last two games. What do you need to work on this Saturday against Wagner?

SHAFER: We have to look at turnover ratio, both offense and defense, and strive towards trying to get on the plus side. We’re at minus three. I’d love to come out of the Wagner game and be at plus one or better and feel good about that offensively. Then defensively eliminating the big play.

That’s been our focus this week on both sides of the ball, and we’re looking forward to reaching our objective against Wagner.

Q. What do you see in Wagner in the video? What type of team are they on the field?

SHAFER: They’re a team that plays extremely hard on both sides of the ball. They’re a team that has some returning veterans that were part of a storied season, winning their conference championship in 2012. They put up 35 points a game on offense right now. They have a running back that’s averaging over 200 yards a game in Dominique Williams. They have a quarterback that is mobile, can both throw and run, and can create plays to be extended with his feet.

Catch the action Saturday, when the Syracuse Orange face the Wagner Seahawks.
The game will air live on ESPN3, from the Carrier Dome, at 4 PM EST.

Getting Paid To Do What You Love

August 12, 2013

SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — He had one of the best seats in NBT Bank Stadium right behind home plate. At first glance you might suspect him to be just an overly enthusiastic fan, notebook in hand, jotting down every play and statistic. Dan Bondgren is not just a fan of baseball; he is also […]

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SYRACUSE (Newhouse Sports Media Center) — He had one of the best seats in NBT Bank Stadium right behind home plate.

At first glance you might suspect him to be just an overly enthusiastic fan, notebook in hand, jotting down every play and statistic.

Dan Bondgren is not just a fan of baseball; he is also an employee of Baseball Info Solutions—a company that specializes in collecting, interpreting, and disseminating baseball statistics.

Baseball Info Solutions assigns a group of employees to cover Double-A or Triple-A teams.

Dan’s assignment is to attend the Syracuse Chiefs game.

“There are a group of us that work for each team,” Bondgren said. “There are nine of us that work for Chiefs games. Two every day.”

For Bondgren this is just a part time job, he says he has another job that isn’t related to baseball.

Bondgren found the job listed on Craiglist three years ago.

Getting paid to watch baseball games as a part-time job is pretty nice, Bondgren said.

“You get a free ticket, they pay for the parking, and you make a couple bucks a game,” Bondgren said. “There are a lot of worse things that I could be doing.”

He wouldn’t reveal how much the company pays him to attend each game though.

During Chiefs games he rarely has time to put his clipboard down because of all the data he is collecting on the game, Bondgren said.

“We keep stats for minor league games that get uploaded into a computer so that if scouts or major league teams want to know the ins and outs of a player, and what they can do in certain situations they pretty much have it at their disposal,” Bondgren said.

After each game, he goes home and enters the information into a computer application that the company sets up.

Bondgren says, after he puts the information in, he is still amazed with how it is compiled.

The information they gather is not open to the public, Bondgren said.

“This stuff is bought by Major League teams,” Bondgren said. “Whether they take a pitch on the first pitch, or they swing at it. What kind of opposite field power they have. That stuff is up for sale to the highest bidder from this company.”

Syracuse Chiefs Fanatic

While he gets paid to attend almost every single game, he also knows a lot about the Chiefs as well, Bondgren said.

“Well I said it for the last three years, the team has a lot of great assets,” Bondgren said. “the Chiefs have no middle relievers. Their starting pitching is good. They have some decent fielders. Some good bats. But they cannot find ways to finish games.”

Before he worked with Baseball Info Solutions, Bondgren says he was always a huge fan of the Syracuse Chiefs.

He even managed to cheer for the Chiefs whenever he had the chance.

Even though the team is in last place, Bondgren says he is grateful for the job and will continue to work for Baseball Info Solutions as long as he can.

To view his company’s website click here: http://www2.baseballinfosolutions.com/about-us/

Getting Paid To Do What You Love

August 12, 2013

He had one of the best seats in NBT Bank stadium right behind home plate. At first glance you might suspect him to be just an overly enthusiastic fan, notebook in hand, jotting down every play and statistic. Dan Bondgren is not just a fan of baseball; he is also an employee of Baseball Info […]

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He had one of the best seats in NBT Bank stadium right behind home plate.

At first glance you might suspect him to be just an overly enthusiastic fan, notebook in hand, jotting down every play and statistic.

Dan Bondgren is not just a fan of baseball; he is also an employee of Baseball Info Solutions—a company that specializes in collecting, interpreting, and disseminating baseball statistics.

Baseball Info Solutions assigns a group of employees to cover Double-A or Triple-A teams.

Dan’s assignment is to attend the Syracuse Chiefs game.

“There are a group of us that work for each team,” Bondgren said. “There are nine of us that work for Chiefs games. Two every day.”

For Bondgren this is just a part time job, he says he has another job that isn’t related to baseball.

Bondgren found the job listed on Craiglist three years ago.

Getting paid to watch baseball games as a part-time job is pretty nice, Bondgren said.

“You get a free ticket, they pay for the parking, and you make a couple bucks a game,” Bondgren said. “There are a lot of worse things that I could be doing.”

He wouldn’t reveal how much the company pays him to attend each game though.

During Chiefs games he rarely has time to put his clipboard down because of all the data he is collecting on the game, Bondgren said.

“We keep stats for minor league games that get uploaded into a computer so that if scouts or major league teams want to know the ins and outs of a player, and what they can do in certain situations they pretty much have it at their disposal,” Bondgren said.

After each game, he goes home and enters the information into a computer application that the company sets up.

Bondgren says, after he puts the information in, he is still amazed with how it is compiled.

The information they gather is not open to the public, Bondgren said.

“This stuff is bought by Major League teams,” Bondgren said. “Whether they take a pitch on the first pitch, or they swing at it. What kind of opposite field power they have. That stuff is up for sale to the highest bidder from this company.”

Syracuse Chiefs game

Syracuse Chiefs Fanatic

While he gets paid to attend almost every single game, he also knows a lot about the Chiefs as well, Bondgren said.

“Well I said it for the last three years, the team has a lot of great assets,” Bondgren said. “the Chiefs have no middle relievers. Their starting pitching is good. They have some decent fielders. Some good bats. But they cannot find ways to finish games.”

Before he worked with Baseball Info Solutions, Bondgren says he was always a huge fan of the Syracuse Chiefs.

He even managed to cheer for the Chiefs whenever he had the chance.

Even though the team is in last place, Bondgren says he is grateful for the job and will continue to work for Baseball Info Solutions as long as he can.

To view his company’s website click here: http://www2.baseballinfosolutions.com/about-us/