Former SU linebacker Cameron Lynch signs with St. Louis Rams after going undrafted

first_imgFormer Syracuse outside linebacker Cameron Lynch signed with the St. Louis Rams Saturday night, as first reported by The Post-Standard’s Stephen Bailey.Lynch was a captain in his senior year and started the last two years for the Orange. He led Syracuse in tackles in 2014 with 97, 12 of which were for a loss. He also recorded seven sacks and was named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference by Phil Steele. As a junior, he had 69 tackles and four sacks.Lynch was the fifth former Syracuse player to sign as an undrafted free agent on Saturday. This is the first year since 2008, and second since 1975, that Syracuse hasn’t had a player selected in the NFL Draft.Safety Durell Eskridge signed with the New York Jets, defensive tackle Eric Crume signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dyshawn Davis signed with the Washington Redskins and Sean Hickey signed with the New Orleans Saints. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 2, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Clay Helton’s past inspires his football acumen

first_imgFaith. Family. Football.That is the motto of USC’s team, promoted strongly by their leader, head coach Clay Helton. Helton assumed the head-coaching role two days after the Trojans’ convincing 40-21 win over UCLA on Nov. 28.The motto has since been embraced by the team and is emblazoned on black hoodies that can frequently be seen around campus.Helton said in an interview with the Daily Trojan that selling kids on the team’s motto is one of his biggest recruiting tools.The words that Helton now lives by were taught to him by the same man who gave him his start as a coach: his father, Kim Helton.“My dad taught me there’s not a lot of time out there to be able to do other things, so concern yourself with three things: Faith, family and football, and that’s what I believe in,” Helton said.His coaching career began immediately following graduation. Helton spent two years at Duke, one as a graduate assistant and one as the running backs coach in 1996 but then moved to his alma mater and the school his father coached at — University of Houston, where he was the running backs coach for three seasons.“It’s not too many times you get to work for your best friend in life and your hero and that’s what my dad is to me,” Helton said. “I’ve learned so many lessons from him, not only as a young guy, but as a coach, and now as a guy that’s 43 years old.”FaithReligion is a big part of the football culture at USC, and it can be witnessed every time the team runs out of the Coliseum on Saturday. They all head for the end zone where many players take a knee and take a moment to pray.Religion is in the locker room, on the field and in tattoos.“We believe that no matter what religion you believe in, if you want to practice your faith, practice your faith and we support you,” Helton said.FamilyThe two-faced second moniker holds especially true for Helton, whose coaching career has been so intricately tied to his family. Getting a start from his father gave Helton the opportunity to develop not just his knowledge of Xs and Os, but develop his character as well.“He’s taught me how to be a husband, a father, a football coach and a leader of men,” Helton said of his father. “I’m very blessed to have a guy that isn’t only my best friend but also happens to be a really good football coach too.”Helton said he still talks to his dad two or three times a week.Helton’s parents live in Florida acting as caretakers for his grandmother, who is in her 90s. They take an annual trip to visit their son’s colleges though, and now that Helton has hired on his brother, Tyson Helton, as quarterbacks and passing game coordinator, Helton is hoping that his parents will be able to spend more time in California.Tyson Helton also played for his father at Houston before becoming the special teams coach at Hawaii. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.“I’ve always known how talented a coach he is, but now to see it up close and personal is great,” Helton said. “To bring that dynamic to your football team, not only a guy that you love, but also an ultra-talented coach it makes you very proud as a head coach. I’m mad that he has more hair than me, and he’s a lot skinnier than me.”Helton has been able to surround himself with those he loves, no one more than his high school sweetheart, Angela Helton. Helton and his wife have quite the love story.Though Helton says he no longer looks the part, he was once the quarterback at Clements High in Sugar Land, Texas. Angela Helton was a member of the dance team that performed at the games.“I’ve been in love since I was 15, she figured it out at 17, and we’ve been in love ever since,” Helton said.Going into their 21st year of marriage, the Heltons have three kids of their own, including high school senior, Reid Helton, who is looking at USC as a possible college for next year.FootballAs spring football begins, Helton has his hands full implementing new concepts as well as incorporating freshman onto the team in what he expects to be a competition-filled spring season.“The beauty of spring ball is competition, and that’s where you establish yourself,” Helton said.  “Over the past six years, we’ve had 15 freshman All-Americans, so here it’s about stepping on that practice field and competing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior.”Spring isn’t just about football though. Helton said the program tries to get the players together as much as possible to promote the family-to-football tie.“We believe in the family aspect of things and the brotherhood, and to have that you’ve got to be together,” Helton said.Helton cited bowling and movies as two team favorites as well as Friday night dinners at local restaurants on road games during the season.In his first full season as head coach, Helton has a lot to juggle between deciding starting lineups, preparing for a full schedule of tough opponents and keeping off-the-field drama to a minimum. For him though, it’s much simpler than that when you are able to focus on the things that matter most: Faith. Family. Football.last_img read more

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Kyrie Irving is ‘misunderstood,’ Nets’ Joe Harris says

first_imgThe Nets also added star Kevin Durant and center DeAndre Jordan this offseason. They sent D’Angelo Russell to the Warriors in a sign-and-trade, as well.Harris poured in a career-high 13.7 points per game and shot 47.4% from 3-point range for Brooklyn in 2018-19. D’Angelo Russell discusses uncertain future with Warriors, playing with Stephen Curry Kyrie Irving will be a strong locker room presence for the Nets, according to Joe Harris.Harris and Irving were teammates with the Cavaliers and will be reunited once again after the star announced he was heading to Brooklyn this summer. Harris said he enjoyed his time playing with Irving and was looking forward to sharing the court with him again.“None of us are perfect all the time,” Harris said. “We’re all going to have ups and downs throughout the course of the season. …  For him, unfortunately, he’s just in one of these scenarios where there’s so much more attention on him and people are paying much more attention to when he does have an off day.“I have off days all the time, too, but nobody really cares when I have an off day. People care when Kyrie does.”Irving averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists for the Celtics last season. He has made six All-Star teams during his eight-year career and won a championship with Cleveland in 2015-16.“He’s one of these guys where he’s very much must-see,” Harris said. “We all know the talent, but I got to see it for a year and a half every day. … He really is that talented. He’s a top-10 talent.” NBA free agency: Hornets explain decision to add Terry Rozier on significant contract Kevin Durant’s move to Nets ‘never directly tied’ to Kyrie Irving, report says .@KyrieIrving is home. pic.twitter.com/usvbxqkyZA— Roc Nation Sports (@RocNationSports) July 1, 2019Irving will be joining the Nets after a rough stint in Boston, where he was reportedly unhappy and had issues with teammates as well as the coaching staff. Harris, however, defended Irving during a recent interview with the New York Post.“Kyrie, he’s got a big personality,” Harris said. “He’s one of these guys that’s misunderstood. The way that he’s construed in the media is probably going to paint him in a light that is not necessarily true. I’d say you could ask a lot of people that played with him and they’d all say that he’s a great teammate and a good guy to be around.” Related Newslast_img read more

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How long is Brock Boeser out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Canucks star

first_imgMarch 10 UPDATE: Boeser will be back for Vancouver in Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders. The team made the announcement on Twitter earlier in the day.”I’m in tonight.” – @BBoeser16 pic.twitter.com/SkAuD1xzmg— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 10, 2020It’s been a remarkably quick recovery for Boeser, who is returning almost a month ahead of schedule. His return will be a huge boost for the Canucks, who have been slipping down the standings in the Western Conference. It remains to be seen whether the forward will be limited in any way during tonight’s game. The Vancouver Canucks are expected to be without their best winger for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the postseason; however, Brock Boeser has returned to the ice as a full participant in morning skates.It was a key step as general manager Jim Benning originally announced back in February that Boeser’s rib cartilage fracture would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight weeks.  Injury Update from #Canucks GM Jim Benning: pic.twitter.com/y4BxbxPk4B— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 18, 2020Boeser has been sidelined since sustaining the injury in the Feb. 8 loss to the Calgary Flames.To help ease the absence of Boeser, the Canucks acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings before the trade deadline. Still, the Canucks — who have lost five of their last six games since the deadline— miss his presence in the lineup as he was tied for fourth in points (45) on the team when injured.TRADE GRADE: Toffoli comes with hefty priceHow long will Brock Boeser be out?Benning initially said on the evening of Feb. 10 that Boeser would be re-evaluated in three weeks; however, his status was updated less than 24 hours later when the Canucks GM announced he will miss at least eight weeks.“It looks like it’s going to be more severe than what we originally thought,” Benning told reporters, adding that he won’t need surgery and is seeing a specialist.According to Radiopaedia.com, rib cartilage fractures are fractures in the cartilage that connect the ribs to the sternum or breast bone. It usually occurs when there is blunt force trauma, in this case, a check, or fall landing directly on the chest.Brock Boeser injury timelineBoeser left the game Feb. 8 against the Calgary Flames with two minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the third period.On Feb. 9, head coach Travis Green said he would miss two games and then be re-evaluated.General manager Jim Benning released an update on Monday, Feb. 17 saying he suffered a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.The next morning, he announced the winger would miss at least eight weeks, which includes the remainder of the 2019-20 NHL season.March 8 UPDATE: Despite Benning’s estimated timeline of eight weeks, Boeser returned to Canucks practice on Sunday, just one month after his injury. He was pictured taking part in the team’s morning skate.Boeser taking part in #Canucks morning skate. pic.twitter.com/EYAQAX0L3S— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 8, 2020It’s unexpected news given that Boeser had previously been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and possibly the postseason. He reportedly won’t play in Vancouver’s game against Columbus on Sunday night, but he was wearing a full-contact jersey in practice and didn’t appear limited, so his return could come within a matter of games.“It’s always exciting to skate with the guys,” Boeser said via the team’s Twitter. “It feels good to be out there. I felt pretty good out there so hopefully I’ll be back soon.”The Canucks haven’t provided an update on his status since Benning’s announcement in mid-February. last_img read more

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