SU’s freshmen defensive backs experience ups and downs in 1st debut

first_img Comments Published on September 6, 2018 at 8:22 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Junior cornerback Scoop Bradshaw’s hit jarred the ball loose from Western Michigan’s D’Wayne Eskridge.With the ball floating free over the Waldo Stadium turf, freshman safety Andre Cisco stepped in and grabbed Syracuse’s first interception of the 2018 season.“At first I had the ball in my hands, and I just couldn’t believe it for a second,” Cisco said on Tuesday. “I just had to step back and I was like, ‘Wow this is really an interception.’“I’d say it helped me settle in,” Cisco continued. “Made me feel like, I’m one of them. It’s not me being out there being a freshman.”Cisco was Syracuse’s (1-0) only true freshman to start Friday against the Broncos. He was later joined for spells in the defensive backfield by cornerback and fellow freshman Trill Williams. Both altered the course of the game, whether it be positively or negatively, in Friday’s opener and hope to become consistent installments in SU’s secondary.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textInitially, it didn’t look like Cisco would get the start Friday as SU sent out a 4-3 defense, keeping him on the sideline. But before the first snap of the game, the Orange switched to a nickel look — its base 4-2-5 — and linebacker Andrew Armstrong came sprinting off for Cisco.Cisco announced himself early with a first quarter interception. That takeaway ended WMU’s second drive on its first play and set up the Orange’s offense in enemy territory. SU collected a field goal off the turnover, taking a 10-0 lead.Williams made his debut later, spelling a overmatched Bradshaw as Eskridge and Broncos running back LeVante Bellamy shredded the Orange’s secondary on chunk plays. Eskridge, who at that point had repeatedly beaten a tired Bradshaw, wasn’t smothered but slowed.On his first play in the game, Williams gave Eskridge a check in the back as the wideout stumbled out of bounds.“I mean,” Williams said, “you just gotta let the receiver know that you’re a physical corner and he’s not going to catch the ball after a while.”But both freshmen allowed an Eskridge catch or touchdown.Eskridge beat Cisco on an 84-yard touchdown with roughly seven and a half minutes left in the third quarter. From his own 16, WMU quarterback Jon Wassink lined up in the shotgun, took a one-step drop and launched a 45-yard rainbow apparently dropping right to Cisco and Bradshaw. Instead, Eskridge burst between the pair and took Wassink’s pass to the endzone.For Cisco, it was simply a matter of depth from the line of scrimmage. At IMG (Florida) Academy, he could play lower in the box for two reasons: He was on a team chock full of Division I talent, so corners were rarely beaten and if they were, he could run down most receivers.On Friday, Cisco played low in the box once more, but with different results. Cisco didn’t record a single tackle. In the third quarter, he came downhill to hit Bellamy 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, dropped his shoulder and spun off Bellamy like a pinwheel.“I’m somebody that learns from mistakes,” Cisco said. “So I have to make the mistake before I learn from it and then I’ll never make the mistake again.” After watching Bradshaw get torched, Williams knew he needed to be cautious with Eskridge. He used his big frame — 6-foot-2, 202 pounds — to disrupt the smaller receiver’s route running while dodging pass interference calls. He allowed a few catches and recorded three tackles.“As a corner,” Williams said, “you lose some, you win some. But you just gotta come back the next play and forget about the last play.”With the opener behind them and a home game against Wagner up next, both freshmen expressed their excitement to finally play in the Carrier Dome.But mostly, they’re happy to have finally played some college football.“I was confident about the game,” Cisco said. “I just wanted to really see what it was actually like to go see the live bullets.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut now holds the Big Mac world record

first_imgThree burgers from the end, Chestnut says that his throat is suffering while his stomach and tastebuds are fine. But even though he’s struggling, he makes it to the finish: 32 Big Macs in 38 minutes, 15 seconds. To celebrate, he lets out a huge belch.At the end of the video, the champ invites his fans to send him ideas for new food challenges.”Anything fun and something not too easy,” he says. “I like pushing myself. I like eating. I like going into a food coma afterwards.” On Thursday, Chestnut set his sights on a new challenge: breaking the Big Mac eating world record.The record was 30, so Chestnut ordered 32 Big Macs from an Indianapolis-area McDonald’s using UberEats. On McDonald’s own app, the order is limited to just 15 burgers, probably because one sandwich comes in at 540 calories. Chestnut noted in the video that the burgers totaled 15.36 pounds of food, 18,016 calories and $127.38 — plus tip.”I’m excited,” Chestnut says in the video. “This is like a dream of mine since I was a kid.”In the 13-minute video, Chestnut begins dripping with “meat sweats” after 5 1/2 minutes, on burger No. 7, but according to Chestnut, that’s pretty normal.He’s only on burger No. 11 after 10 minutes, the duration of most eating contests. His sweating has gotten worse, and by the 25th minute he admits that he’s running out of steam after 24 burgers.Chestnut, however, says his love of the burgers makes it easier to eat a lot of them in this type of setting. He’s amazed the Big Mac still tastes good even over halfway through the challenge.”It’s so much easier to eat food that you’re familiar with and that your body already knows,” he says. “Over decades I’ve eaten hundreds of Big Macs and I have an amazing tolerance for Big Macs.”Chestnut gives commentary throughout the video, including about how Big Macs remind him of his grandfather.”They would sell two Big Macs for $4, and me and my grandpa would get four of them. I’d end up eating three,” he says.As the video winds down, Chestnut compares it to the last couple miles of a marathon.”I’ve never run a marathon, probably never will,” he jokes. “But it must be nice knowing that you’re closing in on that goal, and right now I’m closing in on my goal of the 32 Big Macs.”Chestnut also talks about his routine, saying that the specific way he eats the burgers and stacks their boxes helps him focus and push himself. When hot dog king Joey Chestnut has a cheat day, he goes all out.The 36-year-old is the 12-time winner of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, held every Fourth of July on Coney Island. Last year he ate 71 hot dogs in 10 minutes — which is still three hot dogs short of his all-time record from 2018, when he ate 74.last_img read more