Amba Etta-Tawo named Biletnikoff Award semifinalist

first_img Published on November 14, 2016 at 11:48 am Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist on Monday. Etta-Tawo has reeled in 79 catches, eight touchdowns and racked up 1,246 yards. The Biletnikoff Award is given to the nation’s best receiver.The Maryland graduate transfer ranks sixth in the country in receiving yards and sixth in the country for receptions per game, with 7.9. Four players that rank ahead of Etta-Tawo in receiving yards — Zay Jones, Trent Taylor and Taywan Taylor and Dede Westbrook— all made the watch list. Middle Tennessee State’s Richie James was the only receiver in the Top 5 who did not make the Biletnikoff semifinalist list. Etta-Tawo is the only Atlantic Coast Conference wide receiver who made the list of 10 players.Austin Carr, NorthwesternCorey Davis, Western MichiganAmba Etta-Tawo, SyracuseCarlos Henderson, Louisiana TechZay Jones, East CarolinaJohn Ross, WashingtonTaywan Taylor, Western KentuckyTrent Taylor, Louisiana TechJames Washington, Oklahoma StateDede Westbrook, Oklahoma Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers’ offense runs short in 5-4 loss to Giants

first_img“I just think (it was) a little too much aggressiveness and a couple of them were just kind of just mental mistakes.”The Dodgers had 40 baserunners while scoring 17 runs in the first two games of the season. They kept putting them on base Saturday afternoon as well. But Justin Turner drove in their first run of the afternoon with an RBI double in the first inning.That made Giants starter Logan Webb the ninth of 10 different Giants pitchers to be charged with at least one run in this series against the Dodgers. They left the bases loaded in the second when Mookie Betts flew out to end the inning, but it still felt like just a matter of time before the Dodgers’ offense woke up. But the bats weren’t the problem.Turner dropped another double into right field with one out in the third. But he was left helpless when Corey Seager’s knuckling line drive was caught by Giants second baseman Wilmer Flores, who had shifted into shallow right field against Seager. Turner was easily doubled off.In the fourth, things looked promising for the Dodgers when Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson led off with singles. But Taylor made a dash for third base when the throw from right field on Pederson’s single momentarily got loose with no one covering third. Webb got there in time to tag Taylor out. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The fourth ended on another misadventure when Pederson was doubled off first on Kiké Hernandez’s flyout to center.In the fifth, it was Austin Barnes’ turn. He led off with a single but was doubled off to end the inning on a Betts’ line drive to shortstop Mauricio Dubon.By then, the Dodgers were down 5-1, thanks to a wayward start by Alex Wood in his re-debut with the team. Wood gave up a run in each of his three innings, grinding away to keep the damage down in a 31-pitch second inning.“I kind of got away from my general plan of how aggressive I am,” said Wood, who made only seven starts last season for the Cincinnati Reds due to a back injury. “We threw a little bit too much soft stuff early. I think they had some good at-bats and ended up drawing three walks in those first two or three innings.“It was just overall getting away from what I do best, in terms of pounding the zone and attacking early. I thought that was the difference. I felt much better in third inning. I kind of got back to doing what I typically like to do and it felt better in the third inning. But those first two innings, it just wasn’t me in terms of plan of attack.”Dennis Santana followed him and gave up two runs in the fourth, putting the Dodgers down even further. The Dodgers almost overcame their shortcomings – by taking advantage of some of the Giants’ many flaws.An eighth-inning rally against lefty reliever Tony Watson was sparked by a hit batter – Max Muncy for the second time in the game – and a two-base error by Donovan Solano at third base. It was the Giants’ seventh error in the first three games.Related Articles Corey Seager drove in two unearned runs with a two-out single. After a slow ground ball by Taylor crawled into right field against a defense shifted to the left, Giants reliever Tyler Rogers hit Joc Pederson with a pitch to load the bases and put the go-ahead runs on. But Hernandez grounded out to end the threat.The late life continued when Will Smith led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, clipping a cardboard cutout beyond the wall in left-center and making it a one-run game. That was as close as they got, the squandered opportunities growing in importance as the game wound down. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Maybe three weeks of Summer Camp wasn’t enough to fine-tune everything.The Dodgers had four runners thrown out on the bases – three were doubled off – in a three-inning, mid-game stretch, stymying their offense better than the Giants’ pitching staff had been able to do before a 5-4 Dodgers loss Saturday afternoon.Toss in four hit batters, a couple errors and a run-scoring wild pitch from the expanded pitching staffs, and the game would have fit comfortably at Camelback Ranch in mid-March.“We don’t enjoy any losses,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But whether you win or lose, it’s sort of how you play the game. I think how we got there today, I’m not pleased with. You leave four outs on the field. That’s something that, for us, we pride ourselves on – intelligence and running the bases, knowing the scoreboard. But, when you get doubled off four times and give away outs, that’s just not helpful. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start last_img read more