Utah Utes football notebook: Vroman erasing worries about replacing Sakoda as kicker

first_imgBesides getting settled on a starter at the quarterback position, perhaps the biggest concern for Ute football coaches in camp has been the kicking game. Replacing a player such as all-American Louie Sakoda, a three-year starter at punter and placekicker, is a tough task.After Thursday’s scrimmage, coach Kyle Whittingham was all smiles while talking about the kicking game.Ben Vroman, who handled kickoffs the last two years, is No. 1 on the depth chart at placekicker, and he showed why Thursday.He went 7-for-7 on the day, making field goals from 49 and 43 yards as well as from 39, 36, 35, 31 and 26 yards.”I was very pleased with the placekicking today,” Whittingham said. “We did a bunch of placekicking in live situations, and Ben Vroman was clearly the top guy and right now unless something dramatic happens, he’ll be handling the kickoffs and the placekicking.”Besides Vroman, freshman Nick Marsh made a 33-yard field goal and Joe Phillips a 36-yarder.”It was a good day for the specialists group,” said Vroman, a senior out of Skyline High. “Spring was a little rough for us, but the first part of the camp we’ve definitely taken some steps forward.”Whittingham also said punter Sean Sellwood was back in action after sitting out earlier in the week and did a “nice job” punting the ball Thursday.”I’m very happy with the whole kicking battery,” said Whittingham. “It’s all way ahead of where we were in the spring.”NOT GOOD ENOUGH: While much of the focus has been on the offensive side of the ball, the defense has been improving each day of practice. However, new defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was not happy with the defense at Thursday’s scrimmage.”The guys are energetic and running around, but we had too many missed assignments and too many missed tackles,” he said. “Nobody was great today. We were just good. But good is not good enough for this program.”Sitake said the defense did rest seven starters as a precaution, but he still expected more.”It was an opportunity for our inexperienced guys to get in there and play some ball and get some experience,” he said. “But it wasn’t clean enough and crisp enough. We had a lot of mistakes. We need to stay focused on our fundamentals and our technique. We’re anxious for the next time to go live.”ROBLES BACK: Lost amid all the talk about the three-way battle for quarterback is the return of Griff Robles, the highly recruited QB from Spanish Fork High School.The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Robles returned from an LDS mission in June and wasn’t expected to play this fall but was given the scholarship saved for James Aiono, who didn’t qualify academically for this fall.If Robles doesn’t get a chance at quarterback, he may have a future as a defender, a another former quarterback from Utah County, PaulKruger.Robles took some snaps at the end of Thursday’s scrimmage and after getting picked off by Thor Salanoa he laid out the defender with a hard tackle on the sideline.When asked about it later, Sitake said, “That was the hardest hit all day.”EXTRA POINTS: Rice-EcclesStadium will have two new banners on the west side of the stadium this year, commemorating the 2004 season and Fiesta Bowl victory and the 2008 season and SugarBowl victory … Jake Orchard, an all-state receiver for Highland in 2005, has joined the team as a walk-on after recently returning from an LDS mission. He was recruited out of high school by several schools for football but opted to accept a scholarship to play basketball for Weber State as a freshman … The next scrimmage will be Tuesday at the stadium with the final scrimmage set for Aug. 22.last_img read more

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Bramley wins by a street

first_img4th Roger Rush (16) 32pts5th Ted Gardner (8) 32pts6th Don Hachey (17) 32ptsDave Bramley.Dave Hester took the honours at the society’s home course of Green Valley on Monday with 37 points.  Dave finished two ahead of Ed Horrocks in second while Mel Davis, Roger Rush, Ted Gardner and Don Hachey completed the podium in that order.Wednesday, Jan 22, Crystal Bay – StablefordWednesday was our away game of the week and we took the trip to Crystal Bay.  The strange weather made this the coldest and windiest day of golf I have ever played in Thailand.Despite the strong winds Dave Bramley (18) breezed to victory with an astonishing 41 points.  The best of the mere mortals was Peter Henderson (19) who took second with 33 points and was in disbelief that someone could shoot 8 points better.  Bill Shepley (6) was third with 32.Friday, Jan. 24, Green Valley – Stableford1st Ed Horrocks (20) 41pts2nd Mel Davis (17) 38pts3rd Peter Harris (19) 37pts4th Dave Gibson (15) 36pts5th Mark Williams (8) 36ptsDave Hester.Back to Green Valley for Friday’s game and Ed Horrocks went one better than Monday as he matched Dave Bramley high total of the week.  Mel Harris was second some three points off the pace and Peter Harris was another point back in third.Note:  The Caddyshack is located on Soi 17 off 3rd Road or soi 8 off Thepprasit Road.  All golfers are welcome and reservations are taken at 081 865 3104. PSC golf from The CaddyshackMonday, Jan. 20, Green Valley – Stableford1st Dave Hester (12) 37pts2nd Ed Horrocks (20) 35pts3rd Mel Davis (17) 34ptslast_img read more

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Bonucci clarifies controversial statement on Moise Kean’s episode with racism

first_imgAdvertisement p18NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs120ltWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8wuxk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ckaiWould you ever consider trying this?😱puCan your students do this? 🌚c0pRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the wake of Moise Kean receiving racist chants and gestures in Juventus’ away trip to Cagliari , team captain Leonardo Bonucci spoke after the game that the blame was “50-50” between Cagliari fans and Kean. The soccer world united in calling the Italian defender out for not condemning racism but instead imposing blame on the victim of a severe racism episode.Advertisement Bonucci took to Instagram to clarify himself but its a hard-sell.Advertisement The English translation of the post reads : After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings. Yesterday I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts. Hours and years wouldn’t be enough to talk about this topic. I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. The abuses are not acceptable at all and this must not be misunderstood.While team captains like Harry Kane who openly say that they are ready to walk their teams out of the pitch under such circumstances, people like Bonucci do not make a lot of sense.The veteran defender might have been in an haste but if denying racism was natural to a person then haste certainly wouldn’t have been an issue. Advertisementlast_img read more

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