Q&A with Gophers beat writer Jack Satzinger of Minnesota Daily

first_imgSyracuse (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) faces Minnesota (8-4, 4-4 Big 10) in the Texas Bowl at 6 p.m. in Reliant Stadium on Friday night. The Daily Orange spoke with Jack Satzinger, a Minnesota football beat writer from the Minnesota Daily, about the game.The Daily Orange: What can you tell us about the Minnesota offense? What kind of stuff do they like to run?Jack Satzinger: Definitely it’s run-heavy. David Cobb’s the catalyst for the running game and the offense as a whole taking off this season. They like to run a lot of jets, particularly with Donovahn Jones, who’s a true freshman wide receiver. He actually was recruited as a quarterback, and can kind of be used in the wildcat or the read option, because he’s really athletic. He’s been playing a lot in the slot, and he’s now moved out wide after Derrick Engel, who is the team’s leading receiver, tore his ACL about a month ago. They’ll likely put out Drew Wolitarsky and Jones at wide receiver. They’re both true freshman. I’m guessing you’ll see a much-improved passing attack since they’ve had a full month to practice.The D.O.: What about the quarterback situation? J.S.: It’s definitely mostly (Philip) Nelson. (Mitch) Leidner got a lot of playing time earlier on in the year because Nelson had a lingering hamstring issue. Now it seems like the strategy with the coaching staff is they like to run the read option a lot, and they want bigger quarterbacks that can take a beating a little bit. Minnesota’s head coach used to be at Northern Illinois and he recruited Jordan Lynch, and that was kind of the blueprint for what he’s trying to do at Minnesota. Basically they have two quarterbacks. Nelson’s the starter, but he wants another guy with the same skill set, because if you’re running a lot you’re obviously going to get hurt a lot, too. Nelson will play 90 percent of the snaps, if not all of them. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Do you think Minnesota’s disappointed in the draw and the fact that it’s playing Syracuse? Do you think the team wanted a more challenging opponent?J.S.: I would definitely say that they were hoping for better. I think that they probably thought that they deserved a little more. Brock Vereen – who’s a senior statesman on the team and the younger brother of Patriots’ running back Shane Vereen – said about an hour after they found out they were going to the Texas Bowl that they were really looking to blow Syracuse out so that they can show the committee that they were wrong and that this team is a team to be reckoned with going forward. They weren’t particularly outspoken about it, but Vereen definitely touched on that a bit. The D.O.: With that in mind, how do you think they’ve kept the mindset of preparing for it like they would any other game? J.S.: They’ve pretty much embraced the role of underdog the whole year. Last year they had the word underdog painted on their compression shirts that they wore under their jerseys. They’ll always say that they want to be the underdog and surprise teams a little bit. I would guess they’re focusing on Syracuse like they’re Michigan State, and that they’re just going up against another really talented team. I don’t think that the focus is really a problem. The D.O.: It’s their best year since 2003. How do you think that’s happened? J.S.: I think they’ve really learned how to play within themselves. They don’t make mistakes and rarely turn the ball over. They hardly ever have any penalties. They just play a simple, tough-nosed brand of football, where, obviously their defense is very tough; it’s incredibly deep as well. They had a lot of injuries early on in the year, particularly in the secondary, but they haven’t really missed a beat there. On offense the passing attack hasn’t really been very prolific, but when you have an offensive line where you didn’t graduate anyone the previous year they’re not going to make mistakes. It’s going to be much easier to establish a running game as well. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Tipperary’s senior hurling captain announced

first_imgThat game throws in at 7.30pm in Dr. Morris Park.The winners will play Clare. The Tipperary Senior Hurling management team have announced that Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh) will remain as Captain for the 2015 season.While Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields) has been confirmed as the team vice-captain.The senior hurlers will begin their season tomorrow in their Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round game against Mary I. last_img

ExxonMobil’s Skipjack well comes up empty

first_imgAs US oil giant ExxonMobil continues exploration in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, the company reported that its Skipjack well did not yield “commercial quantities of hydrocarbons”, according to the Natural Resources Ministry.The Ministry in a statement said ExxonMobil and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) informed authorities that on August 29, 2016 the well proved not to have commercial quantities of hydrocarbons.“We are continuing to have verification work done and awaiting a full report and more information will be provided then. This announcement reminded us of the undulating fortunes of mining in general and of oil exploration in particular,” the Ministry’s statement said.The Stena Carron: Drilling ahead of Liza 3 offshore Guyana (Upstream photo)ExxonMobil, the statement continued, will continue with plans to develop the Liza well with its declared capacity of approximately one billion barrels and also look for other possible targets for drilling.“Likewise, the Government continues its preparations for the eventual production of oil and gas in the near future by building capacity at the legislative, technical and regulatory levels,” the statement continued.Efforts to contact ExxonMobil’s local manager, Jeff Simmons, proved futile, as Guyana Times was told he was out of the office. However, sections of the local media quoted Simmons as confirming that indeed the Skipjack well did not turn up the results expected.International oil and gas newspaper, Upstream quoted ExxonMobil sources who confirmed that the company failed to hit commercial hydrocarbons at the Skipjack exploration well, where the super major was targeting similar conditions to its massive Liza oil find of between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.The US super major confirmed reports from Upstream sources that Skipjack, which was spud on July 17, was a dry hole.The company did not detail if there were any hydrocarbon shows during the drilling.Sources familiar with the geology in the vast Guyana-Suriname basin called the Skipjack prospect a geological lookalike to Liza, reiterating comments previously made by executives at ExxonMobil’s partner Hess that the Stabroek Block contained potentially more than 20 structures with similar attributes as Liza.The Stena Carron drillship is on location at the Liza 3 appraisal well after drilling Skipjack 40 kilometres to the north-west of Liza.ExxonMobil spud Liza 3 on September 4 and, like its predecessor Liza 2, the well will focus on testing the flank of the Liza structure to determine the aerial extent of the reservoir.Liza 2 hit more than 190 feet of net pay and caused ExxonMobil, along with partners Hess and CNOOC subsidiary Nexen, to boost their estimate of the recoverable oil in place at Liza.In July, ExxonMobil submitted a development plan for Liza to Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency to begin the environmental review process.That plan calls for a pair of rigs to drill development wells from two drill centres, each with a corresponding water injection site to the east. Production will be sent to an FPSO with capacity of around 100,000 barrels of oil per day.Under that plan, first production from the field would come online sometime in 2020 or as late as 2021.last_img read more