How a few kickboxing lessons redefined Kendall Coleman’s pass rush

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Kendall Coleman’s parents spend their Sundays rewatching the Syracuse game from the day before. Coleman’s mother, Nikki, noticed her son is quicker off the line this year. With his body lower to the ground, he bends smoother toward the quarterback. He’s surgical with his strikes.After 1.5 sacks in his first 20 games at Syracuse, Coleman focused on his pass rush this offseason. He increased his flexibility by rehabbing an injured shoulder, studied offensive tackles and focused on the minute details of rushing the quarterback. But he didn’t know how those things connected. Everything came together 643 miles from the SU campus during a family bonding session, where Nikki introduced her 6-foot-3, 266-pound pass rusher to kickboxing.“Kendall is a guy that studies a lot,” Nikki said. “And I think going to that class with him, showing him some movements and how to move his body and his hands, I think that sticks with him.”Six games in, Coleman sits tied for seventh in the nation with six sacks for Syracuse (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast). The junior defensive end said after two years of primarily stopping the run, he spent the last offseason fine-tuning his pass rush. The uptick in production is tough for Coleman to explain because one thing didn’t change. Everything did. He never focused on pass rushing before. And in an offseason full of weight lifting, deeper opponent analysis and the shifting away from the run-first mindset, a workout with mom remains the quirkiest nuance.“This is the first year that I’ve really started to grasp and figure out my body type,” Coleman said, “and how I move versus these guys and what they’re doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLaura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn Syracuse’s loss at Florida State last season — a team Coleman tallied two sacks against in 2018 — Coleman registered one quarterback hurry. Early in the fourth quarter, Coleman’s pass rush failed. When an offensive lineman punched out at Coleman, he tried to rip around him, but he wasn’t low enough. When he was stonewalled running downfield, he scrambled back inside but spun out of the play.Coleman admitted he hasn’t always studied tackle movements. He said in past years he didn’t bring his lower half with him. Tackles didn’t have to adjust to his movements. Coleman failed to turn the corner on a tackle headed for the quarterback, he said.When Coleman came home for a brief period in July, his sister, Kourtney, and Nikki wanted family-oriented activities. Nikki suggested the trio attend classes at iLoveKickboxing in Carmel, Indiana. Coleman initially declined. “He’s practical,” Nikki explained. He didn’t want Nikki paying $30 for a membership he’d use once. But Nikki and Kourtney convinced Coleman to attend an orientation class where the former three-star recruit stood out immediately.“And I was like, ‘Oh God, this guy could eat me for breakfast,’” said iLoveKickboxing Assistant Manager Tarrin Cooper.Cooper worked Coleman through his opening day routine, which is significantly lighter than a normal day of training.At 5:45 a.m. two days later, Coleman and about five other clients in the class began with what iLoveKickboxing calls SHIIT (Super high intensity interval training) for 15 minutes. After the circuit of burpees, pushups, mountain climbers, situps and various other core exercises, the group stretched for seven or eight minutes.Then came the principles that directly correlate for Coleman. The class practiced punch and kick combos on a heavy punching bag for three minutes at a time. Initially, Coleman smacked the bags too hard to combo, Cooper said. Cooper instructed him to unleash less power with each punch to throw more rapidly. With each combo, Coleman’s lower body corresponded with the movements of his upper half. If he threw a left hook punch, he stepped with his left foot.In pass rushing, the concept is called “bringing your hips through,” Coleman said. In the third quarter of Syracuse’s 30-7 win over Florida State, Coleman’s quick fake to the inside led to a rip move outside. As his left arm cut through, his left leg swung simultaneously past the Seminoles’ left tackle. He stepped with his left foot, which squared Coleman’s hips to FSU quarterback Deondre Francois and ended with a sack.“I tried to have him string together his combos,” Cooper said. “From this combo into the next combo. It helps with form overall.”Paul Schlesinger | Staff PhotographerAfter the heavy bags, Coleman worked on his hands. In one drill, a partner holds their hands shoulder-width apart, with their gloves serving as targets for the other boxer. While Coleman punched, the class emphasized locking in on a target. After each punch, boxers are taught to reset their hands and feet. The back and forth movements reminiscent of ballet dancing are also common in pass rushing.On the first drive of the second half against Clemson, Coleman stepped four times before making contact with offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt. Left. Right. Left. Right. Coleman’s lanky frame appeared nearly elastic. At the fourth step, with his feet evened up, he punched Hyatt’s shoulders with both arms and ripped through his outside shoulder en route to his first sack of the afternoon.“A defensive end is going to use his hands to get off the block or get off the line fast,” iLoveBoxing instructor Kyle Miller said. “Teaching him how to not just punch hard but bring his hands back, just as fast for those quick trigger muscles … that helped him a lot as well.”After less than a week of boxing training, Coleman returned to Syracuse. He said the kickboxing made him think more about how his body moves. He’s since kickboxed in the SU weight room several times, despite not finding teammates willing to join in.“For other guys, the stuff that they needed to work on was more oriented toward the bags on the field,” Coleman said. “And the stuff that that I needed to work on had me on the heavy bag.” Published on October 10, 2018 at 10:45 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44center_img Commentslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Watch this superb Birdseye video of the beautiful seaside village of Rathmullan.The video is part of a number of initiative taken by the Bord Failte to promote tourism in Donegal. The success of the ‘The Wild Atlantic Way’ project has been well documented and those within the tourism sector are keen to promote all parts of Donegal as seen in this video about Rathmullan.Rathmullan is a hugely popular and vibrant village during the summer and the video captures how beautiful it is when the sun is shining.The video’s slogan is Rathmullan – Well Worth A Visit and it really is.To watch the brilliant video simply click play on the video above to watch. Enjoy. 🙂 DDTV: WATCH STUNNING BIRDSEYE VIDEO OF BEAUTIFUL DONEGAL SEASIDE VILLAGE was last modified: April 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVFeaturesnewslast_img read more

What makes up the cost of an airline ticket?

first_imgOn a typical $300 ticket flying on a standard 180-seat aircraft on a four-hour flight in the USA the break down looks something like this, according to a USA Today survey: Staff Costs $60Taxes $42Fuel $87Maintenance $33Other fees and charges $75Profit $3last_img

Ride and Drive Event at the Covington Apple Farm Service

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The MANI-TOUR is coming to Apple Farm Service’s Covington location on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The MANI-TOUR is a ride and drive event featuring the latest agricultural handling solutions from Manitou and Gehl, including telehandlers, skid loaders, articulated loaders and track loaders. Join us anytime from 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an open house, lunch and plenty of opportunities to get behind the wheel and try out the equipment yourself.“We’re excited to bring back the Mani-Tour,” said Bill Apple, president of Apple Farm Service. “This will be the third year we’ve hosted this event. We’ve been a Gehl dealership since our origins in 1956, and one of the first Manitou dealerships in the area. However, we find that a vast amount of operators in the area don’t understand the full versatility of these machines. The Mani-Tour is a great opportunity for any operator, farmer, or contractor to try out these efficient machines.”The MANI-TOUR includes a range of Manitou MLT telescopic loaders and attachments. These multi-taskers can reach up to 31 feet 7 inches with maximum lift capacities ranging from 4,400 to 13,000 pounds. Manitou MLT telescopic loaders take digging, lifting, hauling and loading applications to the next level with features catered specifically to the agriculture industry. In addition, Manitou offers a full spectrum of attachments designed for ultimate efficiency on the farm, including attachments for hay handling, manure scraping, animal feeding and sweeping.The MANI-TOUR also provides an opportunity to ride and drive the latest Gehl skid, track and articulated loaders. These compact loaders are a must-have for jobs that require high performance and maximum versatility. Rated operating capacities for Gehl skid loaders range up to 4,200 pounds, and the IdealTrax automatic track tensioning system on Gehl track loaders is an exclusive feature that saves on time and maintenance.“We are thrilled to bring the MANI-TOUR to Apple Farm Service,” said Lou D’Alesio, fleet and key account specialist, Manitou Group. “This event provides a great opportunity to meet directly with Manitou and Gehl representative and demo a variety of telescopic loaders, skid and track loaders, articulated loaders, and attachments.”The MANI-TOUR is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11 at Apple Farm Service’s Covington location at 10120 W. Versailles Rd. in Covington. The events run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes an open house, free lunch, prize giveaways, and coupons for up to $1,500 off their next Manitou purchase. For more information about the MANI-TOUR or Apple Farm Service, visit or call 937-526-4851.last_img read more

Odisha ropes in IISc to skill its science, mathematics teachers

first_imgThe Odisha government has chalked out a strategy to make science and mathematics teachers brush up their subject knowledge for which Indian Institute of Science, the country’s leading research institute, has been roped in.“The government has given in-principal approval for the programme in which science and mathematics teachers working in schools and colleges will undergo training either in Bengaluru or in the State. Talent Development Centre of IISc will impart the training,” said L.N. Padhi, senior scientist at Science and Technology Department, here on Friday.Mr. Padhi said, “We are targeting young teachers with minimum 15 years left for superannuation. If they are trained, they will certainly pass on the knowledge thus acquired to next generation.”Teachers working under School and Mass Education department, ST and SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare department and Higher Education department will be asked to attend the training during summer and winter vacations. Training module and annual training calendar will be prepared soon. The training of science and maths teachers is necessary as it will shape the next generation, he said.last_img read more

Messi remains Messi, India a little less messy

first_imgBy Philem Dipak SinghNew Delhi, Dec 28 (PTI) India went from a “sleeping giant” to a “passionate giant” by successfully hosting their maiden FIFA under-17 World Cup but Messi Magic once again reigned supreme in global football as he single-handedly dragged a blundering Argentina into the 2018 World Cup.Laggards in international rankings, India finally made their presence felt by pulling off an impressive under-17 World Cup that drew all-round praise even though the country was eliminated in the very first round.FIFA President Gianni Infantino called it a “resounding success” even though the events legacy remains debatable given that India are not even a continental force till date.Globally, football fans the world over watched first in horror and then in amazement, two-time champion Argentinas floundering campaign to get to the 2018 World Cups main draw.It all boiled down to one man in the end and Lionel Messi was up for the challenge as he quite literally carried the weight of the entire team and pulled it through for a ticket to Russia.Messis rather mesmerising hat-trick helped La Albiceleste beat Ecuador in the qualifying final round.Whether the Argentine virtuoso joins the ranks of Pele and Diego Maradona by lifting the coveted trophy — thereby football paying its debt to him — will be known only in July next year.But his magical left foot continued set the bar higher and he is currently La Ligas highest goal-scorer in FC Barcelonas nine-point lead at the top.On the other hand, his competitor Cristiano Ronaldo picked up his fifth Ballon dOr to match the Argentine, while his club Real Madrid became the FIFA club world champions once again.advertisementAs for India, the country took centerstage in world football for three weeks in October. The India edition of the youngest World Cup — held across six cities — became the most attended and the highest scoring tournament in its history.From the opening match attended in Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the grand finale in Kolkata, where more than 66,000 people watched the England-Spain showdown, it was a near flawless organisation by India.On the field, the worlds most talented young players gave a memorable show of high quality football. England lifted their maiden trophy as they beat Spain 5-2 in their own game of passing while crowd favourites Brazil finished third.The final match between England and Spain was the highest scoring and perhaps the best summit clash of all the U-17 World Cups.The Indian team led by Amarjit Singh Kiyam, as expected, could not get past the group stage, losing all its matches against Ghana, Colombia and USA. But they fought well with good organisation and shape.They came close to grabbing their first point before losing 1-2 to Colombia with Jeakson Singh becoming the first Indian to score a World Cup goal.The gulf in class with other teams was quite evident and was duly conceded by head coach Luis Norton de Matos.The year also saw India qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates under the guidance of Stephen Constantine.India have qualified for the continental showpiece event on three earlier occasions — in 1964, 1984 and 2011.The Asian Cup qualifying campaign and clever picking of sides to play friendly internationals led to India rising to 96th in FIFA rankings, its best-ever in the last two decades and the second best overall.India also became the 12th highest ranked team in Asia.Indias best-ever FIFA ranking till date is 94th, which was attained in February 1996.Among the low-points, Indian football was rocked by dope failure of veteran goalkeeper Subrata Paul, whose urine sample in an out-of-competition test was found to contain banned substance terbutaline — a drug present in commonly used expectorants for cough and cold.He was, however, let off with a warning with the NADA panel ruling that his dope violation was “not intentional”.The successful Indian Super League, which is in its fourth season currently, also got the official recognition from the Asian Football Confederation and its winner will get a direct berth in the AFC Cup, the continents second rung club competition.The year also marked unheralded Aizawl FC coming out of nowhere to lift the I-League title in one of the most fascinating fairytale stories, pipping Indian footballs most famous club Mohun Bagan to the post.It was, in fact, the Leicester moment for Aizawl as their fortunes turned around in just a matter of one year after they were on the verge of relegation from the I-League last season.advertisementUnheralded English Premier League side Leicester had also won the title in 2015-16 after they were on the verge of relegation the previous year.A club whose budget is just around Rs 2 crore (Mohun Bagan spends the same amount in buying one player), it was an achievement of enormous proportion.Towards the end of the year, the All India Football Federation suffered a jolt as the election of its president Praful Patel and other office-bearers was set aside by Delhi High court for violation of the National Sports Code.The High Court-appointed former Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi as administrator to bring necessary amendments in the AIFF Constitution and hold the polls within five months.The Supreme Court later stayed the HC order but appointed Quraishi and former India captain Bhaskar Ganguly as ombudsmen to formulate the AIFF constitution within eight weeks. 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