Position change going more smoothly than Kinder expected

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 12, 2013 at 2:55 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 On Tuesday, John Kinder made a bit of a stir when he lined up at wide receiver, donning a green jersey. Shuffled down in the quarterback depth chart, he made the change.It’s no experiment, he said.“This is it. And make note mistakes about it,” he said, “I did this change to get on the field.”After almost one week, the transition has been even smoother than he could have imagined. He already knew the playbook, so that hasn’t been an issue, and he actually practiced a bit at wide receiver during his freshman season.That time, it was a foreign concept.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Kind of like learning Chinese,” he said.He had never played the position before, but now that he’s seen it played up close at the college level, it’s become easier.During his freshman year, though, it almost got him on the field. He said it wasn’t as a true wide receiver, but in some sort of package that could make use of his legs with the lingering threat of his arm. At that time, though, he said he wasn’t ready.“I feel like my time here, being that I’ve seen a lot of football, I’ve had the pleasure of watching guys like Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon do it, being in the film room,” Kinder said. “I feel like this time around I’m a lot more comfortable.”He’s primarily lined up in the slot during his brief time as a wideout. There, his thinner build, sufficient length and big hands could let him make plays underneath and in the middle of the field.Kinder will have one season of eligibility remaining after this season. Even if he doesn’t have an immediate effect, there could be some time in the future where he can, largely thanks to his work ethic.“He works harder than 90 percent of people out there,” quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said Saturday, “so getting him to a position where he probably has a more realistic chance of helping this ball club — that’s all he wants to do is help this team.”His familiarity with the rest of the wide receiver corps has helped, too. When he was calling the plays in the huddle, he was the one instructing his weapons.“Now they’re helping me out,” Kinder said.There haven’t been any bumps yet in terms of knowing the playbook. It’s now just about learning to excel at a position that he never has for an extended period of time.As a freshman, it was an experiment. Now it’s for real, and he has to learn what it takes to make a wide receiver great.Said Kinder: “It’s just a matter of coming into my own in terms of being a wide receiver and those little intricacies about the position.” Commentslast_img read more

Involvement Fair showcases student groups

first_imgChristine Yoo | Daily TrojanAna Alvarez, a senior international relations major, tables for United House of Prayer at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday. Hundreds of student organiations actively recruited along Trousdale Parkway. The Involvement Fair is the biggest opportunity for groups to promote themselves on campus.last_img

Injury woes striking a familiar tune with Los Angeles Lakers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “With all the guys we have hurt, you know Kobe. He’ll try to take it upon himself as much as possible,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We want to try to keep it as little as possible and not have all the scoring load be on his back.”It appeared that would be a tough task before Sunday’s game. Lakers forward Ryan Kelly experienced soreness in his right hamstring on the final drill of Sunday’s morning shootaround, the same day he hoped to return from a strained left hamstring that kept him out of the Lakers’ four previous exhibitions. After having offseason surgery on his right knee, Lakers forward Xavier Henry will travel to New York City for a second opinion and then to Dusseldorf, Germany to undergo Regenokine treatment. Nick Young will stay sidelined for at least another month while healing his surgically repaired right thumb. No one ever knows how Steve Nash’s chronically hurt back will shape up. And perhaps Jordan Clarkson (strained left calf muscle) and Jeremy Lin (sprained left ankle) will return soon. So what can the Lakers do?“It’s got to be by committee,” Scott said. “I can’t necessarily look at one guy and say, ‘We need you to go out there and do this for us.’” A fluctuating roster and a coaching change have not removed an odor that has left the Lakers with an unpleasant residue.The Lakers are already dealing with a revolving door of injuries that spark reminders of last season’s nightmare that ended with the team’s worst record in L.A. franchise history. During that stretch, players missed a combined 319 games because of health. It seems hard to make this up, but the Lakers’ injury bug has already bitten six players and left them with uncertain return dates. Yet, somehow it did not matter in the Lakers’ 98-91 preseason victory on Sunday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center, improving the team’s preseason record to 2-3 and snapping the team’s three consecutive losses in exhibition play. The Lakers, of course, depended on Kobe Bryant, his 26 points on 7-of-22 shooting and 9-of-11 clip from the foul line in 31 minutes marking his latest progression after playing in only six games last season because of overlapping injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. This happened a day after Bryant threw down a one-handed dunk in practice. But the Lakers also fueled a third-quarter rally, outscoring Utah’s second unit 31-18, with a heavy dose of contributions from veteran forward Carlos Boozer (19 points), training camp invitee Wayne Ellington (nine points), rookie forward Julius Randle (eight points) and versatile swingman Wesley Johnson (eight points). For only the second time in five exhibitions, the Lakers also held an opponent under 100 points.center_img Scott plans to play Bryant in the Lakers’ three remaining preseason games this week to build rhythm heading into the 2014-15 season opener Oct. 28. Scott believes Clarkson will return either Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center or Wednesday against Portland in Ontario. Scott added Lin’s possible return on Tuesday hinges on if he can participate in a full-contact scrimmage Monday that includes cutting and changing direction without having additional strain on his left ankle.The Lakers have also delayed making the first round of cuts to their training camp roster, the lone exception to Jeremy Tyler so he could sign a contract to play in China. “You got to be a little concerned, especially with the guys we have out,” Scott said. “We expected them to be players we could depend on. It’s a little concerning.”But not concerning enough for the Lakers to prove they can absorb some of those absences. last_img read more