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Multiple positions, multiple roles for selfless Nagy

first_imgSenior lineman Bill Nagy filled in for center Pete Konz who left with an injury against Iowa. Nagy has played guard, center and tight end for UW so far this season.[/media-credit]After practice, he is sweaty and exhausted. His jersey is soaked. His taped hands, raw. His once shiny white helmet bears a plethora of scuff marks in more colors than he could count with his two massive hands.If the diversity of colors were meant to represent the variety of roles redshirt senior Bill Nagy has held, it would be a fitting metaphor.Nagy, who has played in all eight games this season and started six of them, has played right guard, tight end and center in his playing career as a Badger. In Sunday’s win over Iowa, he filled in at center in the second half for redshirt sophomore Peter Konz, who left the game due to injury and didn’t return after the first half.Despite his need to frequently adjust to different positions, Nagy isn’t fazed by his responsibilities.“I was ready to go. It’s just something we practice and prepare for everyday…Whenever your number is called, you have to be ready to seize the opportunity,” Nagy said.He also noted that, to him, the positions of center and guard are essentially the same. Playing tight end, however, is different due to the difference in play calls. Nagy has been filling in where needed since his sophomore year two seasons ago. After redshirting his freshman year, he stepped up at right guard for John Moffitt against Minnesota. In the following season, he replaced injured players on two occasions at right guard in addition to starting three games. Last season, he missed all but three games due to injury.After starting the first four games of this season at right guard, Nagy lost his spot in the starting lineup to Kevin Zeitler, but he was utilized as a tight end in the jumbo package in the Michigan State game and played against Ohio State and Minnesota. He also contributed at this position in the Iowa game before substituting for the injured Konz at center.Serving as a utilitarian, flex player as opposed to habituating oneself to a fixed position would understandably be frustrating for many players. Nagy, however, embraces his role whole-heartedly.“I just enjoy playing football at whatever position it may be, whether it’s guard, center, or tight end,” Nagy said.Nagy’s attitude and approach to his role are certainly not lost on his fellow players.“Bill did a phenomenal job of stepping in. He’s a huge part of this team…An offensive lineman should be tough, selfless and disciplined, and he exemplifies all three [of these traits],” quarterback Scott Tolzien said.Tolzien, who was challenged by taking snaps from two different centers over the course of one game, explained that there should never be a “panic situation” in a game. The Konz-to-Nagy transition was made smoothly, he explained, because of the way the team practices over the course of the week.Moffitt, UW’s starting left guard, also a redshirt senior, has some experience playing center in his career as well, and he praised Nagy for his poise and competence.“Bill played a clean game; he wasn’t fazed at all,” Moffitt said.What especially impressed Moffitt is that Nagy took only 40 percent of the reps at center in the week leading up to Saturday’s game, yet still delivered.“The blocking is a little different [compared to other positions on the offensive line]. You have to know what you’re doing schematically,” Moffitt said. “You’re making the calls, and Bill did an awesome job at that.”Even coach Bret Bielema acknowledged the impact Nagy’s play had on his team.“Billy Nagy pops in, takes off the tight end jersey number and steps in there. Unbelievable, selfless act to give us that win,” Bielema said after the Iowa game.Selflessness is paramount to having success for a player in Nagy’s situation. Nagy acknowledges his value on the team as a utility player, and instead of worrying about more stable playing time, the senior embraces his opportunities to contribute.“He’s really mature about the way he plays and handles his business,” Moffitt said. “He doesn’t make excuses.”“That’s my role, and I’m doing whatever I can to help the team win,” Nagy said.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: First batch of Black Stars players arrive in Dubai

first_imgThe first batch of the Black Stars squad have arrived at the team’s base in Abu Dhabi as they begin the final phase of preparations for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament  which will be held in Egypt from June 21-July 19.A contingent led by the Acting GFA General Secretary Mr. Alex Asante which included some players and members of the Technical team arrived in Abu Dhabi on Sunday morning.The rest of the squad are expected to arrive in the team’s camp on Monday morning as Coach Kwesi Appiah and his side prepare for the Africa continent’s flagship football competition.The team will be in UAE for three weeks before departing to Egypt for the tournament.The senior national team will play two friendly matches in Dubai between June 10-15 with South Africa as one of Ghana’s opponents in the Pre-tournament friendly matches.Team Ghana is expected to arrive in Egypt for the tournament on June 20, five days before their opening Group F match against the Squirrels of Benin at the Ismailia Stadium.The Black Stars will play reigning African Champions Cameroon in their second  group match in Ismailia before they face Guinea Bissau in the final group match at the Suez Stadium.Ghana is poised to end its 37 year African trophy drought and win its 5th continental title at this year’s edition of the competition.last_img read more

Rams extend coach Sean McVay, GM Les Snead through 2023 season

first_imgThe Rams have agreed to extensions with coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead through the 2023 season, the team announced Friday.The move will keep together a tandem that is credited with not only helping turn the Rams into an offensive powerhouse that became NFC champions last season but also is regarded one of the top coach/GM pairs in the league. Philip Rivers ‘loves’ Melvin Gordon, but Chargers seem content with ‘deep’ running back group “Sean and Les have been a dynamic team and have been integral in developing a culture that has allowed our players and entire organization to thrive,” owner Stan Kroenke said (via NFL Network).Snead, 48, joined the Rams organization as GM when the team still was in St. Louis. It was there that he selected future All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald in the 2014 NFL Draft, but it wasn’t until two years later — after the team moved back to LA — that he made a career- and franchise-defining move when he traded up in the 2016 draft to select quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick.That move came on the heels of his taking running back Todd Gurley in 2015.That 1-2 punch, however, didn’t come to fruition until Snead and the Rams hired McVay, the Redskins offensive coordinator who at just shy of his 31st birthday at the time became the youngest head coach since the start of the NFL’s modern era.All McVay has done in his two seasons at the helm is lead the Rams to a 24-8 mark, consecutive NFC West titles and a spot in the Super Bowl last February. WOOOO! Les get to work!McVay + Snead are extended through 2023! 🙌— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) July 26, 2019″I’m very thankful to be a Ram for many years to come, working with great ownership, people, coaches, and players,” McVay told NFL.com. “It’s exciting to get camp going and we’re ready to roll up our sleeves up and get to work.”No terms were announced, but NFL Media described the extensions as “lucrative.” Related Newscenter_img Ezekiel Elliott contract: Cowboys star seeking record deal, report says In the process, the Rams last season ranked in the top five in the major offensive categories.A loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl leaves some work undone, and Friday’s announcement assures that McVay and Snead will be running the team when it is scheduled to move into its lavish new stadium in 2020.last_img read more

Angels, A’s make MLB history by being first to play under 2020 rule for extra innings

first_imgUp came the host A’s, who started their half with Marcus Semien on second. He stayed on the bases and eventually trotted home on Matt Olson’s walk-off grand slam. Oakland had a 7-3 victory for the books.Hello yes @mlb we can confirm the new extra inning rules are VERY good #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/soVyXeS6Y3— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) July 25, 2020People took the time to tweet their thoughts on the rule, which is intended to reduce the length of some games and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread at parks. The reactions were more negative than positive, at first glance.MORE: A’s subtly troll Astros with cardboard cutout of mascot in trash can Thanks.I.Hate.It. pic.twitter.com/pP99zu8NUs— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 25, 2020I have hives. https://t.co/eKprUSAXin— Ryan M. Spaeder (@theaceofspaeder) July 25, 2020Dear Angels and As. Please go 20 innings to spite Manfred. Thanks.Runner on second in extras is stupid.— Raquel (@Numbrocker02) July 25, 2020I really like this runner on 2nd in extra innings so far. Although I totally disagree with both teams strategy during this inning. #LAAvsOAK— Vinnie travi (@vinnie_travi) July 25, 2020Ohtani hates the rule so much that he got caught in a rundown on purpose. He’s a man of principle.— Foolish Baseball (@FoolishBB) July 25, 2020Here’s what I’ll say: This rule definitely makes extra innings a lot more interesting. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, but this entire inning has been super high leverage.— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) July 25, 2020The extra innings rule is stupid, STUPID!— Altuve & Harden 4 HoF (@ErinAstrosFan) July 22, 2020One benefit of weird extra innings is weird defense! pic.twitter.com/wb8e9mR2v4— Jake Mailhot (@jakemailhot) July 25, 2020Oh, yeah, forgot to mention the Angels’ five-man infield once the potential winning run reached third.MORE: John Smoltz backs runner-on-second MLB rule change for 2020Two days into this abbreviated season, the baseball world has something unusual to discuss. MLB, fans and media got their first look at the 2020 version of extra innings Friday night. They saw exactly one additional frame.The Angels and A’s did the honors in Oakland after LA tied the game in the top of the ninth. Under rules that are similar to ones in place in the minor leagues, the Halos put Shohei Ohtani, who made the last out in the ninth, on second base to begin the 10th. Ohtani promptly ran into an out and the Halos eventually stranded the bases loaded. last_img read more