16 Sep

Football: Cornerbacks use new technique to increase aggressiveness

first_imgFor Darius Hillary, working with his third position coach during his college career at first seemed daunting.But, for the Wisconsin football team’s fifth-year senior cornerback and the rest of the secondary, the change has been welcomed because of the various techniques new defensive backs coach Daronte’ Jones has brought in.“He’s taught us a lot of different techniques we can use during the games,” Hillary said. “He’s a players’ coach. He’s there to help us.”When the cornerbacks line up in press coverage, they used to implement a “scootch” technique. But recently they’ve been using the bail technique, and back off receivers right before the ball is hiked.The biggest change, though, has come in how defensive backs prepare themselves to go after the ball in the air. Under the last coaching staff, the secondary used a lean and locate technique, which is when you lean into the receiver and then stay on his body.Now, the corners don’t engage receivers physically, but try to act like wide receivers themselves when the ball is in the air, Jones said.“Because you’re leaning, you can’t attack the ball at its highest point. You’re off-balanced,” Jones said. “If you’re a wide receiver, and the ball is in the air, would you lean and locate, or would you stay vertical and attack the ball up top?”This helps them focus on the ball and makes it easier to make a play on it, Hillary said.“See ball, get ball,” Hillary said. “When the ball is in the air, we want to become the receiver and go up and attack it.”It helps limit pass interference penalties too, because of less contact with receivers, Hillary said.Last season, the Badgers recorded only six interceptions. Last Saturday, they reached the halfway mark to that total by picking off three passes.All three interceptions came from the safety position — two from Leo Musso and one from Tanner McEvoy. Hillary joked that it’s time for the cornerbacks to join the action and use the techniques to snag some interceptions.That kind of confidence from the secondary unit is something the coaching staff has noticed, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda said.“Guys are feeling confident [that] when the ball is in the air they can come down with it,” Aranda said. “That’s a big change and I’m excited to see it.”last_img read more

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17 Aug

Cathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide service

first_imgCathay Pacific adds fifth weekly Adelaide serviceCathay Pacific Airways is adding a fifth weekly flight to Adelaide from 2 December 2015. The move will see the airline increase its capacity on the route by 25 per cent and brings the weekly number of seats to 2,500.Nelson Chin, General Manager, Cathay Pacific Airways Southwest Pacific, said the increase is a direct response to high demand from both inbound and outbound passengers.“Since we introduced our new schedule in early April last year which provides better connections, particularly to the UK and Chinese destinations, we have seen demand surge,” he said. “Our flights have been very popular and we have seen increased numbers of tourists into Adelaide from mainland China, as well as South Australians taking advantage of the fast connections to China, Asia, London and North America via Hong Kong.“The fifth flight will depart Hong Kong on Wednesday night and depart Adelaide on Thursday morning, making Adelaide departures available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, giving South Australian passengers more flexibility in their travel plans,” said Mr Chin.“We are also working closely with Tourism South Australia to promote the State in Hong Kong, mainland China and other key markets and this is proving to be a very good partnership,” he added.Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said the additional flight into Adelaide was excellent news for South Australia.“The State Government has been working extremely hard to create opportunities and shine the spotlight on our state. With events like the Tour Down Under, World Cup Cricket at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, the Adelaide Fringe, Clipsal 500 Adelaide, Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide, we are continuing to see visitors flood into SA.“Importantly, Cathay Pacific has very strong links with Europe and China – two of our key markets.  In the recent State Budget, $35 million was allocated to market Adelaide and SA internationally and interstate, with a particular focus on China.“The additional flight will play a role in helping us reach our goal of 57,000 Chinese visitors by 2020 and build an $8 billion tourism industry by 2020,” he said.Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport added: “The direct flights to Hong Kong, providing same day connections with mainland China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, have proved very popular with travellers – as have the onward connections to London.  It’s great news that Cathay Pacific will expand this service from later this year to meet growing demand.”The additional flight also means an increase in capacity for freight from South Australia.“In addition to extra passengers, we have also been carrying a lot more freight out of Adelaide, particularly fresh tuna to Japan, chilled fish to Hong Kong and Europe, as well as chilled meat to Frankfurt and Taiwan. An extra flight each week gives South Australian exporters an extra 15 tonnes in freight capacity,” Mr Chin added. Fly Cathay PacificSource = Cathay Pacificlast_img read more

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