Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
“I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a message to troops before D-Day.
Courage. Devotion. Duty.
They are the words most often used to describe the brave — to add another adjective — Allied troops who landed on Normandy 74 years ago and helped win World War II.
Not to be forgotten, though, is this word: Technology.
World War II was won not just with courage, devotion and duty, but with American and British technological advances that gave Allied troops the upper hand in many facets of battle.
The most famous and fearsome: the Manhattan Project atomic bombs that led to the surrender of the Japanese in 1945. But there were many others.
D-Day: How American and British technology helped win the battle and World War II
Koda Martin: Much More Than the Coaches Son-In-Law – Orange Fizz – Free Syracuse Recruiting News (orangefizz.net; Hoppe)
When offensive tackle Koda Martin announced his decision to join Syracuse as a graduate transfer, all the talk was about his connections to the program. After all, when you’re married to Dino Babers‘ daughter and you’re the son of the newly-named quarterbacks coach (Kirk Martin), that’s likely to happen. However, Martin brings much more to Syracuse than an off-season storyline.
Six-foot-six. 310-pounds. A full season as a starting left tackle in the SEC West. That’s what the Texas A&M Transfer brings with him to Onondaga county. With credentials like that, you’d be a fool to think Martin won’t be a significant part of the Orange’s front five in the fall.
Those that don’t know Martin’s story probably think of him like this: another large human that was born to play in the trenches. Not so fast. When Martin accepted his diploma at Manvel High School in 2014, he walked across the stage weighing around 250-pounds with nearly all of his football experience as a tight end and defensive end. But when Kevin Sumlin and his staff saw Martin, they saw an offensive tackle. At six-foot-six, the Aggies knew that Martin had the length and athleticism to compete with the nation’s best edge rushers. Unfortunately, the transition took a bit longer than they would have liked. Martin struggled to put on weight over his first year with the team.
In 2016, Martin was expected to be Texas A&M’s starting right tackle. Things didn’t work out that way. The Texan struggled against the Aggies talented defensive linemen in camp, and ultimately lost his job to Jermaine Eluemunor. Due to a number of injuries that season, Martin saw plenty of action as the team’s backup tackle. Martin’s time on the bench wasn’t a product of a lack of skill, but rather a tough transition and a number of guys in front of him being more ready for the role. Eluemunor, who took Martin’s job, was taken in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, Martin appeared in 13 games and started all but two of them. The Junior tackle was a regular of an Aggies offense that totaled 2,767 yards through the air, the fifth most in the SEC.
Syracuse football recruiting: 4-star WR Brieon Fuller puts Orange in Top 9 (PS; Bailey)
Syracuse football is in the mix for one of the more highly touted prospects in the Class of 2019.
Brieon Fuller, a wide receiver from Doral (Fla.) Academy Charter High School, included the Orange in his Top 9 schools on Monday. Fuller is also considering Kentucky, Oregon, Louisville, Kansas State, Utah, Nebraska, Miami and North Carolina State.
Top 9 [?] [?] [?] ... @SleeperAthletes#BBN #Uncaged19#M19HTYOREGON #1pack1goal #GaneGang#kStateFB#GBR #OITNF #GoUtes #LongLiveMyBrotherQueal[?] [?] pic.twitter.com/Lq2oz7Fm8g
-- Brieon4[?] (@brieon40) June 5, 2018The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Fuller is rated four stars, the No. 46 wide receiver in the Class of 2019 and the No. 311 overall prospect this cycle by 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He was pledged to the Hurricanes for close to a year before decommitting in April.
Fuller caught 46 passes for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall en route to earning first-team All-Miami-Dade County honors from The Miami Herald. He has been clocked at 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to The Miami Herald.
Safety Tykee Smith is one of the top prospects for SU in the class of 2019
Syracuse football in mix for 3-star PA teammates WR Yusuf Terry, S Tykee Smith (PS; Bailey)
Syracuse football is in the mix for a pair of Class of 2019 prospects from Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia: wide receiver Yusuf Terry and safety Tykee Smith.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Terry listed the Orange in his Top 7 on Monday, along with Rutgers, West Virginia, North Carolina, Central Florida, Baylor and Missouri. He's rated three stars, the No. 69 wideout in the Class of 2019 and the No. 11 prospect from Pennsylvania this cycle by 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Top7 [?] Making My Mark![?] [?] Philly2... pic.twitter.com/OopraTaZL8
-- 8[?] (@YTerry_) June 5, 2018Terry, whose offer sheet also includes Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia and Boston College, broke out during his junior season, picking up an offer from SU in October. He finished the season with 39 receptions for 796 yards (20.4 ypc) and seven touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.com. He also took five carries for 153 yards.
UNC commit Jordyn Adams will sign with Angels, forgo college career - ACCSports.com (accsports.coim; Geisinger)
On Monday night, the Los Angeles Angels selected Jordyn Adams with the 17th overall pick in the MLB Draft. Adams, who was committed to North Carolina, will not play college football or baseball in Chapel Hill; instead, Adams will sign with the Angels. He could receive a contract from the Angels with a value of $3.4 million — or at least that’s the slotted value of the No. 17 pick. Adams could receive more or less.
— Jordyn Adams (@jordynadams10) June 5, 2018
(Also: Please charge your phone, Jordyn.)
Jordyn Adams was a big in-state commitment for Larry Fedora over last summer; the 6-foot-2 wide receiver pledged to UNC no long after attending the program’s camp. In December, Adams signed with the Heels during the early signing period.
Rated as a high-level 4-star receiver by Sports — the consensus No. 58 overall prospect in the 2018 class — Adams was believed to be a difference-maker for the Tar Heels. That, however, will not be the case.
His father, Deke Adams, is the defensive line coach for North Carolina.
Dave Matthews Band fans furious over shuttle, traffic issues at Lakeview Amp concert (PS; Herbert)
The first big concert of the St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview's 2018 season is off to a rocky start.
Hundreds of fans complained on social media Tuesday night of shuttle and traffic issues getting to the Dave Matthews Band concert in Syracuse. Photos showed long lines of people in the Brown parking lot at the New York State Fairgrounds, waiting for a shuttle to take them to the Amp.
got off the bus to get into another line! pic.twitter.com/HFvMEmNjFP
-- Amanda Moore (@lexjay1808) June 6, 2018
@StJosephsAmp Your parking situation and process for moving concertgoers into the amphitheater is HORRENDOUS!!!! We've been in line, waiting for a shuttle bus, for the better part of an hour, and still have at least a half hour to go...FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE CONCERT STARTED!!!
-- James Fennelly (@drjamesfennelly) June 6, 2018
At DMB. Major Fail. In line with hundreds of fans. Only way to get to the amp is by bus. pic.twitter.com/sVUq0ZTPOC
-- Pat L. (@karmasabitch317) June 5, 2018
@CNYcentral people hopping fence to cross 690 for @davematthewsbnd concert. #dangerouspic.twitter.com/CY5iG8iqLS
-- Katrina Crocker (@KatrinaMCrocker) June 6, 2018...