More friends that Blog…

here are a couple more blogs from my classmates at UF. Check them out!

Stephanie Byrne is a “newsie” that I worked alongside during my first semester apart of the News Program. She is an amazing storyteller and now anchors for the First at 5 for WUFT. Her blog showcases her ability to really set the scene.

Julia Zaruba  has a beautiful blog all about her travels. Her blog can really take you places through her pictures and advice on setting sail across the globe. If you are interested in traveling abroad, or you are just looking to escape for the day, her blog is a must read!

Elizabeth McCarthy is another “newsie” who is so personable. It is no surprise that she enjoys blogging about her life. She is so kind to share her different de-stressors, workout tips, healthy eating tips, and things that are important to her. Liz opens up her blog to the world with such a positive energy.

 

 

I have friends that Blog!

Testing for the News Program at the University of Florida was such a valuable experience. Not only have I been given the access to a fully functional newsroom but I have learned so much from my fellow Gators in the program. Check out some of the work they do, they are diverse and talented!

Lauren Ashley Bromfield is a talented “newsie” who enjoys dancing! I have had the pleasure of working along side her at ESPN Gainesville and WUFT. Her blog includes her hobby of dancing. I love looking at all her creativity because I minored in Theater and Dance at UF.

Sidney St. Cyr is hands down one of the hardest working “newsies” I met at UF. We worked on Radio Reading service together for two semesters. His knowledge in sports is vast and every time I see him he has a fun fact to share! Check out his blog on all his knowledge of Sports. For a younger gentleman, he matches all the time true sports reporters.

Will Benner also is a “newsie” that has a deep love for basketball. Will played basketball throughout his childhood, and he has translated that into a perspective career. We also worked together at ESPN Gainesville where he is working with the Florida Gator’s Men’s basketball team as a beat reporter.

The Miami Hurricanes a Different Storm for Pitt

At the end of 2015 the timing was right, and after being dismissed as the head coach at UGA after 15 seasons, Richt brought his talents home to Coral Gables. New coach, and a new season, the Hurricanes hoped Richt would lead them back to dominating the state of Florida.

Miami currently is sitting at 4-4, and while numbers don’t lie, there is much to be said about their four losses. Coach Richt believes in his players and even though there are some injuries, he knows they have faced top-notch teams.

The Canes began this season with four consecutive wins. They were ranked in the top ten and with multiple upsets from other teams, they looked prime to return to national prominence. Then, a rivalry game shook things up.

Miami hosted the No. 23 Seminoles the week of Hurricane Matthew. The Canes got on the board first, but Florida State answered back. When the final seconds vanished after an onside kick attempt, FSU squeaked by with the win. This was the first of a four game losing streak for the Hurricanes.

These losses are defined by a slow start, a dynamite rally, and an “oh-so-close” come from behind win. Following the Seminole loss was North Carolina (20-13), Virginia Tech (37-16), and most recently, Notre Dame by a score of 30-27.

What’s next for the (4-4) Miami Hurricanes?

This weekend the Canes will host the 5-3 Pittsburg Panthers for their Homecoming game at 12:30. Hard Rock Stadium will hopefully have more of a fan presence, and can turn up the volume for the Canes. After Pitt, they face the Virginia Cavaliers (2-6), North Carolina State (4-4), and come back home for Duke (3-5) at home. Their goal now has probably shifted to receiving a bowl bid. The Canes hope to gain experience for their younger players on the roster, and boost recruiting.

The Pittsburg Panthers

Pitt is also coming off a loss. They too got off to a slow start in the first quarter, and just couldn’t produce enough to get on top of Virginia Tech, losing 39-36.

All of the Panther’s games this season have been defined by close margins. Senior QB Nathan Peterman has punched in 1,519 yards, 12 TD’s, and 3 INT. Peterman gets a bonus from Senior RB James Conner, who has rushed for 672 yards and 10 TD’s. WR Quadree Henderson and Freshman RB Chawntez Moss both have recorded 3 TD’s apiece. DB George Aston has tacked in 4 TD’s as well. Honestly, who on this team hasn’t had their moment? This Pitt team has depth across the board.

 

Miami Hurricanes

Miami QB Brad Kaaya has shown glimmers of an NFL future. He currently has 1,984 yards, 13 TD’s, and 3 INT on the year. He needs to avoid how he opened up last week’s game against Notre Dame, however.

The pass rush getting to Kaaya is deadly at times. Kaaya is at 24 rushes for 134 yards on the year. However, the O-line needs to hold longer to stop the sacks so Kaaya can make decisions that don’t include him running the ball.

The Canes should keep their eye on Panthers stud Ejuan Price. Price is tied at the No.1 spot  with 9 sacks at loss for 67 yards. Coach Richt knows it will be lethal if they can’t stop the pass rush. Stopping Price and company should give time for Kaaya to air one out to WR’s Stacy Coley (433 yards, 6 TD’s) and Freshman Ahmmon Richards (488 yards, 9 TD’s). If things get shaky, Kaaya can count on hand-offs to sophomore RB Mark Walton. Walton has 649 yards and 9 TD’s this year.

Being behind early is never in the equation for a win. It will be intriguing to witness who powers up first, and who comes out alive when it’s over. Pitt has the advantage numerically this year in total yards, passing, rushing, and first downs. The Hurricanes also earn themselves more penalties than the Panthers. If the Miami Hurricanes can play disciplined, they could outsmart the Panthers. The Canes have shown they have the vitality to weather the storm, and finish the conversation. Question is, will they do so this time around?

Game Coverage: 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network

 

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WUFT Sports in 60

Here is a Sports in 60, Kady produced and edited on June 17, 2015. Highlights include: 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the Florida Gator baseball team in the College World Series, and the Miami Marlins baseball team defeating the New York Yankees.

East to West AAC showdown: UCF Knights vs. Houston Cougars

The UCF Knights will take on the Houston Cougars in an AAC showdown matchup this Saturday.

Knights Back on Track?

“The past is like using your rear-view mirror, it’s good to glance back and see how far you’ve come, but if you stare too long you’ll miss what’s right in front of you.”

That might just be what the UCF Knights (4-3) are thinking during this 2016 season. Rewind to a mortifying 2015 season when they were 0-12. Last year, after UCF’s 59–10 homecoming game defeat by Houston, George O’Leary resigned as head football coach. But lets look what’s right in front of them, the Houston Cougars (6-2) this Saturday.

Knights new head coach Scott Frost has lead this team to a 4-3 record. Frost’s team has also shown they have a lot of fight in them. Last week they showed out with a come-from-behind win on the road over UConn, 24-16. What’s ahead? The possibility of being the American Athletic Conference East division champs.

This Saturday the UCF Knights will surely have a lot of playing power in them. They are steadily regaining their place in the AAC. After an embarrassing Homecoming loss to Temple 26-25, they seem refocused once again in this unpredictable conference. Due to a number of injuries, Coach Frost had to hold open tryouts to try and replenish his team’s depth, although the help will not be there this Saturday.

 

 

Knight freshman quarterback McKenzie Milton didn’t play until the third game of the season, but he has already recorded impressive numbers. Milton has 960 passing yards, 8 TD’s and 2 INT. Last week he had a career-high 317 yards and three TD’s, completing 29 of 45 passes. Senior Dontravious Wilson has rushed for 371 yards and seven TD’s, while Tre’Quan Smith leads the team with 23 catches for 360 yards and three TD’s.

Houston Cougars Preview

The Houston Cougars started this season, unlike the Knights, with a lot of smoke. Head coach Tom Herman is in his second season with the program and turning heads. Herman has brought Houston into the national spotlight. They handed No. 3 Oklahoma a loss in their season opener, which kept them in the Top 10 for most of the season. Houston has suffered two losses on the season, including the surprise 38-16 loss to SMU.

Houston senior quarterback Greg Ward Jr. ranks No.14 in the nation in passing yards with 2,179 yards. He has 417 rushing yards and six rushing TD’s as well. He is essentially their offense.

Ward Jr. gets help from three receivers, Linell Boner, Chance Allen, and Steven Dunbar. However, if Ward Jr. plans to run the ball on UCF, he’ll have to be at his best as the Knights are only giving up an average of 133 yards per game. The Knights also rank No.8 in third down defense. So if the Cougars are going to win this game, they are going to have keep Ward Jr. busy and away from UCF defensive lineman Tony Guerad. Guerad leads the defense with 25 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

Kickoff

When the clock strikes noon on Saturday these two teams will have a lot to play for on ESPNU.

 

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Pitcher Jackson Kowar Looks Ahead to 2017 Florida Baseball

A year under his belt and regained health is what sophomore Jackson Kowar is bringing to the field this year for the Florida Baseball team. The Gators are back with a  second week of practice, and head coach Kevin O’Sullivan is getting the younger players comfortable.

Right-handed pitcher Jackson Kowar is using his experience to add to the equation and hopefully get back to Omaha. Last season, Kowar missed the second half with a condition unrelated to baseball.  This condition was a collapsed lung that gave him issues on the road at South Carolina last April.Kowar had successful surgery that he claims wasn’t as scary as it was perceived. In fact, he even says he felt ready for regional play in Omaha. He spent the summer in Gainesville rehabbing and getting stronger.

 

 

 

Kowar’s Performances

After working out the freshman year nerves, he got into a rhythm with a 3.38 ERA in 34.2 innings, 44 strikeouts, and 10 walks. He became a midweek solid pitcher and started in 6 games.  He got up to 96-98 mph with his fastball, a splitter at 84-86 mph and changeup at 78-82 mph. He admires former Gator teammate Logan Shore’s ability to add a third pitch onto the mound, and has been developing his more.

In the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Kowar in the 40th round, but he elected to get more reps in college. However, the Sunshine State was not where Kowar was originally headed.

During his sophomore year in high school, he felt he’d play for Jack Leggett at Clemson. After a coaching change he was released and with his parent’s guidance, he revisited schools. Kowar calls this a blessing in disguise.  After meeting the players and seeing the culture around Florida baseball, it became clear this was where he belonged.

Looking Ahead

Kowar got to run the bases with the six players that went pro last season. The older guys left a lot of knowledge with the team, and Kowar wants to share what they taught him. There are big cleats to fill, but the added pressure is motivation for the season. The team is hungry and all of the guys are looking to get extra innings. His roommate Blake Reese is someone that is showing a lot of improvement in his hitting with extra work over the summer.

His biggest advice to the new guys is to remember this is the same game they played in high school, just slow it down and keep control.

 

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