BEN CLASSON/Herald photoAfter finishing third in nation for scoring defense in 2006, giving up only 11.9 points per game on its way to a 12-1 record, the Wisconsin defense was expected to be a force to be reckoned with in 2007.However, the defense slipped back to 35th in the nation (and sixth in the Big Ten), giving up an average of 23.3 points per game and letting its opponents top 30 points six times on the way to a fourth place finish in the conference.The linebacking corps of Jonathan Casillas, DeAndre Levy and Elijah Hodge combined to lead the team with 233 tackles. Despite leading the team, the linebackers realize they still haven’t played to their full potential.“There were times that we showed glimpses of what we can do, but consistently we didn’t,” Hodge said.“We’re nowhere near it,” Levy added. “I don’t want to make any excuses or anything. I think, as a unit defensively, we didn’t play to our potential. I think that’s a big reflection of the linebackers. We’re the core of the defense. We got to be the heart and soul of the defense, and nobody really stood out.”After a disappointing season, the linebackers are using last year as motivation to come out in 2008 and show everyone what they are capable of. “It was kind of a disappointment on an individual level and a collective level, for the team and for a lot of people individually,” Levy said. “There were a couple of high points and a lot a low points. Those low points get you beat. They get you beat four times and a couple of near losses early in the season. We just want to improve.”Casillas and Levy, who will be seniors in the fall, have the added motivation of having only one more year left to win the Big Ten.“A lot of the seniors are a little more urgent this year,” Levy said. “Last year was kind of a disappointment. It ended in a disappointment. We try to instill in some of the younger guys that you have to be hungry all the way through because nothing is guaranteed. I’m sure everybody coming here thought we would have a Big Ten Championship. But it’s our last year and last shot at it, so we want to give it our all.”Although they classify last season as a disappointment, one of the bright spots in 2007 was that the corps of Casillas, Levy and Hodge were able to build chemistry.“We got a year under our belt, and we saw things we were good at and saw things we weren’t good at,” Levy said. “We get a chance to look back and critique ourselves and improve on what we weren’t satisfied with.”“The chemistry is there, so now it’s just putting it on the field, going out and showing everybody what we can do,” Hodge said.As spring practice progresses, the linebackers are taking it one day at a time with the goal of improving a little bit every day.Hodge said his goal in spring practice is to “just to get better as a linebacker; get better as a football player and get my techniques better.”“I just want to improve and take the next step,” Levy said. “Everyday I want to focus on something, whether its footwork or hard placement, tackling and coming to balance. Just the little things, the little fundamentals.”Besides getting better every day, all three players have been dealing with injuries this spring, with Casillas the latest to be limited when he hurt his ankle during a drill at Thursday’s practice. And while they are all dealing with injuries, they realize it is important for them to get healthy now so they can be effective in the fall.“I think one of the big things is to get healthy first,” Levy said. “First and foremost everybody has to be healthy. Hodge is still kind of recovering from his offseason surgery. [Casillas] is still kind of dealing with his ankles a little bit. I’m dealing with my back a little bit. Springtime is a good time to take care of all the things you don’t have time to during the season because you have to prepare so fast.”It will be important for Casillas, Levy and Hodge to get healthy by fall, as the linebackers will once again be the core of the defense. But they have taken it upon themselves to bring Wisconsin’s defense back to 2006 form.“You have a unique situation because you are very much in the run game and the pass game,” Hodge said. “Everything forms around the linebackers, so I’m anxious to see how we do this year.”“It’s going to be just as big as it is every year,” Levy added. “If we play well, the defense usually plays well. If we play bad, the defense usually plays bad. We’re kind of that middle ground of pass coverage and run stopping. It’s a lot on us, but I think we will be ready for it.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThis Alpena teen is truly on a roll! Rose Jasman just won the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, Youth of the Year Award and now the 18–year–old is being honored for yet another big award.Jasman will be representing Alpena, and the entire state of Michigan in New Orleans over the summer where she will be accepting the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award from the National World War 2 Museum.The Boys and Girls Club Youth Volunteer Program nominated Jasman for the award. The Alpena High School senior had to write about her experience working within the community and says she’s learned a lot about the place she calls home.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Job Fair Coming to Alpena Community CollegeNext Authorities see spike in identity theft for unemployment insurance benefits
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A stricter Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) doesn’t want to leave any loophole to be exploited during its 82nd annual general body meeting in Mumbai on September 19 and 20, especially if an election to any post takes place.It is for this reason that the president-elect N Srinivasan, who succeeds Shashank Manohar, is keen to know who all will be attending the meeting.The BCCI has asked its constituent units to authorise a representative for the meeting and the names in writing should reach its headquarters in Mumbai ” not later than 4pm on September 17″, two full days before the AGM, as no change will be allowed after that.”The BCCI has asked all its members to send a copy of the associations’ constitution along with the names of the persons being authorised,” an association official told MAIL TODAY .The Board has also told all the members – 30 full, four associate and three affiliate units – that the officials’ authorisation should be in ” accordance with the constitution of the member association”.”According to the Board’s intimation, the names will then be scrutinised and the final list of valid authorised representatives of the associations would be put up in the conference room of the BCCI headquarters at 6 pm the same day, September 17,” the official said.A strict procedure for elections has also been put in place. The filing of nominations for the posts of five vice-presidents, one secretary, one joint secretary and one treasurer should be made between 10 am and 3 pm on September 18.advertisementThe valid nominations, following scrutiny of the names, will be displayed at 4 pm the same day and the candidates can withdraw their names by 6 pm. The final list of candidates will be published at 7 pm.A candidate will have to fill a form and he should have a proposer and a seconder, both of whom should be eligible to attend the AGM and vote. A person can contest more than one post. The term of all the posts is two years, with a provision for a year’s extension if no one opposes the incumbent.”If no election takes place, it means the election form is redundant. But election takes place, then several people would use this form,” said a Board source, referring to the ongoing behind-the-scenes parleys.However, sources say elections to any post are highly unlikely this time as all posts are expected to be filled unopposed.Current secretary Srinivasan was chosen president unopposed at last year’s AGM, as per the established practice.