After a season-ending injury his senior year of high school, Domenic Cozier has battled back to lead Holy Cross

first_imgAfter a breakout junior season in high school, Domenic Cozier’s chances of playing for a Division I FBS school were higher than ever before. Teams had interest and Cozier planned to visit schools, but just needed his senior year to cement his status. In the opening half of the first year in his final season at Milton (Massachusetts) Academy, Cozier fell to the ground. Torn ligaments in his elbow would put an end to his high school career and his recruitment by Syracuse, among other FBS schools.He transferred to Milton to focus on football his sophomore year of high school, and before his injury, Cozier rushed 90 times for 1,445 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. He was going to be a player for a Power 5 school, but none of that mattered anymore. The injury left Holy Cross as one of two remaining schools asking for him. “It was a big setback and obviously it changed recruiting for a lot of schools,” Cozier said. “Holy Cross was always there for me, throughout the process, especially when I was hurt.”Following surgery and rehabilitation on his elbow for the remainder of his time at Milton, Cozier headed to Holy Cross not as the running back he is today, but as a wide receiver. Standing at 5-foot-9, Holy Cross expected Cozier to be a more natural fit for the team as a wideout. He accepted that role.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough six games, Cozier had minimal impact in a predominantly special teams role. In Week 7, due to injuries in the backfield, Cozier finally got a chance to start at tailback for the first time since he tore his elbow. Against Harvard on Oct. 15, 2016, Cozier totaled 112 net yards on 16 carries.“It slows down so much…after you have success in that first game,” said Cozier. “Ever since that I have been fine.”Eva Suppa | Digital Design EditorFollowing the game versus Harvard, though, Cozier only earned three more starts in the backfield to end his freshman season. In his second year, Cozier improved his yards per carry but still failed to make a season-long impact. Stuck behind other running backs on the team, he was deployed sparingly as a speed back, totaling just 39 carries for the season.To establish himself as the feature back with the Crusaders, Cozier set out to change his body before his junior season. At just 164 pounds after the conclusion of his sophomore season, Cozier dedicated his summer to his physical development. He said he now sits around 180 pounds.“He was never a scrawny kid growing up, but he was never as big and as strong as he is now,” said Anthony Mazzini, a close friend and SU alum. “It has helped him grow as a football player over the years, the numbers speak for themselves.”Cozier had a breakout season after gaining weight in 2018 and was named second team All-Patriot League. He ranked 61st in the nation in rushing scores and 91st in yards, leading Holy Cross to wins in their last four Patriot League contests. Included in those games was a 56-0 rout of Lehigh in which Cozier ran for 208 yards and a touchdown, the eighth-highest single game rushing total in the college’s history.“It was definitely my best game I have ever played,” said Cozier.To start 2019, Cozier dealt with pneumonia and missed the season-opener at Navy, then barely played in the Crusaders’ subsequent win over New Hampshire. The offense has struggled to get going without him thus far, and with an uncertain situation at quarterback, Cozier will seek out a bigger role moving forward in his final season, now at full strength.“I want to be first team All-Patriot League,” Cozier said. “But I also want to be an All-American.” Comments Published on September 25, 2019 at 11:23 pm Contact Eli: efjarjou@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan interview: Past heartache spurring Ghana to glory

first_imgAl Ain striker Asamoah Gyan will spearhead the Ghana attack against Burkina Faso tonight as he seeks to end the Black Star’s long wait for a fifth African Cup of Nations title.With their last triumph coming in 1982 there has been a series of false dawns for one of Africa’s most talented football countries.Ghana captain Gyan, who wears the PUMA EvoSpeed 1 FG football boot, was a runner-up in 2010 and tells Sport360° he is determined to take his nation one step further.Can you sum up the mood in the camp ahead of tonight’s match?We have had a good tournament so far and I am proud of what the team has achieved to this point. The spirit in our team is unbelievable and the attitude of the players towards each other has helped us perform on the pitch.This is the same spirit we had in South Africa three years ago during the World Cup and is the reason I love playing for my country – there is a unity I have not experienced with any other team, I truly believe it is unique.How would you describe the Cup of Nations to someone who has never seen it?It is like a tradition for us Africans and everybody is desperate to see the games and follow the teams. The fans love football with a real passion back home in Africa. During this tournament fans support their teams with all their heart, and they do everything for it, which makes this game so special to us. Do you remember the first time you were watching African Cup of Nations on television?Yes, I do remember it was in 1994. I watched Ghana play, but I think they lost against Ivory Coast. The tournament made a huge impact on me as a kid, to see what it meant to the people of Ghana was very inspiring for me.What did it mean to the people? What did it mean to you?It has always meant a lot to the Ghanaians, but back then I didn’t really know much about it, I didn’t follow the game as much. What I remember is that I watched great players like Abedi Pele and Tony Yeboah, who were amazing players at that time and I admired them a lot. Seeing them on television made people happy, and it made me happy.So it brought up a lot of positive emotions?Yes. That is why anytime I am on television, like when I play at the African Cup of Nations, I try to do it like them to bring back these positive feelings to the fans.You’re working with a new head coach now, James Kwesi Appiah, himself a former Black Star captain. How do you find working with him so far?He is a great man, everybody knows him as a gentleman. He has worked with the team for quite a long time and he knows the different qualities of the individual players. When he was appointed as the head coach, it seemed like a logical decision, as he has a great insight into what a player can achieve.He is a man who can take responsibility, which is basically what a coach needs. Since he took over everyone is happy and we are doing what he wants, in a tactical way, and we try to make sure we abide by what he says. How would an AFCON victory be compared with other highlights in your career?It would change a lot, maybe not for me personally, but in general it would change a lot of things in the careers of many players, because it has been a while since we lifted the cup and everybody in Ghana is expecting us to bring the trophy home. If we manage to win the cup, we are going to make history.last_img read more

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State program to help those facing evictions, foreclosures

first_imgJOHNSTON — Those worried about being evicted or foreclosed on after Governor Reynolds’ moratorium ended Thursday could be able to take advantage of assistance through a new state program.During Governor Reynolds’ daily press conference today, Iowa Finance Authority director Debi Durham says her team has been working diligently to create a program that will provide Iowans with relief in their time of need called the COVID-19 Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program.  “Rental assistance for up to four months, beginning with April 1 rent, for a maximum of up to $3200. Mortgage payment assistance beginning April 1st, mortgage payments for a maximum up to $3000. To be eligible for the program, Iowans must be a current renter or homeowner that has not been able to pay their rent or mortgage due to the COVID-19 related loss of income on or after March 17th, 2020, because we have to show this line of sight to COVID.”Durham says people must also meet financial qualifications.   “Have a household income that does not exceed 80% of the median family income limits for the county at the time of application. So we have an application system that these limits will be available and automatically generated per applicant, because they change per county. They must not be receiving, this is very important, the additional $600 a week in additional unemployment funds as a federal stimulus benefit.”Durham says you can go to the website Iowahousingrecovery.com for more information.last_img read more

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Jason Quigley has sights set on a shot at the world

first_imgJason Quigley wants to use this evening’s fight against Mathias Eklund to help him get ready for some big nights and fights in 2019.By Chris McNulty in LondonQuigley will aim to keep his unblemished 15-0 record intact when he faces Finland’s Eklund at the Copper Box Arena. Jason Quigley and Mathias Eklund weigh in ahead of their fight at the Copper Box. Picture: Mark Robinson/MatchroomQuigley is ranked fifth in the WBC’s world rankings and has already been on the cusp of life-changing fights.Last October, Quigley’s camp were in negotiations for a shot at  WBA middleweight belt holder Ryōta Murata (14-1, 11KOs) from Japan at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.Having defended his NABF middleweight belt with a points win over Freddy Hernandez in Indio, Quigley returns to action five months on in London with his heart and mind already eyeing up a big push in 2019. “I’m at a stage now where I’m on the borderline for world title fights,” Quigley said.“I have to be careful of the next steps. They have to be the right steps. We can’t rush it now. We’ve played the game so well until now. We have to make the right moves.“We have to take our time and that can be frustrating. I’ve had fights fallen through and fights in the pipeline that didn’t happen.Jason Quigley in action against Freddy Hernandez in October“This is all a process and nothing will happen for me overnight. I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason.“I’ll stick to what I do and what I’m good at: hard work, focus, discipline. When dates come up, I’m ready to go in there and take care of business. “God willing, 2019 will be busy. I’ve got a great team with Sheer Sports, Golden Boy and Dominic Ingle. They’re all looking after me so well.“Moving forward into 2019, I want to be busy and want to be active. There could be hurdles and there have been in the past, but I’m blessed with the amount of people around me who are helping and looking out for me.“I keep good, positive people are me. That’s what it’s about. Life is all about being in a good environment, being positive and I love having hard-working, driven people.”Last year, Quigley returned after 12 months of inactivity due to a hand injury with a stoppage win against Daniel Rosario in Boston. Murata appeared on the radar, but despite having a first class flight arranged to Tokyo for a press conference, the deal fell through. “There have been hurdles for me but none have sent me down a different path,” Quigley said.“They’ve just stopped me going forward. I’m still on the same road and haven’t really had to take any detours yet. A few times I’ve hit red lights and had to stop.“The green light is on now and I’m in a new year with the same goals and the same possibilities of title shots.“I want to get this fight under my belt and get someone in the rankings in the next fight, maybe look for a world title eliminator.”When he won silver at the 2013 World Championships, Quigley was the number one amateur in the world.Now, he’s ranked fifth by the WBC, but Quigley wants to erase the number beside his name.He said: “I’m at number five, but I don’t look at that as an achievement. To me, I’m still climbing and I want to get higher.“I’m not where I want to be. I don’t want a number beside my name – I wand the word ‘champion’. I want everyone above me in the rankings to know me. I want to fight anyone who’s in my way. It’s about climbing higher on that ladder for me.”Jason Quigley has sights set on a shot at the world was last modified: March 23rd, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyDominic IngleGolden Boy PromotionsJason QuigleyMatchroom BoxingMathias EklundSheer Sports Managementlast_img read more

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GAELTACHT WHACKED AS GRANTS TO TRAINEE TEACHERS AXED

first_imgTHE DONEGAL Gaeltacht could lose out again as the Government plans to abolish grants for trainee teachers attending Irish language courses.Dozens of trainee teachers have placements in west Donegal each year, bringing valuable income to the area.Conradh na Gaeilge and Guth na Gaeltachta have slammed the decision of the Department of Education to scrap grants awarded to those attending Irish-language immersion courses in the Gaeltacht. The three-week courses in the Gaeltacht summer colleges are paid for on behalf of the student teachers that attend them to improve their Irish-language skills as an essential part of their education degree.Julian de Spáinn, General Secretary of Conradh na Gaeilge, said that the proposed cuts will hit the future teaching of Irish in schools.He fumed: “With schools throughout the country already struggling with serious problems in the teaching of Irish, the Government took a huge step forward in addressing these issues in The 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010 – 2030 by recommending that student teachers should follow a defined programme of language teaching in the Gaeltacht, and indeed that the tuition time and attendance of student teachers who attend such Gaeltacht courses should be increased.”The Teaching Council says the courses should be followed. Mr de Spáinn said: “These recommendations to foster better language awareness and Irish-language skills in our teachers were a huge step forward, but the Department of Education and Skills will take two steps backwards again if they abolish the grant for students attending Gaeltacht courses.”Éamonn Mac Niallas from Guth na Gaeltachta and said that if the Government is looking to save money by abolishing the grants for Gaeltacht courses, the result will be the complete opposite.“The longterm effects of this short-sighted decision will cost the State even more money to put right when future teachers no longer have the standard of Irish to teach the language in our schools,” he said.“Under present circumstances, it is hard to see how trainee teachers will have the means to pay for Gaeltacht courses themselves. Furthermore, these courses contribute greatly to the Gaeltacht economies through the added business for local shops and the employment of Mná Tí, teachers and other workers in the Irish colleges.”Mr Mac Niallas said that it was “particularly disappointing” to see a “total lack of co-ordination” between the various divisions of Government when it comes to the promotion of the Irish language. He added: “This short-sighted cost-cutting measure by the Department of Education and Skills is simultaneously undermining all the good work that they are doing. We thought the Strategy would provide clear direction for the various different State departments and their working partners, but it is obviously not functioning as such at present.”GAELTACHT WHACKED AS GRANTS TO TRAINEE TEACHERS AXED was last modified: February 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Gaeltachtteacher traininglast_img read more

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