Wolf Administration Announces Denial of Appeal for Disaster Declaration Request

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Announces Denial of Appeal for Disaster Declaration Request National Issues,  Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the President has denied his appeal for a federal disaster declaration that would have brought critical financial assistance to nine counties impacted by a crippling snowstorm in March.“At this point, we have exhausted our options for filing an appeal through the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s unfortunate that the President didn’t grant our request for a declaration, and the citizens of northeast Pennsylvania will be the ones to suffer the financial impact of this decision.”The governor made the initial request for a disaster declaration in May and filed an appeal earlier this month in order to provide federal funding to local, county and state governments, as well as certain eligible non-profits in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Northumberland, Pike, Wayne and Montour counties through the Public Assistance program.According to the letter signed by Acting FEMA Administrator Robert J. Fenton, “After a thorough review of all the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original findings that the impact from this event is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration. Therefore, I must inform you that your appeal for a major disaster declaration is denied.”In his letter filing the appeal, Governor Wolf cited: decreased revenues at the state and county levels; hazardous road conditions due to record or near-record snowfalls; excessive costs for plowing, hauling and disposing the crippling amounts of snow from the storm; major challenges to first responders in supporting basic and event-related emergency services as well as disaster response needs at the municipal and county level; and mobilization of a variety of local and volunteer resources to address public safety and emergency needs of citizens.A federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance would provide reimbursement of up to 75% of the costs incurred on eligible expenses for the eligible 48-hour time period.center_img June 13, 2017last_img read more

Brisbanites behind surge in Queensland property hotspot

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoHOTSPOT: Noosa is popular with tourists too including Maud Saillard, 23, of France and friend Jolene Kieffer. Picture: Lachie Millard“It was around July last year that it really became noticeable with two distinct Brisbane buyer profiles developing,” she said.“Young families in their 30s and 40s started buying holiday units,” she said, with the second buyer group in their 50s and 60s thinking about retirement.The rise was driven by the dollar dropping to 74 cents, nostalgia over childhood holidays in the area and low interest rates.“As a Brisbane girl myself, I have great memories of holidaying in Noosa with friends from when I was a teenager and into my early 20s, and I get a real sense of people trying to recreate their own childhood memories for their children today.” Nostalgia was seeing a rise in young families in the area as parents try to recreate childhood experiences with their children. Picture: Lachie MillardShe said low interest rates made buying a holiday home financially viable for more people.“I feel there was an awakening last year as to what great value Noosa property remains for out of town buyers.”Ms Harris said the rental market was tight with yields averaging 4.7 to 5 per cent.“So we have middle-aged buyers snapping up houses to rent out for three to five years ahead of selling up in Brisbane to permanently relocate. It is driving a resurgence in our housing market with a change in median price in Noosa Heads over five years of 19.3 per cent and in Noosaville (29.5 per cent), but still our mid-market houses around Noosa Heads and Noosaville represent enormous value.” Noosa Main Beach is a major drawcard for not just young families but also retirees. Picture: Lachie MillardBRISBANE residents are behind the rise of one of the state’s biggest hot spots, with every second sale now going to someone from the Queensland capital.Noosa Shire at the top end of the Sunshine Coast has seen a surge in buyers out of Brisbane, according to Alex Harris, principal of Noosa4Sale – led by young families and retirees in their 50s and 60s.“Long ignored by Brisbane (residents), Noosa is now the destination of choice for Brisbane holiday makers, investors and more recently, homeowners,” she said.“Of the 12 units I have sold in the Sun Lagoon Resort alone in the past two or so years, seven have gone to Brisbane buyers, three to Sydney buyers, and one each to New Zealand and UK buyers. This is representative of what is happening across Noosa’s property market right now.”Ms Harris said the “generational and geographic shift in holiday home buyers” began in late 2015 but firmed up mid last year.last_img read more

Austrian pension funds see AUM shoot up to €23.3bn in Q2

first_imgCompany pensions recorded returns on investments for 4.9%, compared to a negative 1.9% in the first six months of this year. The performance of multi-employer pension providers was 6.2% in Q2, with underlying returns in the first six months of -4.9%.Performance achieved its lowest point in March with -10% at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but rebounded in the second quarter.Despite low interest rates, bonds continue to make up the largest share in an Austrian pension fund’s portfolio with 41.43%, followed by equities at 33.78%, financial institution credits with 7.90%, real estate with 5.21%, loans and credits with 0.80%, and other assets at 10.87%.Pension funds invest 29.75% of their assets in foreign currencies after currency hedging transactions. Assets held indirectly through investment funds amount to 97.21%.Additionally, report showed that the number of people entitled to pension benefits has decreased by 0.1% in Q2 compared to the previous quarter.In total 984,67 people are currently part of the Austrian pension fund system, and 114,000 (11.5%) are already receiving a pension from company pension funds.Five multi-employer pension providers and three single company pension schemes manage the total amount of assets for the country.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Asset under management for pension funds in Austria grew by 5.9% quarter-on-quarter in Q2 2020 to €23.2bn, according to a report by the Financial Market Authority (FMA).Assets increased by 6% for multi-employer pension providers, or überbetriebliche Pensionskassen, to a total of €21.1bn in the second quarter of the year. Company pensions saw a 5.6% growth quarter-on-quarter to total assets of €2bn.Assets managed by company pension schemes amounted to 6.1% of GDP at the end of 2019.According to the report, return on investments of all pension funds stood at 6%, showing signs of recovery in Q2, even if in the first six months of the year returns recorded a negative 4.6%. The performance over the last 10 years was on average 3.6% per year.last_img read more

Duterte orders military to crush enemies of the state

first_img In a speech at the 84th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Tuesday night, the Chief Executive has tasked the government forces to destroy local terrorists who are still making violent attacks. The President also hailed soldiers for being the utusan ng bayan for being there in times of armed conflict and disasters. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his order to soldiers to “crush” enemies of the state including communist rebels. “Isa pang kalaban na sumisira sa buhay natin ay itong mga terrorista, kasali na ang NPA (New People’s Army), kasali na ang mga kidnap-for-ransom nandyan sa Jolo, ang Abu Sayyaf, at lahat na. Ang utos ko sa kanila (AFP), at pag sila (terrorists) ay lumaban, durugin para matapos na ang problema ng Pilipino,” Duterte said. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the awarding ceremony for the outstanding members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) during the AFP’s 84th anniversary at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Dec. 17. PCOOcenter_img “Sa utos ko na yan, na ubusin ninyo sila, sabihin ko sa inyo, time and again, I take full legal responsibility. I and I alone…will go to prison. You can enjoy your freedom. I will take the risk,” Duterte said. He assured soldiers that they have his support and even declared openness in taking full legal responsibility for his order. “Our soldiers, they are everything, and that is why you should love your soldiers. Tayong mga Pilipino, tulungan natin,” President Duterte said./PNlast_img read more

Spain forward Rodrigo linked with move to Leeds United

first_imgRodrigo Moreno has turned into Spain’s leading striker after a career from the youth academies of Flamengo and Real Madrid to become a star at Valencia after spells at Benfica and Bolton Wanderers.The Brazilian-born Spain international could be set to be Leeds United’s marquee signing ahead of their return to the English Premier League after a 16-year absence. Spanish media reported on Tuesday that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and sporting director, Victor Orta, have travelled to Valencia to negotiate a deal for Rodrigo.The 29-year-old is valued at around 40 million euros.However, Leeds United did not respond to a request to comment on the reports.Should he join Leeds United, Rodrigo would be the latest high-profile departure from Valencia after captain Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin left for rival Villarreal this month.Rodrigo is well versed in English football after making 17 Premier League appearances with Bolton while on loan from Benfica in the 2010/2011 season. “England was good to me. You go to England, you know the physical demands. You’ve got no choice but to adapt and that makes you grow,” he told The Guardian in 2018.“Working there daily helped. I was involved, it was my first senior season and I learned a lot,” he said.A wide player who attacks down the right wing, Rodrigo can link the forward line and is particularly effective on the counterattack.His qualities have made him the favoured forward of Spain coach Luis Enrique and predecessor Robert Moreno.The forward has repaid their faith by scoring six goals in his last nine starts for his country. He scored only seven goals in all competitions last season amid injuries and turmoil at Valencia, who sacked popular manager Marcelino in September and eventually finished ninth.His best season in front of goal came in 2017/2018 when he scored 16 times in La Liga.He scored decisive goals against Ajax Amsterdam and Chelsea FC in 2019 as Valencia reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.Rodrigo also scored in the 2-1 win over FC Barcelona in the 2019 Copa del Rey final.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Leeds record first Premier League win in seven-goal thriller Reuters/NAN.Tags: FlamengoLeeds UnitedReal MadridRodrigo Morenolast_img read more

Classy George Ford boots Bath to win over Leinster

first_img Fly-half Ford sent an early reminder to new England head coach Eddie Jones of his quality by booting 14 points – three penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal – as Bath also collected a second-half penalty try to edge out Recreation Ground visitors Leinster 19-16. His 76th-minute penalty proved the clincher, and Ford said: “You understand what type of kick it is to take a lead with a few minutes to go. “But you just focus on the process. You are in your own little bubble as a goal-kicker, you try and block everything out and just hit the ball like you do hundreds of time in training. “We didn’t score many tries today, but we were positive in the way we went about things.” Ford’s father, Bath head coach Mike Ford, was relieved to claim Saturday’s win as the west country club avenged last season’s Champions Cup quarter-final defeat against Leinster. “We showed our inexperience at 16-9 up,” Ford said. “We were in control of the game, but we stupidly did things that let them back in. We then got to 19-16 and we did it again, but luckily Stuart (Hooper) nicked that last lineout for us. “I am pleased we won against a Leinster side full of internationals. Our scrum was awesome – Henry Thomas and Nick Auterac were outstanding – but we can’t afford to give teams easy outs and chances to score points like we did today. “We got lucky today in terms of the end of the game when Stuart won that lineout. “They (Leinster) are always dangerous when they have got Johnny Sexton kicking his goals. “I said at half-time we needed to be more patient. We lost the ball too many times when we had good attacking positions through not being patient. If we had played Toulon today, we probably lose.” Ford, meanwhile, paid tribute to Bath and England centre Kyle Eastmond, who missed out on World Cup selection but showed his quality through a strong attacking display. “We love the way Kyle plays,” Ford added. “He played very ambitiously today, and he is vital for the way we want to play. We are really pleased where he is at the moment. “He was disappointed (in terms of the World Cup), but he is in talks to sign a new three-year deal with us, so he is not going anywhere.” Leinster, crushed 33-6 at home by Pool Five opponents Wasps last Sunday, have now lost their opening two games of a European campaign for the first time since 1996. And with Champions Cup holders Toulon also in the toughest group of this season’s tournament, Leinster are already struggling to progress. Ireland star Johnny Sexton kicked 11 points, including the conversion of substitute back-row forward Josh van der Flier’s late try, but Bath had done enough. Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said: “There was a bit of flak after last weekend, but we certainly got a better performance today. They showed a good bit of steel and desire, the way they fought back into the game. “After getting back to 16-16, I thought we looked the stronger team at that stage. “People need to stay patient with us. There were a lot of good things out there, but unfortunately, we didn’t get the result. “It is going to be tough. We just need to park Europe for the next couple of weeks, and try to get a bit more confidence in the PRO12.” England star George Ford admitted it was a case of “focus on the process” as he kicked Bath to a European Champions Cup victory over Leinster. Press Associationlast_img read more

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has positive news about Eden Hazard and Diego Costa

first_imgEden Hazard and Diego Costa are in contention to play for Chelsea at Arsenal after returning to training following injury. “That’s the past,” Hiddink said. “I haven’t seen the images.” Hiddink told Costa to focus on playing football on Sunday. “I cannot guarantee, because we’re not dealing with machines, we’re dealing with human beings, but when he is focusing on where he’s good at, around the box, then he’s of big worth,” the Dutchman added. Hiddink has not spoken to Costa specifically about his temperament. “I don’t have any complaints about his discipline,” Hiddink said. Chelsea’s defeat of the Gunners was their first home win of the season and one of the few highlights to date of a chastening campaign. Hiddink concedes the rivalry is lessened by the Blues’ lowly 14th place in the Premier League, 19 points behind their derby opponents. Asked whether the level of the rivalry remains, Hiddink said: “Not at this moment, not in this league. “Arsenal are doing very well and making a good battle for first position. And Chelsea are way down under at this moment. Reality.” Arsenal have been strengthened by the arrival last summer, from Chelsea, of Petr Cech. Chelsea captain John Terry said the goalkeeper, who was permitted to move after being displaced as first choice at Stamford Bridge by Thibaut Courtois, would be worth 12 to 15 points this season for the Gunners. “He’s doing very well,” Hiddink said. Adidas, Cech’s glove sponsor and Chelsea’s kit supplier, appeared this week not to have realised the goalkeeper had moved on after 11 years, sending his gloves to the Blues’ Surrey training base. Cech collected his gloves in person from Hiddink, who managed the goalkeeper during his first caretaker spell in 2009. Hiddink, smiling, said: “I was here when Petr showed up. It was nice. We had a chat. Almost everyone was gone, it was late (on Wednesday) afternoon. “We tried to hide them, which he did not accept. We tried to make them a little bit slippery, but he discovered that also.” Hiddink maintains Cech is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But he declined to enter the debate over whether Chelsea were right to sell Cech to a direct Premier League rival. Owner Roman Abramovich felt Cech’s distinguished service meant he should choose where to go and Mourinho accepted the decision, while not agreeing with it. “It’s difficult to give judgement when you’re not there at that moment, when that decision was taken,” Hiddink said. “When is the moment to say goodbye to a player? That’s not easy. We have talented youngsters coming up. It’s difficult when you’re not close to the decision-making.” Mourinho seemed to revel in his rivalry with Wenger, calling the Frenchman a “specialist in failure” two years ago. Hiddink chose a different tact, expressing only admiration for Wenger, who has been Arsenal manager for almost 20 years. “I admire his work in what he has done already in two decades,” Hiddink said. “We have to be careful, because he has fallen into some injuries recently. “I’m not sure whether he can play a full 90 minutes yet. We have to consider whether it’s best (for him) to start or to come in.” Costa had scans immediately after the draw with Everton, with the results showing no fracture and just bruising. The Brazil-born Spain striker returned to training on Thursday. Hiddink added: “He (Costa) was in yesterday. He was in today. So he will be available as well.” Costa was chief antagonist in September’s clash at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 2-0 to extend their unbeaten Premier League run against the Gunners to eight games. Jose Mourinho lauded his performance, while Arsene Wenger described his behaviour as “unacceptable”. The striker riled Gabriel so much the Gunners defender was sent off, but Costa was retrospectively banned for three games by the Football Association for grappling with Laurent Koscielny in the same game. Playmaker Hazard has missed the last three matches with a groin injury sustained at Crystal Palace, while striker Costa sustained a bruised shin in last Saturday’s last-gasp draw with Everton. Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink said: “The last two days he (Hazard) was in full commitment with first-team training, so he is available. Press Associationlast_img read more

Barnwell, Savory, Reifer warm up with fifties

first_imgGUYANA Jaguars got their Regional Super50 practice game off to a strong start as their bowlers and batsmen steered them to a 37-run win over a Rest XI by the Duckworth/Lewis method.Despite a late start due to the weather, the Jaguars piled on 280 for 4 in 45 overs, batting first, thanks to a string of half-centuries from top-scorer Chris Barnwell who lit up Bourda with a blistering knock of 74 off 51 balls.The chase was tough but a good learning experience for the Rest XI who managed to end on 200 for 7 in the 38th over when bad light stopped play.Kevlon Anderson was the shining light for the Rest XI, resisting with a top knock of 68 not out. Anderson struck three fours and two sixes but found little support as Vishaul Singh was the next best scorer with 28.The Jaguars new ball pair of Clinton Pestano and Ronsford Beaton were quick as usual and returned 2-38 and 2-39 respectively. Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul also returned 2 for 38 as the national side prevailed.The innings was a good outing for the Jaguars who will look to assess their batting order, bowling pairs and areas needed for fine-tuning ahead of the Cup.Earlier in the day, Barnwell mauled the Rest XI with seven towering sixes and three fours, with support coming from the Jags newest selectee, Kemol Savory, who warmed up with a classy 65, featuring seven fours and two sixes.A lower-order assault from West Indies all-rounder Raymon Reifer, who clobbered 62 off 33 balls with six fours and two fours, further increased the agony for the Rest XI.Earlier, Tagenarine Chanderpaul missed a half-century as he was removed by an expensive Nial Smith who grabbed 1 for 71. His partners– Savory and Barnwell– then thumped the bowlers during their stay in the middle.Savory continued from where he left off in the Jaguars league by picking off loose bowling on his way to a confidence-boosting fifty ahead of the Regional Super50.His innings came to an end after he was outfoxed and bowled by spinner Gudakesh Motie who was the best bowler with 1 for 26. Pacer Keon Joseph then removed skipper Leon Johnson for 7 as Barnwell continued his innings unbothered.Fresh off a tournament-winning 2019 Hero CPL, Reifer came to the middle and immediately cut loose. The left-hander and Barnwell helped the Jags push their total past 250, but when seamer Ronaldo Alimohamed had Reifer caught by Kelvin Sinclair, Barnwell remained unbeaten on 74.The second and final match is set for Friday at the Enmore ground.last_img read more

Man Utd Agrees £75m Fee with Everton on Lukaku

first_imgTRANSFERManchester United has agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, senior club sources have told the BBC.The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season.United, who has been chasing Lukaku for most of the summer, will not now be pursuing their interest in Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.Everton sources however hinted that no deal or agreement has been reached.The move for Lukaku is not connected to talks aimed at taking United forward Wayne Rooney to Everton.Jose Mourinho’s side is hopeful of concluding a deal in time for Lukaku to join the squad before they depart for a pre-season tour to the United States on Sunday.The striker was on a list of forward options Mourinho gave to Executive Vice-chairman Ed Woodward before the end of last season.It had been thought Lukaku would return to his former club Chelsea, who he joined from Anderlecht in 2011.The striker was sold to Everton for £28m by Mourinho during the Portuguese manager’s second spell in charge of Chelsea in 2014.Lukaku is a client of agent Mino Raiola, who also looks after Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan – three players all signed by United last summer.The Belgian turned down the most lucrative contract offer in Everton’s history in March and later said: “I don’t want to stay at the same level. I want to improve and I know where I want to do that.”  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Blurred lines: Sophomore linemen bring unique athletic backgrounds to Syracuse offense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CORRECTIONS: In a previous version of this article, the date and location of the summer football practice in 2011 was misstated. The practice occurred on Aug. 5, 2011 in the Carrier Dome. The Daily Orange regrets these errors.Freshmen Nick Robinson, Ivan Foy and Rob Trudo lined up on one end of the Carrier Dome football field, feeling the tail end of their first summer practice as members of the Syracuse football team.The temperature peaked at 93 degrees with humidity on Aug. 5, 2011, and Robinson remembers thinking the session was over after the offensive linemen completed a rigorous set of manual squats.The linemen were issued to run three 400-yard stretches — up the field and back twice with two minutes break in between. Robinson only made it 30 yards.“I’ll always remember that,” Robinson said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe wasn’t alone in the struggle. Foy and Trudo laughed about the practice looking back on it, but there’s no question — they were all out of shape. That’s where the transformation began.Against Wagner on Saturday, Syracuse rushed for a season-high 236 yards complete with two rushing touchdowns, the first opened up by a pulling Robinson block.The three are now sophomores, starting on the Orange line. Plugging in the holes around proven senior center Macky MacPherson and junior left tackle Sean Hickey, the second-year linemen Robinson, Foy and Trudo have made names for themselves with their athleticism, as well as their unique backgrounds. Robinson had been almost exclusively a run blocker while at nearby Baldwinsville High School. Foy can do a backflip — with a couple of feet of clearance. And Trudo was recruited by Penn State for volleyball.“They like being athletes, they don’t want to be Clydesdales,” said Will Hicks, SU assistant athletics director for athletic performance. “They don’t want to be three yards and a cloud of dust. They like the movement skills, and those are the things that they’re good at.”***‘The Road Raider’When Robinson came to Syracuse, he arrived as a right tackle almost exclusively used for power running. That’s just what Baldwinsville head coach Carl Sanfilippo does.“His nickname is ‘The Road Raider,’” Hickey said.Hickey remembers coaches raving about his conditioning and speed during the recruiting process. But when he arrived at training camp, he’d clearly put on weight.That’s because the 6-foot-5, 297-pound Robinson was coming off a bout with mononucleosis that forced him to miss the final game of his senior year.Coming into camp, he knew he was already a little behind.“I wasn’t athletic enough, I wasn’t strong enough and coming in I had to lose some weight,” Robinson said.After playing nine games primarily on special teams as a redshirt freshman, Robinson gradually grew into the heavy-handed, bull-strong right guard who paved the way for Jerome Smith’s 2-yard touchdown run against the Seahawks on Saturday.“Nick’s come so far in his conditioning,” Foy said. “He got his weight up, because when we first got here we were in no shape or form ready to play. Me, Nick and Rob got our weight right, got our conditioning right and got ready to play.”Flippin’ greatFoy remembers jumping on his mother’s bed as a child. That’s when he first began to experiment with rolling and flipping around.But it wasn’t until he saw a cousin do a backflip, that the now 6-foot-4, 313-pound right tackle decided he should give it a shot.He’s landed it once perfectly on grass, but sticks to pools for risk of landing on his neck or knees.Still, MacPherson said he’s never heard of an offensive lineman capable of the feat, and Hicks barely flinched when he learned the news.“He’s very light on his feet for a big guy, you don’t even hear him hit the ground,” Hicks said. “He’s more of a big skilled guy.”Foy made four starts at right guard last season, but felt his lack of conditioning in the second halves of games. His first start against Northwestern was particularly bad.“After a while, I couldn’t keep up with Macky and (Zack) Chibane and them,” Foy said.This summer, he took to the weight-loss approach. While Foy joked that Hickey’s straight chicken breast and brown rice combination wasn’t exactly attainable, he still dropped 10 pounds and feels the difference already this season.“I just stuck with the coach Hicks regimen, did a lot of running, tried to keep up with the people I shouldn’t be keeping up with and it paid off,” Foy said. “I can say I’m one of the fastest o-lineman, maybe the third or fourth.”Net gainFor a collegiate lineman to play volleyball in high school is rare, but for one to be recruited by a Division I program is even rarer.Trudo grew from a setter to middle and outside hitter, and began to get noticed at Penn State’s annual high school camp. A Nittany Lions All-American junior outside hitter pulled Trudo aside during his second camp for some pointers and individual teaching.“That was when I really had a great performance,” Trudo said.While the option of being able to play college volleyball was comforting, Trudo said he never seriously considered it. Once the head coach was fired in the middle of his junior year, Trudo quit the sport to focus on football.However, Trudo said his volleyball experience pays off in lateral quickness, agility and timing.Trudo has showed that lateral quickness through this training camp and into the season. Cutting has been a huge point of emphasis for offensive line coach Pat Perles, and Trudo said there’s no better feeling than mowing down a linebacker.Take Penn State linebacker Mike Hull, for example. Trudo broke through to the second level on an outside-zone read play in SU’s season opener and took him down. Hull had to leave the game and get a knee brace put on in the locker room, Trudo said.“Rob’s going to try to go out and knock you out, like a bull fighter,” Hickey said. “He just loves to go for the knockouts. He thinks so much about going out and killing the other person.”And he has the strength to do it. Hicks said Trudo is the second-best bench presser on the team behind Hickey. Trudo maxes around 485 pounds and can rep 225 36 times, Hicks said.“Trudo’s like a bull in the china shop,” Hicks said. “Everything’s high speed with Trudy.”***The three sophomores agreed that they’re getting more comfortable with the outside-zone read — a series of plays that is getting called more this season. Trudo and Hickey are still mastering the timing of pulling and helping, but the difference between now and camp is unmistakable.And once these guys are able to get out in space and put their hands on opposing linebackers, the SU running backs are lengthening their gains. The Wagner game was a perfect example of that as the Orange averaged 4.9 yards per carry.“You are right when you say that we’re athletic,” Foy said. “I know as all three of us as a group, we are all intense, are all physical and are all ready to just pound somebody out, just hit them in the mouth.” Comments Published on September 19, 2013 at 1:06 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more