Amba Etta-Tawo earns 1st-team All-ACC honors from ACSMA; 3 Syracuse players named to 3rd team

first_imgSyracuse receiver Amba Etta-Tawo was named to the first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference team, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Monday. Linebacker Zaire Franklin, specialist Brisly Estime and punter Sterling Hofrichter earned third team honors while wide receiver Ervin Philips and linebacker Parris Bennett were honorable mentions.Etta-Tawo, a graduate transfer from Maryland, had a record-setting year in his first and only with the Orange under Dino Babers’ new offense. He finished the year with 94 receptions (first in program history) for 1,482 yards (first in program history) and 14 touchdowns (tied for first in program history). Etta-Tawo currently ranks second in yards in the NCAA. His receptions and yards totals are both tops for Power 5 receivers currently. Honorable mention ?— Ervin Philips (@Ambition1_) November 28, 2016 AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFranklin finished the year with 101 tackles (second on the team) and 10 tackles for a loss (best on the team). Estime’s average of 17.7 yards per punt return is the best in the country. Though he never returned one for a score, he did have a long of 74 yards. Hofrichter’s 42.7 yards per punt are fourth-best in the conference and his 77 punts are fourth-most in the nation. He hit 23 kicks more than 50 yards and 24 pinned inside the 20.Philips missed the third team by one point. He is third in the conference with 7.5 receptions per game and sixth with 68.5 receiving yards per game. Philips and Etta-Tawo became the first pair of teammates in ACC history to finish with 90 catches in a season. Bennett led the Orange with 110 tackles and three forced fumbles. He ranks third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.2). Commentscenter_img Published on November 28, 2016 at 3:38 pm Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

TRANSFER NEWS: Afriyie Acquah signs for Sampdoria

first_imgGhana midfield revelation at the ongoing AFCON , Afriyie Acquah has signed for Italian side A side Sampdoria on Monday.The 22-year-old penned the deal in Malabo where the Black Stars are preparing for Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against hosts Equatorial Guinea. Acquah, owned by German Bundesliga side TSG Hoffenhiem, has been on a season-long loan at Parma.The 22-year-old has had a decent campaign at the Nations Cup after starting in Ghana’s last three matches to reach the semi-final.He has been very formidable in the middle and played a huge role in the revival of the Black Stars after an opening day defeat to Senegal.Acquah made 12 Serie A appearances before the winter break.last_img read more

Anthony Davis explains why LeBron James should win MVP

first_img“I let my teammates decide and the fans decide, but I just go out there and play hard every night,” Davis said. “My biggest impact that I think I have is defensively. I love playing defense, I love stopping other players, making it tough on other players, so that’s my case in a nutshell. But I’m pretty sure coach has some good things, and I’m pretty sure if you guys ask LeBron he’ll have a whole list for you guys. I just go out there and try to be great and lead my team on the defensive end, and the guys get better each and every night.”Lakers coach Frank Vogel also supported James for MVP and Davis for Defensive Player of the Year.”Nobody impacts winning more than LeBron James,” Vogel said. “I do believe that he should be the MVP this year. I believe he should be the MVP and I believe Anthony Davis should be the Defensive Player of the Year. I hope those awards go to our two players.” James, reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and others in the conversation will consequently not have the opportunity to enhance their claims when the season resumes at the NBA’s bubble at Walt Disney Resort.MORE: Magic Johnson supports LeBron James for MVPPrior to the NBA being halted, 35-year-old James was averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game. Davis has had a close-up view of playing with James and thinks his teammate has strong claims for the prize. “The thing’s he’s doing at his age [make it a good argument],” Davis told reporters of James, who is a four-time MVP. “He’s playing probably one of his best years, we’re the top team in the west, the things he’s able to do on the floor, especially when everyone says he’s washed and should hang it up and all these things he came back with a dominant performance. Then just to be in the race at his age, this part of his career, for me to see it every night, and on a consistent basis, not just three or four games here, he does it every night, he’s been doing it all his career, it’s a good argument for him to be MVP.”MORE: Key dates, schedule & more to know about NBA seasonDavis is in also in the race for individual honors, with the 27-year-old among the favorites for the Defensive Player of the Year award. However Davis said “I don’t have a case” when asked about his chances to win MVP. LeBron James’ remarkable consistency and the way he has silenced his detractors are the main arguments why he should be the NBA’s MVP, says Lakers teammate Anthony Davis.It was decided the 2019-20 award would be decided on performances prior to the league’s suspension in March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more