Dougherty: Get Brisly Estime the ball

first_imgWhat started as a repeated slice of training camp rhetoric has now trickled into the first month of Syracuse’s season.Hide your secondary. Hide your punter. Brisly Estime’s healthy.Estime — the Orange’s 5-foot-9, 178-pound spark plug wide receiver — spent last year nursing a high ankle sprain. He was slowed by the injury in the five games he played, and missed the other seven entirely. SU’s offense, anemic at best in 2014, lacked a big-play threat as Estime stood on the sideline itching to be on the field.Now he’s back and has the two longest plays of Syracuse’s (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) season, a 74-yard punt return touchdown against Rhode Island and an 89-yard touchdown catch against Wake Forest last week. With hybrid Ervin Philips expected to miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing a knee procedure on Sept. 8, Estime’s game-breaking ability is even more important heading into a 12:30 p.m. game against Central Michigan (2-0) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.Against the Chippewas, and moving deeper into the season, the Orange offense would benefit from feeding its most electrifying playmaker.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He creates a lot himself,” SU offensive coordinator Tim Lester said. “A lot of guys, if you give them some space, they can take it to the house. Even if (Estime) doesn’t have space, he has the ability to make space, which is a very unique trait.”Leading up to last season, it seemed that George McDonald’s “full-bore fast” offense would be a perfect fit for the full-bore fast receiver. Based on the pillars of that system, Estime would get the ball fast and in space. It took his two greatest attributes, speed and agility, and plugged them into a simple formula.But on top of the lingering injury, Estime never gelled with McDonald’s scheme. His appearances all came before McDonald was demoted in favor of Lester after a Week 5 loss to Louisville, and he finished his shortened year with 10 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.“Last year’s offense was hard to learn,” Estime said Tuesday. “This year’s offense is just simple.”Through two games, Estime’s produced in limited punt return opportunities and with just three receptions. He’s averaging 35.7 yards per catch thanks to his 89-yard score — the third longest pass play in program history — and flashed his ability on that play to turn a prayer into points.With Syracuse holding a 20-17 lead over the Demon Deacons in the third quarter, freshman quarterback Eric Dungey rolled to his right and faced pressure in front of the Orange’s goal line. He then wheeled back toward the middle of the field and Estime carried out a backside post route, which allowed Dungey to float a pass into space around the 25-yard line.After putting Wake Forest safety Brad Watson on his back, Estime made a slight adjustment while the ball was in the air to make the catch. A failed tackle triggered a 75-yard foot race that Estime, given the slightest head start, was never going to lose.“It’s exciting to me to see Brisly running and flying around like he can,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said, “because until someone else steps up he’s going to have to continue to do those things.”As for getting him more involved in the coming weeks, Lester said the offense attacks the defense’s weaknesses and he’d love for that approach to create more opportunities for Estime. He’s had five or more touches just twice in his career — both games were in his freshman season — and doesn’t necessarily need to be featured to be effective.But it couldn’t hurt.Steve Ishmael is a talented receiver with the most credibility, even as a sophomore, of any Orange skill player. Sean Avant has been complimented for his precise route-running. Ben Lewis, replacing Philips as the starting hybrid, is among the most experienced of Dungey’s options and has gone for big gains in the past.Yet Estime’s the only Syracuse player who can change the entire course of a game every time he touches the ball. His absence was certainly noticeable. The Orange needs to make sure his presence is too. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 17, 2015 at 9:46 pmlast_img read more

What the NCAA’s name, image and likeness news could mean for SU athletes

first_img Published on April 29, 2020 at 1:20 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA took another step toward allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness during its Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday. Reform in this area will greatly affect college athletes across the nation, including at Syracuse. The Board of Governors, the NCAA’s highest governing body, expressed support for recommended rule changes, releasing an updated list of guidelines and “guardrails.” This comes after California passed the Fair Pay to Play Act in September and as many other states, including New York, have discussed legislation to compensate college athletes.Here are some important points from the NCAA’s conference call Wednesday morning: Athletes will be permitted to “receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics.” That includes being social media influencers, starting their own businesses and receiving payment for personal appearances.In advertisements or otherwise, athletes won’t be allowed to broadcast their trademarked school or conference logo.Universities and boosters can’t pay athletes for name, image and likeness activities in recruiting. Big East commissioner Val Ackerman called this issue “the source of the most concern.” The NCAA said it will need help from Congress to help regulate and monitor NIL rule changes.NCAA video games and replica jerseys remain “unworkable,” one official said. The lack of a player’s union prevents group licensing required for those entities. It will not be a free market for athletes. The NCAA is considering prohibiting certain companies from endorsing athletes due to previous involvement in rules infractions.Athletes can hire agents to help find marketing opportunities, but not professional sports opportunities.Athletes will have to disclose their contracts with their athletic departments to ensure compliance within the guidelines.There will be no cap on how much an athlete can be compensated by a third party, but the regulations limit some opportunities. The board expects the NCAA’s three divisions to move toward drafting NIL rules next January and implementing them for the 2021-22 academic year. “I think they need a year to work it out,” men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim recently told Brent Axe on ESPN Radio Syracuse. “It will pass, it will be granted. Obviously there are a lot of things that could happen in that … Are you going to be comfortable with the quarterback getting a $100,000 commercial at Alabama and the lineman getting nothing or less? In professional sports, the linemen, even though they don’t get as much as the quarterback, they get paid.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf approved, Syracuse athletes will be able to make money off the field by fall 2021. Then, quarterback Tommy DeVito will be a redshirt senior, shooting guard Buddy Boeheim will be a senior, and incoming 5-star center Kamilla Cardoso will be a sophomore. Colleges will now have to prepare for the changing marketplace. Nebraska, for example, is partnering with a company that specializes in helping sport organizations and athletes monetize their social media followings and build individual brands. At Syracuse, sport management professor Dave Meluni started a “Brand Athletes” project in his SPM444 class where students create virtual athletes and develop their social media presence over a semester, eventually connecting them with brands. Meluni supports name, image and likeness compensation, and mentioned training camps, social media influencing and autograph signing as obvious marketing opportunities. “There’s brands out there that are looking for the influencer engagers on social media,” Meluni said. “And I think that’s going to be a huge piece.”Joseph Girard III has the 57,900 followers on Instagram, the most of any current SU athlete. Class of 2022 five-star commit Dior Johnson has 516,000. If adopted, the rules likely would impact athletes with bigger platforms on revenue-generating teams like football and men’s basketball than those on less popular Olympic sports. There likely would be exceptions, however. For example, women’s basketball star Tiana Mangakahia has more Instagram followers (11,900) than DeVito (11,700), indicating a high market value for endorsements. An athlete like women’s lacrosse attack Megan Carney, who’s in one of Meluni’s classes, may be able to go home to Texas — where the sport is growing rapidly — and hold a camp for kids. Maybe she can make $500, Meluni said, which could pay for her flight home for break. “I think for the non-revenue generating sports, there’s certainly an opportunity,” Meluni said. “And I don’t want to hear that there’s not.” Still, many hurdles remain. It’s unclear how the NCAA will enforce some of its “guardrails” in regards to agents, recruiting and fair value of endorsements. Meluni pointed to a potential conflict in multimedia rights deals and companies that sponsor schools — if Syracuse is a Pepsi school, could DeVito star in a Coca-Cola ad? There’s also uncertainty surrounding the capacity in which Congress will be able to help, especially as it’s currently trying to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.“You can’t overemphasize that there’s a lot to be determined going forward,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. Commentslast_img read more