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From walk-on to staple of Badger offense, can Troy Fumagalli make it at next level?

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first_imgWisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli went from coming on as a walk-on to being the most reliable receiver on a top 10 football team in the country.  Now, the battle-tested player is making his case to scouts and fans as to why he is the best tight end in this year’s draft.Though Fumagalli’s story of perseverance and hard work is impressive, it is hardly unique at Wisconsin.  The program is known for bringing in less than stellar high school prospects and transforming them into stars for the university. JJ Watt, Joe Schobert, and Ryan Ramczyk are all notable Wisconsin walk ons that are currently playing at a high level in the NFL.Despite the program’s successful track record in this regard, doubts still loom for some scouts. Many pundits have questioned Fumagalli’s athleticism, allowing him to succeed at the professional level, putting him as a day three (fourth round or later) prospect. Fumagalli’s tight end coach Mickey Turner, has no doubt about how the former walk-on will respond to this criticism.Graham Mertz: The answer at quarterback?Playing quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig. Fans will treat any completed pass like they Read…“I think whatever they say he’ll work to prove them wrong.  He’s got the combine coming up and some pro days after that.  We look at our weight room numbers here he’s doing a great job for us.  Working out, training, just beating everything.  And I think he’s feeling good right now,” Turner said. “He’s going to be 100 percent healthy going in for some of that stuff.  It’ll be interesting.  He’s always been more than athletic enough to get the job done with what we asked him to do here at Wisconsin so I’m confident in him.”Fumagalli is the first major tight end prospect Turner has worked with since assuming the position in 2015.  However, as a player at Wisconsin from 2007 to 2009 Turner got firsthand experience with former NFL-drafted tight ends Garrett Graham, Travis Beckham and Lance Kendricks.While there are differences in terms of all these tight ends’ play styles, Turner wanted to stress what aligns them is how they all produced at high levels for the university.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…However, what makes Fumagalli unique as a tight end prospect is his ability to be a 3-down tight end.  The Wisconsin star’s ability to perform in the receiving game, especially as a route runner. Blocking could set Fumagalli up to have a prominent role in the modern NFL lineup.Today’s NFL tight end looks much different than even a decade ago.  NFL stars Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce lead their position because of their skills as receivers and blockers.  Turner said this could open up the draft for a complete tight end like Fumagalli as most teams in the NFL are now looking for more versatility at the position.Turner echoed these sentiments when asked what Fumagalli needed to show scouts ahead of April’s draft.“I think one of his best assets as a college player was that he could be an every down tight end.  I think that’s what he’s got to show them. Cause they’re always going to have their guys that are very specific like: this is our deep ball guy, this is our goal line blocking guy and Troy is somewhere in the middle where he does a lot of things well.  I think that’s going to have be the big thing for certain teams is if he can be an every down tight end for them,” Turner said.Football: Wisconsin dominates Michigan, remains undefeated and best in Big TenThe University of Wisconsin football team came out on top at Camp Randall after a grueling game against the Michigan Read…Another fact that, at first, left some scratching their heads at his ability to catch the ball and block was that Fumagalli is missing his left index finger.  While you’d think this would hamper a tight end’s abilities, because Fumagalli suffered the injury as a young child his muscle memory is constructed to play with only 9 fingers.  When asked if this condition would hurt Fumagalli in the NFL, Turner immediately responded.“No, not at all.  In fact it might even be an asset for him,” Turner said.Fumagalli’s departure from the Badgers will undoubtedly leave a hole in the Wisconsin offense. Turner said he didn’t know if it would necessarily be a tight end who would replace Fumagalli’s receiving presence, noting that receivers or running backs may take on a larger role going forward.  However, Turner said despite a lot of players vying for the position, Kyle Penniston and Zander Neuville are getting the most reps at tight end for the team early on.Currently though, Troy is working at a combine training location off campus in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine, which goes from Feb. 27 to March 5 in Indianapolis.  After that, Fumagalli will likely host some pro days at UW Madison and await the NFL Draft that will last three days and begin April 26.last_img read more

Backup linebacker suspended indefinitely

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first_imgRedshirt senior defensive end Jabari Ruffin has been suspended indefinitely for a student conduct issue, head coach Clay Helton announced on Sunday.On Monday, his name was taken off USC’s football roster on its website. Ruffin is the third football player to be removed from the team this season after Osa Masina and Don Hill were disciplined in September for their alleged participation in a sexual assault incident.Helton told the media on Sunday that Ruffin’s status was ambivalent. “I don’t have a crystal ball on when or if he could return,” he said.A backup linebacker, Ruffin has made one career start in four seasons at USC. He has appeared in six games this season — including in Saturday’s win at Arizona — and recorded two tackles. He primarily played on special teams and on defense backed up junior Uchenna Nwosu at linebacker. On the depth chart, junior Olajuwon Tucker will take the place of Ruffin. Ruffin was suspended for the first half of the Utah State game earlier this season after he stomped on an opponent’s groin in the season opener against Alabama. He also had to write a letter of apology.In a statement after the September incident, Helton said there would be “zero tolerance” for Ruffin in the future. “Jabari is a good kid who made a poor emotional decision,” Helton said at the time. “I am sorry as the head coach, [and] he is also. I know that it will not happen again.”last_img read more

Christmas in July for Alpena’s MidMichigan hospital

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Each year Clark Construction Company challenges their interns with an idea for community day.this year the company did a toy drive at MidMichigan hospital in Alpena where toys flooded the table in one of the conference rooms.This was the result of a proposed idea from Dylan Remelt, a lead intern at Clark Construction in Lansing.Remelt’s idea came about after having conversations with friends and family who work in hospitals.Remelt said after proposing his idea to Clark Construction, they wanted to donate to each area where they have a presence.Because of COVID–19, he said they did an Amazon wish list and even coordinated safety precautions with the hospitals to ensure safe delivery.Due to HIPAA  regulations, they were unable to see the reactions from the children but Remelt said giving back is always something he’s enjoyed and just doing it makes him feel good.Toys of all kinds were delivered to the children last Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Marine researchers work together to map the Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryNext Local restaurant proceeds with car showlast_img read more

Calvin Abueva shrugs off food poisoning to torment former team

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first_imgThe Fuel Masters, after the win against the Aces, improved to a 7-1 record tying Rain or Shine at the top and will next face San Miguel, Barangay Ginebra, and Magnolia in their final three games of the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Phoenix’ dynamic forward once again proved why he’s been tagged “Beast” as he put up a 21-point, 16-rebound double-double in the Fuel Masters’ easy 94-80 win over the Aces Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Abueva, who was traded to Phoenix during the playoffs of the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup, said the win was a combination of their skills and Aces’ depleted line up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We got back at them but we did it in part because we were more aggressive and they didn’t have all their players,” said Abueva in Filipino.“What happened was when we got tired there were players who can easily replace us but they didn’t have much pieces and they had a shorter rotation.” LATEST STORIES View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Read Next Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Alaska played without starters Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, JVee Casio, and also rookie GBoy Babilonia who are all nursing varying injuries.Abueva said he had to constantly hydrate himself since Thursday after eating some bad seafood.The 6-foot-2 forward exited the arena with a one-liter bottle of ion supply drink to keep his fluids replenished.“I ate some bad oysters and that made my stomach upset and it’s a good thing there wasn’t an incident on the court,” said Abueva laughing.“I’ve been drinking Hydrite and now Pocari Sweat because I have to recover since there are still tough games ahead of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—No amount of stomach pain was going to stop Calvin Abueva from giving it his all against former team Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rabeh Al-Hussaini grateful for another chance at Blackwater after going AWOLlast_img read more

Men’s Basketball To Face Pepperdine In Gulf Coast Showcase Third-Place Game

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first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team plays its final game at the Gulf Coast Challenge Wednesday in the third-place game against Pepperdine at 5 p.m. CST.Wednesday’s game will be available to view via the BD Global Sports YouTube channel by clicking here.Pepperdine opened the tournament with an 84-70 win over Duquesne, followed by a 59-55 loss to Murray State. The Waves are led by Lamond Murray, Jr. and Stacy Davis with 15.0 points per game. In the loss to Murray State, Davis had 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Waves are coached by Marty Wilson, who was a member of Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti’s staff at Utah.The Bulldogs advanced to the third-place game via an 81-79 overtime win over Western Kentucky to open the tournament, followed by a 74-58 loss to Weber State on Tuesday evening. Tuesday’s loss was courtesy of 34 points from Weber State’s Jeremy Senglin. Senglin and guard McKay Cannon combined to shoot 12-of-18 from three-point range.Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) led Drake in the loss with 18 points on a 4-of-7 night from the three-point arc. The redshirt sophomore is shooting 57 percent from three-point range this season.Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) followed up his 41-point night with 11 points against Weber State. On Monday against WKU, he scored a career-high 41 points on 13-of-23 shooting. In addition to setting a Gulf Coast Showcase record, that total tied for the seventh highest total in school history and the highest since 1981.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to host UIC on Saturday at the Knapp Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The last time the Bulldogs and Flames met Drake prevailed 61-59 on a runner as time expired from Richard Carter in Ray Giacoletti’s first game on the bench. Carter scored 38 in the win to open the 2013-14 season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more