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SUU Football Celebrates Cedar City Night Saturday Against Nationally-Ranked UC Davis

first_img Tags: SUU Football/UC Davis Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Saturday, after playing their best game of the season in many respects, in a 29-14 loss to Weber State, Southern Utah (1-6, 0-3 in Big Sky Conference play) hosts No. 22 (STATS FCS)/No. 23 (AFCA Coaches) UC Davis.The Thunderbirds rank 90th nationally in scoring offense (22.1 points per game). Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Helbig completes 63.1 percent of his passes on the season (164-260) for 1,703 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also run for a team-best five touchdowns.Redshirt junior tailback James Felila (74 car, 248 yards, 2 TD’s) and sophomore back Thomas Duckett (6 car, 140 yards, TD) have each carried the rushing burden for the Thunderbirds.Sophomore tailback Lance Lawson (57 rec, 524 yards, 3 TD’s) remains SUU’s overall leading receiver while freshman receiver Zach Nelson (13 rec, 200 yards, 3 TD’s) is tied for the receiving touchdowns lead on the squad. Senior receiver Carlos Baker (6 rec, 132 yards) leads the Thunderbirds with 22 yards per catch.Junior kicker Manny Berz has returned to action, making 1 of 2 field goals on the season in the loss to Weber State. Redshirt junior kicker/punter Kekoa Sasaoka has made 19 of 20 PAT’s for the Thunderbirds.SUU ranks 118th nationally in scoring defense (39.4 points per game). Sophomore defensive lineman Aaron Romero (4 sacks, forced fumble) is among the Thunderbirds’ defensive stalwarts. In interceptions, redshirt senior safety Nathaniel Vaughn, redshirt freshman cornerback Carlton Johnson and junior cornerback Khalid Taylor have a pick apiece on the season.In forced fumbles, redshirt sophomore linebacker Quaid Murray, sophomore defensive end Francis Bemiy and redshirt senior safety Kyle Hannemann each have one in addition to Romero’s.Last Saturday, the Aggies snapped a 3-game losing streak by pummeling Cal Poly 48-24. This was UC Davis’ first Big Sky win of the season.UC Davis ranks 48th nationally in scoring offense (30.3 points per game). Senior signal-caller Jake Maier completes 65.9 percent of his passes on the season (199-302) for 2,243 yards (2nd in the nation) for 18 touchdowns (tied for 8th nationally with Northern Arizona’s Case Cookus and Felix Harper of Alcorn) and nine interceptions.Maier, who ranks fifth nationally with 320.4 yards per game, is only 157 yards away from 10,000 career passing yards. The only other Aggies quarterback to exceed 10,000 yards in his career is former NFL/CFL journeyman signal-caller J.T. O’Sullivan, who starred at UC Davis from 1998-2001.Sophomore tailback Ulonzo Gilliam Jr. (131 car, 607 yards, 6 TD’s) is the Aggies’ leading rusher.Maier has several stellar targets at his disposal. They include sophomore receiver Carson Crawford (33 rec, 428 yards, 3 TD’s), junior wide-out Kris Vaughn (33 rec, 397 yards for a team-best 6 TD’s) and senior tight end Wes Preece (24 rec, 298 yards, 5 TD’s).Graduate student kicker/punter Max O’Rourke has made 8 of his 10 field goal attempts on the season and 24 of his 25 PAT’s for the Aggies.UC Davis is tied for 73rd nationally (29.9 points per game) in scoring defense with Murray State.Redshirt freshman linebacker Nick Eaton (4.5 sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles) is the Aggies’ overall defensive leader.Sophomore defensive back Devon King and junior defensive back Isaiah Thomas have two interceptions apiece for the Aggies. King has also forced three fumbles on the season for UC Davis.The Aggies lead the all-time series against the Thunderbirds 11-9, but SUU has taken six of the last seven contests overall. October 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Celebrates Cedar City Night Saturday Against Nationally-Ranked UC Davis Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Getting a leg up, through Year Up

first_imgIt was standing room only in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room as a group of Harvard managers and their age-20-something interns listened to a man whose vision, developed as a student at Harvard Business School (HBS), is to get thousands of inner-city young adults into the job market.“We want to change perceptions of urban young adults from deficits to assets. They are a critical component of the U.S. economic engine,” said Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO of Year Up, a national program that trains urban young adults and places them in internships that prepare them for careers or college.Chertavian was on campus to congratulate seven Year Up participants who had just completed their six-month work assignments. “What Harvard is doing with these young adults is enlightened leadership. The University is doing well by doing good,” he said.Leslie Kirwan, dean for administration and finance of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), added, “It’s the right thing to do, and it’s smart. It provides excellent work experience and networking opportunities. It provides talented prescreened individuals for positions in the University. We are also fortunate in FAS to have Dean Mike Smith provide financial support for departments interested in hiring interns. In addition to the hardworking managers, I must recognize senior HR consultant Etaine Smith for overseeing Year Up at Harvard.”Year Up participants range from 18 to 24 years old and have high school or GED diplomas. They are put through a rigorous six-month training program at Year Up’s center in Boston. Each is then placed in a similarly long internship at an area company or organization.With locations sprinkled across the country, Year Up has served more than 4,000 students since its founding in 2000. All qualified students have been placed in internships, 95 percent of interns meet or exceed their managers’ expectations, and 84 percent of graduates are employed or attend college full time within four months of completing the program.The program works with talented urban young people who for various reasons have not been able to transcend their environments. With some 3 million job vacancies in the United States, Chertavian said, “We think there is great opportunity to identify, prepare, and place some of the more than 5 million young, inner-city adults who are looking for jobs. We want to close the opportunity gap.”Harvard has hosted 41 interns since 2009, with 16 at FAS, 14 at HBS, three at Harvard Management Company, three in the School of Public Health, two in the Graduate School of Design and the Law School, and one in executive education. Chertavian said Harvard has played an important role in helping Year Up reach its goals. In addition to being a renowned university, Harvard has a great group of supervisors, he said.Year Up also brings diversity to the workforce. Most interns are underrepresented minorities. So the program creates a pipeline of minorities who can eventually take on management roles. “Diversity is crucial. It helps companies make better decisions,” Chertavian said. “Great companies of the future will create an environment that trains all our talented young people, no matter where they come from.”Chris Ciotti, FAS associate dean for human resources, pointed out that, “in addition to bringing more diversity to FAS, the program provides managers with people who have been trained and selected to come to Harvard. We certainly see value in working with Year Up.”Gerald Chertavian will discuss his book, “A Year Up,” at the Boston Public Library, 700 Bolyston St., at 6 p.m. on July 24.last_img read more