Phish Packs Saturday’s Setlist From “Sand” To “Slave” At Dick’s [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday night in Colorado, Phish returned to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for their second of three shows this weekend and their 23rd overall performance at their annual Labor Day weekend stomping grounds. The sold-out crowd returned in hopes of receiving a performance as satisfying as Friday night’s spectacle, and the band once again came out of the gate with typical second set favorites wedged right into the start of set one.“Sand” was quick to get the party started as Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon fueled the field’s creative array dance moves. Trey Anastasio wailed away at the guitar to bring the opening tune to a peak before Gordon’s bubbling cauldron bass tones signaled the start of a rare early-show “Down With Disease”. This 17-minute rendition was filled with the kinds of peaks and valleys normally reserved for an early second set position, but apparently, the boys like tossing this one at the beginning of Dick’s shows, as they did so in 2012 and 2016 as well. Gordon, who was dressed like he just jumped off the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album cover, clobbered the high-energy jam with Page McConnell who put his Hammond B3 Organ to work.Next, “Shade”, the 3.0 ballad normally reserved for the second set, saw the light of Set 1 for the first time, returning to the rotation for the first time since the band’s 2016 run at The Gorge. If you’re happy about the return of “Shade”, you likely have one fan in particular to thank. Prior to yesterday’s show, fan Michelle York ran into Trey at her hotel and asked him what happened to the tune. Trey agreed that he loved that tune, and York shared a photo and summary of the interaction in the Phriendly Phish Phans Facebook group, ending her post with “#nowwewait.” Turns out, she didn’t have to wait too long.From there, McConnell displayed one of his Big Boat tunes in the form of “Home”. “Wolfman’s Brother”, which has been placed somewhere on a Dick’s setlist every year except 2012, brought the show back to old school territory after two newer selections. Trey got loopy with the effects while Page put his Clavinet to work around Gordon’s big bass drops. Trey laid down a plinko-like riff reminiscent of an 8-bit video game soundtrack, that hinted at shifting the momentum in a new direction but instead brought the song a finish.After a hotter-than-usual “Wombat” at the July 22nd Gorge show earlier this tour, Saturday’s version at Dick’s was straight-forward and cuddly rather than over-the-top and muscular. Page hopped on the synth for thick, funky solo which led into “Everything’s Right”. After closing 8/8/18’s first set at Camden with a masterful performance of the song that shifted gears several times thanks to Fishman’s quick thinking, this newer tune has proven it has potential at every level. While Fishman once again laid the foundation for a monstrous jam, Trey had other ideas, cut the cord, and moved into a raging set-closing “Bathtub Gin”.Phish returned to the stage with “Set Your Soul Free”, yet another new tune making its Dick’s debut. A dark and grimy start to the jam created by Trey’s echoing effects dissolved into a mellower, blissed-out space, giving Page time to shine on the grand piano. Gordon hit some bombs toward the end of the nearly 18-minute piece, helping ring in “Fuego”, a song that has made an appearance during Labor Day weekend at Dick’s every year since it’s Fall 2014 debut. Trey used his arsenal of pedals to great effect to create an overflowing washing-machine sound that Gordon and Page built upon with synth layers and chunky bass hits. The jam appeared to be heading down an even darker alley, but Trey decided it was time to initiate some more Saturday night rock and roll in the form of “Chalkdust Torture”.The foursome quickly moved through the ferocious “Chalkdust” and brief interstellar “Twist” that soon followed, showing somewhat less patience than their five-song Friday night soiree. “Piper” went on a voyage of its own next, but rumbled to a halt to make room for a simple, standard “Wedge”. Kuroda attempted to turn the arena into a spaceship during “2001”, his light rig seemingly defying gravity as the crowd danced toward the cosmos. Gordon pounded away on the bass and created a slow-building launch pad for Trey to achieve liftoff. The party continued with the Allen Toussaint-penned “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” for the first time since the legendary Baker’s Dozen run. Unlike the “Sneakin’ Sally” from 2016’s Bill Graham show, this version saw little improvisation and quickly took a turn out of the alley in favor of a gorgeous set-closing “Slave to the Traffic Light”. Gordon, who continued to receive votes as the MVP of the night, moved around Trey’s playing with a thumping heartbeat groove that gave the full band a foundation to finish strong.With a second set that contained more songs than the first and a first set that featured some of the night’s most extensive improvisation, Phish continued to assert that there are no rules when it comes to Commerce City setlist creation. So far, there have been no gags, no puzzles to decode, and no repetitive, thematic teases throughout these sets (see 9/4/16 “Crosseyed” quotes). The band finally chose “More” as the encore for the second time this tour, as song title described exactly what the sold-out crowd was craving from Sunday’s finale. Last show of the summer coming up!You can view a gallery of photos from Dick’s night two below courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/31Set 1: Sand, Down with Disease, Shade, Home, Wolfman’s Brother, Wombat, Everything’s Right, Bathtub GinSet 2: Set Your Soul Free > Fuego > Chalk Dust Torture > Twist > Piper > The Wedge, 2001 > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: MoreA full soundboard recording of the show is available to stream via LivePhish.Phish | Dick’s Sporting Goods Park | Commerce City, CO | 9/1/18 | Photos: Bill McAlainelast_img read more

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Tackling international problems

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has awarded a second cycle of grants to faculty through the Harvard Global Institute (HGI), which was established last year. In this grant cycle, the five awards span the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Kennedy School, and multiple disciplines.HGI grants are designed to support research initiatives that develop innovative solutions to global problems by drawing on collaboration of faculty within Harvard and with colleagues overseas. The current grants target interdisciplinary research on issues of particular salience to China and of relevance to other parts of the world. Both small and large categories of grants are awarded, valued at a maximum of $100,000 and $1 million per year, respectively.In this year’s funding cycle, a two-year grant was awarded to Peter Huybers, professor of Earth and planetary sciences and of environmental science and engineering. His project, “China’s Health Weather: Understanding and Predicting Connections Amongst Climate, Extreme Weather, Air Quality and Health Consequences,” is co-led by faculty with extensive expertise in climate, weather, atmospheric chemistry, and public health. The team seeks to understand and predict how climate affects “health weather” in China, including conditions that might affect the populace.Exploration of acute “health weather” events will be pursued through diagnosing relationships among large-scale climate patterns, effects on local weather, air pollution, and health consequences. This understanding of current acute conditions will then be merged with projections of climate change to provide information about changes in chronic “health weather” over the coming decades.Developing such a causal understanding of how climate change dynamically influences weather and human health is a challenge of great urgency to China. The approach combines theoretical investigations, model simulations, observational analyses, and field studies. Collaborations with Chinese scholars, joint symposia, and student exchanges should foster China-Harvard connections and aid in meeting this grand challenge.Joining Huybers on the project are Daniel Jacob, Vasco McCoy Family Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Engineering; Zhiming Kuang, Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science; Loretta J. Mickley, senior research fellow in chemistry-climate Interactions; William Munger, senior research fellow in atmospheric chemistry; Joel Schwartz, professor of environmental epidemiology; Eli Tziperman, Pamela and Vasco McCoy Jr. Professor of Oceanography and Applied Physics; Steven Wofsy, Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science.Four of the projects are funded at the small-grant level. The first of those is led by principal investigator Bernardo Lemos, assistant professor of environmental epigenetics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In collaboration with a recent alumnus of his laboratory, Jianlin Lou, who is also vice dean at the Institute of Occupational Disease of the Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, the project will investigate epigenetic alterations in Chinese factory workers as well as their children.Individuals working in electroplating plants in China display blood chromium concentrations that can be 20 times greater than in the general population. These individuals also present higher than average blood levels of lead and other metals. Lemos’ project will examine pathways that are likely to be disrupted in individuals exposed to heavy metals and that are also likely to contribute to the transmission of disrupted epigenetic states in the children of exposed workers. This work will help address the global burden of environmental and occupational exposure to toxicants.A grant was awarded to Naomi Pierce, Sidney A. and John H. Hessel Professor of Biology, who is a faculty member in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In collaboration with Douglas Yu at the Kunming Institute of Zoology, Pierce will use DNA sampled from parasitic invertebrates (iDNA) to detect and track expansion and contraction in a full range of vertebrate species. Range size is an index of population size, so measuring range expansion and contraction will provide indicators as to whether populations are growing or declining.In the Ailaoshan nature reserve in Yunnan, China, the team will systematically collect leeches and, by sequencing the iDNA from their blood meals, will be able to detect the presence or absence of mammal species. This data will be coupled with “occupancy” modeling to estimate range maps for different groups. The investigators will validate these methods using standard monitoring, including camera traps, mosquito iDNA, and visual censuses. The outcome should provide an efficient method for measuring whether nature reserves are able to protect their vertebrate wildlife, and this method can be adapted and applied to reserves across China and around the world, because sources of iDNA are available everywhere.Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, was awarded funding for a project called “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: International Cooperation in East Asia.” The project will build on previous collaboration between the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, a University-wide initiative based in the Harvard Kennedy School, and the National Center for Climate Change Strategy Research and International Cooperation (NCSC) in Beijing. The Harvard Project and NCSC previously studied and communicated options for ongoing collaboration between China and the United States to address climate change, and are currently exploring approaches to design and effectively implement China’s national greenhouse-gas emissions trading system, scheduled to launch late next year.Stavins’ project will study the potential for broader cooperation to address climate change among East Asian countries. It will focus to a considerable extent on approaches to “linkage” among emissions-trading systems in the region, which have the potential to lower costs of emissions reduction and thereby support more ambitious reductions. The principal activity will be a research workshop and policy roundtable in Beijing next summer. Participants are expected to include researchers and practitioners from South Korea and to some extent from other countries in East Asia.Faust also awarded a grant to Ya-Wen Lei, assistant professor of sociology. Her project, “Adequate Housing and the Welfare State,” will examine struggles for adequate housing in urban China and India. Access to adequate urban housing remains a pressing global issue. The challenge is especially daunting for the two nations given their huge populations, as well as their still ongoing processes of urbanization and rural-to-urban migration. Both China and India, the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic countries, respectively, have come up with ambitious national policies to cope with their urban housing problems. Early evidence has revealed significant differences between the two states in terms of policy formation and implementation. Lei’s project seeks to explain how political regime, economic development, and social organizations shape provision of adequate housing.HGI will begin accepting expressions of interest for the next grant cycle in early 2017. Additional information can be found on the website.last_img read more

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United States Donates Cessna to Honduras to Help Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgThe FAH’s newest addition will also “strengthen the air shield,” allowing for better surveillance, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). “The second aircraft is to increase the cargo and personnel transport capabilities of the Honduran Armed Forces,” added FAH Colonel Carlos A. Portillo Bustillo, assistant director of Public Relations for the Armed Forces, in an interview with Diálogo. “The aircraft will conduct support and transport tasks for the Armed Forces and government agencies, especially in remote areas,” he added. “Their use will be restricted to humanitarian aid missions and the transport of equipment and personnel for the Honduran Armed Forces.” “The capabilities of the Honduran Army, Navy, and Air Force must be strengthened to improve their work and patrols, and to prevent the country from being used for the illicit trafficking of drugs and weapons,” explained Eugenio Sosa, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. The FAH is bolstering its operations with improved training and equipment. Honduras is a major transit country for cocaine and some chemical precursors for making synthetic drugs. In 2014, 60 percent of illegal narco-flights out of South America first stopped in Honduras, according to the U.S. government’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report. The aircraft will support “Military operations against organized crime and drug trafficking, as well as humanitarian assistance and relief efforts,” explained Major Samuel Sterlin, head of the U.S. Air Force Section of the Office of Security Cooperation in Tegucigalpa. Air shield The Cessnas donated by the United States will also be used for civilian operations, especially through the FAH’s Wings for Health program, which responds to natural disasters and other emergencies, such as major fires, by bringing medicine to residents, and if necessary, evacuating people. The high-performance turboprop is the second of three aircraft that the United States will deliver as part of the ongoing cooperation program between the countries. U.S. authorities delivered the first one on August 6, 2015, and the final one should arrive before the end of September 2016. The U.S. government’s Foreign Military Financing program supports the donation of the aircraft, which were purchased with the help of the U.S. Air Force. The FAH requested the Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravans in January 2014, as reported in September 2015. center_img “We have had strong positive results in the fight against drug trafficking and will continue working hard with all of this assistance given to us by our brother country [the United States],” Col. Portillo explained. “These aircraft are of great use to the staff, and that is a big help for Honduras. Cooperation between the United States and Honduras is extremely important. Given that the technology changes very rapidly in aviation, this relationship allows us to be at the forefront in terms of procedures and technological advances.” Great article! This is exactly what I was hoping to find. The Honduran Air Force (FAH) is strengthening its ability to respond to drug trafficking and organized crime with a new Cessna 208 EX Grand Caravan donated by the United States. The FAH received the plane on December 8th at the Hernán Acosta Mejía Air Base in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. Civilian operations “It’s a gesture that we always have in mind from a country [the United States] with which we have maintained a close brotherhood and relationship,” said the outgoing head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Major General Fredy Santiago Díaz Zelaya, during the ceremony for the aircraft’s delivery, according to the National Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA). La Mosquitia, in the department of Gracias a Dios, remains a key transit site for cocaine traffickers. Security forces destroyed 53 illegal runways in that area in 2014 and during the first seven months of 2015. Meanwhile, in the department of Olancho, security forces destroyed seven clandestine airstrips during that time span, the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna reported on July 27, 2015. By Dialogo March 03, 2016 Each plane can transport 13 people – 11 passengers and two pilots – about 2,000 kilometers on a full tank of fuel and its design allows for takeoffs and landings on short and unprepared runways. “Thanks to these new technologies, the FAH’s level of operational readiness has increased in the area of air transport, which had been very limited,” Col. Portillo said. “[The FAH] has conducted missions transporting equipment and personnel to support operations against drug trafficking in the area of La Mosquitia,” with the aircraft received in August 2015. last_img read more

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What was your worst financial decision?

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What was your worst financial decision?Every day, the content team at Zogo works to make our app’s bite-sized lessons in personal finance one of the best financial education experiences in the industry.One question we’ve been pondering lately is: How can we help our users understand the real-life importance of the lessons they’re learning in our app?It’s one thing to provide the definition of an emergency fund, it’s another to help young people fully grasp why they need one.So we decided to send out a survey to all of our users, asking that question: What was your worst financial decision? What led you to make it? If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself?The responses poured in, and the answers were astonishing: continue reading »last_img read more

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PREMIUMProsperity and perception: Expert forum reviews Indonesia’s democracy

first_imgLinkedin The current model of democracy in Indonesia, which has been in place for the past 20 years as the successor to the New Order’s authoritarian model of government, will continue to face challenges in the coming years, especially with nondemocratic governments gaining more traction in recent years, political analysts say.Executive director Philips J. Vermonte of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia said that if the ongoing fragmentation and elite infighting continued to hamper the government from delivering public welfare, both politicians with an antidemocratic bent and a public impatient over minimal democratic gains could look to countries that had taken a alternative route to prosperity.“There are significant challenges to the democratic movement in Indonesia at present beca… Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Indonesia democracy-in-Indonesia CSIS development COVID-19 military NGO Joko-Widodo Log in with your social account Topics :last_img read more

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4 jailed for ‘illegal gambling’

first_imgConfiscated from them was P420 betmoney, the report added. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 4./PN Residents Ricky Mesa Sr., Ricky MesaJr., Adonis Diroma, and Herlex Alfonso were caught playing the illegal cardsgame pusoy on Oct. 28, a policereport showed.center_img BACOLOD City – Four persons werenabbed for illegal gambling in Barangay Villamonte.last_img

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Italian sports minister plays down chance of Serie A resuming

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Italy’s Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Wednesday that the country’s top-flight Serie A soccer championship looked unlikely to resume this season because of the coronavirus epidemic.On March 9 Italy suspended the league campaign as part of a nationwide lockdown to curb a new coronavirus epidemic that has seen more than 200,000 confirmed cases and more than 27,000 deaths, the second highest tally in the world after the US. “I see an increasingly narrow path for the resumption of the Serie A… If I were one of the presidents (of the clubs) I would focus on the next season,” Spadafora told private TV broadcaster La7.France and the Netherlands have already declared their soccer seasons over, while the English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and Serie A have said they want to finish.“These decisions (in France and in the Netherlands) could push Italy to follow this line, which would become a European line,” Spadafora said.He added that he thought a majority of Serie A presidents might soon ask to suspend the league and prepare for the next championship.Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that lockdown measures will be eased from May 4, with training for sports teams possibly allowed from May 18. The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has drawn up a medical protocol for training, but Spadafora said the government’s scientific expert did not deem it sufficient, and that discussions would continue.“If the championship should ever resume, it will certainly be behind closed doors,” Spadafora said.There are 12 rounds of matches still to play in Serie A plus a number of games from previous rounds.Title holders Juventus are one point clear of Lazio at the top.Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusLa7LockdownSerie AVincenzo Spadaforalast_img read more

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Bluebirds snap up Eikrem

first_imgCardiff have announced the signing of Norwegian international midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Eikrem, who becomes City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first new arrival since he succeeded Malky Mackay as manager, has joined the Bluebirds for an undisclosed fee from Dutch club Heerenveen. Eikrem, 23, is a former Manchester United youth team captain. Press Associationcenter_img Solskjaer told Cardiff’s official website: “I’ve known Magnus for many years, having worked with him at Manchester United and then signing him for Molde. “While I was there I had to sell him as he was our best player – and now I feel lucky to get to sign him again for Cardiff City for a reasonable price. I see this as money well spent. “He’s a playmaker, a quarterback if you will, someone who likes to get on the ball and can see a pass. “He is technically very good, including set-pieces, and has great vision. Magnus will add a lot to Cardiff City and will blend in very well with the midfielders in the squad.” Eikrem watched Cardiff’s FA Cup third-round victory over Newcastle last Saturday and he has trained with the squad this week while waiting for the necessary clearance. Molde-born Eikrem was signed by United on his 16th birthday and made his first-team debut in 2007, going on as a substitute for Ryan Giggs in a pre-season friendly against Dunfermline. He moved to Molde, under Solskjaer’s management, in 2011 and enjoyed title success with them before joining Heerenveen last summer. Eikrem made his Norway debut two years ago and has so far won more than a dozen caps. last_img read more

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Panelists analyze the role of women in 2012 election

first_imgA panel of women involved in politics discussed the varying role of gender in politics and in the upcoming presidential election in an event Tuesday night at the Davidson Conference Center.Gender roles · Panelists Maddy Lansky and Rachel Michelin discuss the importance of women voters in the upcoming election. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in conjunction with California Women Lead and the USC Women’s Student Assembly, presented the event, which included student panelists from the USC College Democrats and the USC College Republicans.Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, said women play a vital role in elections, particularly married women, who tend to be the largest group of swing voters. Candidates target this group’s vote by campaigning on specific issues, according to Schnur.“If Mitt Romney is successful in convincing married female voters that they should cast their ballot primarily on the basis of economic issues like jobs and taxes, then Mitt Romney will be elected president of the United States,” Schnur said. “If Barack Obama is successful in convincing the same married female voters that in addition to the economy, they should also consider a broader range of social and cultural issues, then he will be elected president.”Panelists also discussed the general response of women to the increasingly negative presidential campaign.Rachel Michelin, executive director of California Women Lead, said that women generally dislike the negativity in campaigns and would rather focus on the ways the issues relate to them.Michelin said that female candidates are often forced into negative campaigns because of the precedent set by male candidates.“Unfortunately, as women, we play by the political rules that were written by men, and until we, as women, change those rules, we’re always pushing ourselves into that arena,” Michelin said. “As women, we need to start changing those rules.”Michelin said that women in politics still face major challenges in receiving equal treatment among their male counterparts.The panelists also discussed the background of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment from the second presidential debate.According to Michelin, the Massachusetts program that Romney was referring to was based on a 1990s California program to include more women in state appointments and had an overall positive effect.“Some of those women in Massachusetts went on to run for office and apply for higher level positions,” Michelin said. “I think that’s something that, as women, we should be applauding.”The treatment of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton compared with that of the male candidates also came up in the discussion. All panelists agreed that female candidates were often subject to negative comments about their appearance and ability to balance their familial obligations with political work.Maddy Lansky, president of the USC College Republicans, said a generational gap doesn’t allow younger voters to recognize the struggles of women in politics, which could be this generation’s downfall.“We are told that we can do whatever want, we can have whatever job we want, if we work hard enough we’ll get there,” Lansky said. “I think that it’s good that we believe that so thoroughly, but it can also be a problem when we don’t understand the challenges that are there — because I don’t think we appreciate the women running for office.”last_img read more

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USC focused on defeating Boston College

first_imgThe last time USC faced off against Boston College, Pete Carroll was still the head coach, Matt Barkley was just beginning his tenure as starting quarterback, and it seemed as though the Trojans were set to continue one of the most consistently dominant runs in college football for at least a couple more years.Times have certainly changed since the 2009 Emerald Bowl (which USC won, 24-13).As the Trojans (1-1) prepare to take on Boston College (2-0) this Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, there is an undeniable pessimistic air surrounding the fan base after last week’s jarring 10-7 defeat at the hands of Washington State. USC is determined to prove that the upset was just that — a bump in the road as opposed to the beginning of a long, downward spiral in the Trojans’ 2013 campaign.“One thing I can say is that you won’t see that side of the Trojans again,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler said after the loss. “You won’t see us playing like that on offense. You won’t see that negative energy. That’s just not who we are.”Any sort of success from the Trojans’ passing attack would be measured as an improvement on last week’s performance. Kessler threw for just 41 yards while completing 8 of 13 passes, most of which were thrown to receivers behind the line of scrimmage, as no USC pass play gained more than eight yards.USC head coach Lane Kiffin is expected to delve deeper into his offensive playbook after finally picking a full-time starting quarterback in Kessler.It might take some time for Kessler to adjust to throwing intermediate and deep balls after being reined in by Kiffin’s conservative playcalling in the Trojans’ first two games.But Kessler did show promise in USC’s final scrimmage on Aug. 21 when he was tested on passes downfield. While mostly facing the Trojans’ first-team defense, Kessler was 13-for-22 for 218 yards and a pair of long touchdown passes of 31 and 55 yards to sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor, while also throwing two interceptions on tipped balls.Kessler also might benefit from knowing he’s no longer competing with fellow redshirt sophomore Max Wittek.“I’m not trying to make excuses, but those first two weeks [against Hawai’i and Washington State]… I would be lying if I said it wasn’t affecting me,” Kessler said after practice on Tuesday. “It’s tough to focus on winning the game when you’re worrying about other things. [Being named the starter] instills a confidence I didn’t have in the first two weeks.”The Trojans’ offensive line will be protecting Kessler from a pass rush that was simply atrocious last year, as they Eagles only mustered six sacks the entire season. But the Eagles have made progress under new defensive coordinator Don Brown’s aggressive 4-3 scheme, racking up seven sacks and seven turnovers in wins over Villanova and Wake Forest.Cornerback Bryce Jones, the only new starter in the Eagles’ secondary, is the reigning ACC Defensive Back of the Week after picking off a pass, his second of the season, and recovering a fumble against Wake Forest in a 24-10 triumph last week.Boston College has already matched its total wins from a year ago, when the Eagles stumbled to a 2-10 record, leading to the hiring of new head coach Steve Addazio.Addazio has established an offense that has relied heavily on senior running back Andre Williams, a 230 lbs. power back who ranks third in the nation with 318 rushing yards (5.5 yards per carry).“It’s a Stanford type of offense,” Kiffin said. “They’re heavy on the run and try to open it up with the play action.”Williams presents the toughest challenge yet for USC’s run defense, which has been the best in the country thus far, allowing just 15 yards per game and 0.6 yards per carry.Boston College has recently gone through a remarkable amount of scheme changes on offense, as the team is on its fifth offensive coordinator in a little more than two calendar years.Senior quarterback Chase Rettig, a SoCal native, has been the constant amid all the change. Rettig has been the team’s starter since the fourth game of his true freshman season, and has averaged more than 3,100 yards over the past two seasons.The Trojans’ relentless pass rush, which leads the nation in sacks (11), could cause major headaches for Rettig behind an offensive line that allowed 35 sacks last season.But the Trojans aren’t taking anything for granted, especially after last week.“We don’t go over thinking we’re gonna walk over a team,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “We have to grind out every game and finish.”Senior Alex Amidon was Rettig’s favorite target last year, setting Boston College’s single-season records for receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,215) en route to being named an All-ACC first team pick.Kiffin expects USC’s own star receiver, junior Marqise Lee, to bounce back after picking up just 27 yards on seven catches against Washington State.“Marqise has been pushing himself, trying a little too hard,” Kiffin said. “We expect him to play really consistently, so I had a conversation with him Sunday [about] just going back to doing his job.”Kiffin also said that he expects freshman tailback Justin Davis to have an impact against the Eagles after Davis received just two carries last week, but didn’t guarantee anything. Redshirt sophomore Tre Madden took the bulk of the workload (32 carries, 151 yards), and many were concerned that Madden was overworked after he admitted feeling “banged up” after the defeat.“I would definitely expect to see Justin Davis … It all depends on how the game is going,” Kiffin said. “[Last week] we were doing the best thing we could do to win. I’ve got to do the best thing to win the game and not worry about what stats are like.”Kickoff is at 12 p.m. in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the game will air on the Pac-12 Network. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

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