“It’s no different,” Slovis said. “In every level of football, I’ve faced some form of adversity … It’s a learning curve, and you’ve got to adjust and get better.” While the USC team doesn’t quite match Utah’s for size, the Trojan offense brings confidence and discipline into Friday’s home faceoff. The team must set its sights forward this week in order to avoid a mid-season slump. Slovis remains confident in the team’s ability to rebound from last week’s trap loss to BYU. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell runs a pass-heavy offense that will look to incorporate the run game more Friday against the visiting Utah Utes. (Photo courtesy of USC Athletics) “No matter what the situation is, no matter what the play is, we have to be disciplined enough to continue to adjust our reads,” Harrell said. “We’ve got to be disciplined enough to just do our job and focus on our job every single snap.” “You’ve gotta figure out, what does the quarterback execute at a high level?” Harrell said. “What does he feel comfortable with? What does he see well? And if you call those plays, they usually work.” This week, the coaches said the team will incorporate the ground game within Harrell’s typically pass-heavy offense. They claim Slovis is prepared to face Utah’s dominant defense. Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis appeared to be out of his element last week facing BYU’s rush-three, drop-eight defense. The Cougars forced Slovis into tough situations, leading him to throw two interceptions in the first quarter and one more in overtime. On top of his passing woes, the young quarterback seemed unprepared to hand off the ball in times of need. “When you’re talking about this Utah front, you’re looking at four or five [future] NFL players,” Helton said. “It’ll be a great challenge for our offensive line. I told our guys in the team meeting right off the bat, this is going to be a big man’s game. I think that whoever controls the offensive and defensive fronts will win the game.” With only six days between their disappointing defeat at BYU and their upcoming match against No. 10 Utah, the Trojans have taken advantage of every second of practice this past week. “I loved how they jumped right back out here and jumped right back into work,” head coach Clay Helton said Monday. “[The team is] looking forward to the next opportunity to compete against a good Utah football team.” With offensive coordinator Graham Harrell at USC’s play-calling helm, the name of the Trojans’ game will be comfortability and execution. If the Trojan offense can focus on its job rather than the unfavorable odds, it may have a chance to pull out an upset at the Coliseum. Slovis will need to rely on his formidable rushing squad, namely junior Stephen Carr and redshirt junior Vavae Malepeai, to infiltrate the Utes’ drop-focused defense. To call the Utah team talented is an understatement. Led by a pair of seniors, quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss, the Utes have crushed all competition so far this season. The 3-0 team shows no areas of apparent weakness — it has scored 96 points this season while allowing just 29.
Here are the Highlights of the Indian Premier League 2016 clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens. (Scorecard)Highlights:23.06 IST: QUOTES!Man of the Match, Andre Russell: We just have to adjust to any surface. That is where professionalism comes into play. It wasn’t the fastest of wickets, it wasn’t slow either. If I get a chance to bat, I’d go out there and do something destructive. When things are going your way, you need to find ways to stay up there. Gautam Gambhir: We were very professional. Russell got to Kolkata this morning. The way he started with the ball was commendable. He is a quality player. Once we restricted them to 98, it was half the job done. We aren’t used to playing on these kind of wickets, that is why we decided to bowl first. In our chase, someone had to bat through. That is what professional teams do. It was my responsibility to do that. Robin was unbelievable, to give us that kind of start was fantastic. We’ve covered most of our bases, so we are happy with whatever surfaces we get. Zaheer Khan: You learn every day. I was trying to swing it too much. Playing a game after a long time. IPL is such a long tournament, every team is going to have one bad game. And this was our first and last bad game and it’s out of the way. We are giving them freedom. T20 is such a fast game, we want the intensity. 120 could have been close on this track. This team is all about letting them express themselves on the field freely. advertisementKolkata Knight Riders inningsWith this win against #DD this is the 4th time #KKR have won by 9 wickets in IPL #KKRStats #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 201622.55 IST: That’s it! Kolkata have registered a comfortable nine-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in 14.1 overs. Gautam Gambhir led the way with an unbeaten 38 off 41 balls. Earlier, Robin Uthappa hit 34 off 33 balls.Steadily #KKR are going for the kill! With just 24 to win from 55 balls, can we say this game is in the bag? What say Knight Riders? #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 201622.32 IST: WICKET! Robin Uthappa departs after a solid 35 off 33 balls. Amit Mishra strikes! Tossed up ball on off, Uthappa plays a loft shot to wide of the long off but was unlucky. Chris Morris takes a good catch at long off. Kolkata 69/1 in 9.4 overs 22.26 IST: Time for first strategic time-out. Kolkata need just 37 runs off 66 balls with Uthappa (34*) and Gambhir (23*) milk the Delhi bowlers22.21 IST: It’s definitely not Delhi’s day. KKR openers continue to bat with ease as they inch towards victory. Kolkata 53/0 in 8 overs 22.10 IST: KKR openers continue to attack as they race towards victory. Nothing is going Delhi’s way. Kolkata 42/0 in 5 overs 22.00 IST: Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are in a hurry to finish off the game. Kolkata 29/0 in 3 overs21.55 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders are off to a solid start. Zaheer bowls an expensive 16-run over, including three fours. Kolkata 20/0 in 2 overs 21.47 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa come out to open the innings. Nathan Coulter-Nile takes the new ball.Delhi Daredevils innings 21.27 IST: That’s the end of Delhi’s innings and they are bundled out for just 98, their lowest ever at the Eden Gardens. Zaheer Khan goes for a loft but miscues to wide mid off. An easy catch for Manish Pandey off Hastings. Andre Russell and Brad Hogg bagged three wickets apiece while Piyush Chawla and John Hastings picked up two wickets each. 21.16 IST: WICKET! Brad Hogg is on fire at the moment as he gets his third wicket tonight. Amit Mishra ends his misery! Tossed up ball on off, Mishra edges that to first slip. Gambhir takes a fine catch. Delhi 92/9 in 15.4 overs 21.06 IST: WICKET! Brad Hogg too gets his second wicket and it’s a big one of Sanju Samson. Hurled outside off, Samsom goes for a drive but gets a thick outside and Uthappa takes a good catch behind the stumps. Delhi 84/8 in 13.1 overs 21.03 IST: WICKET! Piyush Chawla gets his second one as he gets Chris Morris for 11. Tossed up ball and Morris misses the line and gets beaten. Ball goes on to break the furniture. Delhi 84/7 in 12.4 overs 20.56 IST: WICKET! No Craig Brathwaite heroics at Eden Gardens this time. Tossed up ball and the batsman misses the line as a result he gets plumbed. At the end, umpire gives it by raising his finger. Big wicket for Kolkata. Delhi 67/6 in 10.5 overs 20.52 IST: WICKET! Pawan Negi is clean bowled by 45-year-old Brad Hogg. Back of length ball and bit slow. Negi tries for a loft over the bowler’s head but is easlily done by Robin Uthappa by taking the bails off in time. Delhi 55/5 in 10 overs advertisement20.45 IST: It’s time for strategic time-out. The session has gone KKR’s way, but all eyes will be on young talents from Delhi Pawan Negi and Sanju Samson from here on. Delhi 53/4 in 9 overs20.40 IST: Pawan Negi eases a bit of pressure with a magnificent six off Colin Munro. The visitors need a big partnership here. Delhi 49/4 in 8 overs20.38 IST: Million dollar boy Pawan Negi is at the crease, Sanju Samson is at the other end. Delhi 42/4 in 7 overs 20.30 IST: WICKET! Length ball on off, Nair plays that to the safe hands of Manish Pandey at point. Soft dismissal. Delhi 35/4 in 5.3 overs 20.25 IST: WICKET! Another one bites the dust. And, it’s the third one for Andre Russell. Fuller ball on off, Agarwal goes for a loft but gets an outside edge down to third man. Where Brad Hogg takes dolly to dismiss him. Great bowling and fielding by Kolkata there. Delhi 31/3 in 4.5 overs20.22 IST: John Hastings starts cheaply in his first over. Delhi 26/2 in 4 overs 20.16 IST: WICKET! Shreyas Iyer out for a nought. Fuller and on the stump, Iyer misses the flick shot and the ball gets him on the front pad. That was a plumb! Andre Russell gets his second. Delhi 25/2 in 3 overs Whoopsie doopsie @iamyusufpathan @kkriders #IPL https://t.co/nOxovkWNWp IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 201620.12 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock departs for 17. Back of length ball and it is pulled again but is it miscued. As a result it is ballooned high up in the air at mid off and Yusuf Pathan takes it after fumbling. Delhi 24/1 in 2.2 overs 20.10 IST: It has been a blazing start for the visitors. Delhi 23/0 in 2 overs20.05 IST: End of a dramatic first over. Eight runs were scored off Andre Russel’s over. Mayank Agarwal opened his account with a beatiful lofted cover drive. And KKR missed a run out chance in the last ball. DD 8/0 in 1 overs. Mayank Agarwal and Quinton de Kock are the openers for Delhi. Andre Russel has the new ball for KKR. 19.50 IST: Mohammed Shami hasn’t found a spot in the Delhi Daredevils’ playing XI today. Strange!19.40 IST: TEAMS! Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Colin Munro, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, John Hastings, Brad Hogg, Umesh YadavDelhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson, Carlos Brathwaite, Pawan Negi, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile 19.33 IST: QUOTES!Zaheer Khan: Excited to be back in action. We have a good balance in the team. Good that we will be batting first, he (Craig Brathwaite) will have enough time to settle down in the new dressing room.Gautam Gambhir: We are going to bowl. The wicket is not going to change much. Hopefully, we can restrict them and chase it down. Absolutely, Jacques (Kallis) has been involved with the set up for sometime. Hopefully we will give him a winning start as a coach. Looks a good wicket, the ball will come on nicely. advertisement19.32 IST: TOSS! Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and they will bowl first against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens. The King @jacqueskallis75, the Sultan @wasimakramlive and the @KKRiders boys #KKR #IPLhttps://t.co/LoaHm62nSi IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2016Gautam Gambhir has played 77 innings for KKR, scored 2036 runs with an avg strike rate of 124 and scored a half century 18 times. #KKRStats KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 2016At Eden Gardens #KKR has a win percentage of 65.9 and #DD has a win percentage of 20.0 #KKRStats #KKRvDD KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 2016New Zealand big-hitter Colin Munro, who will be plying his trade for Kolkata this season, is excited ahead of the first game. He nearly broke Yuvraj Singh’s record of fastest T20I fifty when he scored a 14-ball 50 against Sri Lanka earlier this year. On the way to our first game of IPL9 @KKRiders #AMIKKR Colin Munro (@manuz05) April 10, 201618.45 IST: Delhi boys were training hard at the Edens earlier today. Can they improve their winning record (6W-9L) against KKR today? #Dilliboys training hard at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata! pic.twitter.com/O55WWnnBQS Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 10, 201618.20 IST: Players to watch out for in KKR – Apart from the big names, both teams have youngsters to watch out for. Knight Riders’ Manish Pandey will be the focal point after his match-winning ton against Australia in the final ODI of the five-match series in Sydney earlier this year. The young batsman from Karnataka also got a chance to be a part of India’s World T20 squad. Young pacer Jayadev Unadkat, who scalped 29 wickets in three Ranji Trophy matches and the Irani Cup tournament will be crucial to KKR’s chances. With Sunil Narine missing from action, it will be interesting to see how Gautam Gambhir handles his bowlers today.Players to watch out for in DD: Carlos Brathwaite, off course. Shreyas Iyer, who has had a fantastic run in the domestic season, will be looking to carry his form into the tournament. South Africa opener Quinton de Kock and spinner Imran Tahir will play an important role at Delhi. Rahul Dravid, who had a successful stint with the suspended IPL club Rajasthan Royals will face pressure at Delhi, who haven’t been consistent enough in the eight seasons. Mohammad Shami, who is struggling with injuries, will be in action at the Eden today. It will also be a test of character for the veteran pacer Zaheer Khan. .@DelhiDaredevils captain @ImZaheer sharing bowling tips with his pacers @MdShami11 & Suyal pic.twitter.com/TCm45oU1OQ IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 7, 201618. 10 IST: The Indian Premier League season nine is on and we saw Rising Pune Supergiants thrash Mumbai Indians in the opener yesterday. And the focus today shifts to Eden Gardens where two-time champions, home side Kolkata Knight Riders take on Delhi Daredevils. There is a lot of excitement about the Delhi unit this time after Rahul Dravid was appointed the mentor of the side. In a surprise move, Zaheer Khan was named the skipper of the team. Preview: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who have roped in some utility cricketers this season, look set to begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) season in style when they host Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an encounter at the Eden Gardens today.The Knights have somewhat stuck to the same squad which helped them lift the trophy in 2012 and 2014 but have managed to bring in the likes of all rounders Colin Munro, Jason Holder and John Hastings.Delhi too have made some changes to their team from last year, adding England batsman Sam Billings and West Indies all rounder Carlos Brathwaite.It was just last Sunday that Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes in the final over to gift West Indies the World T20 trophy at the Eden. A week later he will be in different colours trying the same for his franchise.The KKR bowlers will be wary of his strengths and therefore might rely on spin to do the trick on a wicket that turns.Tweakers Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla might get drafted into the final XI, supported by Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan who bowls left arm off-spin.Mystery spinner Sunil Narine is not likely to be back for the clash, as he has returned to his country after his father’s demise.On paper, KKR’s pace arsenal is not the fiercest, but it is promising due to the presence of Umesh Yadav And Jaydev Unadkat. It will once again be led by South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, who clocks 145 kmph with ease in such conditions.Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have been two vital cogs in the KKR batting wheel. Both have scored plenty of runs in the IPL and skipper Gautam Gambhir will again look to them to deliver the goods.Gambhir and Uthappa feature in the fifth and sixth position among the IPL’s leading run scorers and they would want to make it count this time as well.You will see the best of Sunil Narine in IPL 2016, says Gautam GambhirNarine, who has gone back home after his father’s demise, would be available in Kolkata Knight Riders’ second match against Mumbai Indians on April 13. (Read More) Rahul Dravid my idol, privileged to work with him: Carlos Brathwaite World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite said he was privileged to work with Rahul Dravid at Delhi Daredevils in the ongoing Indian Premier League season. The West Indies all-rounder said it was good to interact with Dravid and that he hoped to go back as a better player. (Read More)