Q&A with Alex Putterman, the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2018 at 11:47 am Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham The D.O.: Who wins on Saturday and why?A.P.: Well, Syracuse wins, probably pretty handily, I was thinking something like — well you didn’t ask me for a score but I’ll give you one anyways — something like 48-24. I know Syracuse isn’t built around its offense, necessarily, but with how the UConn defense has been so far, I don’t think the Orange will have any trouble moving the ball. I think another thing to watch is that UConn’s only road game so far was at Boise State in a really loud atmosphere, and they committed six false starts. Which is not what you want, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how they respond to playing in a fairly loud atmosphere at the Carrier Dome.Just today in practice, they were piping in extremely loud artificial crowd noise. It was really kind of a pain for me, so clearly they’re trying to mitigate against the impact the Carrier Dome will have, but I think that will play a role and it shouldn’t really be a tough game for Syracuse. Undefeated Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) hosts UConn (1-2, 0-1 American Athletic) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. SU is coming off a 30-7 blowout against Florida State while the Huskies are reeling from an 0-2 start and a close game against Rhode Island.To get some the lowdown on the Huskies, The Daily Orange talked with the Hartford Courant’s UConn beat writer, Alex Putterman.The Daily Orange: UConn enters this game 1-2 with a close win over FCS Rhode Island. What’s the deal with the Huskies?Alex Putterman: Where they are is they’re an extremely, extremely young team. Especially on defense where in any given game, somewhere between six to eight, nine, of the starters on defense will be freshmen, and some of them are true freshmen. As soon as someone gets hurt, it’s always a freshman coming in to replace them. It’s just really almost a preposterously young team. All these guys who have probably not taken their first college midterm are being asked to guard high-powered FBS offenses.So that has been tough. Luckily the offense has been pretty good at times, especially David Pindell, the quarterback, who has put up some pretty impressive numbers against UCF and then again against Rhode Island. Really agile, can run, but he’s also completing passes at a much, much higher rate than he did last year. What I like to say is that they have a competent offense and a pretty bad defense, at this point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWe knew it was going to be a transitional year, because of how young the team was, but it has been pretty ugly at times.The D.O.: For Syracuse fans, who is a player to watch for the Huskies?A.P.: I would say the player to watch has to be David Pindell, the quarterback. Really UConn goes as he goes. He’s extremely athletic, really fast, really elusive, really good in open space, hard to bring down. And like I said, he can complete passes. UConn doesn’t try a lot of deep balls, you could say their offensive line doesn’t give them time to try deep balls, but it’s a lot of short passes, a lot of QB runs — some of them designed, some of them scrambles.He’s really the guy. If UConn is going to put up points against Syracuse, it’s going to be because he is converting on the ground and through the air.The D.O.: Outside of Pindell, has anyone else excelled for the Huskies, despite the poor record?A.P.: This is maybe a kind of cheat-y answer but I would say the offensive skill positions, offensive skill players as a group. I mentioned Pindell, Kevin Mensah is the starting running back, he’s had a really good season, just rushed for a career-high 144 yards against Rhode Island and has really looked great giving them another element to the offense.And the receivers are kind of a strength, led by Hergy Mayala, who is a senior. Tight ends are really good, Tyler Davis and Aaron McLean. So I would say the team’s strength is that on offense, it does have some playmakers.last_img read more

Member of the week: Ezequiel Viñao, Composer

first_imgOur member of the week is Ezequiel Viñao. Ezequiel is a composer and music producer. His work has been performed at the some of the country’s most prestigious venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. Ezequiel’s music has earned praise from The New York Times and The Washington Post amongst others. For reviews of Ezequiel’s work and to hear audio clips of his music, visit his website. To find out more about him, check out his profile and our short interview with him below.1. What has been your most interesting project?It is difficult to say which has been my most interesting project. I could mention several recent ones: 2005 saw both the worldwide CD release of my vocal cycle “ARCANUM” (a recording in collaboration with the Estonian conductor Kristjan Jarvi and available from BIS Records, the premier swedish label) and a commission from my “alma mater” the Juilliard School for their Centenary (in 2006) The piece was written for the legendary Juilliard String Quartet, which has been called “the first family of American Chamber Music.” In 2006, I completed a commission for the Grammy-Award Winning Vocal Ensemble “Chanticleer.” The new work was based on a powerful 10th century Anglo-Saxon text (which I translated into modern English from Old English). The poem speaks of the destruction and futility of war, a subject as current today as it was back then, more than a 1000 years ago.2. Why did you decide to go freelance?So far, I have been privileged in that I have been able to go freelance. The alternative is teaching, which, as interesting and fulfilling as it certainly is, does take a lot of time away from the creative process.3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?Never expect that your last project will generate your next project. Always think “laterally.” Embrace change.4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?Soho.5. What is your inspiration?The forgotten past.last_img read more