Receivers take center stage during Tuesday’s football practice

first_imgFollowing a scrimmage on Howard Jones Field Saturday, the Trojans were back to regular practice on Tuesday. In the early weeks of camp, the USC defense stood out with its speed and forced turnovers. But on Tuesday, the offense took center stage. “Offensively, it’s probably been our best practice of spring thus far,” head coach Clay Helton said. The Trojans have holes to fill at the wide receiver position. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darreus Rogers, De’Quan Hampton and Isaac Whitney leaving, younger players now have an opportunity to step up, and they impressed their head coach with a strong practice.“I was really proud of the young wide receivers,” Helton said. “The light really clicked on for them today.”After redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold struggled the first few weeks with interceptions, quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton stressed that timing develops over time, and at this point in the spring, mistakes are understandable.“You’ve got to talk things over about what the quarterback sees, what the receiver sees,” Helton said. “It’s timing more than anything. The receiver has to understand what the quarterback’s thinking, where he’s going to go and the timing of all of that.”While spring practice has been a transition phase, Darnold appears to be getting more comfortable with the younger targets. When asked who has stood out the most to him in spring practice thus far, Darnold did not single anyone out.“All the receivers have been standing out the most to me,” Darnold said. While Darnold already has chemistry with junior wideout Deontay Burnett and his tight ends, redshirt sophomore Daniel Imatorbhebhe and junior Tyler Petite, the likes of sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. and redshirt freshmen Velus Jones Jr. and Tyler Vaughns look to make strides in the receiving game.“We’re looking forward to keeping it going and keep rolling through spring,” Darnold said. “And then hopefully it continues into summer workouts.”Pittman impressed in practice on Tuesday, consistently making plays and catching several of Darnold’s passes in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. One of the more experienced wideouts, Pittman drew praise from his coaches.“[Michael] had a good scrimmage on Saturday,” offensive coordinator Tee Martin said. “He made some, what I like to say, ‘Big boy plays’ … and today he was really strong [and] played physical.”Jones has also continued to impress coaches with his playmaking ability. In the 7-on-7 portion of practice, Jones made an impressive touchdown catch over junior safety Marvell Tell III. With so many pass catchers turning heads, Helton praised Darnold’s work.“He’s really playing against the defense, and he’s not focused on one particular guy,” Helton said. “He’s really mixing the ball around nicely, and he did that again today.” While it will take time for chemistry to develop in the passing game, Darnold will rely on his talented supporting cast to power the Trojans through the upcoming campaign — one with championship aspirations.last_img read more

TAT partners with Thai Air Asia to launch design contest

first_imgMr.Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya (Middle), Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of TAT, Mr. Banyat Hansakul (2nd left), Director of Engineering for Thai AirAsia and Mr. Wisut Ponnimit (2nd right), Thai cartoonistThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is partnering with Thai Air Asia in launching the “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” design contest, following the success of last year’s co-branding partnership in which the airline wrapped its newest Airbus A320 aircraft with the logo of the 2015 Discover Thainess campaign and decorated its interior with images of the “12 Hidden Gems” destinations.Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Executive Director of the Advertising and Public Relations Department of TAT said, “Last year’s co-branding partnership between TAT and Thai Air Asia proved highly popular with visitors while adding a unique colour to Thai Air Asia’s fleet.“Under this year’s Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand design contest, we look forward to seeing great designs that will help inspire more travellers from around the world to want to visit Thailand to discover the many amazing travel stories here by themselves.”The “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” design contest is open for designers, artists and members of the public.They are invited to submit their entries under two categories: Amazing Thailand – Amazing Culture, to promote Thai culture, hospitality and lifestyles, and Amazing Thailand – Amazing Destination, to promote Thailand’s tourist attractions, be they cultural, natural, architectural or concerned with Thai festivals and leisure.Any region of Thailand can be represented, giving artists a great deal of freedom when coming up with creative designs.Mr. Banyat Hansakul, Director of Engineering for Thai AirAsia said, “As one of the world’s largest low-cost carriers, Thai Air Asia is responsible for bringing tourists into Thailand and showing them its wonders, so we are proud to work with TAT again and further promote the kingdom via the livery of our aircraft.”The winning designs in both “Paint the Sky with Amazing Thailand” concepts will be painted onto two of Thai Air Asia’s Airbus 320-200 aircraft, which operate on both domestic and international routes. The first aircraft with the winning design will be launched in August 2016, and the second one about a month later, and will be available for at least 11 months. Tourism Thailand Thai Air AsiaSource = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more