By Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars new cap, Kemol Savory, says he’s more engrossed than ever on upping his cricket, after being named in the team for the upcoming Colonial Medical Insurance Cup, which bowls off on November 7.Savory, Essequibo wicketkeeper/batsman, is one of two fresh faces in the team with the other being pacer Nial Smith. He was the leading run-scorer for the Jaguars 50 Overs League which ended last Thursday and was subsequently named in the 14-man team; on Friday when Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) released the squad for the Regional 50 Overs tournament which is being played in Trinidad.Guyana Chronicle Sport caught up with the classy left-hander after his call-up and the Essequibian said despite being joyful over his selection, he was more eager to do more to keep his cricket at a high level.“The feeling was great, especially putting in all the hard work over the years and now being rewarded. But my plan right now is to focus on my game, play basic cricket so if I get the opportunity to play in the Cup I can hopefully help Guyana win the title after a few years,” said Savory.With 337 runs from the 7 rounds in the Jaguars League, the left-hander racked up scores of 81, 37, 32, 84, 51, 46 and 6. He continued to progress as he followed up 2019 with another strong performance, coming off of the 2018 season where he had knocks of; 103, 39, 56, 30, 28, 44* and 62.With the gloves, the former Guyana Under-19 player ended with 15 dismissals in last year’s tourney, but bettered his feats this season as he ended with 18 victims – a true testament to his improving athleticism and clean glove-work behind the stumps.“It was very important to be consistent especially when you’re looking for your first call up,” said Savory who acquired more runs off the bat this season and continued exceptional wicket-keeping as factors which aided in his selection.With Anthony Bramble being Guyana and, possibly, the Caribbean/West Indies next big wicket-keeper/batsman, given his talents, the chances of Savory becoming the future of Guyana’s ’keeping is likely, especially with just a handful of players who could fit into a similar role.Meanwhile, the 23-year-old said that despite all the good fortune, he’s not fazed by doing too much and plans on sticking to his training regime and putting in the work when he steps out in the middle.He further credited Safraz Sheriffudeen, CEO of VNET for his continued support and sponsorship, which he has provided over the years.
Amir Carlisle isn’t an ordinary freshman.Through nearly three full weeks of fall camp, the first-year tailback from Sunnyvale, Calif., has continued to impress coaches and teammates alike, namely USC coach Lane Kiffin, who has likened him to a pair of successful freshmen from last season.“[His] maturity, preparation for the game are very similar to the two guys that had the great freshman years in [wide receiver] Robert Woods and [cornerback] Nickell Robey,” Kiffin said. “It’s so rare for a true freshman to make an impact regardless of how physically talented they are unless they are mentally prepared and driven and focused, because there are so many distractions as a freshman.”Standout · Though just a freshman, running back Amir Carlisle has shown in fall camp he is capable of starting the season opener. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFollowing senior tailback Marc Tyler’s suspension in late July, the Trojans have been without a proven tailback to start the year. Of the team’s four running backs competing to start the Sept. 3 season opener against Minnesota, only sophomore tailback Dillon Baxter appeared in a game for the Trojans in 2010.Carlisle, as a result, remains fortunate to be in such a position.“I just bring energy to it and determination,” Carlisle said. “The other backs are great backs. I’m just going to go out there and give it my all each and every play and leave the rest up to the coaches.”With the opener little more than a week away, Kiffin confirmed that the race to replace Tyler had not been settled.“No, we still haven’t figured it out,” Kiffin said of the competition.Carlisle routinely broke through the line for big plays during snaps against the second team defense, and despite his small stature — 5-foot-10, 180 pounds — Carlisle believes his determination compensates for what he lacks in size.“You know I’m a competitor,” Carlisle said. “I’m going to go out there and give it my all each and every play. I really pride myself on toughness.”Yet Carlisle also admitted he still has plenty to learn.“I try to learn the playbook as best I can. I’m new to it,” Carlisle said. “I have made mistakes, but I make it a point to get extra time in the playbook, really try to learn it.For the first time this camp, Tyler made an appearance in pads at Wednesday’s practice, largely playing with the scout team, but Kiffin downplayed the event.“It’s the next step in the process of [Tyler] hopefully coming back,” Kiffin said. “This isn’t a major step; he’s not cleared for the second game. It’s just something that we had in place as he goes through this process.”Though the Trojans gained one player in Tyler on Wednesday, they lost others.Kiffin announced that freshman fullback Charles Burks was injured earlier this week and will require knee surgery, forcing him to miss the entire season. Other injuries, however, were not as serious.Junior guard Abe Markowitz left practice with a foot injury and was replaced by freshman Marcus Martin.“Marcus has a great future here,” Kiffin said. “I think he’s a very talented athlete who really loves football.”The team’s oldest eligible tailback, Curtis McNeal also sat out during Wednesday’s practice, complicating some of the team’s position battles.During special teams drills, the punt return squad appeared confident in a variety of drills early, often pressuring freshman punter Kyle Albarado.In the field goal and extra point drills, junior safety T.J. McDonald also blocked two attempts, while the kicking team converted the rest.