NMG&F News:SANTA FE ― Three New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officers graduated June 14 from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Farmington.The department’s graduates of the 20-week law enforcement training academy:Kayla Brauer;Travis Bessett; andMontana Tidwell.Notably, Brauer earned the title of class valedictorian and the exemplary performance award in a class of 30.In addition to attending the law enforcement academy, conservation officers undergo four weeks of departmental training in wildlife laws and department policies and procedures. They also undergo a year of on-the-job training under the supervision of a field training officer before being assigned to a district.For more information about a career as a conservation officer with the Department of Game & Fish, visit the department website. New Mexico Department of Game & Fish conservation officer graduates Kayla Brauer, Travis Bessett and Montana Tidwell. Courtesy/NMG&F
COLUMBIA –During a football season in which the University of South Carolina is on pace to break passing records, the team’s wide receivers sometimes seem to be catching more flak than footballs.“Some of them have not had quite as good a year as they’ve had in years past, to be honest with you,” USC coach Steve Spurrier said Tuesday.Still, as the Gamecocks (5-5) prepare for their final home game at noon Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Alabama (6-4), the receiving corps – Pharoh Cooper, Shaq Roland, Nick Jones, Damiere Byrd, K.J. Brent and Shamier Jeffrey – is averaging 13.5 catches per game. That’s nearly two catches per game better than the 11.8 that receivers accounted for in 2013.“The expectations that people put out, we haven’t been up to par,” said Byrd, a senior who had 33 receptions in 2013 but only 14 this season. “They haven’t been as high as everybody assumed, I guess.”The Gamecocks have produced a breakout star in Cooper, a sophomore who leads the team with 55 receptions for 826 yards with eight touchdowns. But Roland, another receiver from whom big things were expected, has been up and down.A junior from Lexington, Roland has 23 catches with four touchdowns, compared to 25 and five in 2013. He was benched against Kentucky this season and was criticized by Spurrier for blocking miscues in the Gamecocks’ 23-20 win at Florida this past Saturday.“He and a lot of these players have done OK this year, but they’ve probably had a little bit better games in the past,” Spurrier said.Nick Jones, who had 27 receptions in 2013 and has 35 this year, said the receivers expect Spurrier to be demanding of them.“That’s what we want,” said Jones, a senior from Byrnes High. “In the past, we have been able to make plays that we haven’t been able to make this year.”Receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said he would continue to try to coax improvement out of Roland and others. He praised the work done by Cooper, Jones and Brent, who has six receptions.“Obviously Pharoh’s represented at a very high level and he and Nick are the two guys who have done the best,” Spurrier Jr. said. “Nick’s doing everything that we’ve asked him to do. K.J. just hasn’t gotten the chance to play much, but he’s done well. He needs to play more to show that.”Brent may start Saturday.Despite the perceived slump by the receiving corps, quarterback Dylan Thompson could set several passing records this season. Thompson, a senior from Boiling Springs, tied a USC single-game mark with five touchdown passes against Auburn.With 413 yards, he would break Todd Ellis’ season passing yardage record of 3,206. He is eight TD passes from breaking Steve Taneyhill’s season record of 29.The Gamecocks also set a school record this season by tallying four straight games of 500-plus yards of total offense.“It’s all added up to a decent passing year in comparison to some past years,” quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus said. “Hopefully we can keep it up and hopefully get the receivers more involved here in these last couple of games.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-17:3e996a6c4f65a8154382e464 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-325699-3897884447001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.