Man airlifted to hospital after 35ft cliff fall

first_imgUpdated: 1pmA man was airlifted to hospital last night after suffering a 35ft fall from a cliff in Inishowen.The man was out walking along the cliffs at Kinnego Bay at around 8.45pm on Sunday when he fell to the rocks below. The man was transported to Letterkenny University Hospital, suffering two fractures to his skull, requiring stitches and was treated for a broken wrist. The incident occurred after a party of six teenagers from Inishowen and Derry City had been rock climbing near Kinnego Bay.Two men, who had been camping at the beach, called the emergency services before assisting by kayak to the location and provided first aid to the injured casualty.The Greencastle Coast Guard was called to assist the casualty from Malin Head Coast Guard 8.50pm.  The Rescue 118 helicopter was also dispatched to the scene and landed on the beach. The Greencastle Coast Guard rescue boat arrived on scene at 9.21pm.Images via Greencastle Coast GuardThe rescue boat took three of the teenagers off the rocks and landed them to the safety of the beach, where they were checked over by a waiting ambulance crew and received medical attention for cuts, bruises and hypothermia.The rescue operation was coordinated by the Malin Head Coast Guard.Images via Greencastle Coast GuardGreencastle Coast Guard Officer in charge, Charlie Cavanagh, said the rescue operation went smoothly and the weather conditions were favourable, allowing their rescue boat to gain access to the casualty’s location and also allowed the boat and helicopter to both make safe beach landings. He thanked the two kayakers for their prompt action in alerting authorities and for their assistance on the scene.Mr Cavanagh acknowledged a very professional job carried out in the joint operation involving HSE ambulance crews, Coast Guard Helicopter, Gardaí, Malin Head Coast Guard MRSC and volunteer members of Greencastle Coast Guard Unit and thanked everyone involved for their cooperation.Man airlifted to hospital after 35ft cliff fall was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mandela medallion for Queen at Chelsea Flower Show

first_imgBritain’s Queen Elizabeth was presented with a gold medallion minted in honour of the late Nelson Mandela as she paid a visit to South Africa’s exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May. The South African National Biodiversity Institute (Sanbi) exhibit, incorporating a unique tribute to Mandela, was awarded a Silver Gilt medal at the show’s opening on Tuesday. The innovative exhibit, “In Harmony with Nature”, had already attracted much interest from media, celebrities and the Royal family on preview day. The Queen made the South Africa exhibit the first stop of her traditional tour of the show. Sanbi communications director Lihle Dlamini and Alan Demby, chairman of the SA Gold Coin Exchange, presented the Queen with the commemorative medallion, bearing Mandela’s image on the obverse and Mandela’s Gold Strelitzia on the reverse. “Exhibiting at this ‘Olympics’ of flower shows is one of the major tourism opportunities to promote South Africa and its rich natural biodiversity and cultural heritage and, with more than 150 000 visitors to the show over the next four days, the South African stand is always a major attraction,” Sanbi said in a statement. The South Africa exhibit pays homage to Madiba with a vertical stone gabion memorial wall, inset with a pixel portrait of Nelson Mandela created from everlasting organic material in a palette of eight natural colours. The display, which features dioramas of four different habitats, “shows clearly how Sanbi is achieving its mandate across the country by championing our exceptionally rich, life-sustaining biodiversity through exploration, conservation, sustainable use, appreciation and enjoyment for all South Africans,” Sanbi said. “South Africa occupies only 0.8% of the world’s land area’ yet is home to nearly 3% of the world’s plants and approximately 7% of its reptiles, birds and mammals. This makes South Africa the third most biodiverse country in the world (following Indonesia and Brazil).” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pro Insight From Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers

first_imgHere are a few of the discussion’s key highlights and eye-opening takeaways.Rodrigo PrietoImage via Paramount PicturesPrieto recently had two major films released around the same time — the sci-fi romance Passengers (on which he utilized the ALEXA 65 of The Revenant fame) and Silence, which was shot mostly on film. During the roundtable, Prieto explained his decision to shoot Passengers digitally and discussed the importance of the feeling you get from an image.We felt the image, the oxygen, should be clean. And for me, the grain gives you a texture that gives you also a vibration that didn’t feel accurate for Passengers. So when I performed several tests and showed Morten Tyldum, we agreed that Passengers should be this format. Whereas on Silence, it was about hiding, it was a very different thing.We needed clarity on Passengers, clarity of the air. In Silence it’s priests in Japan. Most of the time they’re hiding. There’s a lot of darkness, candlelight — I used some digital for that. I used ALEXA anamorphic lenses for the low-light capabilities. So I was able to shoot most of it on film. There was a lot of exteriors and I felt that using the film for certain scenes where the texture needed to be a bit rougher was necessary. For the night scenes with candles, I used digital.Bradford YoungImage via Paramount PicturesBradford Young’s ever-expanding resume has positioned him as a contender for the title of The Next Great Cinematographer. His impressive work on Arrival is proof of his wide-ranging talents and photographic expertise. In the roundtable, Young focused on the philosophy of cinematography and the importance of trust and communication with the director.My requirement is, after we go through the war, that I can break bread with you at my table, with my kids and my wife. So, for me, I try to give the benefit of the doubt with the literature, because sometimes the literature isn’t sewn up as tight.So I’m hoping the director is going to bring a lot of his or her own temperament, accent, [and] perspective to the thing we’re about to wrap our minds around. The community-building thing comes out of the desire to collaborate. At the end of the day, I want to be your friend. With Dennis, I was a big fan. I feel like I knew his writing on the wall.Linus SandgrenImage via LionsgateSandgren’s stellar work on last year’s love letter to classic Hollywood musicals — La La Land — makes him a frontrunner for the cinematography Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards. Shooting on film and successfully achieving a golden-age-of-cinema look came with a few worries and fears. In the roundtable, he sheds some light on the necessity of planning before you shoot:Whatever you do on set is so important, and there’s so little you should do in the DI, in my opinion, because the more you do there, the more you screw up the image and how it was captured. The DI is an amazing tool, allowing you to fix things you’ve screwed up, but I think the general look of the film is always created with the lenses or film stock you’ve chosen.Charlotte Bruus ChristensenImage via DreamworksIn the course of the conversation, Christensen made an excellent case for shooting the play-adaptation Fences on film. Gritty texture was a must and director Denzel Washington’s trust in Christensen was key. Regarding her recent work on The Girl on the Train, Christensen praised the textures that come with shooting on film.We were planning on being so close on our lead actress who’s observing other people’s lives from the train. It was so much about a POV story, it’s a girl right there, who is observing people and thinking her thoughts that aren’t what really happened in reality, so there’s a lot of things we had to express with images. We had to be so close to her.Caleb DeschanelImage via 20th Century FoxRules Don’t Apply, Warren Beatty’s long-in-the-works Howard Hughes film, has a classic feel, rich with deep shadows and almost noir-like images. During the roundtable, Deschanel reflected on shooting digitally:Photographing faces, you have to be careful about how sharp an image is. The thing that I always liked about film is that each frame is different. So the fact that one frame goes to another, and the grain is in a slightly different place, actually is much more forgiving for the human face, and it actually gives you a certain quality that I find fascinating.John TollImage via Sony Pictures EntertainmentJohn Toll (DP for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) offered some interesting insight into director Ang Lee’s controversial decision to shoot the film in 3D at an unheard of 120 frames per second.He has always been interested in the idea of high frame rate, and so he really wanted to explore the idea. But it was primarily to — [it was] an enhancement to the story, a way to become a little more intimate with the story, especially the characters and actors, and he really saw the value in the process for that. It was primarily a new way to tell a story, a new way to involve the audience, and [Lee] intentionally chose Billy Lynn as the project because he did not want to imply that it was technology to create spectacle, but rather creating more intimacy.Closing ThoughtsHere’s some closing inspiration from Bradford Young, who called out the necessity of truth and self within your art with this final thought on capturing images.I think we keep getting caught in the conversation between ARRI and Sony, and all they’re doing is just providing us with the stuff, saying, “y’all do whatever you want to do with it.” I think the conversation is — how do we anchor it? How do we anchor it in something that gives us feeling? How do you bring feeling to it? Which I think is the most important thing.Which movie from last year do you think looked  best? Do you disagree with some of these cinematographers? Let us know what you think! Follow along as the cinematographers behind some of the year’s most-acclaimed films share behind-the-scenes stories and offer real-deal industry insight.The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Oscar Roundtables are a fantastic watch for anyone with even a mild interest in the film industry. The concept is simple: Gather a handful of contemporary filmmaking’s best and brightest, stick them in a room together, and film the conversation. The result is always fascinating, insightful, surprising, and inspiring. Plus, you can finally put a name to a face to a shot!This year’s Oscar Cinematography Roundtable features some of the most-acclaimed DPs in the business — John Toll (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Bradford Young (Arrival), Rodrigo Prieto (Silence, Passengers), Charlotte Bruus Christensen (Fences, The Girl on the Train), Linus Sandgren (La La Land), and Caleb Deschanel (Rules Don’t Apply).This video, over an hour in length, is well worth your time. It’s not just a simple conversation — it’s a culmination of years of experience, passion, and technique.last_img read more

State tackles dengue prevention on war footing in Kolhapur

first_imgMaharashtra is trying hard to prevent an outbreak of dengue in flood-affected Kolhapur, that had recorded a high number of cases last year. From home visits to continuous spraying of insecticides, the main focus is to destroy the tiniest of breeding spots, said health officials.Last year, Kolhapur had recorded 14 dengue deaths and 1991 cases. Of these, 497 cases were reported from rural areas and 1,494 from urban areas. This year so far, the region has recorded 665 cases and two deaths due to the mosquito-borne disease.“The main reason behind last year’s surge was intermittent rainfall. Also, the lack of proper solid waste management was a problem, which promoted breeding in odd objects lying around,” said entomologist, Dr. Mahendra Jagtap. He said the egg biology of the dengue-spreading female Aedes aegypti mosquito also makes the spread of the disease more challenging. “The eggs can remain for a year or more even without water. As soon as they come in contact with water, they take the form of larvae. This is extremely problematic,” said Dr. Jagtap. Destroying breeding spots completely is the best way to tackle the menace, he said.Teams of 20 members from Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Nanded, Latur and Mumbai have been working extensively in Kolhapur and Sangli. “Activities like house-to-house inspection, contact tracing (checking for symptoms in people around a dengue-positive patient), fogging and spraying of insecticides is being undertaken on a daily basis. Rapid response teams have been formed at ward levels and many non-profit organisations have come to help,” he said.In Sangli too, several measures have been taken to avoid outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases. Last year, Sangli had recorded 87 dengue cases. This year, the region has recorded 61 cases so far. According to Dr. Jagtap, breeding was mostly found in water stored in containers.last_img read more

Realme X to be sold on Flipkart after July 15 launch, teaser confirms

first_imgEarlier today, it was reported that the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro will be available on Flipkart following its launch on July 17. Turns out, Flipkart will also be the e-commerce platform to sell the Realme X as well as it has now put up a dedicated page teasing the launch of the Realme X. The Realme X highlights a notchless AMOLED display, pop-up selfie camera and 48MP primary camera, among other things. It is set to launch in India on July 15.The microsite on Flipkart has a kind of statistical under the hashtag #RealVoiceOfIndia. It shows stats like 62 per cent of people prefer a pop-up camera while 81 per cent are looking for a brilliant rear camera and 66 per cent are asking for fast charging battery. The idea behind this is to showcase that the Realme X offers all these features and more.The Flipkart page confirms that the Realme X will be sold on the e-commerce platform in addition to Realme India’s official website. The launch event for the Realme X will take place on July 15 and Flipkart may also offer a livestream option, which we will know for sure on the day of launch.The Realme X will be competing against the Redmi K20, the latter expected to go official on July 17. Both the phones will be available on Flipkart and both the companies are expected to reveal the first sale dates for the Realme X and Redmi K20 during their respective launch events.Realme X specifications and expected price in IndiaThe Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) notchless AMOLED display on the front and a 3D glasstic panel on the back. The phone has been launched in China in two gradient colours – Steam White and Punk Blue. Realme is also expected to announce the special Onion and Garlic editions of the Realme X in India as well.advertisementRealme’s upcoming smartphone will be powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset much like the Realme 3 Pro. The pop-up camera houses a 16MP selfie camera while the dual camera setup on the back includes a 48MP f/1.7 Sony IMX586 main sensor and 5MP depth sensor. The Realme X houses a 3765mAh battery, supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth said that the Realme X will cost around Rs 18,000 India. Interestingly, the Redmi K20 is also expected to launch around the same price point, which means the two phones will be squaring off against each other very soon.ALSO READ | Realme X Spiderman edition announced in India: Spider-Man inspired phone caseALSO READ | Realme X is coming to India soon: Should you wait for it or buy Realme 3 Prolast_img read more

Three-star Linebacker Names Oklahoma State in Final Four

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State is in the mix for three-star outside linebacker prospect Mata Hola of Sandy, Utah, according to a report from Deseret News sports reporter Ryan McDonald. Hola has the Pokes in his final four schools, along with Utah State, Boise State and BYU.Alta LB Mata Hola’s final four: BYU, Utah State, Boise State and Oklahoma State— Ryan McDonald (@ryanwmcdonald) January 4, 2017So west coast school, west coast school, west coast school and OSU. Intersting.Hola is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound prospect who, according to Scout, only has offers from BYU, Hawaii and Utah State. So either OSU is recruiting him hard but hasn’t pulled the trigger, or OSU’s offer simply hasn’t made its way to the public. I’d suspect the latter, given that OSU likes to keep it’s targets who many would define as “sleepers” under the radar for as long as possible.Oklahoma State has several linebackers in it’s 2017 recruiting class: JUCO inside linebacker Patrick Macon, and outside linebacker and early enrollee Brendaan Vaughn.With Josh Mabin and Seth Jacobs retiring early from OSU, along with Devante Averette and Jordan Burton expending his final year of eligibility this season, at outside linebacker/STAR, there’s a strong need for linebackers and Hola could certainly help fill that void as a solid prospect that would fit nicely in OSU’s hybrid linebacker position.last_img read more

The Reload: CJ Moore Names Top 6, Henson Pursuing In State Lineman

first_imgWith offers from 30 schools including UCLA, Cal, OU, LSU, Michigan and others, this will be a tough recruitment. Trying to make up ground this *late* in the process will be a tall task, but Gordon is one that’s at least worth giving it a shot for.Josh Henson looking ahead to 2019 with offer to Texas OLNew offensive line coach Josh Henson extended an offer to 2019 offensive tackle Vick Curne — a 6-foot-5 prospect from Second Baptist, Texas. Curne is a relative unknown but his frame and 300 pound body suggests he won’t be for long.In-state offensive lineman offeredCan you tell Henson’s been busy? The best part is that he’s unearthing talent within the Oklahoma border that he likes. He offered OKC area offensive lineman Owen Condon earlier this week, and he also offered Bixby offensive guard Bryce Bray — former teammate of OSU defensive tackle signee Brendon Evers.Bray’s a three-star recruit and a 6-foot-5 inside lineman. He was named the Dallas Opening lineman MVP this past weekend, and tested through the roof in drills. He’s got versatility to play guard and tackle and he plays physical with a mean streak. Sign. Me. Up.2018 Bixby OG Bryce Bray (@_bbray_75) uses hands well here to keep DL off his body. Beats had a nice day today. #OKPreps— Alex King (@AKing_TFB) March 5, 2017 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with all the latest Oklahoma State news and recruiting information with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Tulsa Union’s CJ Moore recruitment updateFour-star Union wide receiver CJ Moore dropped his list of top six schools on Tuesday, announcing that the Cowboys have made his list along with some heavyweight programs including Ohio State.Top 6??— ??CJ Moore?? (@daddydimes35) March 8, 2017Moore, a relative of former OSU wide receiver Tracy Moore, and by extension former OSU signee Tramonda Moore, has a long history of Oklahoma State ties. OSU is battling some big names for his commitment, and keeping him in the state is Kasey Dunn’s top priority for the 2018 class. Moore is a once-in-a-decade receiver who happens to be homegrown. At 6-foot-5 with production to boot, he’ll be a name to continue to monitor as the spring and summer evolve.Oklahoma nabs in-state safetyTeammate to CJ Moore, Patrick Fields, committed to the Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend. The versatile linebacker/safety from Union picked OU over offers from TCU, Notre Dame, OSU, and others.Despite an offer from the Cowboys, they were never really in the mix for his service — due in large part to his strong OU lean. The moment the Sooners offered (they were his third Division I offer), he was basically all in, from what I’ve been told. His recruitment past that point was little more than a formality. He’s a homegrown Sooner.Oklahoma State offers 2018 Running BackFiled under: “This might be a longshot but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” files, Oklahoma State has extended an offer to junior running back prospect Asa Martin. Martin is a four-star recruit with 20 Division I offers including Ole Miss, Michigan, OU, and others.Martin made a recent visit to Norman on an unofficial basis all the way from Decatur, Alabama, but it is believed that he didn’t stop by Stillwater on his way, for what it’s worth. But with John Wozniak at the helm and his recent stay at Southern Miss, this might not be totally off the wall — Martin is being heavily recruited in the Southwest region and it’s likely a connection was made prior to his arrival in Stillwater.Manvel defensive back offeredIf you’re fishing for talent in Texas, Manvel isn’t a bad place to start. The school has been a talent factory, but Oklahoma State hasn’t been able to make in roads to the talent-rich school. That isn’t stopping them from trying, as they offered three-star cornerback Trent Gordon this week:last_img read more

Tyron Johnson Has Mike Gundy Sipping the Orange Kool-Aid

first_imgDEPTH CHARTPLAYERCLASS WR1JAMES WASHINGTONSENIOR Spring practice is rolling along and, in between snake-hunting tips, Mike Gundy was able to talk about maybe his biggest on-field addition for 2017 — former LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson.“Tyron’s done good,” Mike Gundy said “He has done great for us. He has bought into the OSU culture, the Cowboy culture. He’s been really good.”Gundy knows the type of weapons he has returning at wide receiver to go along with Mason Rudolph and a budding star in Justice Hill. And Johnson just adds to that.“It’s early,” said Gundy “and my coach told me a long time ago to be careful about drinking the Kool-Aid too early, but to this point, he’s been pretty impressive in practice with some of the plays he’s made.”This isn’t the first sweat-inducing hype we’ve heard about Johnson from practice. Former OSU safety Jordan Sterns told us on the pod what jumped out to him about the LSU transfer (who he’s seen jump over people).“Man the first thing is his athleticism,” said Sterns. “Just how athletic he is. I haven’t seen too many things like it since I’ve been on the team. Obviously James Washington is a freak. Jalen McCleskey is a freak, but Tyron is his own player. Like I said, he has swag to him, obviously [being] from that New Orleans area and just brings that to the offense. He’s gonna have that, bring that x-factor. Guys aren’t going to know too much about him coming into next [year], you know, other teams.”Our man, Hayden Barber was at practice on Wednesday and gave a report on the offense. Here’s what he noted on Johnson.Johnson has a big, tall frame. Looks like an NFL receiver already, no wonder he was a 5-star recruit. He looks like Marcell Ateman but a couple inches shorter. Also, he has more tattoos than I can begin to count.Hayden also reported that he was getting some of the first reps on the right side in place of James Washington who is still apparently nursing that gross finger dislocation from the Alamo Bowl.Whether or not Johnson gets the nod to start, he seems to have cemented his spot in the rotation. OSU may even be going four-wide to get him into the starting lineup.Take a look at this list of the targets Mason Rudolph will get to choose from this fall. WR2TYLAN WALLACEFRESHMAN WR1MARCELL ATEMANRS SENIOR WR2CHRIS LACYRS SENIOR OTHEROBI OBIALOSOPHOMORE WR3TYRELL ALEXANDERRS FRESHMAN WR1JALEN MCCLESKEYJUNIOR WR3DILLON STONERSOPHOMORE WR3LC GREENWOODFRESHMAN WR2TYRON JOHNSONRS SOPHOMORE While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Chris Carson Takes Call from Pete Carroll and John Schneider

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Chris Carson fulfilled a lifelong dream when he saw his name flash across the television screen on Saturday evening. Whether a player goes in the 1st round or the 7th, it’s a moment they will never forget.Check out this video from the Seattle Seahawks where GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll call Carson to break the good news.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I was getting kind of nervous,” Carson said according to the Seahawks “I wanted to get my name called. I had talked to a lot of teams about being signed as a free agent. Then Seattle called me, and I just got excited to see that number pop up. I talked to the coaches there, and I started crying. I started to tear up a little bit. I’m just blessed to be in this situation.”Carson was selected with the 249th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 11th and final selection by the Seahawks.last_img read more

5 Thoughts: Recapping Spring Football at Oklahoma State

first_imgThere isn’t one outstanding headline decisions heading into fall camp and the 2017 season for the Oklahoma State football team, but there are several key secondary decisions that have potential to have major impacts on the product we see next season.Here are five of them:1. Backup Running Back Could be More Important Than You ThinkThe Cowboys are one Justice Hill injury away from becoming an extremely one-dimensional offense, unless a backup running back separates himself from the rest.Two more backs are heading to Stillwater this summer — Chubba Hubbard and JD King — but in watching spring practices and covering the spring game, Jeff Carr didn’t blow away his competition. And that was disappointing given he was up against three scout teamers.It’s not breaking news that a good run game can set up a passing attack. Last year, Mason Rudolph seemed at his best every time Chris Carson was. Defenses knew they had to respect Hill’s explosiveness, but Carson added a bit of deception. Whether that was because he had underperformed at OSU since he arrived or because he provided that drastic change in power and style, it will be much easier for defenses to prepare for Rudolph and Hill if no one else in the backfield demands attention.My guess is that Hubbard will be the No. 2 and King will serve as a third-down back from time to time.2. Second Cornerback Remains a MysteryThe Adrian Baker commitment was possibly the most important news to come out of spring practice, but the most vital item in the fall should be who will play opposite him.Much like the backup running back story, none of the cornerbacks pulled away as the favorite to land that second starting spot on the defense. At times, redshirt senior Darius Curry looked better than usual. At others, it was redshirt freshman Rodarius Williams. Then sophomore A.J. Green. It was never clear.OSU signed just one corner in the 2017 class. Lamarcus Morton came in as an early enrollee, but he didn’t catch my attention, and I would expect him to be redshirted given the surplus of underclassmen at the position.The moves of Ramon Richards to safety and Kenneth Edison-McGruder to linebacker appeared smart when they were announced, but I’m afraid they will cause more problems than solve.With that, I project Curry will begin the season as the game 1 starter, but by week 4 or 5, Richards will be back at corner and Edison-McGruder back at safety.3. Receiver Rotation Will Go One of Two WaysEither Marcell Ateman, Chris Lacy and Tyron Johnson will each have 30+ catches in 2017, or at least one of those guys will have their feelings hurt.There are only so many catches to go around. Last year, Rudolph completed 284 passes. That number will probably rise to at least 300. James Washington will grab about 70. Jalen McCleskey will have another 70ish.That leaves about 160 for Ateman, Lacy, Johnson and the inside receivers and the running backs and the cowboy backs.Coach Mike Gundy has said that Ateman and Lacy will split time, each playing about 40 snaps, which leaves Johnson to back Washington. With that depth chart, 30 each is possible but unlikely. In 2016, only Washington, McCleskey, Lacy and Jhajuan Seales had 30 grabs. Add in another top receiver, Dillon Stoner, Tylan Wallace and the other freshmen, Rudolph might need to throw a pair of balls every down.4. The Future at Quarterback is Extra UncertainThe orange team quarterbacks went 19-for-28 with 298 yards and two passing touchdowns.The black team quarterbacks went 2-of-10 for 13 yards and two interceptions. Together, they have 11 years of eligibility left. The orange teamers have seven, and four of those are for a walk-on freshman named Josh Green.It’s not even close to time to turn the page and cut the losses, but it’s time for concern. Keondre Wudtee could potentially (though unlikely) be Rudolph’s backup, and he looked like a deer in the crosshairs during almost every play of the Cowboys’ spring game.OSU already has its 2018 quarterback commit in Denton Ryan’s Spencer Sanders and recently hosted Houston-born ’19er Grant Gunnell, who said the Cowboys had the “best visit.” But will Gundy start a freshman again? That’s only one of about 38 unanswered questions at the No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 quarterback spots.5. Mason Rudolph Could Win the Heisman if Everyone Else Does Their JobThe not-so-passive-aggressive campaigning has already begun for Rudolph’s Heisman candidacy, but attention needs to be dispersed.Rudolph will be Rudolph. He will deliver beautiful deep balls, find McCleskey across the middle and pull it down from time to time on third-and-2. But Rudolph can only go from a possible candidate to legitimate candidate if the offensive line improves, the running backs provide that extra dimension, the receivers are as advertised and the defense can hold it together.The last true pocket passer to win the Heisman Trophy was Jameis Winston in 2013. He threw for more than 4,000 yards with 40 touchdowns, 10 picks and (most important) an undefeated championship-winning season.Rudolph’s yardage was over 4,000 last year. He had 26 touchdowns with only four interceptions, but the Cowboys lost three (yes, three) games last year. No, OSU doesn’t have to win a national championship for Rudolph to win the Heisman, but it’s probably realistic to think that the Cowboys need to contend for the College Football Playoff if he will have a viable shot.And that’s only possible if everyone not named Rudolph plays like their own Heisman candidacy is on the line. (Also if Rudolph learns to get his short game figured out.) While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more