In AB we distrust: Ex-Steeler, Stephen A. debate his NFL worthiness

first_imgFor the time being, Antonio Brown has picked up his ball and gone home. He is a college student now, having (presumably) put away childish things.But the noise carries on. On a recent broadcast of ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Clark parsed Brown’s current station in life and whether it is likely we will see him in an NFL uniform again.Mr. Smith, you have the floor.“I give him credit for this,” Smith said. “He clearly doesn’t discriminate. He’s attacked everybody. Attacked …last_img

Gallery: 100 days to the 2010 Fifa World Cup

first_imgPhotographs by Bongani Nkosi. Compiled by Mary Alexander The Rainbow Nation was in a party mood on Tuesday 2 March in an exuberant and colourful celebration marking 100 days until the kickoff to South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup, with flags, vuvuzelas, makarapas and football gear on display at a concert held in northern Johannesburg.Read the full story Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.  • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image • Download high-resolution image MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

Prakash Ambedkar should look beyond personal political gain, says Raju Shetti

first_imgAttributing his startling defeat in the Hatkanangale Lok Sabha constituency to Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), Swabhimani Paksha chief Raju Shetti on Monday said that vital issues affecting farmers and their future were all swept aside in the recently concluded general election.He further urged Mr. Ambedkar, whose front severely undercut the chances of the NCP-Congress and their allies in this Parliamentary election, to look “beyond personal political gain” in the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly election to be held later this year.“I concur with Mr. Ambedkar’s sentiments about the need to fight Mr. Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in order to save the Constitution. But if that indeed was his intent, then why is it today that his vote-splitting tactics have ended up benefitting the BJP-Sena in Maharashtra?” Mr. Shetti said, speaking toThe Hindu.A two-time MP from Hatkanangale in Kolhapur, Mr. Shetti, who secured 4.87 lakhs votes, lost to the Shiv Sena’s Dhairyasheel Mane (who polled 5.82 lakh votes) by a margin of 96,000 votes in what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets in the State and certainly the biggest in the ‘sugar heartland’ of western Maharashtra.The key factor here proved to be the VBA’s presence, with its candidate Sayyad Aslam securing 1.23 lakh votes and thus depriving Mr. Shetti, an important farmers’ leader, of the crucial support of the backward castes.Mr. Shetti, who severed ties with the BJP-led NDA in 2017, observed that the VBA’s candidates, by cannibalising the Congress-NCP’s traditional vote bases had indirectly helped the BJP-Sena to win on at least eight or nine crucial Lok Sabha seats including Hatkanangale.The VBA’s candidate Gopichand Padalkar also played spoilsport to the Swabhimani Paksha’s Vishal Patil in the Sangli Lok Sabha seat. Mr. Shetti’s loss is being viewed by his supporters and well-wishers as being detrimental to the interests of the farmers as they have now lost an ‘authentic’ farmers leader in the Parliament who could take up their cause. “A number of factors contributed to my defeat, not least the entry of the VBA which only queered my pitch and benefited the BJP. The other factor was that while the farmers in this region voted for me, their children veered towards Mr. Modi, chiefly owing to the aura of hyper-patriotism conjured by the PM and the BJP, post the Balakot airstrikes,” said Mr. Shetti.He, however, stressed that while he had lost an election, he was far from not defeated and that he would resolutely continue to fight for farmers and address their problems.He said his immediate objective was to ameliorate the plight of the farmers and their families in the drought-afflicted hinterland.“I am going to visit every fodder camp in the State and take stock of the situation. This government [BJP-Sena] was not sensitive about farmers’ issues in the past and will be even more apathetic in the coming term, now that they have secured absolute majority. The reports of a deficient rainfall this time means that farmers’ problems will only multiply and they will have a hard time securing fair prices for their produce,” Mr. Shetti said.Some observers opine that Mr. Shetti’s alliance with Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress cost him the Hatkanangale seat as he was, until recently, the avowed nemesis of Mr. Pawar and the ‘sugar lobby’ in western Maharashtra headed by NCP and Congress politicos.But Swabhimani Paksha leaders and workers attribute Mr. Shetti’s defeat to the fact that the Hatkanangale seat was fought on caste factors.“The BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) indulged in vicious campaigning, particularly on social media. Right from spreading canards that Mr. Shetti was partial towards the Jain community in the Sangli-Kolhapur belt to projecting him as an ‘arrogant’ and ‘privileged’ leader, they completely diverted issues plaguing farmers,” said Swabhimani Paksha leader Anil Pawar.Mr. Pawar further said that despite the Swabhimani Paksha having a stronger ground-level organisation owing to Mr. Shetti’s origins as a grassroots leader, the BJP shrewdly manoeuvred the campaign with their ‘negative’ propaganda of Mr. Shetti via social media. “In the end, the Hatkanangale contest witnessed something unprecedented in the past 15 years in that it was fought entirely on caste lines and not on farmers’ issues,” said Mr. Shetti.He further said that Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) should be accommodated into the Congress-NCP coalition and that he would be meeting MNS chief on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the Assembly elections.last_img read more

Determined to repay coach’s trust, Baser Amer shoots out of slump to carry Bolts in clutch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amer said that even though he had a poor shooting, by his standards, he knew he had to repay the trust Meralco head coach Norman Black gave him.“I just want to thank coach Norman because he’s always given me the trust that even though I shot badly he’s still confident that I can lift up the team,” said Amer in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I think I just read the defense and as a point guard you should know how to go through it,” added Amer who had 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting.The win also snapped Meralco’s three-game losing streak to get to a 3-5 record for and stay in the hunt for a playoff spot with three games remaining in its schedule.Amer, the Bolts’ captain, said that he told his teammates before the game that they shouldn’t think too much of their standings and instead focus on just winning.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MANILA, Philippines—Baser Amer wasn’t about to let his poor shooting bring his confidence down.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Amer was on a humble clip in Meralco’s first seven games in the PBA Philippine Cup converting on a 39 percent rate or 30-of-77 from the floor.But when the Bolts needed a spark in the second overtime of their game against NorthPort, Amer knew he had to rise to the occasion and deliver the big shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMeralco held a small 115-113 lead after Ranidel De Ocampo’s bucket at the 4:27 mark of the second extension when Amer drilled two consecutive three-pointers that gave the Bolts a 121-113 buffer with 2:11 remaining.That surge from Amer allowed the Bolts to build a sizeable lead that they held on to until the final buzzer for the 126-123 win. PBA: Well-rested San Miguel dispatches NLEX “I told them before the start of the game that we should not think of the standings, or even our opponent,” said Amer. “We should concentrate on winning a game at a time for the rest of our schedule.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Can Oklahoma State Get Back Into The Polls With a Kansas Win?

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. While the Jayhawks basketball team continues to win the Big 12 year, after year, after year, the Kansas football team is off to another disappointing start. David Beaty’s Jayhaws sit at 1-5  (0-3 in the Big 12) as the Cowboys come to town to play a Kansas team that has only won once in 2016, a 55-6 win over Rhode Island.Beaty is off to a 1-17 start at one of the hardest jobs in college football, and has yet to win a Big 12 conference game. Kansas did play TCU very well two weeks ago, eventually falling 24-23, but followed that up with a 49-7 blistering at the hands of the Baylor Bears last week.Oklahoma State will come into the game well rested off their bye week, and will look to get the second half of the season started right against the worst team in the Big 12. However, the last two trips to Lawrence have been anything but cakewalks.In 2012, the Cowboys barely hung on in a rain-soaked monsoon, 20-14, against the Charlie Weis-lead Jayhawks. Then in 2014, the Cowboys’ last trip to Lawrence, they survived in a 27-20 win. Overall, the Cowboys lead the all-time series with Kansas 35-29-2. Let’s take a look at a few numbers to know for Kansas-Close Calls Aside, Mike Gundy Owns KansasThe Cowboys have won seven in a row against the Jayhawks and 12 out of 13 overall. The only time Mike Gundy has lost to the Jayhawks came in 2007 the year that Kansas beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. The Cowboys are a 24-point favorite this year, and if they remember to set their alarms for that 11 AM kickoff, should walk to a fairly straight forward victory.Justice Hill Has Another Opportunity For A Big DayKansas has struggled to stop the run in 2016, allowing 197.2 yards per game on the ground, good for 95th in the NCAA. Justice Hill’s mini-streak of 100-yard games came to an end against Iowa State, but still picked up 57 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.The Cowboys need to establish the ground game early against Kansas, and Justice Hill should be in line to rebound in a big way this Saturday.Can the Cowboys get back in the polls?Oklahoma State received 51 votes in the AP poll last week, and look to be close to re-entering the top 25. A win over Kansas would make the Cowboys an incredible 50-6 against their last 56 unranked opponents.It’s a sign of how consistent the Cowboys have been under Mike Gundy, and proves the point- if the talent level is similar or in Mike Gundy’s favor, he’s a good bet to win.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield on Mike Gundy’s Mullet: ‘Ferocious … It’s Very Dirty’

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. In the most important Bedlam news of the week: Baker Mayfield respects the mullet game of head coach Mike Gundy. Here’s what he told the Oklahoman this week.“It’s ferocious,” told the Oklahoman. “It’s very dirty. You’ve got to respect that he’s rocking it. I heard from our coach (Cale) Gundy that he kind of did it and stuck with it because one of his kids said it was awful. You’ve got to respect that he’s just doing it out of spite.”Haha, yes you do. And that’s exactly what Gundy is doing.“I said, ‘[to son Gage] If you keep bothering me, I’m not going to cut it.’ So, I let it go now for a couple months,” Gundy said this summer. “He wears on me every day. So now I’m kind of enjoying it.”screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-4-01-03-pm screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-4-01-58-pm“It’s not really curly, but it’s a mullet now,” said Gundy on Monday. “It’s definitely hit the mullet stage. At some point I’m going to have to decide what to do with it.”Mayfield would know a dirty look if he saw it, too, as he and Trevor Knight rocked the most disgusting facial history in the history of the Big 12 last year in Stillwater.[USATSI][USATSI]It’s a look Mayfield said will re-emerge this year when Knight and Thomas attend the game.Baker Mayfield says Trevor Knight and Cody Thomas will be at Bedlam with Fu Manchu mustaches.— Brady Vardeman (@BradyVardeman) November 21, 2016Mayfield’s head coach agrees. The mullet is in.last_img read more

2018 QB Commit Spencer Sanders Injured in Playoff Loss: ‘I’ll be back’

first_imgOklahoma State’s lone commitment in the 2018 recruiting class suffered an injury in a playoff loss this weekend.Spencer Sanders, a four-star dual-threat quarterback from Denton Ryan, went down early in the first half with an apparent knee injury. He returned to the sidelines on crutches, but did not enter back into the game. Denton Ryan lost, 31-24, and the loss ended the season.“It was more that there were people on my back, Sanders told the Denton Record-Chronicle after the game. “I was crouching and I guess it was just too much pressure on my knee and I went down on it. Whatever it is, it will be fixed.”Sanders accounted for 56 total touchdowns in his breakout junior season for Denton Ryan. When you lose that type of production from your most important player, it was bound to be a tough void to replace.Head coach Dave Henigan, speculated after the game that it might have been a torn ACL. However, he did not explicity state the nature of the injury. After the game, Sanders had 3 words to say about the injury.I’ll be back https://t.co/7riOuLeIq6— Spencer Sanders (@SpenceSanders) December 10, 2016 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

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 pic.twitter.com/ABk1duCJAb— 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?? pic.twitter.com/JgLFA6TEPP— ??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

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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 8 Braydon Johnson

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. The second of our 8s for today is the true freshman playmaker you aren’t talking about. But he’s rangy and fast and not short on star potential.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Bowie High School (Arlington, Texas), Braydon Johnson chose the Cowboys over offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado State and others.The 6-foot-1, 185-pound former track star is a high-ceiling prospect who would probably get a good shot at reps as a true freshman for most teams — and in many years for the Cowboys.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告The 2017 signee was around for summer workouts and is finishing up fall camp. He’s looked good so far this preseason but Mike Gundy was impressed before he ever stepped foot on campus.“Braydon Johnson can fly,” Gundy said after National Signing Day. “I doubt that he’ll run less than 4.4 or 4.5 once he’s been here a year. He allows us to take the top off the defense which is what we want to do anyway.”Role in 2017The coaching staff would like to redshirt Johnson and give him that extra full year under Rob Glass’ tutelage and in the meeting room. And with the star receivers OSU has competing for touches this year, there’s no reason to rush it. There will be reps up for grabs next fall with James Washington, Marcell Ateman and Chris Lacy all moving on.Noteworthy stats and highlighsJohnson tallied 1,261 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns his senior year. He was Bowie’s leading receiver with 45 catches (729 yards) and averaged 25.3 yards per punt return and 30.5 yards per kickoff return.Here’s a look at his high school film.last_img read more