Buckeyes Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on running back rotation kickoff struggles and

Buckeyes Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on running back rotation kickoff struggles and

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Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDespite a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, No. 3 Ohio State (7-1, 5-0 Big Ten) rode a stupendous performance from quarterback J.T. Barrett to a 39-38 victory against No. 7 Penn State (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) in a battle of Big Ten powers. Head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon following the victory. Here are three takeaways from the press conference.Improved offensive line led to comeback winJust a year ago, then-No. 2 Ohio State played a close game against the Nittany Lions, but crumbled on the final drive and fell 24-21 to unranked Penn State. Meyer believes this season, the Buckeyes’ resilience in tough situations did not exist a year ago.“The team last year would not have won that game,” Meyer said. “They would have dropped their head. Offensive line would have dropped their head.”Right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled in last season’s loss to Penn State. He looked overmatched the entire game and allowed multiple sacks as the clock ticked closer to zero on what would be Ohio State’s final drive. But Prince has matured after a year of experience and coaching, Meyer said. The head coach was incredulous when asked whether he was worried about Prince heading into last Saturday’s game.“He’s unbelievable now,” Meyer said. “Isaiah, not worried about him at all. He’s a grown man that’s handling his stuff the way a right offensive tackle at Ohio State should.”All five starting offensive linemen graded as successful on between 82 and 86 percent of their plays. Meyer deemed them all to have “champion” effort. Meyer does not want to “micromanage” running back carriesIn the first quarter, freshman running back J.K. Dobbins exploded, taking four carries for 50 yards, including a 21-yard rush. But he did not touch the ball again until the third quarter as redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber took all seven second-quarter carries.Dobbins finished with 13 rushes for 88 yards while Weber had 21 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Meyer said he does not, and would not want to, involve himself in divvying up the carries.“[Dobbins] still had 88 yards and however many carries,” Meyer said. “So we’re throwing the ball so darn well right now, too. So there’s no, once again I don’t micromanage. That’s Kevin Wilson, and that’s Tony Alford to determine. And they’re both practicing very hard. You’d like to get them more carries.”Meyer said he trusts good coaches to make playing-time decisions when the players are “1-A” and “1-B.” “[Running backs coach] Tony Alford is an excellent football coach,” Meyer said. “The last thing he needs is me worrying about that stuff.”Meyer said Weber has “really done a nice job” this season despite an injury which hampered him and made possible Dobbins’ surge, but also mentioned the 2016 starter was humbled. Meyer said Weber’s goal is to reach close to 2,000 rushing yards in a season. But with Dobbins accompanying him in the backfield for the foreseeable future, his path to reaching 2,000 yards is unclear.Search remains for a solution to kickoffsIt took just 15 seconds into Saturday’s game for Penn State to take advantage of Ohio State’s biggest weakness — kickoff coverage — as running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kick 97 yards to give the Nittany Lions an early six-point lead.After the game, Meyer called the kickoff unit, which he said has historically been near the best in the conference, “comical.” Monday afternoon, he said it was “a joke right now.” “We’re the only school in the America that can’t kick it out of the end zone, even with the wind at our back,” Meyer said. “I’m not a kicking expert but kick the ball out of the end zone and we don’t do that. It’s not because of not telling them to kick the ball out of the end zone.”Former Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston disputed the claim. He took to Twitter to say he does not believe Meyer’s claim about not being able to kick the ball out of the end zone, as he said he has seen both kickers do so firsthand.Regardless of how the Buckeyes fix the unit, they cannot afford to continue to send out the same unit expecting different results. If something doesn’t change, the number in Ohio State’s loss column will.

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Schoneborn, Davis Named Women’s Outdoor Athletes of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Tristyn Allen, Sam Houston State; Tay Nance, Houston Baptist; Dakota Mayr, Stephen F. Austin. This is the second women’s track weekly award on the season for Schoneborn after earning the honor on March 20. Southeastern now has three different weekly women’s field honorees in 2018 as Davis joins Alexia Stein (March 13) and Vigdis Jonsdittir (March 27). Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. The Islanders head to Abilene tomorrow for the ACU Oliver Jackson Twilight while the Lady Lions travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., this weekend for the Southern Miss Open, beginning Friday. Honorable Mention: De’Shalyn Jones, Northwestern State; Kelsey Ramirez, Stephen F. Austin; Michaela Hackett, Abilene Christian.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi senior Rabea Schoneborn and Southeastern Louisiana sophomore Ashley Davis are the Southland Conference Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Rabea Schoneborn, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Sr. – Niederkassel, GermanySchoneborn set a new school record at Mt. SAC last weekend in the 10,000m, putting up the top mark in the SLC with a time of 33:49.46. The senior’s pace currently qualifies her for the postseason, ranking 13th in the West Region and 19th in the country. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Ashley Davis, Southeastern Louisiana – So. – Watson, La.Davis broke her own school record in the shot put with a throw of 55-08.25 to take first at the LSU Alumni Gold. Her distance is the ninth-best Division I mark this season.last_img

Lamar Glides Into the Lead Following Round One Action

first_imgMcKINNEY, Texas – With the opening round of play at the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship in the books, Lamar has taken a four-stroke lead to sit atop the tournament standings. The Cardinals have burst to the front on the shoulders of Sam Dumez, who led his LU team with a 74 in the opening round of play on the Dye Course at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas. Southeastern Louisiana’s Joris Etlin leads the individual standings after registering the only performance under par for the day with a 71.Lamar completed their opening day of tournament play with Dumez tied for fourth overall and Hugo Hellman tied for sixth individually. Dumez led the LU squad with five birdies, while Cody Banach tucked away 14 pars to lead the field. The Lamar squad currently leads the tournament in par three scoring (3.15), par four scoring (4.30) and pars made (53). In addition to Dumez and Hellman, Banach (T12), Kevin Lee (T12) and Eason Wang (T19) all currently reside within the top-25 competitors in the individual leaderboard. The Cardinals’ squad compiled a 301 in round one and stand 13 strokes above par.Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana sit four strokes behind Lamar at 305 (+17), tied for the second-place position. The Bearkats are led by Noah Steele who broke even for the day at 72 after knocking down a tournament leading 4.00 par-four scoring average and six birdies. SHSU knocked down eight of their 14 birdies for the afternoon on the back nine.Southeastern Louisiana’s Joris Etlin has led his team to a share of second place at the end of day one with a field-leading 71, one stroke under par. Etlin began his day shooting even on the opening four holes before recording a trio of birdies on the back nine. The Lions remain poised to strike in round two and will have the opportunity to do so as they will tee off with Lamar and Sam Houston State beginning Tuesday morning at 7:45 a.m. CT on hole No. 10.McNeese resides in the fourth-place position, 18 strokes above par, with a 306 in the opening round of action. Blake Elliott leads the Cowboys and is tied for sixth individually with a 75. The McNeese squad was kept in contention throughout the day due in part to the team’s 14 birdies. Joining the Cowboys in the tee box Tuesday morning will be fifth-place Abilene Christian and sixth-place Houston Baptist. McNeese’s Nicklas Mattner, ACU’s Garrett Glanton and HBU’s Daniel Dimaculangan will begin at 7 a.m. on hole No. 10.Beginning at 7:05 a.m., 11th place Central Arkansas and Nicholls will tee off on hole No. 1. At 7:50 a.m., seventh-place Stephen F. Austin, eighth-place Incarnate Word and ninth-place New Orleans will be grouped together to tee off on hole No. 1.The split tee format will be put into effect for rounds two and three of the Southland Conference Championship due to impending weather conditions Wednesday, April 24. Rounds two and three of the championship will now take place on Tuesday with the third and final round set for a 12 p.m. start time. Pairings will remain the same for rounds two and three.To stay up to date with live scores and the latest information regarding the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship, visit Championship Central.last_img

ASTRA STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019

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Eriksen ‘to complete £17m move to Inter Milan’ but Spurs yet to give green light

first_imgSpurs boss Mourinho hit out at Conte’s public pursuit of the Dane with the former Chelsea managers going head-to-head over the transfer.Mourinho said: “I think we coaches should all behave in the same way in relation to transfers. I think we should always be closed until something happens.”Conte replied: “I no longer talk about the transfer market. The last time I did it, someone we all know twisted my words so I won’t say anything more.”Eriksen to play vs Middlesbrough despite Spurs boss Mourinho admitting he’s downed tools ahead of Inter transfer Barcelona have made a last-ditch attempt to bring Eriksen to the Nou Camp despite the Dane’s move to Inter being agreed in principle.The Catalan giants are keen on bringing Eriksen to Spain but the La Liga champions look likely to miss out on securing the player’s services.Initially Eriksen fancied a move to Barcelona’s El Clasico rivals Real Madrid but Los Blancos failed to show any interest in the midfielder and he met with Levy this week to confirm his preferred destination is now Inter.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him Spurs manager Jose Mourinho previously admitted Eriksen, who has scored 51 goals in 222 Premier League games, had downed tools ahead of his imminent move away.Reports from Italy suggest the 27-year-old will sign a four-year deal at the San Siro when Spurs chairman Daniel Levy gives the transfer his seal of approval.center_img CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is on the verge of completing a £17million move to Inter Milan from Tottenham after agreeing hefty personal terms, according to reports.Sky Sports suggest the Danish playmaker has agreed a deal that could see him earn up to £320,000 a week, trebling his current wages at Spurs.1 Christian Eriksen looks set to complete a big money move from Tottenham to Inter MilanHowever, SunSport understands that Tottenham have not given the green light for the final transfer but Inter appear confident it will go through.Inter boss Antonio Conte is keen to add Eriksen to his squad as he continues his raid on the Premier League having already signed Ashley Young from Manchester United this month.Former Chelsea manager Conte is also trying to take players from his old club with deals for Olivier Giroud and Victor Moses being negotiated.Spurs are hoping to cash in on Eriksen this month as the wantaway midfielder’s contract runs out in the summer and he could leave North London for free at the end of the season.Eriksen can now sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs ahead of a summer move but a January deal looks to be best for both parties.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on Tottenhamlast_img

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