OSU Defensive Power Rankings: Linebacker Could be Strength of Defense

first_imgYesterday we looked at the offensive side, and now it’s time to break down the defensive performance so far this season. This includes all games played (which obviously at this point is just one).5. Defensive End (Previously: 4)Triston Grant had the most solo tackles of any defensive end Thursday night, and he isn’t even on the depth chart.The defensive ends got little pressure on Tulsa’s inexperienced quarterbacks and flushed them out of the pocket time after time, which, while it wasn’t exclusively their fault, led to a few conversions on third and long.For a position where its proclamation was depth, the defensive ends’ strength in numbers looked took a while to take shape (and never really did in the pass rush). PBU1100002 Total Tkl2220006 Pen Yds001500015 INT0000000 TFL2111005 DTD. OsborneE. Smith Jr.D. DanielsT. CarterT. BakariC. MurrayTotal TDs vs.0000000 4. Cornerback (Previously: 5)No one is a bigger critic of the OSU cornerbacks than I am, but they did better than I thought they might.Here is the play that summed up the corners’ play best from Thursday. Tulsa was clearly trying to get after A.J. Green early and often (see his targets below).If other guys complete that ball, so be it. That would have to be a flawless toss, but 9-of-10 times, you will take that from an inexperienced corner in his first test as a starter. Improvement should be imminent. Yds vs.56200150091 Solo Tkl5011119 TFL0000000 PBU0000000 Pens0010001 FF0001001 Total Tkl5011119 Yds vs.3404119058 Total Tkl54221115 TFL0110002  LBC. WhitenerK. HenryK. E-McGruderJ. PhillipsC. BundageA. Og…K. TuckerD. HarperG. AkemTotal Comp4011107 Solo Tkl2110004 Solo Tkl65432321026 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Total Tkl83322220 Solo Tkl53322217 3. Safety (Previously: 1)This group is only so low because all of the others did particularly well.The play OSU got from its safeties, particularly Ramon Richards in his first start at the position, was not bad at all. In fact, I’ve heard and seen nothing but positive reviews of Richards’ play, especially his eyes in surveying the field and checking his reads and the quarterback.He looked solid, and as he said Monday, there wasn’t ever any grace period he needed to get acclimated.“I was already settled in from the jump,” Richards said. “I’ve been settled in. I’m ready.” Pens1000001 Comp3302008 Total Tkl76553322033 QBH1000000012 TDs vs.0000000 1. Linebacker (Previously: 2)The addition of Kenneth Edison-McGruder is such a game-changer. Calvin Bundage took a knock to the head and didn’t play for the second half, but through the first, they were flying around everywhere.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer called a variety of fronts, including a 3-3-5 and 4-2, which allowed both guys to be on the field at once. Scary. Especially when Edison-McGruder picks up a fumble and rumbles home for an 82-yard score.They weren’t all that was good at this spot. Chad Whitener, Justin Phillips and even some of the depth players looked nice at what could end up being the defense’s best position group. Sacks0000000 Sacks0000000 2. Defensive Tackle (Previously: 3)The FOX guys in the studio after the game took a few shots at the Cowboys’ defensive line, but their take only told half of the story. DeQuinton Osborne looked like Vincent Taylor at times Thursday, and Darrion Daniels played well, too.One guy who caught my eye more than most others though was Enoch Smith Jr., a junior college transfer who was signed in the 2017 recruiting class. He played and performed better than I would venture to guess anyone expected.PFF Week 1 Big 12 Team of the Week – Defense pic.twitter.com/kTIrAcrajN— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 5, 2017This group looked far more potent than its friends to the outside, and that might be a redeeming factor for the Cowboys’ front four. TFL0110000002 DET. GrantJ. BrailfordV. LeveniJ. OwensC. WalterscheidT. WebberTotal ST. FlowersR. RichardsJ. MorrowD. CurryT. MwanikiZ. GreenTotal Solo Tkl34211011 INT0000000 Pen Yds150000015 Tgt91421017 Sacks0010000001 Tgt58220017 QBH0100001  CBA.J. GreenR. WilliamsM. HarperM. KearseB. BalousB. BrownTotal QBH0000000 TFL0000000last_img read more


Stars Attend Point Honors New York

first_imgCelebrities and 400 guests experienced an inspiring evening at The Plaza last night, in support of Point Foundation (Point), the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.Ronan Farrow and Thomas RobertsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyThe annual Point Honors New York event raises funds for Point’s higher education scholarships, as well as mentoring and leadership programs.Influential journalist Ronan Farrow was presented with the Point Courage Award by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, himself a past Point honoree. The Point Courage Award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ and allied community and believe investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow. Farrow said:“Being a part of the LGBT community – which recognized that reporting I was doing early on and elevated it, and has been such a stalwart source of support through the sexual assault reporting I did involving survivors who felt equally invisible – that has been an incredible source of strength for me. LGBT people are some of the bravest and most potent change agents and leaders I have encountered, and the most forceful defenders of the vulnerable and voiceless, because they know what it’s like to be there.”Laura Benanti at Point HonorsCredit/Copyright: Dia Dipasupil/GettyActor and singer Laura Benanti was introduced by fellow Broadway star Celia Keenan Bolger, who presented Benanti with the Point Impact Award. The award recognizes an individual making a significant impact on improving the LGBTQ and allied community. Accepting the award, Benanti said:“Now, more than ever, we need organizations like the Point Foundation to support, protect, energize and mobilize those of us who were not born rich, cis, white men…Thank you again for this tremendous honor. I promise to do my best to make an impact for LGBT youth every day.”Actor and musician from FOX’s hit series, “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, performed a set of uplifting songs, while comedian Michelle Collins hosted the festive evening. Additional celebrity attendees included Jason Collins, Tamron Hall, Eileen Kelly, Andrew Kennan-Bolger, Don Lemon, Valerie Smaldone, and others.“The many generous sponsors and supporters Point is fortunate to call friends, all sincerely believe that the source of our nation’s strength and potential is its youth,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Everyone joining us tonight, from our honorees to each audience member, is helping Point empower the next generation of leaders our world needs.”Sponsors for Point Honors Presenting: Wells FargoPremiere Sponsors: Cadillac, Hilton, HSBC, Janssen Infection DiseasesPrincipal Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Time WarnerNational Media Sponsors: The Advocate and Pride.comLocal Media Sponsor: Gay City NewsFriend of Point: Winston Art Grouplast_img read more



first_imgDrake and his OVO cofounders have something to applaud besides the Toronto Raptors. ~ GREGORY SHAMUS/GETTY IMAGES Login/Register With: On June 3, with Toronto focused on its basketball team, a series of mysterious billboards appeared at seven major intersections in the city. Each bore little more than a pair of animal-shaped logos—an owl on its perch and a lion cradling a globe—and one of four phrases: “Dream it,” “Live it,” “Breathe it” or “Earn it.”The imagery has just come into sharper focus, with each logo representing one side of a deal announced today between October’s Very Own—or OVO, the lifestyle company cofounded by hip-hop superstar Drake along with business partner Oliver El Khatib and producer Noah “40” Shebib—and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). The two companies are teaming up on a wide-ranging collaboration headlined by the opening of this year’s OVO Summit to the Canadian public for the first time.The deal between Canada’s biggest celebrity and its biggest bank calls for RBC clients to receive access both to the OVO Summit later this year and to a range of content and experiences produced by OVO. RBC’s vice president of brand marketing Matt McGlynn adds, “RBC’s partnership with OVO will help solidify our relevance to a younger target audience.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more