Warriors report: Warriors win at the buzzer with unlikely hero

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – No matter what hand the Warriors are dealt, they still have two trump cards that usually win.Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry. As the Warriors discovered in their 124-123 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday, however, they also have a wildcard. His name is Jonas Jerebko. They acquired him last summer after Utah (1-1) waived him for cost-cutting reasons. And in only his second regular-season game with the Warriors (2-0), Jerebko made a putback off of Durant’s missed jumper with …last_img

Popp wins Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Victoria Popp of Cincinnati is the winner of Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet competition. She won the contest final round held Feb. 1 during the YAP Winter Leadership Experience in Columbus.Listen to Popp’s comments after her win. Audio Playerhttps://www.ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Victoria-Popp-sound-on-Discussion-Meet-win.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Discussion Meet tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. It’s  designed for young ag professionals to work together find solutions around issues facing agriculture today.Popp is a Clermont County Farm Bureau member, is a current participant in Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER Class X leadership development program and is active in Young Ag Professionals. She manages the young, small and beginning farmer program for Farm Credit Mid-America.She receives a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to OFBF Annual Meeting in December 2019 and an expense-paid trip to represent Ohio at the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas, in January 2020. The three other Discussion Meet finalists were Andrew “Dewey” Mann of Ashville, Jeremy Trester of Bethel and Michaela Wright of Arcanum.The Young Ag Professionals program provides leadership development and professional growth opportunities for Farm Bureau members who are age 18-35. The program hosts the Winter Leadership Conference, a Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience and conducts the Outstanding Young Farmer, Excellence in Agriculture and Discussion Meet contests. Learn more about the program at experienceyap.com.last_img read more

Paul George hits winner, scores 45 as Thunder beat Jazz in 2OT

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forwards Paul George (13) and Jerami Grant (9) celebrate after George hit a shot with less than a second left in the second overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The Thunder won 148-147. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George floated in a basket with less than a second remaining in double-overtime, capping a 45-point night with the winning shot in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 148-147 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday.George dribbled out the final seconds before driving between two defenders and floating in a shot with 0.8 seconds left. Kyle Korver got off a desperate 3 for Utah, but it went long as the buzzer sounded.ADVERTISEMENT Thunder: Oklahoma City scored at least 115 points for the 19th straight game, passing the Cincinnati Royals for the second longest such streak in NBA history. The Denver Nuggets hold the record with 22 straight. … Oklahoma City swept the season series against Utah. … The Thunder have won seven straight at home.WELCOME TO THE THUNDERDOMEMarkieff Morris received a rousing round of applause when he made his first appearance on the court for the Thunder. Morris, signed as a free agent Wednesday, checked in 3 1/2 minutes into the first quarter after Grant picked up two quick fouls, but was ineffective in his first stint. He played the rest of the quarter without taking a shot or grabbing a rebound, picking up two fouls of his own. He played 17 minutes, missed his only shot and had two assists.UP NEXTJazz: Hosts Dallas on Saturday night.Thunder: Hosts Sacramento on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell Westbrook added 43 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, helping Oklahoma City overcome 38 points from Donovan Mitchell. Westbrook fouled out with 1:09 left in the first overtime, ending his NBA streak of 11 consecutive games with a triple-double.The game went to overtime after the Thunder’s Jerami Grant completed a tying three-point play, then blocked Mitchells shot at the other end. Grant had 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIn the first overtime, Abdel Nader hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 139-137 lead in the final minute after Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson had fouled out. Utah’s Rudy Gobert tipped in the tying basket with 33.7 seconds left, and George and Mitchell eached missed jumpers in the closing seconds.Gobert hit two free throws with 1:10 left in the second overtime for a 147-146 lead, but Utah went cold from there. Mitchell’s driving shot off the glass missed the rim, and Joe Ingles missed on a long 3-point try as the shot clock expired with 13.2 seconds left. Still in the hunt MOST READ 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Steven Adams played a game-high 47 minutes for Oklahoma City, returning from a pre-All-Star break ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds to go along with five steals.Derek Favors hit his first 10 shots, finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Utah. Gobert had 26 points and 16 rebounds for the Jazz.The teams were physical throughout. Westbrook got a flagrant foul for crashing into Gobert while defending a layup, and there was a fracas late in the first half after Jae Crowder fouled the Thunder’s Dennis Schroder.TIP-INSJazz: It was the first time Utah had scored more than 140 points in a game in seven years and the first time they had allowed more than 140 points since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

A Look At The Oklahoma State-Kansas Drive Charts

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. Yards per play: 6.6Points per drive (offense): 3.14Points per drive (defense): 1.43Points off turnovers: 17Average starting field position: Own 42You should be averaging over seven yards per play against KU. The PPD numbers are fine, but OSU’s offense was greatly aided turnovers that it got in great position (three times inside KU’s 30 in the second half).Kansas Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-40-amKansas actually started off nicely with scores on three of its first five possessions. But then it was held to seven points on its next nine drives. That’s not going to get it done (obviously). A few other numbers …Yards per play: 6.2Points per drive (offense): 1.43Points per drive (defense): 3.14Points off turnovers: 7Average starting field position: Own 19That average starting field position is something else. Nobody is going to win many games starting on their own 19 on average, much less Kansas.Also a note on that yards-per-play number: OSU is now No. 118 in the country in plays allowed of 30+ yards. Texas Tech and OU are both top five in the country in plays of 30+ yards on offense. Gulp. Drive charts and points scored per drive might just bore you right to tears, but I find this stuff fascinating. It matters because you can look at drive charts and PPD and determine “could that team score when it needed to, and could it get stops when it needed to.”So let’s look at the two drive charts from Saturday’s game against Kansas and a few other deep statistics that mattered.OSU Drive Chartscreen-shot-2016-10-24-at-8-40-29-amThis started off pretty poorly. OSU went punt, fumble, TD and punt in its first four drives against one of the worst teams in FBS. The Pokes closed strong though with scores on five of their last six real drives. Other key numbers to know.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Man City: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLeague Cup Arsenal vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Carabao Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 18:23 25/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alex Iwobi Arsenal Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty League Cup Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola will attempt to mastermind victory as they guide their sides into battle at Wembley Manchester City and Arsenal lock horns in the first big final of the English football calendar when they face off for the Carabao Cup at Wembley on Sunday.It is Pep Guardiola’s first shot at winning a trophy with City and the Catalan will be keen to succeed, particularly after being knocked out of the FA Cup a week before.For the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, the game is one of their few remaining opportunities to clinch a piece of silverware this season and it is one trophy that has managed to elude the French boss during his time in England. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The teams played each other in the league back in November with City easily coming out on top on that occasion, so Arsenal will feel they have a bigger point to prove. Game Arsenal vs Manchester City Date Sunday February 24 Time 16:30 GMT / 11:30 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on ESPN Deportes and can be streamed live online using WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream ESPN Deportes WatchESPN In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Premier League and it can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac, Mavropanos, Osei-Tutu Midfielders Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Dragomir, Gilmour, Willock Forwards Aubameyang, Welbeck, Dasilva, Nelson, Nketiah Two players who are definitely ruled out for Arsenal are Alexandre Lacazette, who recently underwent surgery on a knee injury and Santi Cazorla, who has been troubled by an ankle complaint.There had been concerns over whether Aaron Ramsey would be available, but the Wales international looks likely to be involved in some capacity.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mustafi, Bellerin; Wilshere, Xhaka, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey; Aubameyang. Position Man City players Goalkeepers Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw Defenders Walker, Danilo, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Adarabioyo, Otamendi, Duhaney Midfielders Sterling, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Toure, Foden, Diaz, Dele-Bashiru Forwards Aguero, Nmecha, Jesus Guardiola has a number of injury concerns to deal with such as Raheem Sterling, who suffered a strain in the Champions League and could be unavailable.Gabriel Jesus could potentially return to the matchday squad having resumed training, but Fabian Delph is suspended and Benjamin Mendy remains out with an injury.Potential Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; Fernandinho, D. Silva, De Bruyne; Sane, Aguero, B. Silva.Betting & Match Odds Man City are favourites to win the Carabao Cup with dabblebet offering odds of 4/7 on them to beat Arsenal in the final. The Gunners, meanwhile, are priced at 9/2 and a draw – which would see the game go to extra time – is a 7/2 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Arsene Wenger Arsenal Pep Guardiola Manchester CityManchester City are cruising towards Premier League glory but they can collect their first bit of silverware of the season by beating Arsenal in the final of the Carabao Cup.Guardiola’s seemingly invulnerable side had been tipped for a quadruple season, but Wigan Athletic put an end to that chat by knocking them out of the FA Cup last week. However, a treble remains a distinct possibility if they can overcome the Gunners.They will have confidence that they can do so, having already dismantled Wenger’s side at the Etihad earlier this season, beating them 3-1, but, at the same time, they will not have forgotten last season’s FA Cup semi-final, in which Arsenal emerged victorious.A win for City will see Guardiola claim his first ever trophy since arriving in England in 2016, but an Arsenal win will also be a first for his counterpart Wenger, who has never hoisted the cup over his head in his two-decade-plus reign in North London.Arsenal last won the competition 25 years ago in 1993 when George Graham was at the helm and a triumph would see the Frenchman add it to a trophy cabinet that contains seven FA Cups and three Premier League titles.Not only that, but it would have the effect of ensuring continental football in the form of the Europa League and adding a silver lining to a season that has been beset with a myriad of problems.last_img read more

Liga MX clubs congratulate Del Toro on Oscars

first_imgMexico ‘You fill us with pride’ – Liga MX clubs congratulate Guillermo del Toro after Oscars wins Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 13:54 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Guillermo del Toro Oscars Frederic J. Brown Mexico Liga MX The Mexican soccer community united to pay tribute to the Guadalajara native after he took home the Best Director award Guillermo del Toro won the Oscar for Best Director and his film “The Shape of Water” won Best Picture.The news Sunday night filled plenty of Mexicans with pride, and the Mexican soccer community was no exception.Del Toro, who was born in Guadalajara, said in 2016 that if anything he’s an Atlas fan, replying to a follower who had tweeted him regularly for more than a year asking if he was a Club America fan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Perhaps the celebratory message from Atlas will bring him the joy the Rojinegros have failed to bring their fans this season.”In this Academy we also recognize your talent. Many congratulations,” Atlas wrote to the director.En esta Academia también reconocemos tu talento. ¡Muchas felicidades, @RealGDT! #Oscars pic.twitter.com/mNaE9Peks0— Atlas FC (@atlasfc) March 5, 2018 Rival club Chivas put aside any animosity and also praised Del Toro. “Mexican pride,” wrote the club, which signs only Mexican players. “Congratulations @RealGDT! Thanks for representing us with your great talent.”🇲🇽 Orgullo mexicano 🇲🇽 ¡Felicidades, @RealGDT! Gracias por representarnos con tu gran talento. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/RaI8apVPAq— CHIVAS (@Chivas) March 5, 2018The Mexico national team account also joined in the praise for the 53-year-old:From México to the world! 🇲🇽Congrats @RealGDT for Winning the Academy Award for Best Director.#SoyMéxico | #Oscars pic.twitter.com/M2R1d1v7AM— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) March 5, 2018The award for most creative posts of the night has to go to Monarcas Morelia. “You fill us with pride, @RealGDT! Once more you put Mexico’s name on high,” the team wrote after his Best Director win. Then after the Best Picture award, “You did it again, @RealGDT. You’re a true ‘crack’. Many congratulations.”¡Nos llenas de orgullo, @RealGDT! Una vez más pusiste el nombre de México en alto. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/SX0C8BqlRR— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018¡Una vez más lo hiciste, @RealGDT! Eres un verdadero crack, muchas felicidades. #LaFormaDelAgua #Oscars pic.twitter.com/pS8kb5Wwwi— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018Earlier in the night was when Monarcas locked up the crown, though. After seeing the bright yellow dress Baby Driver star Eiza Gonzalez wore on the red carpet, they wondered if it may be an homage. “You couldn’t have chosen a better evening dress for the Oscars,” the team wrote with an edited version calling the team’s shirt to mind.No podrías haber escogido mejor vestido de gala para los #Oscars ❤️💛 pic.twitter.com/UrycUaxKc3— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) March 5, 2018The night, though, belonged to Del Toro.Ahora sabemos que el agua tiene forma de estatuilla dorada.Muchas felicidades @RealGDT por el Oscar a mejor director. pic.twitter.com/QLvehkXYj5— Club Pachuca (@Tuzos) March 5, 2018″Now we know that water has the shape of a golden statue,” Pachuca wrote in its tribute.last_img read more

€1b on transfers & flops PSG no closer to UCL

first_imgPSG Over €1 billion on transfers and flops PSG are no closer to Champions League glory Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 05:39 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(63) Nasser Al-Khelaifi PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid The Parisians endured another premature European exit at the hands of Madrid, showing they are still well off what is required to win the tournament Another year, another massive investment, another miserable Champions League elimination. Once again, come May, Paris Saint-Germain will not be holding aloft the European Cup.More than ever this season, PSG’s big dream seemed tantalisingly possible. The summer additions of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco and Dani Alves from Juventus suggested a strengthened challenge, but most of all it was the stunning signing of Barcelona ace Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million that signalled that PSG would mount a challenge for the trophy like never before.The group stage was easily negotiated, with a final round loss to Bayern Munich offering negligible damage to Unai Emery’s side, yet once again at the first sign of genuine danger in the last 16 they folded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Real Madrid came through their last-16 clash 5-2 on aggregate, despite enduring a miserable season domestically. The Blancos are currently third in La Liga, 15 points off leaders Barcelona, and exited the Copa del Rey in the last eight to minnows Leganes. Yet they were too strong for PSG.The Parc des Princes side were punished for their naïve display at the Bernabeu, where they held a 1-0 advantage but folded late on to lose 3-1 to a side steeped in European glory. Back home, they never threatened to overturn the deficit, losing 2-1 on the night. It could have been more.Six years on from their acquisition by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), PSG are getting no closer to winning the Champions League. A handful of quarter-final appearances followed by successive exits in the first knockout round is a pitifully poor return for a club that will have spent over £1 billion on transfers by the time Mbappe’s original loan deal is converted into a permanent move.Of course, their greatest investment of all was consigned to watch this encounter from the stands, having broken a foot against Marseille in a recent Ligue 1 victory, potentially depriving Emery of his unique talents for the remainder of the domestic season.Even without Neymar, PSG had a group of players that should have been capable of unsettling their guests. However, the greater nous of the visitors restricted them to just a single shot on goal in the opening 25 minutes. That was a free kick from Angel Di Maria that deflected over, taking the edge from what was a fervent atmosphere at kick-off. An attack bought for upwards of €250m was much too easily blunted and in truth the Spaniards advanced without any fuss. By the time Marco Verratti was sent off for a second yellow card midway through the second half, the tie was already over following Cristiano Ronaldo’s third strike of the tie. Edinson Cavani bundled an equaliser soon after but a dreadful clearance by Adrien Rabiot allowed Casemiro to secure victory in Paris.PSG spending“We didn’t do anything we should have done tonight,” PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi admitted on beIN Sports after the game.”We don’t want to over react tonight, we will talk to the players. We need to be calm and relax and we will think at what we have to do next.”PSG have discovered that buying overnight success at this level is no easy task. Neymar’s arrival was supposed to give PSG the aura of a superpower to match their playing staff. As yet, they do not possess the swagger or the attitude to suggest they are at the pinnacle of the game. Perhaps that will only come with success, yet it appears there are key ingredients still missing to lift them to that level.On the field, they appear short of a top-class defensive midfielder. With Thiago Motta 36 this year, they need a player to act as a foundation for the defence to be constructed around. Meanwhile left-back is another area where there is scope for an upgrade, with neither Yuri Berchiche nor Layvin Kurzawa truly convincing at this level.Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridIt is in the dugout, though, where the building work is liable to start first. Emery may have been appointed on the back of his strong Europa League record with Sevilla, but in his first experience with a true European giant he has flopped.Emery has lacked the personality to handle the strongest characters in the dressing room and his tactics and game management have not been good enough in big games – particularly in the first leg against Madrid and during the stunning collapse to Barcelona at this stage last year.It would be unfair to dismiss him as an unmitigated failure – PSG’s domestic dominance this season has been formidable, even accounting for their financial strength – but his failure to win a single Champions League knockout tie is damning enough for PSG to look elsewhere.”We still believe in our project,” Al-Khelaifi said. “This is not the time to make changes. We have time to think about what we need to change, we must be calm.”We are happy with our investments. We believe in our players, Neymar and Mbappe are the future of the club.”Emery is not. Under the Spaniard, the quality of the squad has undoubtedly improved, yet they are as far from their holy grail as ever. For a spend of €1 billion, PSG must do better.last_img read more

Sean Gleeson on the Three-Letter Acronym That Will Decide the QB Battle

first_imgSTILLWATER — Sean Gleeson is a new offensive coordinator in the Power 5 ranks prepping for his first season at Oklahoma State, but he’s already got the lingo nailed down like a decades-long vet.As we talked with him Monday for the first time since his hire earlier this year, he harped on teaching principles, about physicality and playing fast — all the coach-speak you’d expect from someone facing their first jumbo media scrum. But then, out of nowhere, he dropped a bomb.He’s looking for someone in the C.I.A.*Checks notes*Actually, he said he’s looking for a quarterback with C.I.A. traits — C.I.A. being the three-letter acronym that could determine who ultimately wins the starting job in 2019.“We’re looking for a quarterback who can be competitive, intelligent and accurate — C.I.A,” he said. “That’s what I think are the three most important things about quarterback play. We need a guy who can lead our players, who can be intelligent enough to run this no-huddle. There’s all different shapes and sizes of quarterbacks, but the thing we all understand is that accuracy matters. Whether you throw it hard or fast or big or small, accuracy is really important.”Gleeson was forthcoming about the major talking point of Monday at OSU’s media golf outing, the quarterback race. He emphasized what Mike Gundy said at Big 12 Media Days — that no one player has emerged in the battle and both are on an equal playing field — adding that pedigree and history (and yes, even recruiting background) won’t play into the staff’s decision this fall on who will start.“This is an even race. We’re searching for a quarterback. Each kid has their own story, but it’s about the team,” said Gleeson. “When we know the starter, we’re going to name him.” 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

Spender Sanders and Dru Brown on the Ongoing Quarterback Battle

first_imgSTILLWATER — It might seem like the Dru Brown vs. Spencer Sanders battle to be Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback is a hostile situation from the outside, but the two say otherwise.Sanders and Brown met with the media for the first time as Cowboys on Friday at OSU’s Media Day, and the two couldn’t stop being supportive of each other, while still recognizing the competition at hand. The redshirt senior and redshirt freshman might be at different points in their respective careers, but they said they are working toward the same goal.“We’re both great quarterbacks,” Sanders said. “Dru is a talented quarterback, and I believe that he can get the job done if I don’t play. I’m pretty sure he believes that I can get the job done. We both believe in each other, and we both feel like we can both get the job done. I’ll be happy with whatever choice Coach (Mike) Gundy makes, and hopefully it’ll be the best for this team. I know it will be because he knows better than any of us.”Brown’s stance fell in line with that.“At the end of the day, the coaches are going to pick someone, and I’ll accept whatever happens,” Brown said. “Like I said many times, we’re both here to win, so whatever happens we’re gonna support each other because that’s what we came here to do is win.”Spencer Sanders has been committed to play at OSU since Oct. 1, 2016. Sanders signed in December of 2017, but even with the highly touted recruit already coming in, it didn’t dissuade Brown from also coming to Stillwater, as he committed a few months later.“It was kind of like, it is what it is,” Brown said. “As a quarterback, you’re going to have to compete wherever you go, so it’s not, ‘Oh, he has this many stars,’ or that. I always respect my competition, and that hasn’t changed since I got here. But that doesn’t really go into it too much. I didn’t think into it too much.”Sanders said his reaction to seeing that Brown was also coming was similar to that of Brown’s.“It’s just competition,” Sanders said. “That’s what this level’s about. I was never scared of a competition. My father taught me well, you never back down from a challenge.“Just because I was a Texas All-State player doesn’t mean I’m a Heisman winner. It just means that I was a great player in high school, and I appreciate that. Now it’s on to the college level, and I’ll see what I can do.”Brown and Sanders play a card game they call threes with each other. Sanders said it gets competitive to the point of slamming cards down. New offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson has talked about how he wants the two to compete like they’re in a dogfight, but there is still a line of respect between the two.“We’re friends; we’re a bond,” Sanders said. “We don’t hate each other. We have nothing against each other. Whoever goes in, we’re not gonna discredit or tell him he’s not good enough or say we’re better. If the the coaches believe that’s the best decision, we’re gonna respect it, we’re gonna stand by them. When he comes off to the sideline, I’ll support him, and when I come off to the sideline, I’m pretty sure he’ll support me. We’ll support each other either way, no matter what happens or whatever the choice is.“I’m pretty sure we both have the mentality that we want the starting job, but we both know that whoever they pick, that’ll be the right man. And that’ll be the best man for the job, and we’re gonna support each other no matter what.”At his presser Saturday, Gundy said both quarterbacks would play if a decision had to be made now. That in itself is a scenario that would need to be worked out as far as who plays when, but if that’s what happens, the two said they’ll support it that decision.“Whether it’s one guy or two guys, whatever we gotta do to win a Big 12 Championship,” Brown said. “That’s why we came here.” 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

It’s a Fair Question to Ask Who’s in Charge of the OSU Offense

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. This is not a post about who is or isn’t in charge when it comes to which plays are called for Oklahoma State. And it’s certainly not a post calling anybody’s job into question. It is a post, however, about who exactly has ultimate authority when it comes to the Oklahoma State offense.It’s a complicated piece of information. Many chiefs. Many chefs. Many options with RPO involved. But when the chips are down, who gets the call?One of our writers during the Tulsa game was hollering about how the plays being called were not representative of what offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson has called over the course of his career nor were they similar to the plays that were called at Oregon State.It’s not unfair to wonder who gets final say on the headset when it comes to what Sanders barks at the line of scrimmage.The truth is that we may never know. Many of you think you know, but you don’t. You have no idea. None of us do. Sometimes it seems like those on the field don’t even know. If you ask Gundy, he’ll hedge here and there and say he’s a fixer or an extinguisher of fires. But boy it sure seems sometimes like he’s the one creating some of the fires to begin with.Oklahoma State should have realized early on Saturday that Texas was daring them to throw to anyone not named Tylan, and they should have let their freshman do just that. Heck, they did on the first drive and he made some jaw-dropping tosses to both Dillon Stoner and Landon Wolf.Then they ran Chuba into a brick wall like a crash test dummy for most of the rest of the game. Even late in the fourth when the clock could be measured in seconds and they were down two scores, they handed it off. They pounded Chuba and pounded him some more. He had the 11th-most carries in a single game in Oklahoma State history.And then a curious thing was said by offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson after the game when he was asked about that sequence after the second muffed Texas punt return and OSU got the ball back with 3:44 left.“Coach Gundy was pretty clear over the headset that we could still run the ball,” Gleeson told the Oklahoman. “Chuba is one of our best players. He’s going to get the ball for us.”There are a lot of different things this could mean. But it at least raises more questions than it gives answers, right?Again, this is complex. How much of this might be on Sanders for making the wrong reads and trying to force it to Tylan in triple coverage? Or how much is on him for making an incorrect read at the line on a RPO and giving the rock to 30? We’ll never know those nuances. But the rhythm of the last two games has been a far cry from the beautiful one we saw in Corvallis. Some of that should be credited to better defenses at Tulsa and Texas.“It’s a numbers game” said Gundy after the game about Tylan getting safety coverage over the top. “You put a guy on him and put a guy over the top, and you end up rushing the ball more than normal. We’ve seen this before.”This is true. They saw it in 2017 and didn’t take advantage of the run then either. But that was poor offensive line play. This seemed more like an unwillingness to throw to the Stoners and McCrays and Jelanis and Wolfs than anything else. An unwillingness to snap the leash and let Sanders eat.As Marshall Scott pointed out to me, OSU got into third and three or fewer seven times. Six of those were Chuba runs (he averaged 3.3 yards per carry on 37 carries so that clearly wasn’t working!), the other was the pass to Jelani that Wolf’s block nullified.Again, it’s not unfair to wonder who’s pulling these triggers.“We just didn’t take advantage of our opportunities to score,” added Gundy. “We kicked a bunch of field goals. We went for fourth and one and didn’t get it, and we tried to fake field goal and didn’t get it.”Maybe that’s all it was. Or maybe it was something we’ve seen consistently over the course of the Gundy era: When OSU is hemmed in and out-gunned, they’ve often failed to take risks even though risks are begging to be taken. If you let 3 loose, maybe he throws five picks instead of two. Or maybe he sticks a Pete flag in the ground, and you get to continue calling yourself the Landlord of Austin. It’s unfortunate that we’ll never know.This is all easy to say in retrospect of course. If you go away from Chuba and Tylan and still lose, then there are even more questions. Maybe that’s the entire point here. Still, it’s fair to ask who’s in charge when it comes to OSU’s offense, especially when at the very point of the season when it was time to open it up and let the whole thing hum, OSU did just the opposite.last_img read more