Opinion OSUs 2016 draft class has much to accomplish to be elite

Former OSU and current San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates after making a sack during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4, 2015 in College Park, Md. Credit: Lantern file photoOne of the largest storylines from the 2016 NFL draft was the unequivocal presence of the Ohio State football program. The 12 OSU players selected in the three-day event in Chicago last weekend set numerous records and added to coach Urban Meyer’s impressive mark of former players picked in the draft which, now, totals over 80.Truly, no one knows the worth of a draft class until approximately three years after that draft. But on the surface, OSU’s NFL-record-breaking group stacks up against the top draft classes ever produced by any one school.Matched up against former OSU classes, the 2004 and 2006 draft groups are regarded as two of the best in school history.OSU’s 2004 class, oddly, is very similar to the 2016 group. Each manufactured a championship the year before it entered the draft and then failed to repeat the following year after entering the season as overwhelming favorites. The 2004 class produced three first-rounders in defensive end Will Smith, cornerback Chris Gamble and wide receiver Michael Jenkins, but the bulk of the class came in the later rounds. OSU saw an NFL-record 14 players selected in 2004, which still stands as the all-time mark by one school. Smith played nine seasons with the New Orleans Saints in his tenure in the league and started as an integral cog in the Saints’ defense for seven of those nine seasons. Gamble, too, played nine seasons in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and started in the secondary from his rookie season until he retired after the 2012 season. Another notable NFL performer from the 2004 OSU class is current Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen.Linebacker A.J. Hawk, safety Donte Whitner, linebacker Bobby Carpenter, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and center Nick Mangold rank atop the list of notable Buckeyes who have been drafted in recent years. All five of those former OSU legends made All-Big Ten teams in 2005, and two of them achieved All-American honors. Excluding Carpenter, the first-round picks found great success at the next level. Holmes was the Super Bowl XLIII MVP, where he snagged the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, securing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ sixth championship against the Arizona Cardinals.As for the other first-round picks in that class, Hawk played nine seasons with Green Bay and won Super Bowl XLV in 2010. The two-time All-American totaled 20 sacks and nearly 644 total tackles through 10 seasons thus far. Whitner just finished playing his 10th season in the NFL and has reeled in 11 interceptions and 619 tackles over the course of his career while earning three Pro Bowl bids. Mangold has been known as the game’s best center for close to five years with the New York Jets. The former Buckeye center is one of the most decorated players to come out of Columbus. Mangold has been voted first-team All-Pro twice, once second-team All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowler. As for draft classes that did not come out of the capital of the Buckeye state, look no further than the 2004 Miami Hurricanes’ group. We already covered the 2004 Buckeyes who still hold the draft record for most picks from one school. Now let’s turn our attention to the class who still holds the first-round draft pick record. Miami saw six of its former players taken in the first round in 2004, a mark that has not been surpassed or met in any following draft.The 2002 national championship game between OSU and Miami featured a complete arsenal of NFL talent, and Miami was a large portion of that. Between the six first-round picks from Miami in 2004, the rare draft class racked up three Super Bowl championships and 11 Pro Bowl appearances. Much of those impressive accolades were accomplished by defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Wilfork won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was selected for five Pro Bowls, and Vilma won a Super Bowl with the Saints as well as being selected for three Pro Bowls. Other notable classes include the 2009 USC draft class that had the lethal trio of linebackers of Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga who dominated the college scene. 2014 LSU, 2011 Alabama and 2010 Florida all had draft classes that have several starters in the NFL at the moment.But if there is one class football analysts and fans should look to when comparing any draft class, it’s the 2002 Miami Hurricanes. Regarded by many as the greatest college football team in history, the ‘02 ‘Canes were a more-than-impressive bunch. Dominating on the field in college winning the 2001 national championship, this group from the Sunshine State lived up to the hype.The ‘Canes had 11 players picked from their national championship team in 2002, including five first-rounders. Two of those first-round picks, safety Ed Reed and tight end Jeremy Shockey, are likely bound for the Hall of Fame in Canton in the coming years. A second-round pick, running back Clinton Portis is likely to have his name enshrined in NFL glory in the future as well.Between Reed, Shockey and Portis, the three were elected to a laudable total of 15 Pro Bowl selections and three Super Bowl championships. Bryant McKinnie, the seventh overall pick in 2002, also played in a Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl with Reed playing for the Baltimore Ravens.Portis nearly eclipsed the 10,000-yard career rushing mark in his nine-year career, and Shockey ranks in the top 10 all-time in receiving yards by a tight end. As for Reed, if his nine Pro Bowls don’t speak for themselves, Reed is known as one of the best safeties to ever play in the NFL. He racked up 64 interceptions over his tenure which ranks seventh all time.Most rookie minicamps around the NFL wrapped up on Sunday, and only time will tell if the Buckeyes’ 2016 draft class is boom or bust. 12 former OSU players drafted in the first four rounds was completely unprecedented and absurd no matter how you look at it. Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Taylor Decker and Michael Thomas figure to start right away with Eli Apple, Vonn Bell and Darron Lee getting plenty of reps in their rookie seasons as well.Six of the seven picks from OSU in the first two rounds were underclassmen which speaks volume to how fast these former Buckeyes progressed. The senior class racked up a program record 50 wins over four seasons, so there’s no question the draftees know how to win. Each and every member of the 2016 draft class was a critical part in the 2014 national championship, too. Elliott collected 696 yards in three games on the way to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship with Bosa being a consistent force on the defensive front the whole season and stepping up in the biggest moments. Apple shadowed some of Alabama’s and Oregon’s top receivers in the semi-final and championship game in the College Football Playoff. Bell had an interception in both the Big Ten championship game and semi-final matchup, and Thomas was a constant deep threat averaging over 11 yards per catch with one score in the final two games of 2014.Former quarterback Cardale Jones—drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round—has a story that is well-documented in leading OSU to a championship. As for offensive lineman Taylor Decker, he’s been the best lineman at OSU for two years and performed at his best under the spotlight. One thing to know about the record-breaking group from Columbus is that they know how to perform at the largest venues.It would be a grand disappointment if this talented class didn’t accomplish much at the next level. But if there is one thing people know about the Buckeyes’ football program, it’s that OSU coach Meyer knows how to produce NFL-ready players. read more

James Rodriguez happy at Bayern Munich

first_imgDespite reports linking him with a return to Real Madrid this summer, James Rodriguez insists that he is happy at Bayern MunichThe Colombia international joined the Bundesliga giants last summer in a two-year loan and had an impressive first season at the club under former coach Jupp Heynckes.While Rodriguez fell out of favour in Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real, the Frenchman’s successor Julen Lopetegui has indicated that he would be happy to take back the 27-year-old this summer.But Rodriguez is happy in Germany and is looking forward to building on a brilliant first campaign.“So far, I’m still here and I’ve had a spectacular first season so I’m very happy there and I feel like the club and the fans love me very much,” he told The Suso Show, via Daily Mail.While Rodriguez has managed to establish himself within the Bayern squad, the language barrier is evidently still a problem.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Every day, I understand a little less German, that’s f****d up,” he said.Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also keen on keeping Rodriguez at the Allianz Arena.“Lots of rumours that emanate from Spain are not true. The contract situation of the player is well known to everyone,” said Rummenigge.“He will definitely play for us this season, and I expect him to play for Bayern beyond that.”Rodriguez ended his first season at Bayern with 11 goals in 19 league starts.last_img read more

Northwestern defense stuns No 20 Utah 3120 in San Diego

first_img Posted: December 31, 2018 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Northwestern converted three Utah turnovers into 21 points in a dizzying nine-minute stretch in the pouring rain in the third quarter of the Holiday Bowl on Monday night, including Jared McGee’s 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown, to stun the No. 20 Utes 31-20 Monday night.The Wildcats (9-5) scored 28 points in the third quarter to win their third straight bowl game under coach Pat Fitzgerald. The Green Bay Packers reportedly want to interview Fitzpatrick for their head coaching job.Senior Clayton Thorson became the all-time leading passer for Northwestern, going 21 of 30 for 241 yards for 10,731 career yards. He broke Brett Basanez’s school record of 10,580. Thorson threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once in making his 53rd straight start for the Wildcats, the most by a quarterback in Big Ten history. He is the program’s all-time winningest quarterback at 36-17. He was replaced after taking a hard shot midway through the fourth quarter.Utah (9-5) cruised to a 20-3 halftime lead behind redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Shelley before it all fell apart in the third quarter. Shelley had two interceptions and a fumble.On the opening drive of the second half, Shelley threw the ball right to Northwestern’s Blake Gallagher. Thorson’s 52-yard pass to Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman set up his 4-yard scoring toss to Riley Lees.The Utes had the ball first-and-goal at the 6 when Shelley rolled right, was hit from behind by Joe Gaziano and fumbled. McGee picked it up on the third bounce and ran down the sideline untouched for an 82-yard return that pulled the Wildcats to 20-17.The Utes advanced to the 30 and looked like they had enough for a first down on a catch by Jaylen Dixon, but he was stripped by Trae Williams. JR Pace recovered and returned it 34 yards. Two plays later, Northwestern took a 24-20 lead when Thorson threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to senior offensive lineman Trey Klock, a key player in goal line and short-yardage situations.Northwestern added another touchdown in the third quarter when Lees scored from 8 yards out for a 31-20 lead.Pace had a second interception in the third quarter, on a deflected pass.Shelley was making his fourth start in place of Tyler Huntley, who broke his collarbone against Arizona State on Nov. 3. He resumed practicing before the bowl but coach Kyle Whittingham said it would have taken a miracle for him to have played. Also out were leading rusher Zack Moss, leading receiver Britain Covey and leading tackler Chase Hansen, a senior.Shelley threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Dixon and a 4-yarder to tight end Jake Jackson, both in the first quarter.Utah lost for the just the second time in their last 16 bowls dating to 1999. Coach Kyle Whittingham’s bowl record dropped to 11-2. He was trying to become the first to win the Holiday Bowl as a player and coach. He played in the first four Holiday Bowls with BYU, going 2-2. He was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame in 2009 December 31, 2018 Updated: 9:06 PM AP, center_img Northwestern defense stuns No. 20 Utah 31-20 in San Diego AP Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bernie Sanders bringing presidential campaign to San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 18, 2019 Updated: 9:48 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, center_img March 18, 2019 Bernie Sanders bringing presidential campaign to San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Bernie Sanders will bring his presidential campaign to San Diego, as California gears up to play a significant role in who the Democrats will select to run against President Trump in 2020.As KUSI’s Steve Bosh reports, this is because California is joining eight other states in moving up its primary to MarchThe traditional campaign strategy is focusing on the Iowa caucus, the first primary in New Hampshire, followed by three other primaries may not work this time around.But can candidates afford not to compete in California?“It has really multiple media markets which means they not only have to invest time in our state cause our delegates are more than all of those states put together”, says Will Rodriguez Kennedy,  Chair of the County Democratic Party. “If you don’t play in California you’re sitting out hundreds of delegates that are critical to where you need to go. You’re going to see a really interesting contest to see if someone gets a majority, and the votes are done proportionally so they’re gonna want to get as many delegates as they can.”We’re also reminded that California’s 55 electoral votes go to the candidate with highest popular vote. Another important reason to campaign here. last_img read more

Visions revisions toast and tea

first_imgTwenty floors above the city, as the day closed in, Tom Alter’s rich voice floated amongst the immaculate crystals and some very fine brew. And Eliot. Reflections, a session of tea and poetry held at Le Meridien was an evening for the connoisseurs. A part of the New Perspective event series at the hotel, Reflections seemed to be the most perfect way to kick off, just like the first flush of tea which is believed to be the best. Bits of Mirza Ghalib and Maulana Azad’s poetry mingled with Eliot’s and were accompanied by some perfect cups of tea and savouries.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The poetry was interspersed with talks by tea taster and sommelier Anamika Singh. All the brews tasted through the evening have been blended by her. Putting together green and black tea with flowers and herbs from the Himalayas, Singh has managed to concoct some fragrant brews that is subtle, refreshing and rejuvenates like a dream. Singh believes that the Indian customer has not really woken up to the health benefits of tea and the right way to brew it. There is a need to graduate from a glass of chai to a cup of tea.  And to graduate, one needs to learn and the session was quite a start, it is all about what you infuse, says Singh making it clear that teabags just don’t work.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlter took on the session with an idea a Chinese poem puts forth. After the seventh cup of tea in the day, one can attain salvation. He broke the poetry session in to seven segments starting with the first cup of tea in bed and ending it with the last cup of tea before sleep. While the first cup of tea softly nudges one awake, the second cup of tea is believed to drive away the five causes of sorrow. By the third cup of tea life is set in motion and by the fourth – all the wrong of life passes away through the pores. Fifth cup means purification, the 4’o clock bliss, the sixth calls out from the realms of the immortal and by the seventh cup as the day comes to a close, the stirring of the tea makes the world go round.  ‘When you have the finest tea, it’s sheer poetry and in sheer poetry there is an unforgettable soothing essence of tea. Reflections is the romance of tea and some great food which helps to unwind and start conversations,’ said Alter. Tea became a refuge of sorts and poetry the perfect companion as songs floated in and out creating the perfect evening. Just as being a poet is a lifetime of work, the right cup of tea imbibes the same passion. And bringing both together could not have been more perfect. All of us has at some time or the other tried writing poetry, perhaps it is also time to try and brew a perfect cup of tea as well.last_img read more