T-Time: Who is the best Trojan in the NFL right now?

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgIt’s not the easiest time to be a USC football fan — the team physically can’t win games outside of the Coliseum and I wouldn’t trust offensive coordinator Tee Martin to call my plays in NCAA 14.But I’m not here to rant about the program’s many, many flaws (if you’re still seething from the Utah loss, check out Monday’s edition of “Grinding Gears”). Instead, I’d like to focus on the positives of USC football — like its former players who are no longer hamstrung by an inept coaching staff. Several Trojans are balling out in the big leagues right now, which begs the question: Who is the best former USC player in the NFL right now?I’ll first lay down some criteria. Only current contributions to a team count; prior accomplishments don’t. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews possesses a Hall of Fame-caliber resume, but at age 32, he’s not the fearsome pass rusher he once was. He’s no longer a contender for best NFL Trojan.And in order to weigh different positions evenly, I’ll be judging players based on their raw importance to their teams. For example, Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey doesn’t always stuff a stat sheet, but he’s a cornerstone of Tennessee’s defense more so than fellow “Trotan” Adoree Jackson, who has intercepted two passes in 2018. Any inactive or injured players are out of the race.With that said, it’s time to decide who the best Trojan in the NFL is, in order to distract ourselves from an inevitable trip to the Sun Bowl. The contending players will be categorized into three tiers:The Baby TrojansThis section belongs to rookie Trojans who’ve shown flashes of potential, but simply need more time to solidify themselves as NFL stars. This year’s No. 3 overall pick, quarterback Sam Darnold, is the most prominent of the group. Having started all seven games for the Jets, Darnold is still turnover-prone like he was in college (10 interceptions). However, he’s led the Mean Green to three wins — an impressive feat considering the team’s 5-11 finish in each of the past two years.Rounding out the group are pass rusher Uchenna Nwosu (one sack, three QB hits) and running back Ronald Jones, who punched in his first career touchdown Sunday. This trio needs time to see their talents fully realized in the NFL.The Role PlayersUnlike the Baby Trojans, this group features established veterans with major starting roles on their teams.  Wide receiver Nelson Agholor and cornerback Adoree Jackson are pushing into the “Superstar” category, but need a few more years of sustained excellence to qualify. A former first-round pick, Agholor got off to a molasses-slow start, averaging 23.1 receiving yards per game in his first two seasons. But in 2017, he became a key weapon on the Super Bowl champion Eagles, racking up 768 yards and eight touchdowns. It’s just his second year as a pro, but Jackson is already ranked as the No. 16 cornerback in the NFL this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s well on his way to become an elite corner at this pace.Defensive tackle Antuan Woods and running back Javorius “Buck” Allen were each part of USC’s class of 2015, and both have carved out solid roles for themselves in the NFL. Woods has started all seven games for the Cowboys at nose-tackle, notching 20 tackles and two for loss, while Allen scored three touchdowns in the Ravens’ first three games. Still waiting on a true breakout year, Allen rushed for over 500 yards in 2015 and 2017.The SuperstarsNow, we reach the cream of the crop — the Trojans who are established stars in the NFL. Receiver Robert Woods is the wild card of the Superstar group, as he’s yet to notch a 1,000-yard season. But he broke out in 2017 with 65.1 yards per game, and continued his explosive play into this season. He currently leads the Rams with 602 receiving yards — good for No. 9 in the league.Joining him are perennial defensive stalwarts Leonard Williams and Jurrell Casey. Williams experienced a down year in 2017, notching just two sacks. He’s reemerged as a fearsome rusher in 2018, however, with three sacks in seven games. Casey is one of the longer tenured Trojans in the NFL, having joined the Titans in 2011. Since then, he’s piled up 42.5 sacks and 74 tackles for loss, en route to three career Pro Bowl appearances.Last but not least, Tyron Smith has been the NFL’s premier left tackle this decade. He’s a five-time Pro-Bowler, two-time All-Pro selection and likely future Hall of Famer. The Cowboys offense has sputtered in 2018, but hardly at any fault of Smith’s.The Ultimate TrojanHere we are. It’s finally time to name the best Trojan currently in the NFL. Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is just a second-year pro, but he’s already managed to build a valuable brand for himself on and off the field. Last season, he was becoming a favorite target of Ben Roethlisberger, leading all rookie receivers with 917 yards and seven touchdowns. Now, he is the favorite target of Roethlisberger. He has more receptions and receiving yards than teammate Antonio Brown, who has more receiving yards than anyone in football since 2010.Smith-Schuster is currently No. 6 in the NFL in receiving yards per game, and his total yards would rank higher if not for the Steelers’ bye week. If he’s not dazzling on the field, he’s probably starring off of it, whether in pizza commercials or YouTube escapades. Yet, he manages to back up his vivacious personality every week. Not only is Smith-Schuster more visible than any former Trojan in the NFL, he’s also the most productive of the group.On top of it all, Smith-Schuster is only 21 years old. His crown of best Trojan in the NFL may be staying put for awhile.Trevor Denton is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgLATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Travel-weary Yemenis dream big The Philippine Basketball Association Draft pool just got its first legitimate talent who can turn a franchise around.Christian Standhardinger declared for the Draft on Monday as applications for overseas-born aspirants closed, immediately becoming the hands-down top overall prospect because of his size and exemplary attitude.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, whose mother hails from Angono, Rizal, easily stands out from a bumper crop of aspirants who beat the deadline, counting former La Salle ace Jason Perkins and San Beda College’s Davon Potts.Standhardinger, 27, stood out in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, where the Philippines took the gold medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He is seen as someone who can dominate the middle in the PBA much like June Mar Fajardo has done for San Miguel Beer.The Draft is set on Oct. 29 with KIA Picanto likely to have the top overall pick. From among the homegrown talents, the applications of Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being keenly awaited by fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View commentslast_img read more

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Brand South Africa invites media to JCI Conference

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 04 May 2016 – On the margins of the 2016 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Africa and Middle East Conference, Brand South Africa will host the ‘ Active Citizenship Workshop’ which seeks to explore ways on how young people can play their part to develop their communities as part of building vibrant competitive nations.Annually, the Conference unites at least 1000 young active citizen from more than 50 partner countries to participate in inspirational sessions, impactful workshops, official General Assembly  meetings and fun-filled events to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of  the dynamic organisation.The ‘Active Citizenship Workshop’ which envisions youth as partners in progress for socio-economic development initiatives, will harness effective youth development practices to engage youth in the active roles they can partake in as part of social cohesion and active citizenship. Following the ‘Active Citizenship Workshop’ – Brand South Africa’s CEO, Mr Kingsley Makhubela will deliver a keynote address on Nation Branding. Refer to the below for details on times and the venues of the aforementioned events.Brand South Africa invites media to join us for the following engagements on 05 May 2016:Event 1: Brand South Africa hosts the Active Citizenship WorkshopDate: Thursday 5 May 2016Time: 10h00 – 13h00Venue: Sandton Convention Centre – Bill GallagherEvent 2: Brand South Africa’s CEO addresses the youth on how they can play their part in Nation Branding for competitivenessDate: Thursday 5 May 2016Time: 10h00 – 13h00Venue: Sandton Convention Centre – Bill GallagherRSVP for both events: Tsabeng Nthite on [email protected] or call on 076 371 6810.last_img read more

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Video Breakdown: 9 Cuts Every Editor Should Know

By on December 12, 2019

first_img1. Standard CutThis is the cut that all of us know and love. It’s probably the most used cut out there, and you can think of it as “Shot-Reverse Shot.” It’s the continuation of the previous clip from a different angle — or a way to bring two different shots together. If you have ever just placed a clip next to another clip, you’ve used a standard cut. This cut is great when you’re trying to keep things simple.2. Jump CutThere are two types of jump cuts: one that looks good and one that doesn’t. The ones that don’t look good cut during an actor’s dialogue or are otherwise somehow jarring. But in recent years, the jump cut has been transformed from a bad cut to a easy way to slim down a long take. The only way this kind of cut works, though, is when you tie it together with something else, like a soundtrack that plays behind the cuts.3. J-CutThe J-cut is a great way to connect two clips that otherwise wouldn’t go together. You simply take the audio of the tail clip and let it bleed into the first clip. By extending the audio to the left, you’ll see a loose resemblance to the letter J in your timeline. This helps immerse the viewer into the next clip before it even appears.4. L-CutThis is the opposite of the J-cut. The L-cut extends the audio from the first clip into the tail clip. This cut is essential in dialogue-heavy scenes because it breaks up the monotony of a shot-reverse shot conversation. This cut also lets you show immediate reactions, rather than cutting away from the speaking actor.5. Cutting on ActionWhen editing an action sequence, it’s always a good idea to blend the cuts together as seamlessly as possible. To cut on action, you merge two clips by cutting between them during a moment of action. This ties the two clips together and tricks the audience into ignoring the cut. It’s a perfect choice for a fight scene or a chase sequence.6. Cross-CuttingA cross-cut smashes two perspectives into one sequence. This cut takes two different perspectives from your narrative world (such as one character chasing another) and melds them by cutting between each. The audience will automatically connect the two perspectives as one whole since they are watching them play out in “real time.”7. CutawaysCutaways, otherwise known as “establishing shots,” showcase the narrative’s environment. These shots establish the characters’ location and anchor your audience in your narrative world. Just make sure not to linger too long on these shots, or you risk losing your audience’s attention.8. MontageWant to span days, months, or years in a 45-second sequence? Then the montage is what you need. They’re a great way to show the passage of time — or a period of growth. Take a series of clips that show your character’s progress, layer in some inspirational music, and you’ve got yourself a montage that would make Rocky jealous.9. Match CutThe match cut is one of the ways that an editor can really flex their creative chops in post-production. Take a clip of some action, then immediately cut to a different scene that matches that action. If you need a reference for this cut, check out the most famous one of all: the Lawrence of Arabia match cut (with a literal match).Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Exclusive Interview: The Creators of Some of The Most Popular LUT Packs EverHow To Distribute Your Short Film in Today’s Online Marketplace5 Tips for Shooting a Period Film on a Tight BudgetProduction Tip: How to Calibrate Your Monitors on SetA Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video Aspect Ratios New to the cutting room? Need a little advice? Here are the nine essential cuts you should know when editing a film or video project.Cover image via Joan B.It doesn’t matter which NLE you use, editing cuts work in every program. They are tools to tell a story, and that story can drastically change depending on the type of cut you use. Once you understand these nine essential cuts, you can do more with your edits than simply splice scenes together. Let’s take a look.last_img read more

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Site C Construction Schedule for July 22nd – August 4th 2019

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgOld Fort Road  Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic.  Gravel sections have developed near 85th Avenue.  Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.  Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B.  Excavation of a short section of Old Fort Road will result in small detours, increased noise, dust and vibration. Highway 29: Construction-related traffic and investigation equipment will travel along Highway 29. Visit drivebc.ca to get the latest traffic advisories. Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads. Equipment  Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.  Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works. Noise and vibration  Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.  During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.  Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings. Transmission work may occur on the 138 kV right-of-way within the dam site.  Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River.  Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. We will use the tower and mobile cranes. 85th Avenue Conveyor  Construction and assembly continue on the conveyor between the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands and the dam site.  Paving will occur on Old Fort Road.  Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Periodic sweeping or dust suppression will occur. Highway 29 Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine Quarries. Construction will continue at Cache Creek West. This will include grading, road construction, and drainage work. Portage Mountain Quarry haul road construction will continue. Archaeological data recovery will occur at Cache Creek East and Halfway River. Reservoir area  Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue along the reservoir area.  Road construction activities will occur in the preparation of clearing on the south bank, eastern reservoir, and north bank near Halfway River.  Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design. Transmission works  Transmission line construction will continue. This includes helical pile foundation installation, testing and welding, and tower assembly.  Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.  Clearing activities may occur. This includes selective hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.  Road construction will occur in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas, as well as on the south slope of the dam site.  Upgrades will continue at the Peace Canyon Generating Station. Other areas  Geotechnical investigations will occur on the south bank of the Peace River, across from Lynx Creek. Helicopters will move equipment and workers from a staging area on the north side of the river.  Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.  Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29. WHAT TO EXPECT Work will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect: Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for July 22nd – August, 4th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank  Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River.  Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.  Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.  Contractors will continue to move equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road. Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas. This includes the main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. last_img read more

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Congress failed to develop North East Delhi Tiwari

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP’s North East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari on Sunday held the Congress party responsible for failing to develop his constituency during its time in government, both in Delhi and at the Centre. Tiwari said that despite Delhi being the Capital of the country, governments prior to the Narendra Modi-led government have done nothing to develop North East Delhi.Other BJP candidates for the seven seats also had a field day launching scathing attacks at both the major opposition parties. At a public meeting in his constituency, South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri accused his AAP opponent Raghav Chadha of circulating fake news and trying to mislead people. Several of Tiwari’s public meetings were attended by former Congress leader Bhishm Sharma, who recently joined BJP. Sharma also leveled serious accusations against his old party. He said that after having been involved in politics for over 40 years, he was extremely disappointed to see his party try to ally with “an anti-national party” like AAP. Moreover, BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan also tore into Kejriwal for bringing up the full statehood demand for Delhi. While the incumbent MPs went about their campaigns, fresh entrant Gautam Gambhir got campaign help from Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh, who addressed public meetings, seeking votes for the former cricketer.last_img read more

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Ohio State mens hockey sweeps Niagara earns sixth win in seven games

By on September 28, 2019

Junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) passes the puck during a game against Niagara Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Ryan Robey / Lantern photographerWith junior forward Tanner Fritz’s return to the lineup came an offensive surge on the ice as the Ohio State men’s hockey team handed Niagara University a two-game sweep over the weekend.Fritz, who missed five games due to an upper-body injury he sustained in OSU’s loss against Bowling Green Oct. 15, was an offensive powerhouse for the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) with a goal and five assists.Coach Steve Rohlik said while Fritz performed well, his presence on the ice spurred some life in the team as they took on the Purple Eagles (1-6-1, 1-1-1).“Obviously, he’s proven himself over the last few years. He’s our quiet leader,” Rohlik said. “He’s not a rah-rah guy. He leads by what he does on the ice … He’s certainly a big part of our team, and as a coach, it’s nice to know he’s in our lineup.”Junior forward Max McCormick said Fritz’s versatility — being able to do everything, anywhere on the ice — is what sets him apart as such an important component of the Buckeyes’ lineup.“He does everything,” McCormick said. “He does the little things — he blocks shots, he chips pucks, he makes great plays, he snipes, he does it all — so it’s great having him back.”After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led Niagara, 2-0, off goals from McCormick and junior forward Ryan Dzingel.OSU widened the gap in the second stanza, as freshman forward Nick Schilkey, junior forward Matt Johnson and Dzingel scored, giving the Buckeyes a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles answered at 8:30 with a goal from freshman forward Stephen Pietrobon, but McCormick canceled it out with another goal of his own at 15:00 to give the Buckeyes a 6-1 advantage.With the lead, OSU played more conservatively in the third period, and neither team scored. Overall, the game saw an aggressive OSU squad, who took 37 shots, compared to the Purple Eagles’ 16.The Buckeyes played the majority of the game without their starting goalie, freshman Matt Tomkins, who suffered and injury and was replaced by freshman Logan Davis at 3:44. Rohlik said Tomkins is “day-to-day,” and was pleased with Davis’ performance, in which he made 14 saves and allowed only one goal on the night.“Logan did fantastic,” Rohlik said. “That’s what we expect out of him. That’s why he’s part of this team, and that’s why he comes to practice every day. He works extremely hard, so we wouldn’t expect anything less.”McCormick said the Buckeyes handled the physicality of the game well, especially in faceoffs.“We want to win one-on-one battles and we want to out-compete the other team, and that’s what we focused on in practice, so we executed that well tonight,” he said.The first game of the series was held Friday, and the Buckeyes came out strong on their way to a 4-1 victory.The game remained scoreless until the second period, when Fritz put OSU on the board with a late-period goal, and Dzingel followed suit in the third with a goal of his own at 12:16. Senior forward Ryan Rashid of the Purple Eagles closed the gap with a goal at 18:17, but McCormick responded with a goal just 10 seconds later and then another at 19:27 with an empty Niagara net.After the game Friday, Fritz said his legs “were a little bit heavy at the start,” but once he got going, he was fine.Rohlik said the defensive unit, which only allowed two goals in the series, was as good as it could’ve been.”When you say ‘defense,’ I think that’s all five guys on the ice, and certainly I think it starts on that end,” he said. “We talk about offense, but everything starts from the D-zone. Our guys stepped up in that area — we blocked some shots from our forwards to our (defensemen).”The Buckeyes are slated to finish their homestand with a two-game series against Canisius Friday and Saturday. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. in both games. read more

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