PICTURE: JIM’S LAST INTERVIEW AS MANAGER

first_imgPic: Brid SweeneyBRID SWEENEY was in Croke Park for Donegal Daily the Sunday before last.As Jim McGuinness left, he stopped for one more interview with RTE Radio.This is her pic…  PICTURE: JIM’S LAST INTERVIEW AS MANAGER was last modified: October 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BRID SWEENEYJim McGuinnesslast_img

Students urged to apply early for SUSI grants to avoid delays

first_imgStudents thinking about third level education this September have been urged to get their SUSI student grant application in early in order to avoid the possibility of delays in having the grant approved. Applications for SUSI opened last Thursday, however, students who think they’re eligible for the financial support have been warned to submit their details on time.Cllr Liam Doherty said: “Application for SUSI opened to applicants last Thursday however, given that this coincided with the Easter holiday period, it’s likely that many students and their families overlooked it. “Of course, those hoping to start or return to third level education this September should make applying for the SUSI grant a priority, particularly given the importance of the payment to families and college goers at what is a very expensive time.“As many will be aware, the SUSI grant is means tested, so many students thinking of applying will probably need the help of their parents when filling out their applications.“Whether you’re a dependent, mature dependent or an independent will determine what income is taken into account for the purpose of determining if you are eligible for funding or not, so it’s important that applicants don’t put off getting their application in.“I’m therefore encouraging students and those returning to education to make their application as early as possible now and to make sure that all the information they supply is correct and up to date to avoid the possibility of the processing of their payment being delayed. “Anyone who is considering applying for student grant support should visit the SUSI website ‘susi.ie’, where they will be able to find all the information they need in relation to eligibility criteria, how to submit an application and where they can also monitor its progress once submitted.”Students urged to apply early for SUSI grants to avoid delays was last modified: May 5th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drew’s 22 subdues Dons, Huskies stay perfect

first_imgWhat has been a dream start to the season for Fortuna boys basketball continued Thursday night as the Huskies overcame a clear height disadvantage to take down the Amador Valley Dons, a Division-I team out of Pleasanton, 65-53 in the second round of the Windsor Holiday Classic.The win — perhaps the most impressive of the season for the still undefeated Huskies — moves Fortuna to 13-0 on the year.“I thought we ran our offense well tonight, we got to our spots and got some good shots,” Fortuna …last_img

Are you related to Mandela?

first_img24 April 2007The new Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand is inviting South Africans and international tourists to have their DNA tested to determine their ancestry – and have the results exhibited alongside those of Nelson Mandela.Mandela had his genetic code analysed in 2004, with some surprising results. While he is Xhosa, his mitochondrial DNA shows that he can trace his maternal lineage back to the San Bushmen, the earliest inhabitants of Africa. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed from mother to child and undergoes no genetic mixing, so it’s one of the more common ways to test genetic ancestry.Mandela’s paternal line, on the other hand, was traced to a group of Africans from the Great Lakes area of East Africa. Most of SA’s African population originated from this region and migrated down the continent’s east coast to settle in South Africa.The Origins Centre, which opened in Johannesburg last week, is offering the DNA tests to illustrate one of its themes: “All human beings are related genetically and can trace their roots to a common ancestor who lived in Africa.”DNA will be tested by the National Health Institute, with the results available after two weeks. People can choose to have their ancestry exhibited at the centre.Rock art and archaeologyBut there’s more to the museum than DNA. The Origins Centre brings together a number of institutions that study rock art, palaeontology, anthropology and archaeology.These include the South African Museum of Rock Art, the James Kitching Gallery, the Rock Art Research Institute, the Bernard Price Institute, the Ringing Rocks Digitising Laboratory and the South African Archaeology Society.The centre offers stunning museum displays, meeting and lecture facilities, as well as a shop and cafe.The project was given life in 2000 by then South African Minister of Tourism Valli Moosa and President Thabo Mbeki.The President had the idea when he went walking in the Drakensberg Mountains and discovered that he knew more about rock art than his guides. He wanted South Africa’s impressive rock art collection and research exhibited to benefit the people of the country.The primary objective of the centre is to educate the public by promoting the ancient heritage of southern Africa through an appreciation of rock art and the cultures of the people who produced it.The museum will display its remarkable collection of stone age tools and rock art, evidence of human ancestors living in southern Africa from 2.6-million years ago. There are over 100 000 examples of rock art in Wits University’s archive, probably the largest in the world.Another focus of the museum will be South Africa’s 4-billion year old fossil record.The exhibits in the museum are designed to show how human beings became fully modern in sub-Saharan Africa ahead of their journey out of Africa to populate the rest of the world.”Using the latest technology, the Origins Centre presents its message in an informative and entertaining way. Each section of the museum has interactive touch screens that allow visitors to navigate their way at considerable depth through each subject area.The displays are available in six languages – English, Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, French and German, with more to be added each year.For opening times and tariffs, see the Origins Centre website. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African dancer enjoys global success

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneIt comes as no surprise that one of the most prestigious dance schools in England has clinched the services of Andile Sotiya, a renowned South African-born dancer and choreographer. The Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds boasts a student component from across the world and is a “unique dance training institution offering a select group of students the opportunity to develop and excel as dance artists in a conservatoire environment”, according to its website. He is currently teaching dance technique and contemporary dance at the school.My interest in Andile Sotiya goes back some 12 years ago when I met him as a young teenager in 1995. I was a 16-year-old schoolgirl and he was a 20-year-old dance graduate. He left for London shortly after our once-off meeting, but the memory of that day has always stayed with me. When the opportunity arose to profile South Africans abroad raising the country’s flag high in their chosen fields, he was an obvious choice.I didn’t know what to expect when I finally tracked him down for the interview. Maybe his accent had changed; maybe he had fully embraced English culture, who knows? Imagine my delighted surprise when he got on the line and casually said “Heita!” (a South African township slang greeting), like any other outie [slang for “guy”] in his South African accent. I’m relieved.Sotiya’s rise in the international dance arena has been an interesting, long and sometimes difficult journey. The 32-year-old dancer was born and raised in the township of Gugulethu, Cape Town. After completing his studies in dance at the Tshwane University of Technology (then known as Pretoria Technikon), he was offered a scholarship to train at the prestigeous Rembert School of Dance in England.When he first arrived, Sotiya was starry-eyed and ready to take on the challenges that lay ahead of him. “For me it’s been about the adventure and absorbing all that I can.” He says he decided to be open-minded: “I opened my eyes and ears to getting more information and learning about myself as well.“I have been lucky in that I have done fairly okay, surviving a very stiff dance competition in the UK. If I look back at what I have achieved, it’s quite a bit. Not only from a dancing point of view, but also in terms of getting to know whom Andile is. ”His accomplishments include holding residencies at Yorkshire Dance and at the Belfast Metropolitan College, which was sponsored by Dance Northern Ireland. He has choreographed numerous of his own dance pieces which he perfomed at dance festivals. He has also choreographed pieces for dance companies, including the Barebones Dance Company, the Northern Youth Dance Company and the Phoenix Dance Theatre.Sotiya has also been able to break into commercial dancing – touring around the world as one of the lead dancers for Australian-born singer Kylie Minogue. “Dancing with Kylie has been one of my career highs. It was great fun, we spent six months touring. We did the UK, Australia and America. Touring exposed me a lot to the world. It also gave me perspective of what was missing in the theatre aspect of dance.”But a subject that is very close to his heart is South Africa. Although he has been away from home for more than a decade – with his last visit being a brief one five years ago – Sotiya keeps abreast with everything that is happening in the country.I ask him what people’s perceptions are about South Africa in his neck of the woods. “When I arrived in 1996, everyone was still watching how the country was going to change. For me personally, it was about watching home from a distance. We have done very well as a country, but there are fundamental things that we have done very badly. We need to go back and look at what freedom is all about, what the principles of what we fought for are all about.”He is particularly critical of the way that the media in the UK has portrayed South Africa. “I find myself being in defence of South Africa. The media looks at the negatives … So there is this kind of fear campaign happening and it’s influencing the way the world looks at the country. Crime, Aids are all challenges that we have in the country, but that’s not all that’s happening.“Take the Jacob Zuma issue for instance. In many ways, Zuma has come to represent what South African politics are all about. When the Shabir Shaik corruption trial came up, for instance, and Zuma was mixed up in all of that, it became about looking at the calibre of politicians the country has.”Sotiya adds that it’s not really fair for the international media to expect South Africa to be without problems. “We are not running away from our problems, we are like any other country. You see, there are two types of South Africans abroad. Those who will constantly complain ‘crime this’ and ‘crime that’, justifying why they left home. Then there are those who look beyond the problems.“I’m not naïve to say the problems of the country define the country. You see beyond the problems of the country when you are away from home. You look deeper into the fabric of society, and that is what I have done.”Sotiya is looking forward to bringing his family, consisting of two sons – aged four and one – and his partner from Madagascar back to South Africa one day. He says he wants his children to taste, even on a smaller scale, the type of upbringing he had, growing up in Gugulethu.He reminisces that he grew up carefree, playing in the street with other kids, and generally enjoyed being raised within a community, something that his sons have not yet experienced. “I’m excited for my children to grow up the way I grew up, where family extends beyond blood. Here in the UK, it’s the two boys, their mum and me; we don’t have any family around. I want them to know who they are.”Sotiya says his oldest son now understands the concept of extended family, following the visit of his grandmother from South Africa. He has even had a chance to meet his cousin. “My son cries for his grandmother, and it’s not easy to explain to him why we are still here. In another few years, it’s really all about balancing things out here before making that big decision to move.”He says that now more than ever, he really has been missing home. With the Aids pandemic being so rife, Sotiya has also lost friends and family to the disease and it really saddens him. “It’s difficult to phone home and be told that ‘so and so’ has passed away and you can’t even be there to attend the funeral. I miss the family and I miss feeling connected to something bigger than my own surroundings.”He is looking forward to bringing his family to South Africa for a visit in 2008. This, he says, will give him an idea of how his children will adjust to life here in the future, though he doubts it will be difficult for them to connect with coming back home.Useful linksThe northern school of contemporary dance Do you have any queries and comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lyceum stays unbeaten, cruises to 10th straight win Since his retirement from the game last year, fans have learned more about his many hidden passions aside from putting the ball in a hoop—including his gift for poetry.The Los Angeles Lakers legend recited his ”Dear Basketball” poem, alongside legendary conductor John Williams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe one-time league MVP penned the heartfelt piece on The Player’s Tribune in 2015-2016 season, to announce that he’ll be walking away from the sport.Bryant’s emotional words echoed throughout the packed hall, as an animated short of his storied career played on a big screen overlooking the stage. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES His short but sweet recital was met with a standing ovation from the pleased audience.Meanwhile, the 39-year-old Bryant expressed his delight upon performing and sharing the stage with one of music’s most recognizable names.“Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown,” he wrote. Never thought I’d be on stage w/ the great JOHN WILLIAMS @HollywoodBowl to perform the #DearBasketball animated short. Thank u LA #mindblown pic.twitter.com/NryTKovJuU— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Williams, meanwhile, is responsible for a slew of the most popular music in cinema history, including music for classics like “Jaws”, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestial” and the iconic “Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise. /raRELATED STORY:Nike responds to Kobe Bryant’s letter to game of basketball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aside from being one of the most spectacular basketball players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, Kobe Bryant is a man of many talents.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Mysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “What possibly could we have hit in the SKY at this time of night? Everyone is safe, though,” Anthony wrote.The Thunder were travelling to Chicago to face the Bulls later Saturday following a 119-116 loss to Minnesota on Friday. /cbb John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Several players demanded an explanation for the damage.“We had a rough flight to say the least,” New Zealand star Steven Adams said in a Tweet addressed to NASA, prominent astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson and scientist Bill Nye.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“30,000 feet in the air. Flying to Chicago. What caused this?” Adams wrote above an image of the damaged plane.Carmelo Anthony was similarly concerned, posting the same image of the plane’s badly dented nose. Oklahoma Thunder Steven Adams is boggled about what caused this huge dent on the nose of the jet they traveled on from Minnesota to Chicago. STEVEN ADAMS TWITTER PAGECHICAGO, United States — Spooked Oklahoma City Thunder players took to Twitter on Saturday after a plane carrying them to Chicago suffered mysterious damage mid-flight.Dramatic images posted by Thunder players on social media showed the nose of their jet travelling from Minnesota caved in.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Here comes the reign again Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Patiala Peg: Why Bihar’s gain causes Punjab’s labour pain

first_imgNot many people in Punjab are happy with Nitish Kumar’s victory in the recent Bihar assembly polls. As Bihar politics was re-scripted in November this year, alarm bells rang for two major sectors in Punjab – agriculture and industry – which form the backbone of its economy.Reports suggest that distress migration from Bihar –  which had already receded during Nitish’s last term as chief minister – is likely to decline further.The prime sectors of Punjab’s economy have learnt the lesson that skilled and unskilled hands sustaining them for decades would now head where they have better employment opportunities.Nitish’s second innings has ushered a hope among Bihari migrants to Punjab that there are better prospects back home.The dividends of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act reaped by people in Bihar during Nitish’s last term would continue to give them additional purchasing power. The people from Bihar – who would come to Punjab during the non- farming season in their native state – are gradually dumping Punjab which was considered one of the most progressive states in India. The estimates put migrant population in Punjab close to 30 lakh.One third of the migrants – nearly 10 lakh – are in the industrial city of Ludhiana.They have been instrumental in making the industry grow.The helpless industrialists in Ludhiana have long been alarmed of the unnerving decline in migrant labour. But, there was greater discomfort among them after October. A large number of migrants went back to Bihar in October for casting their vote in the assembly elections and celebrate Diwali. Many chose to stay back in Bihar.advertisementThis trend has spelt danger for industry in Ludhiana – known as the Manchester of India. The industry has been experiencing severe shortage of labour and the problem is gradually intensifying.At present it is home to 30 thousand registered and eight thousand unregistered small scale units. Due to labour shortage, they have had to cut their production. Ludhiana also has eight large integrated knitwear factories, roughly six thousand small to medium sized knitwear factories, 10 big hosiery yarn mills and 150 small to medium sized worsted and woolen yarn factories. There are also firms manufacturing bicycles, machine tools, sewing machines, generators, diesel engines, tyres and tubes, and other consumer goods.J Alandhar – a town synonymous with sports equipment, rubber goods, and auto part industries –  is also losing its supremacy due to the shortage of migrants. It is also the world’s biggest manufacturer of leather tool pouches and aprons with major American and European customers buying from factories here.The country’s grain bowl is also dependent on migrant farm hands. Punjab is the largest contributor to the central rice pool. It produces nearly 150 lakh tonnes of rice every year bringing 26 lakh hectare under paddy cultivation.For about three years – the farmers too have been experiencing labour shortage in Punjab during the paddy season.They are forced to scour railway stations across the state in anticipation of the arrival of migrant labour and lure them with higher wages and comforts including non- vegetarian food, dessert coolers, mobile phones and clothes. Social scientists say that Punjab’s economy cannot grow without migrants. A survey by the Punjab Agricultural University had estimated that Ludhiana has more than 10 lakh migrants against its 50 lakh population. About five lakh migrants contribute to paddy cultivation every year. They are hard working and do not form unions. They are not arrogant and are known to take up any job they get.If Bihar continues to offer better employment opportunities to its natives – which it must –  it may be disastrous for Punjab.Punjab too must wake up and work out a strategy to save its economy. Maybe they can take a leaf or two out of Nitish’s book.****************************************Babus just don’t care about our freedom fighters’ legacyOfficial apathy has taken its toll on the Dwarka Dass Library at the Lala Lajpat Rai Bhawan in Chandigarh. The library has many old books.One of which was published in 1702. The administration has been paying a meager ` 20,000 a month for its staff and upkeep. There has been a crunch of space for displaying the entire collection.Lalaji founded the library in the memory of his friend –  Dwarka Dass –  in Lahore in 1928. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The material was shifted to India after the partition. The library is maintained by the Servants of the People Society. Lalaji also donated his personal library to the society.The library also contains several original historical sources such as resolutions of the Indian National Congress (INC) and letters of Lala Lajpat Rai. It is also the treasure trove of literature read by martyr Bhagat Singh when he was in prison in Lahore. The library in Lahore had become a “revolutionaries’ shrine” since it was a meeting ground for Bhagat Singh and his comrades. The books issued by Bhagat Singh from a library in Lahore have been kept at the Dwarka Dass Library. A newspaper carrying the news of his execution in 1931 is also kept here.advertisementThe library also has the drape Lalaji was wearing when he was beaten up by the police before his death.****************************************Because environment mattersAn NGO called Environment Matters has taken an initiative to sensitise school children and teachers on environmental issues.The NGO has been holding workshops in schools in collaboration with the Environment Department, Chandigarh.The programme has been launched under the Environment Ministry’s National Green Corps Programme. The NGO’s chairman Sandeep Garg believes that knowledge must lead to Action. “We are approaching school eco-clubs and hold practical training programmes for students and teachers. We are also targeting colleges,” said Garg.The NGO also invites students to an equipped laboratory to demonstrate the ill effects of pollution and ways to reduce it. The NGO’s chief executive Dr RS Saini hopes that students use this knowledge when they make their way out of the classrooms.last_img

How the Cowboys Could Use Jalen McCleskey (Pt. 3)

first_imgIn this week’s Chalk Talk, we have focused on sophomore wide receiver Jalen McCleskey and how his strengths could easily be incorporated into the OSU offense. We have already talked about how McCleskey could be used in the true screen and misdirection game. In the last part of this week’s Chalk Talk, we’re going to look at how McCleskey could be used in RPOs (run-pass options) through attached screens and simple route combos.McCleskey can easily be featured on the perimeter with attached screens. That’s an easy opportunity for yards and an easy install for any offense.iz noThe Holgorsen/Monken Cowboys of late would always pair a screen with their base run plays. Weeden would have the option to hand the ball off or throw to the screen, depending on the defense. They also used these plays with tempo, so the defense wouldn’t have time to fully align; if the defense had time to align, the play would not have as much success.mizzou_now_1Simple screen attachments would lead to easy yardage for players like McCleskey. All he has to do is catch the ball and he’s already in the open field (this is assuming that the quarterback made the right read and the receiver makes his block on the off-man corner).But attachments aren’t limited to simple screens; many teams use actual route combinations in tandem with their run schemes. Take this 2012 Tavon Austin touchdown reception for example:crossbuck slantIn this play, the Mountaineers run a basic three-man pass concept with a crossbuck inside zone. The quarterback reads the box; if the defense sucks in on the run, he has the option to abort the handoff and throw to the slant behind them. He can also throw to either outside route, although they are both pre-snap reads.crossbuck_slant_In this particular play, Geno Smith sees the defense suck in on the run and completes an accurate pass to Austin, who then takes it 46 yards to the end zone.This pass combo/run play juxtaposition is used by just about every spread team. It has even found its way to the NFL. Here’s a buck sweep/slant-curl combo that the Dolphins have used.buck_slant_throwThe Cowboys had a tendency of running the ball on first down a lot last season. In anticipation for this, opposing defenses would frequently load the box. If OSU had updated their playbook to include attachments on every play, they could have torn up defenses on first down instead of getting a measly one or two yards against a stacked box.McCleskey is a dangerous receiver as is; imagine what he could do on wide-open looks like these. Players like McCleskey can turn a simple five-yard reception into a fifty-yard touchdown. Just like any RPO, these route combo attachments put heavy stress on the defense and makes them pay for overplaying the run.Prevent negative run plays? Check. Give the offense a chance for easy yards? Check. Allow McCleskey to rack up yards on easy receptions? Check. Give McCleskey the opportunity to succeed in his sophomore season and he should be ready to capitalize. Now we just have to wait and see if he’s given that chance.How would you use a player like Jalen McCleskey? Put your opinions in the comments below. 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

Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+ 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