Mohammed Shami defies BCCI, bowls 26 overs for Bengal in Ranji Trophy

first_imgMohammed Shami, who is part of Team India’s plans in the Test against Australia, defied BCCI’s instruction of not bowling more than 15 overs in the Ranji Trophy game against Kerala as the Bengal pacer said rolling his arm for 26 overs was his “own decision”.Considering his workload in the upcoming Test series against Australia next month, BCCI had wanted him to bowl not more than 15-17 overs.”When you are playing a match for your state, the important thing is to fulfil your responsibility,” Shami, who returned with 26-3-100-3, told reporters after the day two.”I was also feeling well and had no discomfort. The wicket was also doing well so I continued as long as I could… I decided on my own,” Shami, who is India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests this year.READ – BCCI asks Shami to bowl only few overs in Ranji Trophy ahead of Australia seriesConcerned with Shami’s fitness issues of late, the BCCI had cleared the Bengal pacer to play ongoing Ranji Trophy match against Kerala on condition that he would bowl 15-17 overs per innings.But as Bengal struggled to bundle out Kerala, Shami ended up bowling the maximum in the four-prong pace attack.In comparison, Bengal’s regular strike bowler Ashok Dinda bowled 19 overs, while youngster Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar bowled 18 and 14 overs respectively.Shami said it was best to bowl in a match than in practice.”It was better to bowl for your team and state rather than practising somewhere else… The more you bowl here the more it will help in Australia. It was good preparation. For me bowling in a match is the best preparation. I prefer that any day.advertisement”I was feeling well to bowl at home after a long time. All my friends were here. It was after a long time I could play with my team,” Shami added.An integral part of the Indian fast bowling unit, Shami is the leading Indian wicket taker in Tests this year with 33 wickets in nine Tests, including a five-for in the final innings of the Johannesburg Test that India won in January.The four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy will get underway in Adelaide from December 6.”I’ve prepared well, had good training and match preparation. I’ve a practice match there. I will be ready for the Tests.”Bengal find themselves on the mat as they were 139 runs behind in the second innings with nine wickets in hand.Bengal got out for a paltry 147 in the first innings and Shami said the toss played a key role.Bengal coach Sairaj Bahutule also echoed Shami’s views on his extended spell.”He was absolutely willing to bowl so he continued. Nobody put pressure on him,” Bahutule said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Commentary stint over Ranji Trophy duties? Robin Uthappa clears the air

first_imgWhile his Saurashtra teammates were sweating it out at the GS Patel Stadium in Gujarat’s Nadiad against the hosts in a Ranji Trophy 2018-19 encounter, Robin Uthappa was seen wearing a commentator’s hat and analysing Wednesday’s first T20I between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane.Uthappa and senior Delhi batsman Gautam Gambhir were the only two active cricketers to be part of the 15-member commentary panel for Sony Pictures India, the official broadcasters of the India-Australia tour in the subcontinent.Uthappa’s preference for commentary over domestic duty irked several fans. Questions were asked over why the 33-year-old had made himself unavailable for Ranji Trophy at a time when former cricketers are consistently expressing concerns over the absence of star players from the country’s premier domestic four-day tournament.Also Read – Sakshi Dhoni thanks Robin Uthappa for bringing her and MS Dhoni togetherUthappa thoug was quick to clarify his stand on joining the commentary panel amidst the Ranji Trophy season, saying he skipped domestic duty as he is yet to fully recover from an ankle injury. The World T20 winner insisted he has no plans to retire and that he would continue playing till he enjoying doing so.Also Read – Virat Kohli wins hearts at Gabba, obliges kids with autographs”Just to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically (sic) ,” Uthappa wrote on Twitter.advertisementAlso Read – India have a lot of problems that need to be solved: Harbhajan SinghJust to clear the misconceptions out-there.I’m giving commentary a go coz I’m currently recovering from an ankle surgery. It’s by no means takes away from how much I love competing and will continue to do so till I don’t enjoy it anymore or can’t physically. #sonysix #INDvsAUSRobin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) November 21, 2018Uthappa got a nod of approval from his good friend and former India teammate Irfan Pathan as the left-arm pacer wished him luck for his commentary stint.The aggressive right-handed batsman last played competitive cricket in October when he turned up for Saurashtra in Vijay Hazare Trophy – the domestic 50-over tournament. From eight matches, Uthappa hit 197 runs, which includes a highest score of 97, at 24.62.India vs Australia, 1st T20I: MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDNotably, Uthappa had ended his 15-year-old association with Karnataka in the lead-up to the 2017-18 domestic season and made the move to Saurashtra.Read – Shikhar Dhawan feels poor fielding cost India in narrow loss to AustraliaDespite being a consistent performer for his Indian Premier League franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, Uthappa has found it difficult to return to the senior national side. His last international appearance came during India’s tour of Zimbabwe in 2015.last_img read more

South Africa to chase 149 after Olivier triggers Pakistan collapse in Centurion

first_imgSeamer Duanne Olivier completed an 11-wicket match haul as South Africa roared back into contention in the first Test by bowling Pakistan out for 190 in their second innings at the close of day two at Centurion Park on Thursday.Olivier finished with 5-59 to go with his first innings figures of 6-37 as Pakistan set South Africa a victory target of 149. Thirty wickets have fallen on the opening two days of a game that has moved forward at a rapid pace.The home side will begin their chase on the third morning but with rain predicted for both days three and four.Olivier, in the side only because stalwart seamer Vernon Philander was injured, showed great pace and accuracy to help bowl Pakistan out in 56 overs of their second innings.The tourists had been on top when they went to Tea on 100 for one with a lead of 58. They then lost their final nine wickets for the addition of only 90 runs as the South African seamers found movement on a wicket that is also showing variable bounce.Opener Imam-ul-Haq had looked rock solid at the crease for his 57 before he chopped an Olivier delivery on to his stumps, while number three Shan Masood crafted a fine 65 but holed out to Keshav Maharaj in the deep off Dale Steyn (2-34) as he began to run out of batting partners.No other Pakistan batsman made more than 12 in the innings and were easily picked off as they hung on the back foot, too wary of the pace and bounce in the wicket.advertisementThat included a second duck of the match for captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was caught at slip by Faf du Plessis off the excellent pace bowler Kagiso Rabada (3-47).South Africa had earlier labored to 223 in their first innings after starting the second day on 127 for five.Seamers Mohammad Amir (4-62) and Shaheen Afridi (4-64) were particularly impressive in getting the ball to move off the pitch, with seven of their eight scalps being caught behind the wicket.They will hold the key again for the tourists in trying to restrict South Africa’s chase with the pitch offering little assistance to the spinners.Temba Bavuma top-scored for the home side with a fluent 53, showcasing some excellent cover drives and intelligent placement, but his stay was ended when Afridi induced an edge to Ahmed.Quinton de Kock (45) looked for quick runs at the death of the innings and pushed the lead to 42, but was deceived by a slower ball from Amir and caught at cover by Fakhar Zaman to be the last man out.Also Read | Steve Smith’s Bangladesh Premier League ban lifted after franchises withdraw objectionsAlso Read | India have enough runs, not an easy pitch to bat on: Pujara warns AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

Hardik Pandya spotted with Krunal at Mumbai airport after Koffee with Karan controversy

first_imgSuspended India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Saturday spotted at the Mumbai airport along with his elder brother Krunal.Hardik is back home in India after being suspended and called back from the tour of Australia following his sexist comments against women on the TV show Koffee with Karan.He had appeared on the show with teammates KL Rahul, who was also suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), pending an inquiry. Both players missed the three-ODI series against Australia, which India won on Friday night, and are also set to miss out on the limited-overs series in New Zealand later this month. Hardik Pandya’s father had said his son was not taking calls and avoiding leaving the house since returning home (Yogen Shah Photo)Hardik’s father had earlier stated that his son is keeping a low profile and not leaving the house and has even stopped taking calls after returning to India.Himanshu, Hardik’s father, also said that his son was very disappointed with the comments that he made on Karan Johar’s talk show but added that the family has not brought the topic up at home: “We have decided not to talk to him on this subject. Even his elder brother Krunal has not discussed anything about the episode with him. We are waiting for the BCCI’s decision.” Hardik didn’t pose for the pictures but just walked past the paparazzi at the Mumbai airport (Yogen Shah Photo)Indian cricket administrators recalled all-rounder Hardik Pandya and batsman KL Rahul from a tour of Australia and charged them with misconduct and indiscipline after remarks condemned on social media as sexist, racist and misogynist.advertisementA committee of administrators (COA) that is running Indian cricket this week asked the top court to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the case and punish the cricketers if they were found to have brought disrepute to the game.The court will provide directions on the next steps at its hearing next week, a cricket official said.However, the fact that the court put off a hearing on the matter until next week, prolonging the players’ uncertainty, fuelled criticism that they were being judged too harshly.”People make mistakes, let’s not go too far here. I am sure, .. whoever has done it will realise and come out a better person,” former Indian Test captain Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying.The show went viral, prompting such fury on social media that some demanded a life ban, while others called for the cricketers’ lucrative contracts for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be torn up.Hardik has already lost an endorsement contract with Gillette while Mumbai’s Khar Gymkhana, a reputed sports club, has also revoked his honorary three-year membership.”Our 4000 member strong social media handle has received a lot of outcry against Hardik Pandya and his comments. They, particularly the women members wanted the club to take some action and be pro active. So in our managing committee meeting, we decided to revoke the three year membership we had given him last October,” Gaurav Kapadia, Khar Gymkhana Gen Secretary told India Today.Khar Gymkhana has awarded honarary club membership to reputed sportsmen from Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal amongst others in the past.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Hardik, Rahul suspended for Koffee with Karan controversy: What lies ahead for the two?Also Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul tender unconditional apology to BCCI’s show cause noticelast_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Prithvi Shaw shines as Mumbai thrash Goa

first_imgYoung prodigy Prithvi Shaw found his mojo back as domestic giants Mumbai Monday cantered to a fourth straight win in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, hammering Goa by six wickets in a Group C game of the T20 tournament in Indore.Earlier, Mumbai had defeated Sikkim, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh in the premier domestic T20 tournament.Mumbai rode on Shaw’s blazing 71 off just 47 balls to reach the target of 140 with 10 balls to spare. Shaw, who struggled in the last three games, finally found momentum and registered his first fifty of the tournament.The 19-year-old batsman’s quickfire knock was studded with five boundaries and seven sixes.Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (31) played his part to perfection as the duo laid the foundation stone of the win with a 95-run opening stand.Mumbai slumped to 117/4 from a healthy 95/1, but experienced Surya Kumar Yadav (24 not out) steered the side home at the Emeralds Heights International School Ground.Earlier, Mumbai bowlers did a decent job to restrict Goa to 140 for 4 in their 20 overs.Goa openers Sagun Kamat (27) and skipper Amogh Desai (38) got starts, but were unable to convert them into big scores.The duo added 58 runs for the first wicket, but both fell in quick succession.One-down Amit Verma (27) and wicket-keeper Keenan (26) were also looking good, but Mumbai bowlers sent them back to the pavilion before they could consolidate further.Mumbai bowlers – Dhawal Kulkarni (1-31), Shardul Thakur (1-25), Shubham Ranjane (1-19) and Shams Mulani (1-20) – put in collective efforts to deny Goa a big score.advertisementBrief scores: At Indore: Goa 140/4 (Amogh Desai 38, Sagun Kamat 27; Shubham Ranjane 1-19) lost to Mumbai 141/4 (Prithvi Shaw 71, Ajinkya Rahane 31; Vijesh Prabhudesai 1-11) by six wickets.Mumbai 4 points, Goa 0 points.At Indore (Holkar Stadium): Madhya Pradesh 159/6 (Naman Ojha 74, Parth Sahani 40; Amit Mishra 3-19) lost to Railways 161/5 (P S Singh 61, Ashish Yadav 32 not out; Mihir Hirwani 3/20) by five wickets.Railways 4 points, MP 0 points.At Holkar Stadium: Sikkim 75 (Milind 28, Nilesh Lamichaney 13; Jaydev Unadkat 2-9) lost to Saurashtra 79/3 (Cheteshwar Pujara 39 not out, Sheldon Jackson 24; B B Sharma 3-23) by seven wickets.Saurastra 4 points, Sikkim 0 points.At Surat: C B Patel ground: Vidarbha 117 (J M Sharma 49, Atharva Taide 23; S K K Ahmed 5-18, Nathu Singh 2-11) won against Rajasthan 73 (M N Singh 24, Robin Bist 22; Akshay Karnewar 4-7, R L Jangid 2-11) by 44 runs.Vidarbha 4 points, Rajasthan 0 points.At Lalbhai Contractor Stadium: Tamil Nadu 125/6 (N S Chaturved 34, M S Washington Sundar 33; A Nagwaswalla 3-11, Piyush Chawla 2-16) won against Gujarat 124 all out (Chirag Gandhi 68 not out, Priyank Panchal 14; Washington Sundar 2-10, R Sai Kishore 1-19) by 1 run.Tamil Nadu 4 points, Gujarat 0 points.At Lalbhai Contractor Stadium: Bihar 78 all out (Asfahan Khan 25, Piyush Kumar Singh 21; G K Singh 2-11, Ankit Rajan Maini 2-14) lost to Himachal Pradesh 81/1 (A K Bains 54 not out, P S Chopra 14; Samar Quadri 1-14) by nine wickets.Himachal Pradesh 4 points, Bihar 0 points.Also Watch:last_img read more

Shaheen Shah Afridi: Pakistan cricket’s next superstar in the making

first_imgShaheen Shah Afridi. Remember the name. The 19-year-old left-arm pacer was born in Khyber Agency in 2000, nearly a year after Pakistan lost to Australia in a one-sided World Cup final at Lord’s.In 2019, a strapping Shaheen Afridi led a spirited fight for Pakistan who had their backs against the wall after a disastrous star to their World Cup campaign. His baby face and good looks resonated with the cricketing globe.At a time when Pakistan cricket is struggling to keep up with the rest of the world, Shaheen Afridi brought back memories of a different era. Imran Khan. Wasim Akram. Good-looking men with the ability to bowl fast and scare batsmen.Pakistan were under the pump after their defeat to India on June 16. And they needed a miracle or four to stay in contention for a berth in the semi-finals.Shaheen Afridi had played his first ever World Cup match against Australia in Taunton on June 12 but he was overlooked for the game against India after conceding 2 for 70.With everything to play for, Afridi came back into the Pakistan playing XI and made an immediate impact.He picked 1 for 54 against South Africa before returning figures of 3 for 28 against New Zealand. Against Afghanistan, Afridi was virtually unplayable with figures of 4 for 47. By the time Pakistan took on Bangladesh for their final game, a semi-final berth was improbable but he made his mark with figures of 6 for 35.That was the best bowling figure by any Pakistani in World Cup history. Not just that, he is also the youngest to take a five-wicket haul in World Cups.advertisementIt was a disappointing World Cup campaign for Pakistan. They failed to qualify for the semi-finals for the second successive time in World Cups but Shaheen Afridi’s raw talent and charisma will give them hope.In 1992, 8 years before Shaheen Shah Afridi was born, Imran Khan inspired his country to World Cup triumph. 27 years ago, like in 2019, Pakistan were in deep trouble before fighting their way through to the final to defeat England.There were lots of similarities between 1992 and 2019. Pakistan’s streak of losses and wins were eerily similar. And Shaheen Shah Afridi played his part along with Mohammad Amir who took 17 wickets.But Amir played 8 matches.Afridi took his 16 wickets in only 5 matches in the World Cup. He was fast and he was lethal. Batsmen, in the years to come, will be wary of this young bowler from the land of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Aqib Javed.Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the finds of this World Cup for Pakistan and make no mistake, he will be in focus as the country tries to find its feet once again in the cricket world.After finishing with a 6-wicket haul, Afidi said: “It means so much to have this record when you think of all the legends of Pakistan cricket. To be able to take six wickets at Lord’s is a very big moment for me and my family, it’s the Home of Cricket and a very special place.”We’ve played such good cricket in the last four matches and it’s disappointing it’s now over. This is my first World Cup, and the same for other players too, that is very good news for the future.”In the years to come, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a fearsome bowler. With experience, he will develop his skills and pace. That has been true of all great pacers across history. That is how they started. That is how those legends – Imran Khan and Wasim Akram – started for Pakistan all those years ago.Shaheeh Shah Afridi. Remember the name. He is Pakistan cricket’s next big thing.Also Read | Pakistan teenage sensation Shaheen Afridi on his 6-wicket haul: It was incredibleAlso Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Seelast_img read more

BCCI Secretary won’t convene selection meeting: Committee of Administrators

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided that neither any officer bearer nor the CEO shall attend any Cricket Committee meetings henceforth. In fact, as of now, the Selection Committee had to keep the Secretary in the loop for any replacement sought or for posting of selectors to watch any game. The CoA has made it clear that the Selection Committee doesn’t need to do so anymore.”The Committee of Administrators have been informed that the practice of the Secretary convening and attending Selection Committee meetings has continued even after the new BCCI constitution has become effective. Further, it is learnt that the Selection Committees continue to address emails to Secretary to seek his approval in relation to any change or replacement in the team(s).”Similarly, the Selection Committees continue to address e-mails to the Secretary seeking his approval on travel arrangements and posting for selectors to watch and attend cricket matches. The Selection Committee does not need any approval either from the Secretary or the CEO in relation to any selection made or change or replacement in the team,” the CoA has declared.”Except on overseas tours, the chairpersons of the respective Selection Committees shall convene the meetings of the selection committees viz. (i) Men’s Selection Committee, (ii) Junior Selection Committee and (iii) Women’s Selection Committee.”The CEO will make the travel arrangement and other arrangements required for travel and posting of selectors to watch and attend cricket matches and emails in this regard shall be addressed to the CEO.”advertisementThe CoA made an exception in case of overseas tours wherein the administrative manager will be in charge of the meetings.”On overseas tours the administrative manager shall convene the meetings in accordance with the relevant provision of the new BCCI constitution. Neither any officer bearer nor the CEO shall attend any cricket committee meetings,” the committee has clarified.The Secretary will get the signed minutes of the meeting to be kept for record purpose.”The chairpersons of the respective selection committees or administrative manager (in case of overseas tour) shall prepare true and accurate minutes of every meeting and after the team or a selection or change/replacement is announced, the chairperson shall forward the said minutes of the meeting, duly signed by him to the Secretary so that the Secretary can keep and maintain records,” the CoA has said.Also Read | Selection of India squad for West Indies: Focus on MS Dhoni’s futureAlso Read | You had a great World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar told Kane Williamson after final lossAlso See:last_img read more

MORE HUNTING TO BE ALLOWED AT DE SOTO BEND

first_imgMore federal land is being opened up for fishing and hunting in Iowa as part of the Trump administration’s move to make public land more accessible.The Department of the Interior will allow more big game hunting at De Soto Bend in western Iowa.Ducks Unlimited C-E-O Adam Putnam says making that land accessible to the public promotes outdoor recreation and conservation.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/DESOTO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….”going forward” :10One-point-four million acres were added to open areas this year.Federal officials say they’re also trying to match state and federal regulations to encourage more hunting and fishing.Radio Iowa/IPR, Photo by De Soto Bend Refugelast_img

Previewing the Oklahoma State-UTSA game

first_imgUSATSI_8065720_154512258_lowresGame: UT-San Antonio (1-1) vs. Oklahoma State (1-1)Locale: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OKTV: FSN 6 CSTWhat to knowBack in 2011, the UTSA Roadrunners played their first game as an official collegiate football team. In the time it took for Brandon Weeden to win the Fiesta Bowl, get drafted to the NFL, be mercifully booted out of Cleveland, and land in Dallas, this program has gone from starting existence as an FCS independent to being a competitive member of Conference USA in the FBS.That’s quite an achievement.Granted, it seems like a lot longer if you go by Justin Blackmon’s timeline. He managed to pack a lot more living into the past three years.I actually remember when UTSA started their program because I made the easy joke about how the SEC was already trying to schedule them even before they held their first practice. The truth is, however, that plenty of teams were ready to schedule the team that’s only been in existence for during the administration of one US President. But those same teams aren’t quite as excited about games against the Roadrunners now.Larry Coker, who has ties to seemingly every college football program, has turned UTSA into a bonafide Cinderella. And here you thought turning Ken Dorsey into college football royalty was the biggest miracle anyone could pull off.Speaking of miracles, Willis McGahee is able to walk after a horrendous knee injury that Coker had front row seats for. That means, however, that he wasn’t able to hear in real time the reactions of Dan Fouts and Keith Jackson. If you’re not familiar with one of the greatest calls in football history, do yourself a favor and check it out on YouTube. I’ll just wait here.[1. Ed. note: Do not check this out on YouTube. Please, I beg you.]To kill time, how about Kyle’s latest scandal: Headlinepocalypse? Crazy how his headline about JW Walsh generated so much hate while other sites ran similar headlines with no blow back. For example:Daily Oklahoman: Here’s Why JW Walsh Being Out For The Season Isn’t As Interesting As Anything OU Is Doing’ Sports Illustrated: How JW Walsh’s Injury Reveals Mass Corruption At OSU ESPN: Why We’re Glad JW Walsh Got Hurt Instead Of An SEC Quaterback Upworthy: JW Walsh Is Out For The Season And A Blogger Kid Is Happy, The Reason Why Will Put You In TearsOh hey. Did you watch that clip? Jackson’s simply adding “Yup” is why he’s a Hall of Famer.Roadrunners To KnowTucker Carter, senior QB. Coming into this season, 100 percent of Carter’s touchdown passes in D1 football had come against OSU. Clearly, he gets up for games against the Cowboys. Both of his names could also be either first or last names, which seems to suggest that he’s indecisive. Should be a big day for the O-State secondary.David Glasco II, senior RB. He led the team in rushing last season but tallied less than 500 yards. This season he’s in a similar predicament leading the team with 116 yards rushing through 2 contests at a robust 3.1 yards per carry. He’s also managed only 15 receptions in his 3+ years as the starting tailback. Well, maybe you didn’t really need to know David.Nic Johnston, senior safety. Leads the team in tackles and isn’t the combo guard who played for Arizona last season. His name was Nick Johnson. The more you know.Why UTSA Might WinThis isn’t a high powered offense, nor is it a high powered defense so if you look only at the numbers, you might think this will be another cakewalk for the Pokes.So why should this team make the opposition nervous? For one, they have the one thing that OSU is lacking: experience. Well, football experience. The boys in orange may have some life experiences that have really taught them some valuable lessons. How should I know?Combine that experience with Larry Coker’s tutelage and you get a team that generally doesn’t beat itself. Mainly because that’s practically impossible by the rules of football. I guess you could rack up a bunch of safeties.But UTSA will almost certainly not do that. They also likely won’t turn the ball over or commit costly penalties. That means they could be hanging around late in the ball game when one big play here or there could be decisive.Why OSU Might WinBecause they possess the potential to be spectacular where UTSA is decidedly unspectacular. Regardless of who is taking snaps for OSU, it’s going to be next to impossible to hold the offense under 30 points, as evidenced by the long string of opponents who have failed to do just that. I’m not as convinced that the Roadrunner offense can keep pace.I’m excited to see how Daxx Garman is improved in his second game action in the last five years. Uh, not that I wanted to see JW get hurt. Long live JW! Please no hateful tweets.As poorly as everyone thought the Cowboys played last week, they did improve in two big areas from the opener against the champs. They didn’t turn the ball over and they didn’t commit crushing penalties.As UTSA is showing, mastering those two areas keeps you in games when you’re outclasses otherwise. And, mastering those two areas when your talent stacks up with your opponents leads to seasons like 2011.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Is J.W. Walsh the (Second) Best Backup in the Country?

first_imgLet’s put Ohio State to the side for now. That’s a preposterous, once-in-a-lifetime situation. Is there any team outside of Columbus that wouldn’t trade their backup QB this year for J.W. Walsh?For that, let’s turn to our good friend over at ESPN, the handy QBR statistic. I’m still not sure what this statistic measures in totality, but I do know that the top three QBs in QBR last season were Marcus Mariota, J.T. Barrett and Nick Marshall. So it measures something good because all of those dudes can go.Back to Walsh. Let’s throw out last season (1.5 games) and look at the two before it. In 2012, his adjusted QBR was 81.9 (15th in the country among all qualified and unqualified QBs). In 2013, it was 74.5 (41st in the country) even though he got pulled in the sixth game of the year.Here’s how those seasons stacked up in terms of QBR among the country’s leaders last year and what role each of those quarterbacks will play this season. 81.9 (2012) Dylan Thompson, SCAR Hutson Mason, UGA Brandon Doughty, WKU J.W. Walsh 2012 80.3 J.T. Barrett, OSU Nick Marshall, AUB Starter Redshirting 76.2 Justin Thomas, GT Gone Kenny Hill, TAMU Gone Brett Hundley, UCLA Marcus Mariota, ORE Starter Gone Backup 83.7 Tyler Murphy, BC 78.9 81.7 79.9 Starter Player Bryce Petty, BAY 78.9 Gone Gone Starter Connor Cook, MSU Starter 74.5 Backup? Cody Kessler, USC Backup Gone Gone Trevor Knight, OKLA 75.5 Jake Waters, KSU 2014 QBR 83.7 J.W. Walsh 2013 Role Gone Blake Sims, ALA Starter 74.5 (2013) Jared Goff, CAL Gone 78 81.2 90.9 75.2 77.6 76.6 Gone Jameis Winston, FSU 85.2 86.7 So Trevor Knight and J.W. Walsh, eh?A quick scan of 2013 tells me Davis Webb had an 80.1 QBR in 2013 and also might not be the starter. So he’s in the conversation. And there are certainly some freshmen that will be backups who would be better than Walsh. There are also unique situations like, say, Kyle Allen at Texas A&M. Allen posted a 77.4 QBR last year (without enough plays to qualify for QBR) and might not start.But Walsh is right there among the most productive QBs in college football. He’s incredibly unique in that he’s had a lot of success in the college level and is still the clear backup.I’ve been on him pretty hard as a starter, and rightfully so. He wasn’t the director OSU needed behind center. But as a backup? I couldn’t be more thrilled.“We’re very lucky to have J.W. Walsh on our football team,” said Mike Gundy at Big 12 media days. “J.W. is going to play. He’ll be a factor in the success of our football team this season.”And it’s a perfect role for him. The hybrid player-coach who can rally the troops and provide a spark when needed. The other OSU might have the best QB situation in the country, but ours isn’t far behind.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more