1000 Jefferson Ave, Elizabeth, New Jersey. (Kassin Sabbagh Realty)Elion Partners has expanded its East Coast portfolio by scooping up a 8.6 acre industrial property for $29.7 million.The 202,000-square-foot building, at 1000 Jefferson Ave in Elizabeth, New Jersey, was sold by Seyon Group and Wheelock Street Capital. Seyon had paid $24 million for it in 2019.The acquisition is Elion Partners’ first in New Jersey. In South Florida, where the firm is located, Elion has been busy buying warehouses and industrial properties.Read moreElion Partners pays $32M for Dania Beach industrial propertyElion Partners buys Coral Springs warehouse for $7MShifting gears: Elion Partners pays $12M for Pompano Beach auto parts distribution center Tags Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message* Kassin Sabbagh Realty’s Bunny Escava, Isaac Setton brokered the Elizabeth deal.ADVERTISEMENTNorthern New Jersey’s industrial market had a strong 2020. Net absorption of 9.8 million square feet exceeded the previous year’s 6.8 million, according to a report by Newmark. E-commerce and last-mile delivery helped drive leasing activity. Vacancy, however, has increased from 4 percent to 4.3 percent as new completions outpaced absorption.Contact Sasha Jones Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Elion PartnersIndustrial Real EstateNew Jersey
Saint Michael’s College,In this era of debate over the value of higher education, Saint Michael’s College continues to focus on excellence in teaching and learning and on assessing how well student learning outcomes are achieved. Saint Michael’s vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Karen Talentino, is leading the assessment efforts at the college. These include a grant to support training faculty to effectively assess student learning. Saint Michael’s College President John J. Neuhauser was informed last week that the Davis Educational Foundation would award the college $214,500 over three years to support a project titled Promoting Faculty Leadership and Governance in Learning Outcomes Assessment. ‘This is the right time,’ Dr. Talentino said, ‘to improve faculty understanding and to develop faculty leadership in assessment.’ She explained that, ‘The faculty have worked several years revising our curriculum, and have developed a new Liberal Studies Curriculum for students entering the college this fall. We need to implement an assessment program to help determine the level of success of the new curriculum,’ she said. ‘The Davis grant will enable the college to develop faculty leaders in assessment, and to use their expertise in the design and implementation of the assessment program,’ Dr. Talentino said. In the letter to Dr. Neuhauser, the Chair of the Davis Foundation said, ‘Trustees described the proposal as a clear plan built on a clear model represented by an enthusiastic and committed faculty and administrative team.’ The grant was received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. Goal is to better assess what students learnThe grant allows for training and supporting faculty leaders (Faculty Fellows) who will guide their peers in the development of assessment strategies for each area of the new SMC general education program, the Liberal Studies Curriculum. That program includes graduation requirements in writing, quantitative reasoning, scientific reasoning, experiential learning and more. Faculty Fellows will coordinate discussions with an Assessment Group, made up of faculty who teach courses for a specific LSC requirement. The Assessment Group will focus on best practices in pedagogy and student engagement, and will recommend an assessment plan for the requirement. The application for the grant, which will be carried out under the leadership of Dr. Talentino, and Dr. Jeffry Trumbower, Dean of the College, states that: The implementation of this program is an integral step in achieving several of the goals in the SMC Strategic Plan 2015 which include: improving student learning and program quality, increasing academic challenge across the curriculum, expanding support for faculty development and integrating student learning throughout the student experience. Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. Identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 373 Colleges, and included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael’s College. July 8, 2011
”It will be nice but first I’ll put the team ahead because if I don’t win the Golden Boot and we win the trophy I’ll be very happy because we are here to do that.”I am a striker, I want to score goals but if the goal does not come and we win the game, I’ll be more satisfied,” he said.Ighalo said South Africa were a quality side who will give them a tough fight.“They a good opponents, we have to respect them for why they have achieved here. But we have our target, we want to win this tournament and we will go out tomorrow to do our best,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has said he will feel fulfilled winning the Africa Cup of Nations title rather than end up as the Golden Boot winner without the trophy.The Shenhua Shanghai forward told a pre-match press conference that he was looking forward to emulating his predecessors like Rashidi Yekini, Segun Odegbami and Austin Okocha who emerged top scorers in previous editions of the tournament.He insisted he was not keen on the top scorer prize at the expense of the ultimate trophy even though he is leading the chart alongside Sadio Mane of Senegal, Cedric Bekambu and Adam Ounas.
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. This is all of us. pic.twitter.com/G0ze78fp3M— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016Mike Gundy felt horrendous for the kid. So did I. That’s not how you want a game to end. But it adds to an ever-growing list of ways OSU has won single-digit games. And to be fair to OSU on Saturday, it didn’t exactly get lucky. The Pokes never trailed and led for about 50 of 60 minutes of actual game time.They completely controlled the game on offense and still had nearly two minutes to go down and kick a field goal for the win. There was a lot of time left, and Tech isn’t exactly a defense built to stop a two-minute drill from Mason Rudolph and Justice Hill. But still, it was a turning point in a season full of the for the Pokes. They have been on the wrong end of that equation before. This time, the fortune favored the team that didn’t miss the extra point. When I told Gundy I thought Tech might go for 2 late, given way Kingsbury called game to that point, he replied: “I did too.” #OKState— Guerin Emig (@GuerinEmig) November 13, 2016“I thought they would go for two,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. “If you look at it from (Kingsbury’s) point of view, two-point conversions are 33 percent effective. If you’re in Vegas, and 33 percent says to take the hit, you’re not gonna take the hit, right? I’m guessing that crossed his mind.”[Gundy drops a random percentage into a press conference — BINGO]I think this is what was going through everyone’s heads, but Kingsbury wasn’t necessarily wrong in his decision based on where the game was at at the moment. Tech had scored nine unanswered, and Oklahoma State had not scored the entire fourth quarter. If he was able to tie it up and get it into overtime, Pat Mahomes is a good dude to have on your side when you need to score from 25 yards out repeatedly.But then Texas Tech’s holder inexplicably let the ball fall off at the end and the kicker dialed up a cold, hard shank.The ball moved at the very end. Watch it. pic.twitter.com/S4nyCRUjz6— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 13, 2016 We all knew it was coming. Mr. Fortune Favors The Bold was going to go for two, beat Oklahoma State 46-45 in Stillwater for the first time since he was playing QB back in 2001 and then juggle his man parts at midfield in front of Mike Gundy. It was meant to be.But then the same coach who had faked a punt inside his own 40 and tried an onside kick after a field goal decided to lay up from 200 yards out. What happened, Kliff?“We didn’t even talk about it,” said wide receiver Dylan Cantrell. “We didn’t feel confident. I feel confident with our offense in overtime situations. So, we were trying to even it up and get the for sure play, hopefully go into overtime and see what happened from there.”“I felt the same vibe,” Kingsbury told the Tulsa World on Saturday as he did in the TCU game a few weeks ago when they were presented with the same opportunity and kicked the extra point. “We had the momentum. I liked what we were doing offensively. I liked what we were doing defensively. I felt great about going to overtime.”They might have been the only ones who didn’t talk about it. I actually first realized this a few plays before Tech scored to pull within one. Kingsbury though Mahomes had dove and touched the pylon for six, but he had narrowly missed. Kingsbury was shown on the sideline holding up a “1.” I was surprised.“I was telling the guys I thought they were gonna go for two and try to put us away,” Vincent Taylor told the Tulsa World. His head coach agreed with him.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. For as crazy as the last few days have been around Stillwater, one bright light continues to shine: 2018 quarterback commit Spencer Sanders.Sanders is widely considered to be one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks. Not just in Texas — but in the country. Rated as a four-star prospect, he picked OSU over many offers — and garnered yet another on Tuesday in TCU.He took the time to announce his offer, and also made it very clear where his loyalty lies: With Oklahoma State. I am VERY firm with OSU, but still honored and blessed to receive an offer from TCU?? pic.twitter.com/TDMmu7TNpe— Spencer Sanders (@SpenceSanders) December 7, 2016Sanders has been a commitment of the Cowboys for a few months. He is the only recruit committed in the 2018 class. So having him on board and fully committed will be a huge piece in adding around him to fill out the class.Don’t be surprised when other schools continue to keep giving him a shout with scholarship offers, especially this offseason as he prepares for his senior year at Denton Ryan. But at this time, Sanders appears to be all OSU. Having him solid in his commitment says a lot about his integrity, and will go a long ways for the OSU staff in recruiting the rest of the class.
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. Jordan Sterns is a hard hitter. He has been since he got to Stillwater. An attribute that his head coach will miss about the senior safety.“I think his demeanor, his willingness to strike the other team” Gundy said. “It goes against human nature to want to collide with another human body, and I don’t think he gives a second thought about it. He brings a toughness to our program, and especially our defense.”Sterns has led the team in tackles each of the last three years and is just four stops away from his third straight triple-digit season. That didn’t look a realistic feat three weeks ago. That was until Sterns churned out a 19-tackle performance in Norman, tying an OSU single-game record.Junior defensive back Ramon Richards, like many members of the Cowboy defense, will be losing a leader.“Jordan has had more impact on me than anybody since I’ve been here at Oklahoma State,” said Richards, “He’s been a guy who’s led by example. He doesn’t talk the most, but when he does talk, it’s very impactful. If he makes a mistake, he owns up to it. He’s just a great leader.”Glenn Spencer’s has had Sterns in his lineup his entire tenure as defensive coordinator.“He comes in every day, he’s just a ballplayer,” Spencer said. “He’s always wanted to be good, always has brought an intensity to our room that you’ve got to have. I wish there was a lot more like him.”Now Sterns heads to San Antonio (the area where he grew up) to finish out his Cowboy career.Hopefully on a good note.
WR1Jalen McCleskeyJr. WR3Obi ObialoSo. WR1James WashingtonSr. WR2Tyron JohnsonR-So. Video Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tyrell.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Then there was StonerVideo Playerhttp://www.pistolsfiringblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stoner.m4v00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And of course The President doing Presidential things. Let’s agree to say the spring star was too close to call.Projected Three DeepTwo deep doesn’t give you the full story of the depth at this position. It’s been well-documented that the list of receivers at Oklahoma State might be the deepest in its rich history of ball-catchers, but only so much talent can be on the field at once. Let’s continue the spring retrospective with a look at how reps might be divvied up at the deepest position on the field.SummaryThere are realistically eight true receivers on the spring roster who could catch 10 passes this season. Last year, only five hit that mark.In watching a good chunk of spring practice, the drop off in talent from James Washington to Obi Obialo is not as stunning as the casual fan would predict.Washington of course is probably going to be a Biletnikoff Award finalist if not the winner, and Obialo (who is likely the No. 8 guy) caught just two balls last year. But offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said something early in spring practice that stood out to me up until the spring game, something that I hope holds some water.“(Receivers) coach (Kasey) Dunn has done a tremendous not only recruiting tremendous talent, but also developing it and making that room a great room as far as team chemistry goes,” Yurcich said. “I don’t know how easy it is to have that much talent in a room but yet get those guys geared and focused on one goal and that’s for the team to be the best that we can be.”Washington needs to catch at least 60 balls. Jalen McCleskey, too. Chris Lacy has earned about 30. Tyron Johnson transferred from LSU after being a five-star recruit; he’s going to need another 30. Marcell Ateman is finally back after what had to have been a grueling season off; he had 45 in 2015. Dillon Stoner, too, is back from season-ending injury, and he will likely want at least 20.Although the second-teamers are almost as talented as those in front of them, the lack in production will be steep. That won’t be because despite the talent, they’ll drop the ball or Mason Rudolph will magically become Daxx Garman and overthrow everyone. They just won’t get on the field as much. Someone (or a couple of someones) will be let down.At face value that makes sense: The backups should not play as much as the starters. But though it might happen, that doesn’t mean it should.The spot to watch is across from Washington. Who will start? Gundy said Lacy and Ateman will split time at about 40 plays each, which he said isn’t a lot for a receiver and will keep them fresh.Add in freshmen Tylan Wallace, LC Greenwood and Braydon Johnson coming in this fall, spreading the ball around doesn’t get any easier. Wallace, too, has a chance to catch 10 balls this season, but the others will get deferred behind a group of seniors that seems nothing other than divine.“I think it worked out well to come back,” Rudolph said. “We’re all seniors together, myself, James, Lacy, all these guys. God had a plan for that I think.”Biggest NewsThere isn’t too much breaking news from the receiving corps, but Johnson’s start to his OSU career has been highly anticipated.At LSU, he played four games, caught nine balls for 150 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Not outstanding, but not bad by any means. By all accounts, he has been the former five-star prospect of old.“So far, whenever the lights come on and we keep score, he makes plays,” coach Mike Gundy said. “And in most team sports, there’s something to be said about that.”In the spring game, Johnson caught one ball for seven yards. Before anyone goes crazy, no, it wasn’t his fault whatsoever. Johnson’s quarterbacks in the spring game were Keondre Wudtee, John Kolar and Jelani Woods. Those three combined for 2-of-10 passing for 13 yards. So in that respect, Johnson accounted for more than half of the black team’s offense. Kidding, kinda.It would have been nice to see more of Johnson in the spring game. He is “shifty,” “durable,” and “has the ability to break tackles.” That mixed with his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame had Gundy drinking the Kool-Aid.“If he takes care of business like he should, he’s learning to adapt to our culture, he’s gonna get to play a lot,” Gundy said.Gundy said Johnson is a lot like a bigger Josh Stewart. In practice, he made guys miss like Stewart made famous in 2014 games. But Gundy stopped short of comparing him to the mold of anybody who has played in the NFL.Camp StarIt seemed like every week there was a different receiver adding his chapter to the freak show.It started with Tyrell Alexander. WR2Chris LacySr. WR2Dillon StonerR-So. WR1Marcell AtemanR-Sr. WR3Tyrell AlexanderR-Fr. PositionPlayerClass WR3Tylan WallaceFr. 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.
If I were to guess, I’d say McGraw ends up as an OSU commit sooner rather than later. The Cowboys are in a really good position here for the talented safety from Missouri City who recorded three interceptions and 72 tackles as a junior last season.Kanion Williams — South Oak CliffThe 2018 class is loaded with Texas talent at the safety position, and Kanion Williams is making his case as one of the tops in the state with his recent run on the recruiting trail. Missouri, Arizona State, Houston, OSU, Arizona, Tulane and Illinois State have all offered since the new year. Five of those within one day.“Five offers in a day,” Williams told Scout of his March 28th experience. “It was crazy. Oklahoma State officially offered me and then I woke up and they just blew in. I already had three (previously) and then when Oklahoma State offered, I guess the other schools felt like the evaluation process was good and I’ve been getting good news ever since then.”Look for OSU to continue its recruitment with Williams. Based on his late, meteoric rise, he might string out his recruitment into the fall.Wayne Jones — OwassoThere are two big-time recruits Bill Blankenship is inheriting in his first season as the Rams head coach: Ohio State commit Josh Proctor and fellow safety Wayne Jones.Jones is a 6-foot safety who also has offers from K-State, Michigan State, Louisville, Memphis, Illinois and New Mexico. His recruitment has gone cold over the last several months, however, OSU is still the favorite to land his services according to his 247sports crystal ball.Jones had 56 tackles, 8 pass breakups and 4 interceptions playing in the largest high school classification last season. I expect major schools will again pick up interest this summer and OSU will be battling with the big boys as the fall approaches. Specifically, look for Arkansas to get in the mix. The big board series is back this week with a look at OSU’s top targets at the safety spot — a position of major focus for 2018 as the staff again looks to fill the massive void left by Jordan Sterns and eventually by Tre Flowers.The coaching staff has offers out to athletes across the country, but its major focus is locally in the Oklahoma and Texas area.Below are five prospects OSU is giving the full court press on in the class.Quarterback | Running back | Wide Receiver | Linebacker | Defensive lineLeon O’Neal Jr. — Cy-SpringsCy-Springs safety standout Leon O’Neal Jr. recently trimmed his list of top schools from from 33 to 12. And it’s a list filled with blue bloods: OSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon, USC, TCU, LSU, Florida and OU made that list.O’Neal’s crystal ball reads 100 percent in favor of Texas A&M, but the Cypress, Texas four-star safety says he’d be willing to move for the right opportunity.“Staying close to home has been a thought, but then again different things can also be good,” O’Neal told Gridiron Now. “I just want that special feeling you get when you are at a program. I’ve had that feeling with some schools, but I still have a lot of schools that want to get at me and look at me, and I will give them a shot, too.”OSU has long been in the mix with O’Neal, who is ranked as a top-10 prospect at his position and a top-100 overall recruit. But I get the feeling he’s leaning towards a blueblood, which might push the Aggies out of his list.“I think deep down, I’m an SEC guy. Then again I’d play for Clemson or an Ohio State or an Oklahoma. There’s a lot of different schools that I can see myself at. I still want to travel this summer and see a lot of different schools. It’s a blessing and a dream come true.”Taye Barber — Cy-SpringsBarber, a teammate of O’Neal’s, is a quarterback/safety/athlete for Cy-Springs who could play college at a number of positions. Schools at this stage are targeting him at wide receiver, but the dual-threat QB is offered as a safety for OSU — one of two positions he’ll play next season for his high school.Because his relationship with O’Neal, he says the two have considered packaging themselves to their college destination.“We think about it from time to time,” Barber told Pistols Firing in the spring. “It would be nice.”OSU was the first scholarship offer to Barber, who said that sentiment “meant a lot” that OSU was the first school to believe in his abilities. I like OSU’s chances with Barber, who now has 22 offers, more than I do with O’Neal.Rodney McGraw II — ElkinsOSU was the first major school to take a chance on McGraw, who held offers from Tulane, Texas State, ULM, and UNLV. And to this point, I believe OSU is the leader in the clubhouse. McGraw visited OSU this spring, where he was offered on-site. 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.
With the football season officially underway as of Sunday, it’s easy to forget about the non-revenue sports. But we’re here to make sure you’re in the loop when it comes to baseball, golf, tennis and wrestling, too.Here’s a roundup of news from around the horn this week.BaseballCheck out how OSU alums are doing in the pro leagues in this separate roundup by OSU Athletics:The Cowboys of Summer are doing their thing – check out how your favorite Pokes are doing in pro ball here: https://t.co/5q4KS2dXka #okstate pic.twitter.com/MhZqwwkodx— Cowboy Baseball (@OSUBaseball) July 25, 2017AdChoices广告GolfKarsten Creek recently received new sand, which is the same sand used by Augusta National/If you’ve watched @TheMasters you’ll recognize @KarstenCreek’s new sand. It’s the same used by the fine folks at Augusta National. #okstate pic.twitter.com/6brAe43K9w— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) July 29, 2017 OSU golfers Zachary Olsen and Sam Stevens were recently named to the list of Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America:Two Cowboys Earn All-America Scholar Status #okstate https://t.co/BfMuaBBPS9 pic.twitter.com/ujlPDCHucb— Oklahoma State Golf (@OSUCowboyGolf) July 26, 2017Cowgirl golfer Linnea Nelsen played in her first professional tournament in Johannesberg, Sweden:Cowgirl @LinneaLinnyJ is on the course for her 1st career pro event in Sweden. Congrats Linny! #okstate➡️ https://t.co/zqfG0IhDKu pic.twitter.com/Mbvt3nBeJG— OSU Cowgirl Golf (@OSUcowgirlgolf) July 28, 2017TennisThe women’s tennis was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Academic Team for 2017:We’ve been named an ITA All-Academic Team for 2017! Congrats to our six ITA Scholar Athletes! #okstate pic.twitter.com/cpZAbbB8z2— OSU Women’s Tennis (@CowgirlTennis) July 25, 2017The men received the same award — six from the men’s team were named Scholar-Athletes, which was a new school record for men’s tennis:Another #okstate record falls as the Cowboys collect six ITA Scholar-Athlete honors this year! ▶️ https://t.co/sNgi79JF1c pic.twitter.com/oHzqM8iGqG— OSU Cowboy Tennis (@CowboyTennis) July 25, 2017Wrestling:OSU’s Daton Fix and Zach Esposito are headed to Tampere, Finland to represent OSU at the Junior World Wrestling Championships. We’ll have more on that later this evening.Good luck to @_Greatest_Ever1 & Coach @zack_espo who head to Finland next week to rep the US at the Jr World Champs https://t.co/OkZhVmkXDr pic.twitter.com/m6AtrOlNPs— OSU Cowboy Wrestling (@CowboyWrestling) July 28, 2017 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.
Among the biggest question marks for Oklahoma State heading into spring was the cornerback position and its depth. The 2016 secondary that ranked 98th in passing defense (fifth in the Big 12) and tied for 72nd in given-up long passing plays (also fifth in the league), lost a four-year starter in Ashton Lampkin and another senior cover man in Lenzy Pipkins.Then Mike Gundy addressed the media. He explained that the spring rosters the school handed out did not include a typo. Senior cornerback Ramon Richards would be moving to safety and the Cowboys had zero starts at the cornerback position.OSU is looking at its best shot at a Big 12 title — and possibly more — in the foreseeable future and is depending on little to no experience at a position where rookies get exposed.AdChoices广告The news that Clemson transfer Adrian Baker would suit up in a different shade of orange didn’t do much to quell concerns either. Even if he’s a stud, he can’t guard two sides of the field. But defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, the last man to falsely inflate the Cowboy defense, doesn’t appear too worried. He even mentioned that the move of Ramon Richards to safety allowed them to get the “best 11” on the field.“Between the A.J.s (Green), the Madres (Harper) and the Rodarius’ (Williams),” Spencer said “there’s three young guys that have ability. But that doesn’t mean anything unless they perform and execute and play with the right temperament.”But Spencer was sure to temper any enthusiasm.“They’ve just got to be exact,” Spencer said of this young corners. “They’re young. They got to hang on every word that Coach Duffie teaches them and they got to apply it. So, we’ll see. It’s a great storyline, isn’t it? We’ll see what happens. They’ll be tested that opener. I know that. But they’ll be tested Sunday night too.”That test has already begun as the Cowboys checked in for fall camp on Sunday. Spencer talked about the what he’d seen in practice already from his young cover men — and how going up against elite receivers like James Washington helps get them ready for the other high-powered offenses they’ll face this fall.“Yeah, I mean they’ve made some nice plays,” said Spencer. “They’ve made some great plays and then there’s some plays that they’re in phase and did everything you taught them to do and 26 jumps up there and gets it from them. That is James’ number, isn’t it? 28? You knew who I was talking about. But that’s only going to make them better, right?”Spencer is a treasure!During Big 12 Media Days, senior linebacker Chad Whitener mentioned A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams as his two corners to keep an eye on this fall and he shares his coach’s sentiment on the stiff competition.“Those (cornerbacks) can play,” he said. “They had a really good spring. All through metabolics and 7-on-7, all summer they’ve had really good reps at everything, especially going against our receiving corps.“They’re one of the best if not the best receiving corps in the nation, so these guys are ready to go for us this next year.”These younger defensive backs all fit what Oklahoma State has been looking for in its secondary as of late. Not one is under 6-foot tall. All are rangy and athletic. The same mold that incoming freshman, 6-1 Lamarcus Morton, will fit after his likely redshirt year.What gives Spencer confidence aside from these measureables?“They’re competitive. They’ve got pride,” said Spencer. “The good thing is, none of those guys think they’ve arrived. So you’ve got a chance. Those guys know they’ve got to take advantage of every day.”“Coach Spencer will not put guys out there who are not ready to go,” said Whitener “So, that’s really where the confidence, I feel, stems from.”Confidence is great and I hope it ends up warranted but like Spencer said, all that matters is how they perform when the lights come on. And they come on in less than a month. 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.