Villwock Helped Lay Foundation on Data Privacy and Security

first_img Previous articleEthanol Industry Continues to Battle for Market ShareNext articleTen Things Consumers Should Know About Harvest Andy Eubank Villwock Helped Lay Foundation on Data Privacy and Security SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 16, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News Villwock Helped Lay Foundation on Data Privacy and Security Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock is proud to have participated in what may be one of the most important milestones the agriculture sector has seen in decades.A coalition of major farm organizations and technology providers has announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services.“Farm data is the next big thing on the agricultural horizon, and if done right it could have more impact on yield and profitability than anything I’ve seen in my farming career,” said Villwock.  “As an AFBF board member, I feel privileged to been involved in the early discussions.  As a farmer, I hope to use the fruits of the coalition’s labor to grow more food using fewer resources, while protecting farmers’ ownership of the data.”The principles adopted by the coalition promise to greatly accelerate the move to the next generation of agricultural data technology, which includes in-cab displays, mobile devices and wireless-enabled precision agriculture that has already begun to boost farm productivity across the United States.As a farmer member of the big data working group, Villwock worked closely with a number of prominent agribusinesses, including Indiana-based Beck’s Hybrids and Dow AgroSciences LLC. Others involved in developing the data standards include American Soybean Association, DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, Raven Industries, The Climate Corporation (a division of Monsanto), and USA Rice Federation.“Privacy and security is and always has been important to farmers, and that is especially true of the data generated with each new crop,” said Villwock. “While farmers are excited about the new tools available, how that data is gathered, protected and shared must be transparent and secure.  This has been a very collaborative and productive process.”The “Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data” can be found here: https://bit.ly/1zjQ4Sk.Source: Indiana Farm Bureaulast_img read more

Irish squad to hold open training session in Versailles

first_imgMartin O’Neill and his players will hold an open training session for fans at their new camp in Versailles.O’Neill will be hoping that both Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters will both be able to take part in the session after the pair both skipped the final work-out in Dublin on Tuesday.last_img

Joshua Dismisses Concerns over Swollen Eyes ahead of World Title Fight

first_img“What happened right, I was sparring a lion, because I really want to take this camp seriously,” Joshua told Sky Sports.“It’s just been tough, difficult training. I’m a fighter so the scars and stuff – look at my hands and stuff.“That’s just another added war wound to my list of scars so that’s all it is.”Trainer Rob McCracken insisted he was pleased with Joshua’s preparations, despite Ruiz Jr being introduced as a replacement after Jarrell Miller failed a drug test.“It’s been a good camp. He’s in good shape,” McCracken told Sky Sports. “The Miller change was difficult, but Ruiz is a better fighter I think.“A similar style, comes forward, puts pressure on, but AJ adjusted. He’s worked hard. Good sparring and good sparring partners as well. He’s focused on the fight.“Ruiz is a top-level fighter and he’s dangerous.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua has played down concerns about his swollen eyes ahead of his world heavyweight title fight against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York.Britain’s unified champion makes his US debut against Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office, and a punishing training camp appears to have taken its toll on Joshua, who has an inflamed right eyelid, a swelling under his left eye and a cut on his nose.But the unbeaten 29-year-old dismissed the significance of his facial injuries, joking about how he sustained them during a sparring session. Anthony Joshualast_img read more

LBS/MICAT, Judiciary Reclaim Titles

first_imgDefending football champion, LBS/MICAT Falcons, retained their title on Friday, defeating Ministry of State, 4-2, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.Defender Abel Nettor netted the first goal through a spot kick and Lee Weeco Nicol of the State Ministry leveled the score. Abel increased the tally – scoring a brace. He has a total of five goals.LBS/MICAT skipper Lenn Eugene Nagbe headed home the third goal and Kennedy Mewtor sealed his side goal haul and Josiah Zeah rattled the second consolation goal for State Ministry. Min. Nagbe has two goals to his credit with 26 assists.Minister Nagbe, lifting the 1st Place trophy, urged his colleagues to make use of future Intra-Governmental Tourney to enable junior and senior staff members to socialize with each other.The Ministry of State Ministry, for the first time, was crowned runners-up, while Justice Ministry, also lifted their debut third place trophy. Justice Ministry thrashed the host – the Ministry of Youth and Sports 2-1. Winston Scott and Matthew Doelakeh made inroads for Justice Ministry and Ord Kareem Nyanneh scored the consolation goal. Meanwhile, in kickball, Judiciary reclaimed her title, beating NASSCORP 12 – 9 points. NASSCORP narrowly led two rounds, but lost the next three rounds.The General Auditing Commission’s female side won the third place, without kicking a ball owing to a forfeit from the Legislature.Over 25 football teams and about 20 kickball teams participated in the 2016 Intra-Governmental Tournament which was organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.This year’s tourney was exclusively supported by the participating teams with a registration of $500, because there was no budget allocation.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray, who is also the chairman of the tournament, thanked the participated teams, including match officials, boy balls, statisticians, medics, and the Ministry’s staff, amongst others for their contribution to make the tournament a success.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L’agriculture sud-africaine

first_imgCouvrant 1,2 million de kilometres carres de terre, l’Afrique du Sud fait un huitieme des États-Unis et presentent sept regions climatiques, du climat mediterraneen au climat subtropical et au semi-desert.La biodiversite et un littoral de 3000 kilometres de long desservi par sept ports commerciaux favorisent la culture d’une large gamme de produits marins et agricoles, des arbres a feuilles caduques, citrons et fruits subtropicaux jusqu’aux cereales, laine, fleurs coupees, betail et gibier.Les activites agricoles vont d’une production cerealiere intensive et une agriculture mixte dans les regions a hiver ou ete pluvieux a l’elevage de betail dans le bushveld et de moutons dans les regions arides. On cultive surtout le mais, suivi par le ble, l’orge, la canne a sucre et le tournesol.Alors que 13 % des terres sud-africaines peuvent etre utilisees pour la production agricole, seules 22 % sont des terres arables a fort potentiel. Le facteur le plus limitatif est la disponibilite de l’eau. Les precipitations sont distribuees de façon inegale a travers le pays, certaines regions etant propices a la secheresse. Pres de 50 % de l’eau d’Afrique du Sud est utilisee pour l’agriculture avec environ 1,3 million d’hectares irrigues.Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud est non seulement auto-suffisante pour presque tous les principaux produits agricoles mais c’est aussi un exportateur d’aliments. L’agriculture demeure d’une importance vitale pour l’economie et le developpement de l’Afrique Australe. Depuis 1994, le gouvernement a travaille au developpement de fermes a petite echelle pour favoriser la creation d’emplois.Les exportationsL’Afrique du Sud fait partie des cinq premiers exportateurs mondiaux d’avocats, de pamplemousses, de mandarines, de prunes, de poires et de produits derives des autruches.L’agriculture contribue a 8 % du total des exportations du pays. Les produits qui s’exportent le plus sont le vin, le citron, le sucre, le raisin, le mais, les jus de fruit, la laine et les fruits d’arbres a feuilles caduques comme les pommes, les poires, les peches et les abricots.Les autres produits d’exportation importants sont les avocats, les produits laitiers, les fleurs, les preparations alimentaires, les cuirs et les peaux, la viande, les boissons non alcoolisees, les ananas, les fruits secs et les noix, le sucre et les vins.Un certain nombre de niches du marche a forte croissance emergent comme les tisanes et les fruits de mer onereux.Les avantages concurrentielsEn plus de la biodiversite du pays, les ressources marines, des infrastructures de rang mondial et les tarifs competitifs, l’agriculture et le secteur agricole commercial de l’Afrique du Sud beneficient d’un plus grand acces au marche vers ses partenaires commerciaux principaux, l’UE et les USA, grace a un certain nombre d’accords.L’inversion des saisons en Afrique du Sud par rapport a l’Europe, premier marche des exportations de produits horticoles et floraux, est un autre avantage concurrentiel important. L’Afrique du Sud est le producteur principal de produits horticoles et floraux dans l’hemisphere sud le plus proche de l’Europe et ses delais de livraison sont bien plus courts que ceux de ses rivaux.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookDepartment of AgricultureDepartment of Trade and IndustryAgricultural Research CouncilWines of South Africalast_img read more

Red Devils too hot for Pirates

first_img23 July 2008In front of a festive crowd, Manchester United overcame a combative Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening, leaving the Buccaneers with a tough path to the final of the Vodacom Challenge in Pretoria on Saturday.After the Red Devils drew 1-1 with Kaizer Chiefs on the weekend and then beat Pirates, Pirates know they will need to beat Chiefs, not draw, when the Soweto rivals meet in Port Elizabeth on Thursday to determine who will face Manchester United for the silverware.Buccaneers’ coach Rudi Krol surprisingly opted to give some of his leading players a rest in Durban; he must rate Pirates’ chances of beating Chiefs on Thursday. Sir Alex Ferguson also gave some of his star players a break, but kept them on the bench.Seized the initiativeEarly on, the missing stars from the Soweto club’s line-up showed as United seized the initiative. Only after the Sea Robbers had fallen behind did they begin to find their way, but shoddy finishing meant they couldn’t make up the deficit.The first chance of the contest went the way of Manchester United when a corner found Red Devils’ central defender John Evans, but his header was too high and passed over the crossbar.Left winger Lee Martin then tested goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa with a shot low to the keeper’s right. Carlos Tevez was next to ask questions of Meyiwa.GoalThen, after 22 minutes, Frazier Campbell set Martin up with another chance by heading the ball into his path. Under pressure from Happy Jele, Martin kept his cool and chipped over Meyiwa, as the goalkeeper tried to cut down the angle, to put United in front.Meyiwa had to come off his line quickly shortly afterwards, but this time he was successful, preventing Campbell from getting a shot in.Shortly before the break, United looked hard done by when they were denied a penalty by the referee Cornelius Mwanza after Martin, who caused Pirates plenty of problems down the left, was taken down in the penalty area by Lucas Thwala.Rio Ferdinand’s vociferous appeals for the spot kick earned him a yellow card and the English champions had to settle for a corner kick.Half-timePirates would have gone into the break with some relief as United had enjoyed far more opportunities, with the Buccaneers mustering just a single shot on goal in the first half.After halftime, however, the Soweto club lifted their game and created the first chance of the second half. It was a good one. Tlou Segolela was set free by a long ball, which allowed him to get behind the United defence. His shot, though, lacked control and composure and he failed to find the target.Oohs and aahsLebohang Mothibantwa drew some oohs and aahs from the crowd with a powerful long-range effort that forced Red Devils’ net-minder Ben Foster to knock the ball over the crossbar for a corner.Joseph Makhanya then tested Foster with a blistering shot, but the United man was up to the challenge.At the other end of the field, Paul Scholes, on as a substitute, brought a good save out of Meyiwa before Jele forced Foster to fist way a strong shot.Pirates versus ChiefsBased on the evidence of Manchester United’s two games so far, Chiefs should be favoured when they take on Pirates on Thursday. They matched up better against the European club champions than their great rivals, but.derby matches are never as simple to predict as taking a cursory glance at form.After all, Manchester City did the double over United last season. United finished it as the English Premier League and Uefa Champions League title-holders. City ended ninth and manager Sven Goran Eriksson was fired.Also, one wonders how much one should be read into Pirates’ performance when coach Krol opted to sit his leading players.Should they fail to get the better of Chiefs in Port Elizabeth, that decision could come back to haunt him because he would have taken on one of the world’s leading club sides without giving his best team a chance of lowering United’s colours.The only way for Krol to avoid the second-guessing is for Pirates to make the final and tackle Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges for a second time.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

College Planning Tips for Service Members

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] Financial Management (PFM) program staff often counsel military families about college planning.After a house and purchasing several cars, college is one of the largest expenses that many families face. For several decades, tuition and fees have been increasing faster than the rate of inflation. In 2017-18, the average cost of tuition and fees was $9,970 for public colleges (for state residents) and $34,740 for private colleges.Despite the high cost, an investment in a college education is generally worth it. People who learn more usually earn more. According to a study by Georgetown University, the difference between the lifetime earnings of college and high school graduates is $1 million and the difference between the highest- and lowest-paying college majors is $3.4 million.Photo by Steven Depolo. CC BY 2.0.Below are eight college planning tips to share with service members:Learn About the GI Bill– Take maximum advantage of GI bill educational assistance for service members, veterans, and their dependents. The Post-9/11 GI bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits for approved programs. For service members released from active duty before 1/1/13, there is a 15-year time limitation to use this benefit. For those released after this date, the time limitation was removed.Set Aside Savings– Consider these three frequently used accounts for college funding: state 529 college savings plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), and custodial accounts managed by a parent for the benefit of a minor child. Each type of account has advantages and drawbacks. Shop carefully for 529 plans. Each plan has its own maximum contribution limit and “menu” of investment choices. Two helpful Web sites for 529 plan investors are savingforcollege.com and www.collegesavings.org.Prioritize Retirement Over College– Save for retirement first. When parents have limited income and assets and it’s an “either/or” choice between college and retirement savings, financial experts generally suggest funding retirement accounts. Selfish as it may sound, the rationale is that there are funding sources for college, such as student loans and scholarships, but limited options at retirement.Do the Math- Estimate the cost of a college education with an online college savings calculator. Select a few “representative” types of schools such as a community college, state university, and private college and investigate their current expenses. Key factors for calculations are inflation rates and investment earnings.Match College Savings Time Horizon and Investments- Consider stock mutual funds for college savings for children in elementary school and younger. Once a child enters middle school, gradually shift into fixed-income (e.g., short- and intermediate-term bond funds) and cash (e.g., money market fund) assets. By the time a child is a college freshman, most, if not all, of the money saved for college should be reallocated.Take Advantage of Available Tax Breaks- Bone up on the nuances of student tax breaks including the student loan interest deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, and the Lifetime Learning Credit. Each one has very specific rules concerning how it can be used in combination with other tax breaks and how much can be claimed if two spouses are both attending school. Maximize Chances for Financial Aid– Don’t assume that a child won’t qualify for financial aid because you “make too much money” or have saved for college. Consider placing more money in retirement savings plans (e.g., TSP and IRAs) because it does not have to be reported on financial aid application forms.Start at a Community College- Transfer later to a public or private four-year institution. Students have the dual advantages of eventually receiving a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college and saving thousands of dollars of savings on tuition, fees, and room and board expenses. Check with both schools in advance about guaranteed admission agreements, course prerequisites, and requirements to transfer credits.Join us Tuesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. ET for Paying for College: The Forever GI Bill and Repayment Plans. Free. CEUs available. RSVP here.last_img read more

Klopp: No need to sell Coutinho to balance books

first_imgLiverpool Klopp: No need to sell Coutinho to balance Liverpool books Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 10:06 12/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Coutinho-cropped Getty Images Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Leicester City Premier League Jürgen Klopp The club’s record purchase of Virgil van Dijk does not increase the prospect of the Brazilian leaving Anfield Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool do not need to sell Philippe Coutinho to recoup the cash spent on their £75 million swoop for Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.The Reds’ move to make Netherlands international Van Dijk the most expensive defender of all time was confirmed on Wednesday, drawing a line under one of the transfer sagas that dominated the close season at Anfield.The other was Barcelona’s ultimately fruitless pursuit of Brazil playmaker Coutinho, who has resumed his pivotal role at Liverpool and been in sublime form while notching seven goals in December Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As such, reports of Barca’s interest have persisted but Klopp is adamant his move to secure Van Dijk will not affect the future of a player for whom the La Liga leaders reportedly had a £115m bid turned down in August.”No, nobody told me that [I would have to sell Coutinho],” he told reporters.”We have good players and we don’t have to sell anybody because of that. So fair play to our owners that they are ambitious.”19 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 19 Premier League goals from outside the box – one more than Robbie Fowler and second only to Steven Gerrard (33) among Liverpool players. Gifted.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 26, 2017Klopp has handed the captain’s armband to Coutinho during Jordan Henderson’s recent injury absence – a situation far removed from the former Inter player’s transfer request when Barcelona’s pursuit reached a crescendo back in August.”The only thing I will say and the only thing I am interested in is how is Phil playing at the moment,” Klopp said. “I was really happy about the last few performances and about his impact.”He showed his character in the games and in the training sessions. That was spot on. It was really good. That is what I am interested in because all the rest I can’t, and don’t, want to talk about it because if I open the door then you [the media] run all the way through.”If there is something to say you will know. In my business it makes absolute no sense to talk about things that ‘could’ ‘maybe” happen because all it does is create stories which 90 per cent of the time are not true. Why should we do that?”Klopp also credited Van Dijk’s “100 per cent” desire to join Liverpool as a key factor in a blockbusting transfer that will be officially completed on January 1, following reported interest from Premier League leaders Manchester City in the 26-year-old.”He wanted to come here 100 per cent and that is a very important thing,” he added.”Because imagine in this moment you are a football guy and a few clubs are looking for someone, and they don’t hesitate or are not shy with money as well.”That was not his intention. He wanted to join us and nobody else. That’s another really good thing.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

OSU Continues To Win Close Games, And Mike Gundy Says That’s No Accident

first_img“I think there is some truth to them believing in themselves makes a big difference. When you start to win over a period of years, you feel like you’re going to win,” added Gundy. “Your mind is much more powerful than the physical part of your body, and we believe in that, so they just play hard and I’m proud of them.“I told them in the locker room that it’s fun for me to sit back and cross my arms and watch them play, even though the games are exciting and pressure-packed. It’s fun to watch them. They like being around each other, they’re good young men, they play hard, and as a coach, what more could you ask for? Nothing.”What more could you ask for as a fan?! I’ve gotten burned about this before, but I don’t care. As a simple consumer of college football, being an OSU fan is more fun than being an Alabama fan. It just is. Does Alabama play in more big games? Sure. But Oklahoma State plays more fun ones week in and week out.We can discuss whether that’s actually what you want as a college football program, but what isn’t up for debate is that every Saturday is a thrill until the very end.“Gundy preaches it to us all the time,” Washington told the Tulsa World. “Right before practice is over, we’ll do a little fourth-quarter deal. That’s really just separates us from different teams, I feel like. In the fourth quarter I feel like we’re still playing just as hard as we were the first through the third.”OSU actually didn’t score in the fourth quarter on Saturday (if I had told you that before the game, you would have though horrendous things, right?), but it probably would have if not for taking a knee at the very end.What are the responses of other staff members over all this end-of-game consternation? Assistant coach Mike Yurcich needs a cigarette and Glenn Spencer continues to preach love and trust.Far and away the 2 best answers on how #OKState wins close games. Gold from Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer. pic.twitter.com/h4K8iLB8BI— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 13, 2016It really is an amazing time to be an OSU fan, even when it doesn’t feel like it. 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. I’m not sure it’s necessarily been “fun” to watch the way eating ice cream is fun or catching fish is fun, but Oklahoma State has now won 11 of its last 12 games that have been decided by less than 10 points. It doesn’t seem sustainable, and yet … it kind of has been over the last few years.It did so again on Saturday in Stillwater as it took down Texas Tech 45-44.Head coach Mike Gundy explains why he thinks this is happening.“No fear, no frustration and no fatigue is what we talk about,” said Gundy after the game. “Truthfully, I talk to the players about the core values and the accountability we have in our program. I wish I could give you and X’s and O’s, or say that I could give a Vince Lombardi pregame and halftime speech.“I think it’s the overall concept of our program. It’s our nutrition, it’s our sleep method that we use, it’s our strength training. I think that at the end of the games, we’re somewhat fresh. I know they scored at the end of the fourth quarter, but we got more pressure on (Mahomes) in the end of the fourth quarter than we did the entire game.”This is true. Justin Phillips got a monster sack in the fourth quarter, and Mahomes was hanging on for dear life on the final drive.last_img read more

Boone: What I Love (and Hate) About OSU Headed into 2017

first_imgSunday marked day one of the start of fall camp for OSU, so before we get into the weeds of who will start at right guard and which wide receiver will benefit least from OSU’s 40-deep talent group, let’s take a step back from a higher level and discuss some things that I feel are the most (and least) pressing for OSU to address before the season.Similar to our five things series where we all talked about the five main storylines we’re interested in following, I’ll outline the things I love and hate about this team and define some of the biggest question marks as camp kicks off this week.Love: The Mike Gundy swaggerYou know that feeling when you’ve got the slickest lawn mower on the block and you try to play it cool when you’re cutting the grass but you totally know everyone is envying your ride because it has a 60-inch deck and two cupholders? That’s kind of how I imagine Mike Gundy right now with his team. He’s certainly got some team issues to shore up – namely cornerback, backup running back and backup quarterback – but he remains the most confident coach in the country. He’s got a senior quarterback, an All-American tailback, and the deepest receiving corps this side of the Mississippi. Why wouldn’t he flaunt his mullet around like his butch wax don’t stink?AdChoices广告Hate: Confidence in OSU’s young cornerbacks versus actual experienceDespite moving both Darius Curry and Ramon Richards to safety, Glenn Spencer remains confident – almost too confident – in the players he’s likely to roll out on the first snap of the season.Don’t get me wrong: I love that a coach is confident in his players. But considering that OSU is likely to start a transfer (Adrian Baker) and a guy with little to no experience at corner at this level (Madre Harper, Rodarius Williams or A.J. Green), I’m curious to see if this is real confidence or coach-speak. Going against the best receiving corps in the country on a daily basis in practice can’t hurt.Love: Depth at linebackerHeck, I like the entire front line — from defensive end, to defensive tackle, to linebacker, I think OSU is firm. Linebacker is what I love because I totally trust where they’re at and the personnel expected to contribute.With Chad Whitener holding things down in the middle, I think the bunch has plenty room to grow around him. I think junior college transfer Patrick Macon makes an impact at middle linebacker. I think Calvin Bundage takes a step forward at star linebacker. And I love Kenneth Edison-McGruder’s move from safety to linebacker. He’s a big hitter and I think he’ll make a Josh Furman-esque impact as a pass rusher.Add in Gyasi Akem, Kirk Tucker, Justin Phillips (who should start), and Kevin Henry, and you’ve got one of the deepest position groups from top to bottom on the team. This group is equipped to go eight deep. The boys are back. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/OjDqmbjEvd— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 31, 2017Hate: Uncertainty behind Justice HillLook, we all know Justice Hill is the dude. But we also know that behind him is a bunch of unproven talent — Chuba Hubbard, J.D. King, LD Brown — who haven’t contributed at the Division I level.Yes, Jeff Carr is in the mix. But beyond him and Hill, there are three completely inexperienced players who will be heavily relied on in 2017.Are we comfortable with Chuba Hubbard and J.D. King — two true freshmen — toting the rock a combined 15 to 20 times per game? Because at this point, I think that might be where we’re headed. Regardless of the buzz surrounding their recruitment and their talent that had plenty of other schools clamoring to land them as recruits, that’s a lot of trust in two 18-year-olds. Especially for a team that has CFP playoff aspirations. 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.center_img Love: OSU’s graduate transfer additionsWhere would OSU be had it not added Cal left tackle Aaron Cochran or Clemson cornerback Adrian Baker? Those are questions that might have Gundy itching his mullet for days.Seriously, OSU’s two biggest concerns for 2017 were replacing Victor Salako at left tackle, and replacing Ashton Lampkin and Lenzy Pipkins at corner. With Cochran and Baker, OSU now has two experienced players who I think will start for the Cowboys from day one. And the best part: Cochran has proven he’s willing to work to earn his stripes.“He is a really big, good-looking athlete,” Mike Gundy said of the 6-foot-8 big man earlier this week. “What I’ve been most impressed with about Aaron is – I said this a few months ago – when he visited here he weighed about 365 pounds. We told him then that if he decided to come to Oklahoma State he was really going to have to trim down because of the style of offense that we play. When he came back he weighed in at 342 pounds and I think he’s 332 today. That tells me that football is important to him, the team is important to him and that he has a great attitude. We’ve got four to five guys coming back that are pretty experienced in our opinion. He has started over 20 games in the Pac-12 and so he does have some experience playing at this level and that is an area where he can really help us.”Hate: The backup quarterback raceOSU is in a rather precarious situation when it comes to the backup quarterback competition. Walk-on Taylor Cornelius is a solid option, and so too is Keondre Wudtee. But if Cornelius wins it, would the second-year Wudtee consider a transfer? I have no reason to think he would. But that’s a potential risk in tabbing the backup QB this fall.Maybe Wudtee wouldn’t transfer regardless of whether he wins the job or not, but that’s an actual conversation that most players in his same spot would likely have. So there’s a nuance to the decision that carries some risk that I don’t much like.The best way to sort all this out is on the field, but it is a bit concerning that there still doesn’t seem t0 be a clear-cut option at QB2.Whoever wins the job will likely know within the next two weeks, as Gundy has made it clear he wants to get that competition out of the way early to distribute practice reps accordingly.“You would like to do it within two weeks, but I don’t have think a timetable really fits in this criteria because it has to be the right guy,” Gundy said on Sunday. “They’re all going to get a lot of reps like you saw today. Each of them will get a lot of work and somebody is going to have to go out and make some plays because once we get into the final 10 practices before the game there is not enough reps to share at that position.”last_img read more