first_imgThe Mens, Womens and Mixed 18 Years Australian squads for the Youth World Cup were selected at the 2004 National 18 Years Championships. 18 players were selected in each of the three squads. The ATA sent letters of offer to each of the players following the Championships. All players were advised of their requirements in that correspondence. A final selection camp will be held at the Sports Super Centre, Runaway Bay, Qld on November 12-15 with the teams being named following this camp. Congratulations to the following players who have been selected in the Australian 18 Years Mens, Womens or Mixed squads for the 2005 Youth World Cup. The following players listed are those who have responded to their offer. 18 YEARS YWC squads: MENS: Ji Bonner- QLD Josh Dwyer- QLD Dane Evans- QLD Michael Fairweather- QLD Gian Guerra- QLD Dylan Hennessey- NSW Chris Lukins- NSW Scott Naughton- NSW Alyd Owen- NSW Ashley Shepherd- QLD Chris Small- QLD Mitchel Smith- QLD Dean Springfield- NSW Nicholas Sward- QLD Aaron Tandek- NSW Dean Taylor- QLD Brendan Thimble- QLD Mens 18 years Coach: Colm Maguire Mens 18 years Assistant Coach: Peter Robinson Mens 18 years Manager: Ron Connolly WOMENS: Lauren Barclay- QLD Kelly Basford- NSW Dearne Cooper- NSW Nikita Daley- QLD Ashleigh Dobbins- NSW Gemma Etheridge- QLD Nikki Etheridge- QLD Natasha Fry- QLD Courtney Hipperson- QLD Emily Hopkin- QLD Alyce Hulbert- QLD Kelly Pepper- NSW Teneille Shaw- QLD Charli Simpkins- WA Amanda Skwarko- NSW Delwyn Tupuhi- QLD Melissa Tyack- QLD Womens 18 years Coach: Mick Kelly Womens 18 years Assistant Coach: Mick McCall Womens 18 years Manager: Karon Boston MIXED: Meg Ballon- QLD Harry Berryman- NSW Deanna Calicetto- NSW Megan Campbell- NSW Kelvin Caspani- NT Toni Eltherington- QLD Claire Giarola- QLD Belinda Hammett- QLD Justin Heuser- QLD Tiffeny Hipperson- QLD Ricky Morris- NSW Ben Nercessian- NSW Cameron Nicholls- NSW Emily Powell- QLD Leia Smith- NSW Jerome Waitohi- QLD Mixed 18 years Coach: Michael McDonald Mixed 18 years Assistant Coach: Peter Shefford Mixed 18 years Manager: Wade Jenkinslast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal keeper Leno: We can cope with injury crisis

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal keeper Leno: We can cope with injury crisisby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno is confident the club can cope with their current injury crisis.Hector Bellerin injured himself during Sunday’s loss to Southampton, joining Rob Holding (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) on the sidelines.”We have a big squad so we have many players who can play in defence or at centre-back so hopefully it won’t be a problem,” he told Standard Sport. “Sokratis will be back but I hope there will be no more injuries after yesterday and we won’t have any problems with our defence.”In the last games against Huddersfield or Tottenham, when Mustafi was injured, we changed systems but it was not a big problem because we know what to do with different systems. That’s not a problem.”Of course, it was not easy defensively. This line of defence didn’t play together before. But it was OK. It was a good performance but not a perfect performance. Southampton have a new manager, they have new passion and they played with it.” last_img read more

Video: Here Is Connor Cook In His Full Oakland Raiders Uniform At The NFLPA Rookie Premiere

first_imgRaiders' Connor Cook in his uniform for the first time.Instagram/c_cook8After a fairly trying NFL Draft process, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook landed with the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round. He will be behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but Cook has impressed his coaches thus far. Today, the NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event, which featured the top NFL newcomers taking photos and filming videos in their new full uniforms. Cook juggled a couple of footballs in his shoot, where he shows off his new Raiders getup.last_img

Big safety testing failure rate for California pot products

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Nearly 20 per cent of marijuana products in California have failed tests for potency and purity since the state started requiring the checks on July 1, a failure rate some in the industry say has more to do with unrealistic standards and technical glitches than protecting consumer safety.The testing has been especially tough on cannabis-infused cookies, candies and tinctures: About one-third have been blocked from store shelves.In much smaller numbers, testing companies licensed by the state are finding unacceptable levels of pesticides, solvents and bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, according to data provided to The Associated Press by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control.In the first two months, nearly 11,000 samples were tested and almost 2,000 failed. In some cases, the product must be destroyed. But many involve labeling issues that can be corrected. For example, a marijuana bud that’s tested to show a different potency than what’s on the label can be relabeled and sold with the right specification.To the state, the strict testing program is largely doing what it was designed to do: identify marijuana buds, concentrates, munchies and other products that are in some way tainted and unsuitable for eating or smoking.“Mandatory statewide testing is a new thing and it’s going to take some time for everything to run smoothly, but on the whole we’re pleased with how things are progressing,” Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso said.But as regulators consider recasting rules governing the nation’s largest legal pot economy, they are facing pressure to revamp testing requirements that are being alternately described as going too far, not far enough, or an overly costly burden.The California Growers Association, an industry group, is among those concerned the state is forcing growers and manufacturers to hit too tiny a target when gauging levels of THC, the psychoactive chemical that causes marijuana’s high.Rules require the THC concentration come within 10 per cent of what is advertised on a product label. Company executives say some products are being rejected after landing outside the margin by tiny amounts.The California Cannabis Manufacturers Association, another industry group, is pushing for changes that include allowing companies to challenge lab testing results.“Even if the lab admits it made an error, there is no way to change those results,” said Bryce Berryessa, an association board member who is CEO of TreeHouse dispensary in Santa Cruz County and president of La Vida Verde, which produces infused cookies.“Labs are not perfect. Mistakes get made,” he said.At a state hearing last month, the Santa Ana-based testing company Cannalysis urged regulators to broaden their rules to include a test used in food and pharmaceutical industries that company officials say can detect a large number of potentially harmful species of mould and yeast not currently covered in state guidelines.The company has seen examples where mould was on cannabis but the sample passed state tests.Swetha Kaul, the company’s chief scientific officer who sits on the board of the California Cannabis Industry Association, said in an interview the state needs to “create a bigger net to catch things.”By limiting its required review to a few mould species the state is “essentially creating a loophole where every other species can get by,” she said.California began broad legal sales on Jan. 1 and gave companies six months to sell off stockpiles of marijuana, oils and edibles produced without strict testing requirements.The rules require all cannabis products to clear a range of tests at labs before reaching consumers, from ensuring THC is distributed evenly in chocolate bars to making sure buds have not been contaminated by fuzzy blankets of mould.From July 1 through Aug. 29, labs tested 10,695 product batches and 1,904 were rejected, a failure rate of about 18 per cent.Claims on the label, such as THC content, accounted for 65 per cent of the failures, or 1,279 tests.This is how the rule works: If a bottled juice drink said on the label it was 25 per cent apple juice, testers would have to find that the concentration in the juice was within 10 per cent of that mark, plus or minus. It’s the same with cannabis.Next in line: About 400 batches were flagged for unacceptable levels of pesticides. Impurities such as bacteria and mould caused 114 rejections.Ninety per cent of the buds that were tested were sent on to shops, suggesting a mostly clean market for legal growers. The rejection rate was double that for concentrates: 20 per cent of oils and “waxes” tested didn’t make the cut.In a statement, the California Department of Public Health said it had not received any verified reports of illness resulting from consumption of a cannabis product attributed to mould or bacteria, although three complaints were submitted anonymously and were unverifiable.The debate over testing isn’t just about lab procedures or allowable levels of pesticides. It all comes with a cost, which companies say is straining their budgets.“Testing is currently costly, slow, and inconsistent,” the growers association told the state in a recent letter.Testing for a small, outdoor marijuana farm can typically run $5,000 to $10,000 in California. There have been similar complaints in pot-friendly Colorado, where cultivators are dealing with new, required pesticide tests.While California now has the nation’s largest legal market, a huge black market still exists. Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore spotlighted the risk of buying on the illegal market last week, warning consumers that the price from money saved “can be their life.”He said unlicensed shops are known to lace their pot with Fentanyl and other narcotics. In an illegal shop “there’s no telling what they’re actually buying,” Moore said.___Associated Press journalist Brian Melley contributed to this story.___Blood is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. 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Perus attorney general resigns over corruption probe

first_imgLIMA, Peru — Peru’s attorney general has resigned following accusations that he hindered a corruption probe involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.Pedro Chavarry sent a letter to Peru’s chief prosecutors Tuesday saying he was stepping down in order to preserve the autonomy of the Attorney General’s Office and stop the country’s president from intervening in other, independent branches of government.On New Year’s eve, Chavarry dismissed two senior prosecutors who led a probe into whether several former presidents accepted money from Odebrecht. That sparked street protests in which demonstrators accused Chavarry of protecting corrupt officials and led President Martin Vizcarra to launch an attempt to remove Chavarry.Odebrecht has admitted in U.S. court filings that it paid $800 million in bribes to officials across Latin America, including $29 million in Peru.The Associated Presslast_img read more

About Kuldeep its purely skill Chawla

first_imgKolkata: There is no mystery behind meteoric rise of Kuldeep Yadav but purely his skill set says Piyush Chawla, who worked with the Chinaman bowler in his formative years with the UP Ranji team. Chawla, the senior Kolkata Knight Riders spinner, said Kuldeep never stopped improving and that was key to his rise. “Kuldeep never labelled himself a mystery spinner. The term of being a mystery spinner is a myth. The main thing about Kuldeep is that he is a skillful bowler. You need to make that skill powerful and Kuldeep is working on that,” said Chawla. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The main thing about Kuldeep is he is not afraid of getting hit. I worked a lot with him in UP and here in KKR as well.” Chawla reckons that Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal will be able to make impact at the upcoming World Cup. “Kuldeep is bowling really well. He has been consistent in the last few months. With him and Chahal I think India has two wicket taking wrist spinners. “If there are belters in the World Cup, the responsibility of the wrist spinners will increase. It is an advantage for the leg spinners even in belters, he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIndian captain Virat Kohli recently said the players have to be smart in managing the workload during the IPL to avoid any kind of serious injuries before the World Cup and Chawla says every cricketer knows when to take a break. “We all are professional cricketers. You only know how the body will react according to the workload. Every cricketer knows how much pressure they can take and when to take a break,” said Chawla. KKR is believed to have one of the best bowling units in the IPL and the veteran leg-spinner too feel they are good enough to excel on any pitch. “I think KKR has enough in their armoury to conquer any pitch. But obviously would love to play all the matches in Eden. I wish we play all our games here. I love the stadium and the support we receive there.” Chawla has a unique record of bowling more than 1000 dot balls in his KKR career.last_img read more

At 38 million India among UNs highest creditors

first_imgUnited Nations: India, which is owed $38 million by the UN for peacekeeping operations, has voiced concern over the “unjustifiable and inexplicable” delays in reimbursement to countries providing peacekeeping troops and police for UN missions. It underlined that recurrent delays in payments have turned the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) as “de facto financers” of UN peacekeeping.”Reimbursement on time for peacekeeping is a genuine expectation,” First Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Mahesh Kumar said at a Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) session on ‘Improving the Financial Situation of the United Nations.’ Kumar noted that total arrears currently stand at a whopping $3.6 billion, nearly one-third of the annual assessment of the United Nations, adding that UN peacekeeping also suffers from delay in reimbursements. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHe pointed out that apart from the $1 billion worth of unsettled reimbursements to TCCs, large reimbursements related to Letters of Assist ($178 million) and death and disability claims ($8 million) were also outstanding. These amounts do not include the long unsettled Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) reimbursements of many TCCs, including India, from the closed peacekeeping missions. The UN owes India $38 million, among the highest it has to pay to any country, for peacekeeping operations as of March 2019, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had said in his report in April on improving the financial situation of the UN. As at March 31, 2019, the total amount payable to troop- and police-contributing countries with respect to active peacekeeping missions was $265 million. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenKumar emphasised that India is among those member states who continue to be owed significant sums towards troop and COE reimbursements from the active peacekeeping missions but the country still continues to support UN peacekeeping, and is cumulatively the largest troop contributor. He voiced concern over the “unjustifiable and inexplicable delays in reimbursement, saying it negatively impacts on UN’s ability to maintain honest agreements with TCCs on other aspects of peacekeeping. “This situation calls for a serious introspection,” he said.last_img read more

The Pac12 Is In Shambles

SEC134.313 Over the past decade, the Pac-12 has made two Final Four appearances and failed to reach a national championship game. Every other major conference has been to at least twice as many Final Fours and made at least two title game appearances. The Big East has won more national titles in the previous eight years than the Pac-12 has in the past 45. In particular, the performance of the Pac-12 in the 2016 tournament, relative to seeding, was the second worst performance by any conference since at least 2000. And over the past three years, no conference has underperformed more than the Pac-12 when it matters most. Conference record in Quad 1 games, 2018-19 As it currently stands, the conference would be lucky to receive two bids to the tournament, with the Huskies projected to be a No. 9 seed and Arizona State possibly squeaking in as a 12 seed. It’s been a quarter-century since a major conference produced a one-bid campaign.According to’s Simple Rating System, the Pac-12 collectively is just 7.31 points better than an average Division I team this season. That’s on track to be the conference’s worst single-season mark since the 2011-12 campaign and the third worst in the past three decades. The last time a major conference produced a worse SRS was 1997-98, when the Big 12 put up a 7.17 in its second season of existence. You have to go back at least 30 years to find a worse mark produced by the Big East, Big Ten or SEC.If recent history serves, next month’s tournament will reinforce what many already know: The Pac-12, which hasn’t won a national title since Arizona cut down the nets in 1997, has fallen off considerably in terms of prestige. Big Ten164.372 Pac-1262.177 Immediately after the Pac-12 football championship game in late November, an on-screen interview with commissioner Larry Scott at Levi’s Stadium was interrupted by a chorus of boos. Attendees, it seemed, weren’t too fond of the leadership of the “Conference of Champions.”1It wasn’t clear whether fans were more disconcerted by the conference’s revenue, viewership or on-field performance.For nearly six decades, the Pac-12 managed to emulate its ostentatious slogan across the collegiate sports landscape. The Pac-12 has finished an academic year with the most total national championships of any conference in 52 out of the past 58 years, including the past 13 years.The conference has no shortage of star power on the women’s side: Sabrina Ionescu is piling up unprecedented stat lines on the court with the Oregon Ducks; Ella Eastin is breaking records in the pool for the Stanford Cardinal; and Katelyn Ohashi of the UCLA Bruins recently stole the collective heart of the country on the mat. Last year, women collected nine of the conference’s 12 national titles. The Pac-12 women have already won two titles this year, in volleyball and cross-country, with the men claiming only water polo.But when it comes to the two high-profile men’s sports of football and basketball, the Pac-12 is falling short. Months removed from Scott’s boo-inducing interview, as the college basketball season winds into its final stretch, the conference’s vertiginous fall in the top two revenue-generating sports is unmistakable. The Pac-12 is also struggling in college football. Over the past two seasons, the conference is a combined 4-12 in bowl games, with three wins coming by a combined 4 points.If this feels like a sudden drop, it’s because it is. The Pac-12 has won a single national title in the past 20 years, but you only have to go back three years to find an ESPN segment debating whether it was the best conference in college football. Since the playoff was introduced, the Pac-12 has made two appearances — going 1-2 — and failed to appear in three of the five seasons.In total, the conference was 3.53 points better than the average FBS team in 2018-19, the lowest mark by a Power Five conference6The ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. in six years. Since 2010, the conference has produced three of the seven worst seasons, two of which came in the past two seasons. Big East95.379 Big 12104.365 ConferenceGamesWin % Oregon State has arguably been the worst Power Five football team for two consecutive years, and programs like Oregon, Stanford and USC, which traditionally have been competitive on a national level, have fallen off considerably. Washington’s good-but-not-good-enough seasonal cadence seems to have run its course, too. This offseason, perhaps the conference’s biggest story was that Kliff Kingsbury almost became an assistant coach at USC. ACC135.326 Quad 1 games are home games against teams 1-30 in NET ranking, neutral games against teams 1-50 and away games against teams 1-75.Source: While the Pac-12’s performance in football has been steadily declining since the College Football Playoff was introduced, the conference’s decline in men’s basketball seems more abrupt. Two years ago, the Pac-12 featured three 30-win teams for the first time. Three teams reached the Sweet 16, and Oregon punched the conference’s first ticket to the Final Four in nearly a decade. The abundance of talent was confirmed when the conference produced three lottery picks in the NBA draft — including Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, the top two overall selections.The Pac-12 saw the top overall pick in the NBA draft again last season, in Arizona’s Deandre Ayton. But the conference face-planted at the NCAA tournament. Each of the three teams to reach the tourney failed to get out of the first round, including Ayton’s Arizona.2Arizona State and UCLA both lost in the First Four as 11 seeds. Not since the Big 12 was formed in 1996-97 had one of the six major conferences3The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC. failed to send a team to the second round of the tournament. No Pac-12 team finished inside the top 25 of KenPom’s adjusted efficiency margin metric, either. Of course, this came after three UCLA Bruins were arrested for shoplifting on international soil in the days preceding a game meant to showcase the conference, and the FBI’s investigation of corruption in college basketball led to the arrests of assistant coaches from USC and Arizona4Along with assistants at Oklahoma State and Auburn. before the season even tipped.But that didn’t curtail the enthusiasm of the commissioner heading into this season. “Really excited about what our teams look like,” Scott said at the Pac-12 media day. “Feel like we’ve got a very, very strong conference.”On paper, he wasn’t wrong. The conference accounted for seven of the top 40 recruiting classes, with UCLA and Oregon pulling in two of the top five. Three teams were ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll. But as the calendar year came to a close, the Pac-12 was mired in the worst December by a major conference in 20 years. By January, UCLA had fired head coach Steve Alford, and Oregon had lost Bol Bol, the conference’s most marketable player and the crown jewel of the 2018 recruiting class, for the year to a foot injury. Dana Altman’s Ducks, which checked in at No. 14 in the preseason poll and were considered an early favorite to reach the Final Four, are now longshots to even reach the tournament.Cal is one of the worst teams in any conference and in the midst of its worst season in program history. Washington is the highest-ranking team in the conference by KenPom’s adjusted efficiency margin metric and checks in at No. 35. No other Pac-12 team ranks in the top 50.The conference has hardly proved itself against top-notch opponents. In any Quad 1 games,5A Quad 1 win is defined as any home win over a team ranked 1-30 in the NCAA’s new NET rankings, a win over a team ranked 1-50 on a neutral site or an away win over a team ranked 1-75. the Pac-12 is 11-51. The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC each have at least three times as many wins over that caliber of opponent. Arizona State is the lone Pac-12 school with a Division I hockey team,7The Sun Devils are classified as an independent. and there’s a reasonable chance it will end up ranked higher at season’s end than any team the conference fielded in football or men’s basketball.Living up to the standard established by John Wooden, who won 10 national championships over 12 years at UCLA, would be impossible. But falling to the bottom of the major-conference barrel in the two sports most scrutinized is a disastrous turn for a conference literally branded around dominance.To some, the Conference of Champions® has transformed into the Circle of Suck. This may be the bleakest moment in the illustrious history of the Pac-12, as the conference continues its stroll away from relevancy.CORRECTION (Feb. 22, 2019, 12:30 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said the Pac-12 had no football teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the end of the 2018 season. Two teams were ranked: No. 10 Washington State and No. 13 Washington. read more

Softball splits series with Michigan State behind Medranos 100th season strikeout

Ohio State softball pitcher Karisa Medrano threw a complete game two-hitter in a 1-0 win against Michigan State at Buckeye Field on Sunday, splitting the weekend series after losing the first game, 12-2. But a change in the win-loss column was just a minor detail for a team that was already out of postseason contention coming in to the weekend. Medrano, who had played just 12.1 innings coming in to this season, became the team’s ace and recorded her 100th strikeout of the season in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday. She was also one of four seniors honored during Senior Day on Sunday. For the first time in her OSU career, two of Medrano’s biggest fans were able to watch her play in scarlet and gray. “My family got to be here today, their first time at Buckeye Field,” Medrano said. “I just love having them here. You feel that support coming from your family.” Medrano’s Father and brother flew in from New Mexico, where she’s from. She said it made Sunday her most memorable moment as a Buckeye softball player. Fellow senior Brittany Goodchild’s most memorable moment was a bit more of what one would expect from a Buckeye. “Beating Michigan!” Goodchild said. Goodchild, who first met Medrano freshman year when they were roommates, said the players rely on one another off the field as much as they do on the field. “Everybody’s been such a strong family. We’ve been through a lot of up and downs,” Goodchild said. “Everybody’s been so strong for each other.” The players needed to be strong for one another, particularly this week. On Tuesday, junior shortstop Alicia Herron’s mother died of cancer. Many of the players wore wristbands with Herron’s mother’s initials on them. In center field, below the painted Block “O,” Herron’s mother’s initials, “JLH,” were also painted as a tribute to Herron’s late mother. Herron scored the lone run in Sunday’s win. “Alicia made it easier because she was with us, and I think that was an inspiration. … It’s hard for young people to see a teammate go through that,” coach Linda Kalafatis said. “A lot of these kids knew Mrs. Herron, so they felt loss too.” Although it may seem trivial compared to death, OSU’s 14-33 record and injuries throughout the season have also plagued the team during the season. “Being able to push through when things aren’t going our way, you find a way to get it done. We really tried to stress to keep your head up,” senior left fielder Dee Dee Hillman said. “Through the tough times, there are learning experiences.” Senior infielder Rachael Shepherd agreed. “I’m truly grateful for all those things that I’ve got to learn from the girls,” she said. Six underclassmen started in Sunday’s game and consistently have been in the lineup all season. The departing seniors have helped the younger ladies prepare to become the leaders of the future. “To see them grow from when they first got here to now is just tremendous,” Shepherd said. Before the torch is officially passed, the Buckeyes have one more home series left. They will play a doubleheader against Penn State on Wednesday before finishing their season this weekend at Wisconsin. read more

John Simon takes on leadership role for Ohio State football

Uncertainty has surrounded many positions through Ohio State’s first three games. While the quarterback spot has received most of the attention, one of the few models of consistency for the Buckeyes this year has been No. 54. John Simon, a junior defensive lineman, has come up big for the Buckeyes in crucial situations. After being carted off the field in the second half as Toledo threatened to become the first Ohio school to beat the Buckeyes since 1921, Simon returned to the field to sack Rockets’ quarterback Austin Dantin on third-and-nine, forcing a Toledo punt with less than six minutes remaining. “The thing about John is, you know he’s going to be there, working every single day to get better at what he does,” OSU coach Luke Fickell said. Simon understands that his role amongst his younger teammates is important. With senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams missing last week’s game at Miami, Simon knew he had turn his leadership role up a notch. “I had to step in to that (leadership) role, losing Nate (Williams),” Simon said on Tuesday. “I’m doing my best. Anything I can do to help the team, I’m just trying to do my job out there. But it’s really a team sport, so what I’m doing doesn’t matter if we’re not getting the win.” Simon’s leadership role will have to continue this week, as OSU plans to start five underclassmen on defense, two of whom will be playing alongside Simon on the defensive line, this Saturday. Sophomore Johnathan Hankins is set to start at right tackle, while redshirt freshman J.T. Moore and freshman Steve Miller are expected to split time at the defensive end position. As a result of so many young names and different personnel schemes on defense, Simon has been asked to do more than usual on the field this season. “We’ve moved (Simon) around a lot, asked him to do a lot of different things,” Fickell said. “He’s going to get better at everything he does. He’s a great example for the other guys on the team.” Simon has as much faith in his young teammates as his coach does in him. “Seeing guys go out there and compete is what it’s all about,” Simon said. “I think we have a very competitive defense, some aggressive guys, and I think it’s going to pay off for us.” read more