For Barkley, being normal is overrated

first_imgAfter a first quarter that was marred by offensive mistakes, Matt Barkley is still smiling.The disappointment of two fumbles by his teammates is not weighing on his shoulders. The challenge of being the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a top-five team also seems distant.Instead, Barkley is living in the moment.Cool kid · Matt Barkley (7) celebrates with Joe McKnight (4) and Damian Williams (18) Saturday at the Coliseum. The true freshman had a stellar outing in his first-ever start, throwing for 233 yards and one score. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan“On one of our first drives in the second quarter, he walks out and says to me, ‘Isn’t this fun?’” said redshirt junior wide receiver Damian Williams. “I looked back at him and said, ‘Yeah, for you it should be a lot of fun.’”Saturday’s game became a lot more fun for Barkley after his conversation with Williams. Barkley and the rest of the Trojan offense overcame a sluggish start to score eight unanswered touchdowns to route San Jose State, 56-3, at the Coliseum.In his much-anticipated debut, Barkley proved up to the task of guiding the Trojans’ offense, completing 15 of 19 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown.The Trojans emphasized short passes and a sturdy running game to take the pressure off Barkley in his first game. But Barkley’s accomplishments weren’t lost on USC coach Pete Carroll.“Call him an outlier or whatever, but this kid isn’t normal,” Carroll said. “But who wants to be normal anyway?”Part of what put Barkley in the position to be the first true freshman ever to start an opener for USC was his confidence in himself. That poise was needed early when the Trojans’ first five drives went awry and USC found itself down 3-0 at the end of the first quarter.“Things can get whacked out when you don’t get off to a good start, but it wasn’t a big deal to him at all,” Carroll said.Barkley’s composure helped lead the Trojans to touchdowns on their next six drives, although the team leaned heavily on the running game. In all, 342 of USC’s 620 yards came on the ground.One of the many luxuries that the 19-year-old quarterback has been afforded is a running back rotation that is long on experience and talent.Junior Joe McKnight shouldered the load early and perhaps provided the game’s highlight with a weaving 54-yard jaunt that culminated with a flip into the end zone. But senior Stafon Johnson’s two short touchdown runs and redshirt junior Allen Bradford’s 43-yard scamper into the end zone also helped take the focus off the man behind center.The offense’s performance in the final three quarters helped reaffirm that Barkley doesn’t need to be the offense’s lone catalyst. Williams, who finished with three catches and 67 yards, and senior tight end Anthony McCoy were two of Barkley’s most frequent targets, often on short routes that minimized risk.“I think this is the ideal situation for any quarterback,” Williams said. “For Matt, I think it helps his comfort level tremendously. He’s so poised that he just feels comfortable out there. I think that’s because he knows he has a veteran group around him.”Barkley also found small triumphs in showing his patience. Learning to avoid forced throws and turnovers has been one of the hardest parts of the learning curve for him, but his performance Saturday displayed a shift in his mentality.“It was a little weird to make that first throw away, but I would have rather had that than a pick,” Barkley said.Said Carroll: “He almost could have been perfect.”Although Barkley has had to learn to adapt to the offense, the unit also appears to be taking on some of the characteristics of its new leader. The emotionally charged Mark Sanchez often ran hot and cold last year, as the fiery signal-caller was often seen running down field after big plays and jumping into the air in celebration after touchdowns.But save for a few moments on Saturday, Barkley was quiet and composed.The level-headed Barkley was well aware of his leadership style, as well as its advantages and drawbacks.“I think it might go both ways. I don’t really get nervous,” said Barkley, brushing aside questions of first-game jitters. “But at the same time, I don’t get super pumped up and run downfield pumping my fists. That’s just not me.”In all, Carroll said he couldn’t expect more from his quarterback in his first test at the Coliseum.“He absolutely handled this. It was no big deal for him,” Carroll said. “There are going to be some hard times, but we know he’ll have a stellar response.”last_img read more

It’s The Cold, Not The Humidity!

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithIt depends on where you live, what you do, how you heat, and how critical your needs are as to how local residents are bearing up under the frigid and snow conditions that have essentially shut down many government offices, schools and programs.But in the end, it’s attitude and acceptance that keep tempers from flaring and homeowners diligent about the impact of winter.Monmouth County residents cracked open the backdoor on Tuesday morning and measured snowfall accumulations of three inches and as much as seven, as in parts of Middletown.Despite the slush, some outdoor enthusiasts were undeterred and jogged along the boardwalk, as did David DeMonico of the Jersey Shore Running Club.For Sean Murray of Leonardo, it’s all about realizing that problems like frozen pipes “are just part of the territory” when you love where you live. The Murrays have a century year old home with a northwest side that bears the brunt of high winds and blowing snow. With the second floor bathroom on that side of the house, it came as no surprise that frozen pipes could become an issue. The answer, Murray said, “is taking preventive measures.”Leaving water taps open a slight degree to ensure running water is the first means most people with older homes or homes with water pipes in crawl spaces beneath the house put into effect. At the Murray home, they have the good fortune of having the second floor bath just above the kitchen. “So by keeping the kitchen a little warmed, and knowing that heat rises, we have another means of keeping pipes from freezing.” Undaunted by the frigid temperatures, Murray laughed and admitted, “I’ve learned a lot living in an older home over the past ten years. But I can tell you one thing…as long as you accept its part of the territory, it’s absolutely worth whatever inconvenience to live where we live.”Those with oil heat have their own problems when temperatures drop lower and stay longer than anticipated. When supplies run low, customers get on the phone with their fuel oil supplier to ensure their tanks are full. That’s apparently what has happened this week for Lawes Coal and Fuel Oil Company in Shrewsbury. Very polite, courteous and busy members of the office work force at the Shrewsbury office declined to answer any questions for a story, preferring to donate their time and telephone lines to customers calling in. “That should give you an idea of how busy we really are,” one spokesman at Lawes said. Although there were no complaints from the company, a family owned business that has been in Monmouth County since 1926, residents should ensure walkways are cleared and shoveled from the street to the fuel tank fills location so drivers can make the deliveries and hasten to the next caller.For Jersey Central Power & Light Company, heavy snow sometimes means downed wires and no electricity to homes, but that has not been the case so far in the Two River area. The utility maintains a website updated every 15 minutes which showed no outages in the area, while there were two smaller outages in western Monmouth County and Point Pleasant. Officials recommend callers with outages contact their automated line at 888-544-2877 to report, since the company might not always be immediately aware of a limited outage. The automated line picks up the caller’s phone number and can relate it to a customer’s address without the need for human intervention on the phone, reason enough for a user to ensure his own records, including a cell phone number, are up to date.Residents are also advised to only report downed wires they actually see, rather than what they suspect. Treatment of a downed wire, for safety purposes, means a Hazard responder crew is sent to the scene to ensure safety before advising the repair team of the address. Falling in a downed wire without seeing it can only delay response to that caller and others in the queue.At Little Silver Borough Hall, the staff was up and running before 10 a.m., fielding all calls and handling routine business. Administrator Kim Jungfer said she came at the usual 8 a.m. start of the day, “because I live close and could do it, to ensure we could answer the phones and take care of business.” The borough had a couple of small water pipe issues, she said, but praised the pro-active work of the Public Works Department that kept those problems at a minimum. “We raised the temperatures in some of the building that aren’t used on a daily basis, “ she said, “knowing that the higher cost of heating them would still be far more beneficial than frozen pipes and subsequent repairs.”On the roadways, where most of us will have to eventually wind up, whether to work, school or shop and hope to travel safely, some municipalities have partnered with county government to use what the county uses to melt ice and snow.Since 2008, Monmouth County Public Works has been using a liquid brine solution to treat the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadways. Since 2009 the county government has offered to sell to towns and now 36 communities are using this shared service, said Freeholder Thomas Arnone. Along with saving money given the county buys the solution in large quantities, “The other bonus is that these substances are less harmful to the environment and more effective in colder temperatures,” Arnone said.In the Two-River area Atlantic Highlands, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Highlands, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Red Bank, Red Bank, Rumson, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township and West Long Branch, according to Laura Kirkpatrick, the county director of public information and tourism.As tough as the weather has been, take heart and remember it’s a little more than a month to spring. But on the glass is half empty side of the argument that means there is still more than a month left in winter and all that can bring.last_img read more

Leafs add size to the blueline with addition of Patrick Coome

first_img“He’s big, and he brings our defence to six D,” Maida told The Nelson Daily.Maida has totally revamped the Leafs from the team that was knocked out of the KIJHL playoffs in the first round for the third consecutive season.And that team has been on fire to start the season, undefeated in September – five exhibition wins and two regular season victories.“I’m very happy with the way we’ve started the season,” Maida explained. “But we’ve got a long way to go.”Maida was pleased with opening weekend after registering wins over Murdoch Division rival Castlegar and outlasting Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“I thought we played well early in both games, had a bit of a lapse in both games but were able to get is back,” he said.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs have just one game this weekend against the Steam. . . . Don’t look know but if the season ended today, the Grand Forks Border Bruins would hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division after starting the season with three straight wins — two over Spokane and an overtime win against Castlegar. . . . Nelson hosts Grand Forks Saturday, September 28. . . . Nelson dealt the rights of Colton St. John to Creston for future considerations. . . . Former Nelson Leafs Linden Horswill has left the Trail Smokie Eaters of the BCHL. He’s a player Leaf fans won’t miss on the ice.Nelson Leafs coach Frank Maida added another piece to the 2013-14 roster by acquiring 6’4”, 200-pound defenceman Patrick Coome from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.Coome, a late cut from Portage La Prairie of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when Nelson hosts Summerland Steam in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League interlocking action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgEven playing shorthanded, the Nelson U18 Selects turned in a magnificent performance at the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.The squad finished third, narrowly missing out on a chance to play for all the marbles in the tournament final.Mallard’s Source for sports want to tip the hat to the boys with Team of the Week honours. The team includes,Lucas Spielman, Andrew Knapik, Nigel Ziegler, Darian Johnson, John Dmitri Johnson, coach Dan Szabo, Spencer Szabo, Bryce Twible, Owen Thurston, Jake Anderson, Theo Bakas, Dylan Bennett, Nolan DeRosa and Nolan Percival.last_img

Oakland Raiders: How the Black Hole saved my life (well, sort of)

first_imgWill the Dec. 24 Raiders game be the last one played at the Oakland Coliseum? That prospect has me thinking about a surreal day many years ago.I had bought into a season ticket group when the Raiders were heading back from Los Angeles to Oakland. A reporter who worked for me, the late great Dan Reed, was pulling together some buddies to pay for one of Al Davis’ PSLs. But he needed one more to make the financing work for the personal seat license and season tickets.I overheard him in our …last_img

Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families: Follow- Up Q&A with Dr. Brock

first_imgDr. Rita Brock was the presenter for the 4th and final session of our 2016 Virtual Learning Event. Session 4, entitled Exploring the Impact of Moral Injuries on Military Families provided insight and knowledge in helping guide work surrounding this important topic. At the end of the webinar, some of the participants had lingering questions for Dr. Brock. Below, we have provided the questions and answers.Q: You mentioned a resource throughout the webinar on helping children through deployment. Would you mind sharing that with us?A: This Guide to Deployment for Families can be found under resources for congregations here.Q: Do we know why moral injury affects some, but not everyone? Is the research pointing to anything there?A: There are no data on moral injury per se that I know of. However, studies show that a previous history of trauma (esp. PTSD) makes a person more susceptible to further trauma. Since PTSD is not a fear-based trauma, it is not clear whether one instance of moral injury would make one more susceptible to another. It might be different for moral injury: if a person had been able to process a morally injurious experience and begin recovering, he or she might have greater resilience for handling future incidences. Here is one study:Harris, J.I., Erbes., C.R., Engdahl., B.E., Thuras, P., Murray-Swank, N, Grace, D., Ogden, H., Olson, R.H.A., Winskowski, A.M., Bacon, R., Malec, C., Campion, K., & Le, TuVan (2011). The effectiveness of a trauma-focused, spiritually integrated intervention for veterans exposed to trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 1-14.Q: Do you have suggestions for preventative strategies, if there are any?A: The only person who is inoculated against moral injury is a sociopath. As to normal people with moral consciences, moral injury is related to a number of factors, such as the developmental stage of young adults and their inability to handle moral ambiguity, that may be involved. Jonathan Shay believes that military unit cohesion has protective value against isolation and that better leadership in the command structures also can prevent a sense of feeling betrayed. One of the other student projects (which we hope to have posted on our resources website by the end of October), was a youth minister guide for young adults considering military service. It is based on input from a veteran in his congregation who suggested that having a clear sense of purpose for enlisting was important to not getting lost and disoriented in service. Helping people stay in touch with their humanity in inhuman conditions is crucial, a role military chaplains play, so training chaplains in understanding moral injury is also important. I’ve been working with chaplains on this since we opened in 2012, and Brite includes a course on moral injury in our military chaplain certification program.Q: You mentioned Trauma Release Exercises. Do you have a resource that you would like for us to share for that? A website or a particular person?A: Here are two videos that explain and demonstrate how and why it works on trauma:Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)TRE® Tension, Stress, Trauma Release A Revolutionary Way To Feel BetterWe use Michael-Phap Nguyen-Uyen, a US Marine veteran and Zen teacher, at our events. Here is his story.I think there is value-added because he uses mindfulness meditation practices with the TRE process. There is MRI research on meditation and its value to restoring thinking capacity. But there are many teachers of TRE. I have downloaded the TRE phone app, which guides me through the process. I find it a useful way to relax and release stress from work.Q: You mentioned a friend of yours, Lisa Dunster. Do you have more information on her story?A: Here are some sources about her. She’s a National Guard veteran, a high school English teacher, and a remarkable person. This story is about how she almost slit her husband’s throat.This is about the retreat program she runs for veterans and families. After becoming a speaker for us, she added moral injury into the work they do and regularly has a chaplain create programs for her retreats.This is one of her public talks about her military experience. She always says something new and important, and I skype her into my classes.If you were unable to participate in VLE 4: Exploring the Impact of Moral Injury on Military Families or any of the other 2016 VLE sessions of Strengthening the Family CORE, they are all available for archived viewing.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and programming specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Video: J.T. Barrett Participated In The Circle Drill With A Fan At Student Appreciation Day

first_imgJT Barrett Circle Drill.JT Barrett Circle DrillToday was Student Appreciation Day at Ohio State, and as you can imagine, the turnout at Buckeye spring practice was strong. Fans usually love seeing players participate in the “Circle Drill,” but don’t often end up getting involved themselves. Quarterbacks are always excluded from the action as well, so naturally today saw an OSU QB and a young fan face off in the circle.Lori Schmidt of Columbus’ 97.1 The Fan has the video of J.T. Barrett “defeating” a young woman in the Circle Drill. Surely this was a thrill for her to be face-to-face with one of the Buckeyes. Ohio State QB JT Barrett participates in circle drill at the team’s student appreciation day practice.— Lori Schmidt (@LoriSchmidt) April 2, 2016That will undoubtedly be the only time you see Barrett in the circle during his career in Columbus.last_img read more

Peter Gabriel Speaks Up For Mental Health Campaign

first_imgPeter Gabriel has joined The Times’ Time To Mind mental health campaign in the UK by speaking about his own battles with depression.“One in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem this year,” he said. “Many years ago, I became depressed after my divorce and I know how debilitating it can be, but I also learnt how much difference good treatment can make.“Ignoring the mental health of our kids is certain to create a destructive time bomb that will not only handicap them but also damage their ability to parent well. The emotional pressures and stresses that are now normal for our young people seem to be producing an extraordinary number of mental health problems, leaving teenagers more isolated and alienated than ever.”Gabriel joins celebrity support for the campaign from Paloma Faith and Neil Gaiman.Find out more about Time To Mind here.last_img read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Nebraska Cornhuskers

Nebraska senior wide reciever De’Mornay Pierson El (15) evades an Arkansas State defender. Credit: Courtesy of Hannah DePriest | The Daily NebraskanLocation: Lincoln, Nebraska2016 record: 9-4 (6-3 Big Ten)Head coach: Mike Riley2017 record so far: 1-1Record vs. OSU since 2007: 1-4What has happened thus far in 2017There has been no shortage of scoring for Nebraska and coach Mike Riley in the first two weeks of their season. In Week 1, Nebraska fought off a second-half surge by Arkansas State to win 43-36 in the final seconds. The script was flipped in Week 2 when Nebraska traveled to Oregon and trailed the Ducks for most of the game, only to see its second-half comeback fall short, 42-35. Impact playerIt’s difficult to find a more dangerous player on Nebraska’s roster than senior wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El. Pierson-El has recorded six catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns so far this year. The former freshman All-American at punt returner ranks third among active players in the country in career punt-return yardage. After an electrifying freshman campaign in 2014, Pierson-El sustained a knee injury that appeared to slow his production in his next two seasons. The versatile weapon is poised to return to form at full health and replace the production lost by graduated receiver Jordan Westerkamp, while continuing to be a mainstay in the return game. StrengthsThe Huskers’ backfield houses two very different playmakers in junior quarterback Tanner Lee and sophomore running back Tre Bryant. Lee has stepped in to replace longtime quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. and has shown flashes of why he was a highly touted transfer from Tulane. Lee has thrown for 490 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Bryant has 299 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 51 carries. WeaknessesNebraska’s defensive efforts have not exactly been encouraging this season for new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. Giving up 78 points in two games might be somewhat of an outlier due to playing two nonconference opponents with up-tempo offenses, but Nebraska has still allowed six touchdowns and 780 yards this season through the air. The secondary has been scrambling since senior cornerback Chris Jones tore his meniscus in July. Jones was honorable mention All-Big Ten last season. read more

Giggs backs Bale to be the difference in Champions League final

first_imgGareth Bale can be the “difference” for Real Madrid in their Champions League final against Liverpool on Saturday, reckons Ryan GiggsThe Welsh winger has had a promising run of form lately with four goals in his last three games for Real with Zinedine Zidane having admitted that Bale’ sudden upturn in form has left him with a selection headache ahead of the final.The 28-year-old has often been left on the bench for Real’s Champions League knockout games this term and it remains uncertain on whether he has done enough to convince Zidane that he is worth a place in the starting eleven at Kiev.However, regardless of whether he starts or not, Giggs has backed his compatriot to make an “impact” on the outcome of Saturday’s final.“Every time Gareth plays he makes an impact,” said the Wales boss, according to Sky Sports.“It just shows the professional he is that he’s not sulking [when he’s a substitute] as he always seems to come on and score.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“He’s one of the best players in the world and every time he comes on to that pitch he makes a difference.“Again that’s a credit to his professionalism, his hunger and desire to get in the team for that final.“He will be thinking if he starts in the Champions League, great.“But if he doesn’t, then he’s ready to score that winner anyway.”Bale has scored 19 goals and made 4 assists in his 35 appearances for Real this season.last_img read more