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September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCovering a quarterback competition isn’t really that fun. Sure, it’s always interesting, even tense. It can be especially thought-provoking depending on how different the respective playing styles and assets are of the leading candidates. It’s the most important position in football, and therefore the most important personnel decision a coach has to make.But at the end of the day, it still feels kind of weird.Sports are all about loyalty and pride. My team’s better than your team; our fans are truer than your fans; this is finally our year; we’re going to win the national championship. Sorry UCLA, we still run this town. Hey Stanford, have you guys won a title yet this millennium?When the competition becomes internal, though, it can leave fans conflicted. For the duration of summer camp, players’ challengers are wearing the same uniform and sleeping in the same dorms. Only one guy gets to be on the field at each position for the opening snap, and I don’t want to have to pick favorites.I guess I would say I was in Max Browne’s camp from the start, but not because of any technical expertise. He’s a redshirt junior, now in his fourth year with the program. He’s patiently waited for his turn, and I hoped he would get it. No disrespect to redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, but I’m just especially sympathetic for upperclassmen rites to passage now that I’m a senior myself.The announcement that Browne had won the job came with an exciting caveat, though. Darnold might still get his turn to run the offense sooner than we otherwise would have thought. This really could be the best case scenario for the Trojans, and not just because it satisfies my naïve, millennial everyone-gets-a-trophy sports hopes.The differences between Browne and Darnold aren’t quite night and day, but they certainly bring unique skill sets to the table. Browne came to USC as arguably the most highly-touted pocket passer in his recruiting class. He didn’t maintain that same level of attention or prestige while serving as Kessler’s backup. A more impressive performance during spring ball could have won him the starting job much earlier; instead, he had to split first-team reps all summer. But nonetheless, he fits the mold of a USC pro-style offense signal caller.Darnold on the other hand is a legitimate dual-threat QB. He’s both much more mobile and physically imposing than his elder counterpart—though listed as only five pounds heavier and one inch shorter than Browne. He brings much more upside to the table in terms of his versatility. He also came in as a very highly touted recruit, leaving some to wonder if it would be worth it over the long haul just to hand him the keys right away.This was first-year head coach Clay Helton’s first big decision since deciding to turn off music during practice. Helton had to be thinking about the long term but primarily base the decision on who could give the team the best chance to win this season. Ultimately, he decided to put his faith in Browne’s leadership and experience.It will be almost impossible to definitively say whether Helton makes the right decision based off of what we already know about the two, barring some sort of an inexplicable collapse by Browne under the pressure of the starting job leading to a demotion. We only have one anecdotal example in recent memory of USC quarterback competitions as the sample size for assessing the success of freshman USC quarterbacks.When Matt Barkley was given the starting QB job as a freshman, it felt like an aggressive, forward-looking decision. Sure enough, the team struggled a bit during his first years. But by his third year, as a junior, he had developed into a truly exceptional quarterback around the country, leading the team to a 10-2 season despite a limited roster via NCAA sanctions. But it didn’t add up to the almost unlimited hype built up during his senior year. He came in on top of the Heisman watch list, the Trojans came into that 2012 season as the No. 1 team in the nation in the AP Poll. But the Trojans didn’t even finish ranked that year, Barkley was injured in a demoralizing loss to UCLA and the Trojans suffered one of their most embarrassing losses ever to Georgia Tech during the El Paso Bowl.In hindsight, would Barkley have actually developed into a Heisman winner if the veteran Aaron Corp had been given the starting job back in 2009, and Barkley had a couple seasons to soak in the strategic aspects of the game from the sideline with a clipboard? Could the Trojans have been more competitive than 9-4 in 2009 if a veteran was under center? We will never know. All we can say is that it certainly wasn’t a surprising success, so the decision to give the job to Browne looks like a perfectly good move.But as Helton hinted, Darnold could get the call for some short yard situations, either on third downs or in the red zone. It really would be the best of both worlds. Darnold would get a little game experience going forward for when he likely takes over but doesn’t have the pressure or expectations that he would if thrown into the starting role, Browne gets to really lead the team and run the offense and the offense can add some real versatility during some of the most important junctions of games.It’s way too early to start making comparisons to the Chris Leak and Tim Tebow duo that won a national championship for Florida in 2006, but that’s what this naïve and nostalgic senior is hoping for this year.Luke Holthouse is a senior majoring in policy, planning and development and print and digital journalism. 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August 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers The Eastern Conference has been dominated so far by Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (4,474,107), who has a 2 million-vote lead on Pascal Siakam, his nearest East follower. Joel Embiid, Trae Young, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker were also among the East leaders.The East has its own version of Caruso surging, with Boston rookie center Tacko Fall running sixth among Eastern forwards with 757,375 votes. The 7-foot-5 center has played 21 NBA minutes this season. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersStill, the NBA’s third release of voting results is reflective of just how powerful the Lakers brand has been in the process – as well as a sign of Caruso’s cult hero status to the franchise. He’s ahead of such guards as Houston’s Russell Westbrook, Golden State’s Steph Curry, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Phoenix’s Devin Booker.James (25.4 ppg, 10.9 apg) is on track to be voted into his 16th consecutive All-Star Game, leading the Lakers (33-8) at the season’s halfway mark. He led voting for a second straight week. Davis (27.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg) should make his seventh consecutive appearance. Dwight Howard (670,643) also cracked the top 10 list of Western forwards for the third straight week, but he has not risen in the standings, holding at No. 10.Doncic was trailing James by 149,564 votes for the No. 2 overall spot, topping Western guards. James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Damian Lillard are all among the top vote-getters in the West ahead of Caruso and likely in the mix to start.Related Articles With only four days remaining, LeBron James is well on his way to a third consecutive year as a captain in the All-Star Game.But it’s his teammate who is the biggest surprise of the fan voting returns so far – and it’s not Anthony Davis.James (4,747,887 votes) narrowly leads Luka Doncic for the overall lead in the balloting, and Davis (4,412,619) is close behind for fourth overall. But Alex Caruso, the reserve guard averaging 5.7 points and 1.8 assists, has continued his surge up the board, now in fourth among guards in the Western Conference with 894,827 votes.It’s unlikely Caruso, 25, will ever make it to next month’s All-Star Game in Chicago. Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of selecting All-Star starters, with the media and player vote splitting the other half. Once 10 starters are selected, the NBA’s coaches are responsible for voting for reserves.center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Voting will end Monday. Starters will be announced Jan. 23. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

December 29, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img1 Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal Barcelona believe they can persuade Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal for the Nou Camp this summer, according to reports in Spain.The Catalans want the German playmaker to link up with irrepressible front three Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar next season and are willing to include Arda Turan as part of the deal.According to AS, Barca are quietly confident that they can lure Ozil away from north London, with the German understood to be frustrated by the club’s faltering title challenge this season.Despite insisting he is happy in north London, the former Real Madrid man is yet to sign a new contract with Arsenal, sparking rumours that he is considering a sensational switch back to La Liga.last_img read more

August 15, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHouseCanary Announces New Partnerships Share AXIS Appraisal Management CoreLogic HouseCanary Appraiser HOUSING mercury network mortgage 2017-12-03 Nicole Casperson in Headlines, journal, News, Servicing “With our comprehensive data and analytics platform, their appraisers can efficiently spend their time and attention on the key aspects of the valuation analysis, especially when utilizing our integrated tools around comp selection and adjustments, which results in reduced revisions and time savings for all parties,” said Alex Villacorta, Ph.D., HouseCanary’s EVP of Analytics. “Our partnership will bring efficiency and consistency to our mutual property valuation clients through this innovative bifurcation process.”According to Kim Perotti, Co-President of AXIS, lenders, and investors need alternative valuation products based upon risk and need that still include an appraiser’s expert opinion of value.”Agile Appraisal provides a powerful solution in times when a full appraisal is too much and an AVM is not enough to assess risk in any given market,” agreed Michael Simmons, Co-President of AXIS. “This product is perfect for portfolio review and HELOCs, and we are proud to be adding this offering to our wide array of products.”As a part of the partnership, AXIS Appraisal Management will offer Agile Appraisal to premier appraisers, allowing continued service for their bank and credit union clients by completing a higher volume of appraisals than ever before while still upholding accuracy.President of Mercury Network, now part of CoreLogic, Jennifer Miller explained that alternative valuations are becoming more and more prevalent in today’s market. “We are excited to have both companies on board and to offer this product to other Mercury Network customers,” she said.center_img HouseCanary recently announced it has expanded its Agile Appraisal Management Platform further through partnerships with appraisal management company AXIS Appraisal Management Solutions and Mercury Network. December 3, 2017 610 Views Utilizing HouseCanary’s robust data and analytics with the expertise of local appraisers—Agile Appraisal enables delivery of appraisals to users in a process that is fast, accurate, and affordable, all while facilitating full compliance.last_img read more