Can Utahs NewLook Offense Lead The Pac12 Back To The Playoff

And it’s working. Since 2005, only once has Utah had a more efficient start to the season offensively. Trailing only Mike Leach’s perennially magnificent Air Raid at Washington State, Ludwig oversees the conference’s second-best offense, which ranks in the top 25 nationally in expected points added on passes a season after it finished 96th. If maintained, the Utes’ 2.59 points per drive would be their best mark since 2008, when they went undefeated.Starting quarterback Tyler Huntley reportedly spent the offseason packing on 25 pounds. Armed with a new physique, the senior leads the country in adjusted completion percentage (90), ranks fifth in yards per pass attempt (11.2) and is 12th in QBR (85.4). He hasn’t thrown an interception or been sacked.4Utah is the only Power Five team to not have allowed a sack. He has help in the backfield from Zack Moss, who is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. Moss has accumulated more yards after first contact this season than all but two players in college football and will likely leave as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Utah has slowed its offense way downThe Utah Utes vs. Pac-12 average in four metrics, for the 2019 season Time of possession per play34 seconds26 seconds Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP Under-center rate43%15% The most realistic shot for the “Conference of Champions” to break its College Football Playoff drought rests on the shoulders of one of its newest and most unproven members. It falls on a coach who traditionally oversees .500 ball once the regular season passes the midway point and on a quarterback whose last two seasons have been derailed by upper-body injuries.And with the Pac-12 Conference’s preeminent powers having already lost, Utah is perhaps the last team standing between the conference and a third consecutive season of missing the playoff.But contrary to what the school’s trophy case might indicate, Utah is now more than just a powerhouse on the slopes. The Utes’ football team has made a convincing case to be taken seriously so far this season: They have three wins, with each decided by at least three possessions.1Starting QB Tyler Huntley has only thrown two fourth-quarter passes this season. Kyle Whittingham’s 15th full season at the helm in Salt Lake City opened with unprecedented expectations: They were ranked in the preseason top 15 for the first time, picked by the media and oddsmakers to win the Pac-12 and even deemed a national title contender by the lovably eccentric Lee Corso. And the prognostications were for good reason, too: Utah returns more than half of its starters on each side of the ball and features arguably the best defensive line in the nation. As Stanford coach David Shaw candidly put it at Pac-12 Football Media Day, “I think it’s great they’re not on the schedule for us this year.”The program’s trajectory has reached an inflection point in recent years. From 1950 through 2013, Utah managed to crack the Associated Press Top 25 poll in just seven seasons. This year marks the sixth consecutive that the Utes have barreled into the top 20.Since joining the Pac-12 eight years ago, the Utes have finished each season with a defense more efficient than its offense.2According to ESPN’s measurement, which is based on the point contributions of each unit to the team’s scoring margin. The average is around 50 for each unit. The team’s average defensive efficiency over that time (73.3) grades out as tops among all defenses in the conference, while its offense (46.9) grades out as the second worst. This season, the two are within 2 points of each other, as the Utes feature a smashmouth offense that has vaulted the program onto the national scene.In a conference marketed by speed and governed by spread offensive principles, Utah has been as deliberate as it gets. That’s the work of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig, who returned to Salt Lake City this offseason after previously serving in the former role from 2005 to 2008.3 Ludwig shepherded the Utes to a 13-0 record and a Sugar Bowl victory the last time he called the plays. Like many coordinators, Ludwig adapts his system to the personnel on hand. This season, that flexibility has arguably produced the kind of offense that, according to Utah backup quarterback Jason Shelley, will “smash you right in the face.”Last season, Utah huddled on just 60.7 percent of snaps. Two seasons ago, only 27.5 percent of offensive plays involved that traditional gathering. But this year, Ludwig has the Utes huddling before 98.4 percent of plays, a rate outpaced by only a handful of teams. The Pac-12 averages a huddle rate of 52.2 percent, with six teams opting to huddle on less than 40 percent of snaps. In turn, Utah has gone almost entirely under center. While Arizona, Oregon and Washington State have used just two under-center snaps this season combined, Utah has racked up 78. By average time of possession per play and per drive, this is easily Utah’s slowest offensive cadence in at least 15 years — and it’s on pace to be the slowest Pac-12 offense over that same stretch. MetricUtahPac-12 average Time of possession per drive3:122:30 Huddle percentage98%52% These team performances have come via an abridged playbook. “Ludwig has done a very good job of just keeping things really basic,” Moss said after the Utes thrashed Idaho State. “We’ve just been running the first couple installs we did going into this year. If you can win with your basic stuff, that’s really good for your offense.”Friday’s matchup at USC presents an opportunity for the Utes to allay fears that the moment will grow too big for them. It would mark a historic victory for Utah, which hasn’t beaten the Trojans in Los Angeles since 1916 (though in only nine attempts). Since arriving in the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah has never shown the flash of Oregon or the imagination of Washington State. It has even found itself in the shadow of Stanford, another program that bucks conference norms behind a conservative, play clock-drowning style. So it’s fitting that Utah, a program conventionally known for a stout defensive front, is gunning for contention behind an old face and a new offensive blueprint.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

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Bengal govt has always respected scribes says Mamata on World Press Freedom

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted on World Press Freedom Day, stating that her government in Bengal has always had respect for journalists.Banerjee tweeted: “Today is World Press Freedom Day. Our government in Bengal has always respected journalists and recognised the key role they play.”It may be mentioned that as a token of respect and responsibility of the state, the Bengal government has introduced health insurance scheme for journalists. At the same time, pension for journalists above the age of 60 has also been started. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn this connection, Banerjee tweeted: “We have even started the Mabhoi insurance scheme for journalists and their families, and also recently launched a pension scheme for journalists above the age of 60.”With the launch of the health and personal accident insurance scheme, accreditated journalists up to the age of 65 years and even those who have retired, will come under the coverage of the insurance. Their family members including parents, children and minor brothers and sisters, will also be getting the benefit of the scheme, under which one can avail health facilities in the state-run health care centres and hospitals. At the same time, private health care centres enlisted with the government will also provide treatment under the scheme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt was on March 29, when the much awaited notification in connection with the provision of pension to journalists above 60 years under the West Bengal Pension Scheme for Journalists 2018, was issued by the state government. It may be recalled that the step taken by the Mamata Banerjee government has fulfilled the expectation of many, which had not been regarded for a long time. It was on April 3, when the Chief Minister had criticised the Centre’s step to “curb freedom of Press”, in the name of controlling fake news. The Centre had backstepped after Banerjee demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular regarding suspension or cancellation of accreditation of journalists. Banerjee had tweeted: “The PIB circular on #FakeNews control is a brazen attempt to curb Press freedom, a sure sign that the govt has lost its way. We demand immediate withdrawal of such a draconian move. And what about #FakeNews spread by a political party on a regular basis?”The Chief Minister was the first to raise her voice against circulation of fake news with a purpose of fomenting trouble. She had also made people aware about the fake news often circulated through social media and urged them to avoid the same.last_img read more

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3 injured as container rams into rear end of car

first_imgKolkata: Three persons including the driver of a car were injured after a container rammed into the vehicle from behind.The incident took place on second Hooghly bridge on Sunday morning resulting in traffic congestion in the area. The injured victims were immediately taken to SSKM Hospital where they have been undergoing treatment. Some of the injured victims are stated to be in serious condition.Police are yet to divulge the identity of the victims. According to police, the container hit several other vehicles before ramming into the car and damaging the rare portion of it. Eyewitnesses told the police that the impact of the accident was less as the container had hit three other vehicles before finally hitting the car. The driver lost control over the vehicle due to some technical problems and hit the vehicles. The movement of the container slowed down when it hit the car. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe driver of the container and the helper fled the spot. The incident caused huge traffic jam on the busy Vidyasagar Setu. Senior police officers had to rush to the spot to bring the situation under control.The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. Vehicles were stranded following the accident. Police seized the car and the container. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the driver of the container, who has been at large since the incident took place. Police are examining if the vehicle had developed any technical glitch or the driver committed any mistake. A major tragedy has been averted as the movement of vehicles was slow due to rain.last_img read more

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Seven new buses to run between city N Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Seven new buses will start operating ahead of Durga Puja for better connectivity between North Bengal and Kolkata.Sources said that the buses will be inaugurated on Thursday from the Islampore depot of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation (NBSTC). State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari is scheduled to be present at the programme.Out of the seven buses, three are air-conditioned ones that will connect Kolkata to Siliguri. There will be also buses to connect Raiganj and Balurghat. Two non air-conditioned buses will be operating from Raiganj and two others from Balurghat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that many buses were introduced earlier and now with the introduction of the seven new buses, the service will improve further.Besides inauguration of the buses, the Islampore depot itself will also be inaugurated. The depot has been developed at a cost of Rs 58 lakh. At the same time, cheques will also be distributed among those whose vehicles were damaged on the day of the bandh on September 26. A Safe Drive Save Life programme will also be held, as a part of which helmets will be distributed at the programme.last_img read more

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How a 3D Printer Just Gave This Little Girl an Awesome New

first_img 6 min read April 1, 2015 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Faith Lennox was too excited to sleep much on Monday night. The 7-year-old was busy imagining what it would feel like to sport a cool “robohand” where her left forearm and hand had once been. As she lay awake turning over the possibilities, the final pieces of a revolutionary prosthetic were being 3-D-printed for her, layer by layer in her favorite colors, purple, pink and blue. Her new hand was almost ready.7-yr-old girl gets awesome new “robohand”⇒ 3D-printed tech http://t.co/4gWJrRD7L7 @Enablethefuture’s #OpenSource tech pic.twitter.com/XqrckKJqlw— Jose R Rodriguez (@Metztli_IT) April 1, 2015The next morning, with her parents close behind her and before a crowd of reporters, Faith Velcroed her new, plastic arm and hand unit to her biceps. She flexed her new lightweight fingers and scooped up a plush Nemo toy with them, clutching the stuffed animal in her grasp, then triumphantly holding it up.Related: Scientists Can 3-D Print a New Windpipe on a $2,500 Desktop Machine“I like it,” she said, shyly smiling amid the flashing cameras. “Thank you, thank you,” she softly repeated.Thanks in part to the wonders of 3-D printing, the one-pound, easy-to-use prosthetic cost Faith’s family only $50, a fraction of the price of a traditional, electronic sensor-laden prosthetic arm, which typically runs in the tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes up to $40,000. Also due to the amazing advances in 3-D printing tech, the little girl’s new nonelectronic limb was printed and assembled in less than 24 hours. Comprised of metal screws and nuts, and 20 individual 3-D printed hard plastic pieces — made of a material that hobby drones and small car parts are often made of — she controls it merely by moving her upper arm up and down.Witnessing his daughter triumphantly ride her bike, her brand new hand holding the handlebars, Faith’s father, Gregory, 37, an IT professional, was overcome with emotion. “It’s a very, very good day,” he said, “a very emotional day.”Her makeup artist mother, Nicole, 27, wasn’t surprised to see her courageous daughter test out her new high-tech hardware with such gusto.Related: The Future Is Here: Double Amputee Is Outfitted With Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms“She put that thing on and just started using it,” Nicole told KTLA5. “She hopped right on her bike and she’s having a blast. “We’re so happy for her.”Faith, the oldest of three children, was born with a congenital abnormality called Compartment syndrome, the Associated Press reports. Her orientation during childbirth pinched off the blood supply to her forearm, permanently damaging its muscles, bones, blood vessels and nerves. Doctors tried to save the appendage, but, following months of unsuccessful attempts, they made a tough call: Faith’s arm would have to be amputated below the elbow. She was just nine months old.When she was 3, Faith used a traditional prosthetic hand and electronic arm, but she outgrew the setup after only two years, the Long Beach Press Telegram reports. Her parents told the local newspaper that they didn’t replace the prosthetics after their health insurance company “was hassling them about coverage for a new one.” She’d also tried other conventional prosthetics, but they were too clunky, heavy and difficult to use. So for most of her life, the young Lakewood, Calif., native has simply made do without.Related: Skin and Bones: Oh, the Body Parts You Can Make With 3-D Bio-printersBut she never let being an amputee hold her back. She learned how to do most things one-handed, like washing dishes and braiding her hair (using her teeth).“It has given her a different kind of confidence, and I love it,” her mom said. “As girls, we all struggle with our own securities. I wanted her to embrace the fact that she’s different.”Related: 3-D Printing Points Way to Smarter Cancer TreatmentFaith is also a very active, outdoorsy kid, clobbering and catching balls on the softball field and surfing every weekend with her dad. She aspires to be like Bethany Hamilton, a pro surfer who lost her left arm during a shark attack and the subject of the 2011 film Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.  All the while, Nicole never stopped searching for a better arm for her daughter. Her quest led her to the Lucky Fin Project, a nonprofit that assists parents whose children are missing limbs. A volunteer from Lucky Fin told her about e-NABLE, another volunteer network that helps kids and adults who need prosthetic arms and hands build or acquire them through 3-D printing. e-NABLE, which claims to have built about 1,000 hands for 700 families so far, offers free, open source 3-D printing design files for prosthetics on its website that anyone can download and customize.Nicole put Faith on a waiting list at e-NABLE, according to ABC TV affiliate KFCN. Then she heard about a local 3-D printing studio called Build It Workspace from a friend whose son had recently taken a field trip to the Los Alamitos, Calif., startup with his Boy Scouts troop.Related: Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Will Lead the Way for 3-D Printing Adoption7-year-old Faith Lennox gets new prosthetic device made by 3D printer, more @alschaben photos http://t.co/Pn0igCSmFF pic.twitter.com/2ixY5qNfOB— Marc Martin (@latpix) April 1, 2015Soon after, Nicole met with e-NABLE volunteer John Wong at Build It Workspace, along with the studio’s owner and founder Mark Lengsfeld, and a plan to print Faith a “robohand” hatched. It wasn’t long before Carina King, an engineering consultant and volunteer at Build It Workspace, tweaked a few e-NABLE designs to build Faith a new arm, the Press Telegram also reports. King’s volunteer work, along with design assistance from California State University, Dominguez Hills, prosthetics professor Mark Muller, saved the child’s family approximately $5,000 in design fees.“To use the 3-D printing process to help Faith makes me ecstatic,” Lengsfeld told the Press Telegram. “We’re helping her regain more function in her life.”3D printer technology allows 7-year-old Faith Lennox new-found freedom as she is given a new left hand and arm. pic.twitter.com/hARqc0FCyH— Allen Schaben (@alschaben) April 1, 2015Faith will likely outgrow the prosthetic in six months to a year, but she won’t have to go without for long, like she did before. A new one can be 3-D printed for her in less than a day, equally as efficiently and inexpensively. She’ll be back on her beach cruiser bike in no time, and, given her spunk, it’ll probably be minus the training wheels.Related: This Sector Will Drive the 3-D Printing Boomcenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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