Top 30 targets of the January transfer window

first_imgTransfers The top 30 targets of the January transfer window Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 15:45 1/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mkhitaryan Ozil Coutinho composite Getty composite Transfers Premier League Primera División Ligue 1 Bundesliga Serie A After a record-breaking summer, which players could be on the move in January? In no particular order, Goal presents 30 to keep an eye on…last_img read more

Oklahoma State Moves into Coaches, AP Top 25 Polls

first_imgA day after a convincing win over No. 10 West Virginia, the Cowboys are getting well-deserved respect among both the coaches and AP voters in the polls released on Sunday.After entering the weekend unranked, Oklahoma State now finds themselves as the biggest movers in the Coaches Poll up to No. 22, and the same in the AP poll.Here’s how the Big 12 teams look in each poll.AP Top 25No. 12 – OklahomaNo. 13 – BaylorNo. 14 – West VirginiaNo. 22 – Oklahoma StateCoaches PollNo. 11 – OklahomaNo. 13 – BaylorNo. 15 – West VirginiaNo. 22 – Oklahoma StateThe Cowboys are now secretly riding a four-game winning streak after a heart breaking loss to Baylor to open conference play, and control their own destiny in Big 12 play headed down the home stretch. Oklahoma State faces a big test next Saturday as they travel to Manhattan, KS, to take on a pesky Bill Snyder coached Kansas State team. 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.last_img read more

Taco Bell is Wrong for this Sign in Stillwater

first_imgHey, Taco Bell manager, you’re doing Bedlam week wrong.Props to you for showing school pride with a “Go Pokes!” on their sign, but 9-2? Are we referring to the drive-thru hours?If not, Mike Gundy would like a word.Taco Bell get your ? together. *10-1 pic.twitter.com/zkUmtnsLBP— The OG (@GentsOkstate) November 28, 2016 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.last_img read more

The Reload: OSU Going West Coast for OL Prospects

first_imgWhile 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. Ranked as a top-300 prospect nationally, it’s clear OSU is doing its darndest to try and supplement the middle of the defense with quality backers for when Chad Whitener eventually graduates.2019 Offensive Lineman EJ Ndoma-OgarCurrent four-star offensive guard prospect EJ Ndoma-Ogar picked up an offer from OSU this week, his fourth in the past week that includes Miami, Iowa State, and BYU.Out of perennial Texas high school powerhouse Allen, Ndoma-Ogar is going to be a superstar recruit. Already with the measurables of a prospect ready to make the jump to Division I, he’ll likely continue to see his stock soar. I like this early offer for OSU.Mullet pointsAmauari Hardy, a 2017 guard commit, dropped 36 points, 8 assists in a win over Rochester Adams on WednesdayEnjoyed this piece from the man T. Flem on how OSU can use 2017 wide receiver signee Tylan Wallace. Dude is going to be a freak. Despite what I thought earlier, he has a chance to get on the field from day 1. I’m curious to see where he fits.Oklahoma State has offered 2019 quarterback Bo Nix — the second offer in the 2019 class for OSU. Highlights and analysis here.2020 recruit and recent OSU offer Quin Bright on the Cowboys interest, via 247sports: “Oklahoma State has always been one of my favorite colleges. When I got the offer, it was amazing. It was surprising. I like the staff and the stadium.” The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.OSU offers pair of offensive line teammates2-for-1 pancake special? That’s what Oklahoma State seems to be aiming for with its latest offers to Justin Dedich and Steve Jones — a pair of offensive guard prospects from Temecula, California.Dedich, a four-star recruit in the 247sports composite, holds 15 offers and counting with UCLA, TCU, and Washington big names already in the mix.Jones, a bigger framed prospect, has 11 offers that include Washington, Cal, TCU, Utah, Iowa State, and others. A three-star recruit, Jones has the body and build of a Division I prospect already. And at 6-foot-5 340 pounds, he would the biggest offensive lineman on the OSU roster right now from a weight perspective.With Henson running the offensive line recruitment now, I’m curious to see where this goes. OSU has never had any inkling of sustained success in California, but I do like trying to go after teammates in what could be a 2-for-1 package. Henson clearly has a relationship with the guys or he wouldn’t be reaching out, but I’m curious to see if this is a relationship that can be built out into a real chance for OSU. Right now, they have an uphill battle plucking them out of Pac-12 country with the likes of Washington and UCLA.2018 OL Offer to Texas prospect Casey PhillipsA three-star prospect from Franklin, Texas, Phillips is quietly building a nice dossier of offers that includes Texas Tech, Baylor, Rice, Minnesota, Bowling Green, and now Oklahoma State.The thing with those schools: If they’re evaluating and offer in the spring before your senior season, you’ll almost definitely be getting major interest elsewhere. Those schools, specifically OSU, Bowling Green, Rice, and Minnesota, always rely on early evaluation. They have a difficult time landing prospects once they’ve been boosted to four-star status. And with Phillips, it feels like that may be the case down the road. He’s a 6-foot-5, 280-pound mauler at offensive tackle.2018 Linebacker Ayodele AdeoyeYep, trying say that five times as quickly as you can. I can’t even do it once. Adeoye is a four-star inside linebacker prospect from Saint Louis with offers from Oklahoma, LSU, Bowling Green, Ole Miss, Illinois, and Memphis.last_img read more

How Much Will We See Mason Rudolph Run This Fall?

first_imgSo that doesn’t really portend a future in which No. 2 is definitely running with the ball, but my guess is that Gundy and offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are going to be OK with it to a point.“Mason (Rudolph) has been really consistent,” said Yurcich. “He’s done a really good job at leading and helping the other guys develop. Very consistent in securing the ball. At times when things have broken down, he’s made some plays with his legs, which is good to see.”He’s even run over some of defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer’s players.“He thinks he’s a big tough guy,” said Spencer. “He dropped his weight and he’s moving better now, so he’ll pull the ball down and lower his head on guys. I’ve got to tell him to go easy sometimes. He’s really had an evolution in his confidence and his leadership. There’s not much that we can give him as a defense that he hasn’t seen.“He knows where to go with the ball so we just try to stay a step ahead of him and try to show him some things that he hasn’t seen before. He’s gotten really good at being able to figure things out after the snap, as opposed to pre-snap. That’s scary. When you get a quarterback that can see things after the snap, you can’t disguise after the snap and that makes him pretty effective.”In 2015 we saw Rudolph rush 35 times which was about 3.5 percent of all of Oklahoma State’s offensive plays. In 2016 that number got bumped to 5.3 percent with Walsh out of the picture. Could we see it go up from there to 6 or even 7 percent? I think we could, and I think it could be an invaluable weapon for OSU’s already-scary offense this fall.The last thing Big 12 defensive coordinators want to see is a smart QB with experience who is able to read defenses post-snap with innumerable weapons on the exterior file away the ability to tuck it and run at will into his arsenal. Imagine Brandon Weeden with some wheels. That’s terrifying. That’s potentially unstoppable. That’s a really fun thought as we hurtle towards the regular season opener at the end of August. 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. Last season Mason Rudolph ran the football 83 times for 61 yards and six TDs. Of course he was also sacked 32 times for 201 yards so his real rushing numbers look more like 51 rushes for 262 yards and six TDs which is quite tidy for as big of a guy as No. 2 is.And that might have just been the beginning.Mike Gundy has been insistent on installing a J.W. Walsh-like package for one of his quarterbacks, and we have presumed that would be Keondre Wudtee or maybe even John Kolar or Taylor Cornelius. And maybe it still will be, but three different coaches commented on Rudolph’s ability to run the football at the end of spring ball.“He has continued to get a little more mobile every year,” said head coach Mike Gundy. “He’s lean. He was thin last year for what he had been in his career and he looks even better now. He has a better grasp at what we do. A couple of times this year, it would get him in a jam because he tried to do too much. Overall, just his grasp of our offense continues to get better each year.”Here was my view for (@Rudolph2Mason) Mason Rudolph’s 12 yard rushing TD & his thoughts on the run. #OKState pic.twitter.com/wWq6UkPLOF— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) November 19, 2016last_img read more

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 71 Brad Lundblade

first_imgWhile 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. The next feature of our summer-long countdown is a mainstay snapper who’s been a constant through Mason Rudolph’s time leading the Cowboy offense.How he got to OSUA three-star prospect out of Liberty Christian (Argyle, Texas), Lundblade did not receive an offer from the Cowboys though he was recruited by former OL coach Joe Wickline. He did receive offers from several other schools including Tulsa, Wake Forest and Tulane. Instead, he called OSU and asked Wickline if he could walk on and try to earn his way. The soon-departing assistant obliged and Lundblade headed to Stillwater.What he’s done in StillwaterAdChoices广告During a rough 2014 season for the Cowboys, Lundblade saw reps as a true freshman along a depleted offensive line. When the Cowboys headed to Waco for a rainy Saturday night game, Lundblade was tabbed to start his first game. He held his own while snapping the ball to another first-time starter and true freshman in Mason Rudolph. The rest, as they say, is history. Lundblade has 27 career starts, and has been the No. 1 every game the last two seasons.Role in 2017Lundblade heads into his senior season retaining the starting center job and anchoring what should be an improved offensive line. If OSU is going to reach its potential, Lundblade and Co. will need to take another step forward both in run-blocking and pass protection. They will be without the likes of Blake Jarwin and Zac Veatch who added support up front as cowboy backs the past two seasons.Noteworthy stats and highlightsIs one of only two offensive linemen to play as true freshman for Mike Gundy. The other was Russell Okung. Has been a huge part of the Cowboys’ running game improvement over the last year. From 2015 to 2016, OSU allowed ten fewer sacks. The last two preseasons, Lundblade has been included on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy for the nation’s top center.last_img read more

For JayVeon Cardwell, Commitment to OSU All About Respect

first_imgSteele (Cibolo) cornerback JayVeon Cardwell starred for Jordan Sterns’ alma mater last year as a junior when he netted seven picks and played for a state championship against DeSoto. Cardwell and Steele eventually lost to mighty DeSoto, but Cardwell left with plenty of suitors for his collegiate services.Cardwell recently committed to Oklahoma State to play cornerback for Tim Duffie and Co. The 3-star corner, and top 150 player in Texas, could be a gem for Mike Gundy’s team into the future as he follows in the footsteps of Sterns, Ryan Simmons and Deionte Noel. He’s the 17th commit in a 2018 class that ranks in the top 15 nationally as of right now.AdChoices广告We talked to him this week to get his thoughts on his future as a college corner, Steele’s chances to return to the state title game and (of course) what he thinks of Mike Gundy’s lettuce. He noted repeatedly how much he liked the respect OSU’s coaches showed him.On why he chose OSU“I went to see them for a visit. The coaching staff and all the players I interacted with were very respectful to me as well as my parents. They made me feel like I was a priority for their school. It added to me wanting to go there because they really believed in me that much.”On playing in the Big 12“It doesn’t play as big of a factor, but I do like the conference they’re in. The Big 12 builds up a lot of passing. For me as a DB I really love that. Being able to play against spread offenses, that fed into it a little more for me.”On Including His Parents in the decision“I wanted to stay close to home so they could see me play. Be able to support me in that nature. They told me to go with whatever makes me happy. I think me choosing Oklahoma State really made them and me happy as well so it was a great decision.”On Steele’s chances in his final yearSteele returns Cardwell and Caden Sterns (Texas) in the secondary as well as another safety in JT Woods who is committed to Baylor.“It’s going to look very dominant for us. Our quarterback is very developed. Defense and offense were looking great in spring ball. I wouldn’t expect anything less than us getting back to state and winning it all this year.”On Jordan SternsI didn’t really know Jordan as far as him trying to get me to go there. I’ve always watched him. I loved watching him play at Oklahoma State. I saw the things he did in his senior season before he went pro. There was a lot to take in from that, but I’ve never really had anything to talk with him about at all.”On his position in college“I want to be a corner. Coach Duffie told me he’s going to put me all over so I’ll play some inside slot as well, but I think he’s really going to have me on the outside. I’m not really sure but I think that’s what his plans are for me.”On CB coach Tim Duffie and the other coaches“All the coaching staff has a laid-back personality. I really enjoyed talking to Coach Duffie. I felt like I could trust him. He’s very respectful. He valued me as a player and treated me differently than I’ve been treated by other coaches. I just really enjoyed that, it was great.”On keeping in touch with other 2018 commits“I’m in a group message with the Oklahoma State commits. We talk almost daily just about us being a dominant force for our school. I’m excited to get back up there and meet the new people.”On who he tries to emulate“For me it’s Xavier Rhodes (FSU, Minnesota Vikings). A big, physical corner that loves to get hands on in press. I love watching his game. His footwork is phenomenal to me. Just being physical. He’s really physical with his receivers, doesn’t let them do what they want. He controls them. I just really love watching him play.”On what he needs to work on“For me I want to work on flexibility, being able to turn more with my hips. Being able to sit down on routes and break on them faster. They’re there, but I want to increase it even more to get those deflections to interceptions.”On what OSU’s profile is with high schoolers“Focus on Oklahoma State, UT and OU. Those are really the main three that people talk about. For me Oklahoma State is right up there. They finished second in their conference so they’re a dominant figure in where they’ve been playing, and that’s why they’ve been so successful.”On his future major“Sports management, along those lines. Business. I want to be able to coach when I get older if going pro doesn’t actually work out. Being able to coach younger players and help them develop more to get them to where they want to be would also be a great opportunity for me.”On The Mullet“Coach Gundy … his hairdo, I love his style. Laid-back personality. He’s really himself. He loves getting the players hyped up and getting everybody on the same page. I can’t wait to play for him. He proved a lot to me. Showed a lot of respect. He’s going to be really fired up about the season, and that’s going to make me want to play for him even more.” 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.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Calls OSU’s Offense ‘Best in the Country’

first_imgWe all know Oklahoma State is going to trot out one of the most dangerous and talented offenses in the country this season.But the best in college football? At least one prominent ESPN analyst says yes.In an interview on SportsCenter, college football analyst Trevor Matich says he believes Oklahoma State’s offense will be “the best in the country” this season. He also thinks OSU will be one of the four teams in the college football playoff this year.AdChoices广告Matich specifically points to quarterback Mason Rudolph as the biggest reason OSU’s offense will be so potent.“If your team is playing Oklahoma State and their quarterback, Mason Rudolph, drops back to pass… if he looks deep, you better be sure you’re holding your breath and sitting down.”Matich backs up his statements with some interesting stats about Rudolph’s effectiveness with the long ball.“…every other throw that he makes more than 20 yards down the field is a completion for 40 yards. Almost one out of three throws more than 20 yards down the field, is a touchdown.”Some credit for that needs to go to Rudolph’s receivers, especially James Washington. But Rudolph really does deserve a lot of credit. He’s shown a consistent ability to not only throw the ball deep, but do some with accuracy. If he can continue to perform that way this season, OSU should live up to, at least Matich’s expectations. 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.last_img read more

Chalk Talk Mailbag: A Look at Special Defensive Packages

first_imgWhile 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. Ed. note: Thomas Fleming is our resident Xs and Os expert, and we got some really fun mailbag questions for him to look at this week. Keep those coming to us via Facebook, Twitter or email (pistolsfiringblog at gmail dot com), and we’ll keep feeding him. Here are the first two of those.There has been a lot of talk about the 3-3-5 but you list defensive starters in a 4-2 with the star backer. Who get the starting reps in the 3-3-5? Is it 1 DT 2 D-Ends 3 DTs or … 3 LBs the star and Flowers or 2 LBs 2 Stars and Flowers? I’m assuming Richards is back deep? Would be a good article. -RyanAdChoices广告The short answer is that we don’t know. They could be using a 3-3-5 traditional set, which includes three lineman (two ends and one tackle), three linebackers and five guys in the secondary. They could also be using a 3-3-5 nickel, which replaces one of the two strong safeties to a nickel back.Since the Star linebacker is similar to both the strong safety of the former and the nickel back of the latter, they could use the same personnel in both and adjust depending on the offense’s formation. They have used both, and they could use both again. This is the kind of thing that will likely be covered after the first couple of games once they show how they’ll use it.I’m curious as to your thoughts on this. You think Spencer could install a defensive package where we have either 3 or 4 different defensive ends on the field at the same time (for obvious passing downs)? So, run a 3-4 with 3 DEs, or a nickel (4-2) formation with 4 DEs? Could be super fun to watch Big Cole, Webber, Brailford, and Owens pin their ears back and get after Kenny Hill or *whispers* maybe even Baker. -Jon J.They could do this. They have stood Cole Walterschied up as an outside rusher in the past. There is also such a thing as using three, or even four, defensive ends at one time. The New York Giants created a defensive package under former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo called NASCAR, and it helped them win two super bowls in 2007 and 2012.They would play at least three defensive ends, for example Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul in 2012, at the same time. It’s usually a nickel package that places the lineman in what’s called “wide nine” technique. This means the two outside ends widen to the nine technique outside the C gap, putting them in prime position for pass rushing. The Cowboys could do something similar this season, although it would likely be for specific scenarios and would not be used as frequently as other packages.last_img read more

Wenger hits back at Keane’s Wilshere rant

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal boss Wenger backs Wilshere after Keane rant Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 18:59 23/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Jack Wilshere Arsenal 22022018 Getty Arsène Wenger Kevin De Bruyne Arsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal v Manchester City Manchester City League Cup Östersunds FK Arsenal UEFA Europa League Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane singled out the Gunners midfielder after their defeat to Ostersunds, but his manager has backed him Arsene Wenger defended Jack Wilshere after Roy Keane labelled the Arsenal midfield “probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Arsenal slumped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat at home to Ostersunds in the Europa League on Thursday, advancing to the last 16 by virtue of a 3-0 win in the away leg.Wenger shuffled his starting XI with an eye on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City but Wilshere captained the side and conceded afterwards the Gunners “weren’t good enough”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That did not spare the 26-year-old – who has re-established himself at Arsenal this season after a year on loan at Bournemouth and persistent injury struggles – from Keane’s wrath.Speaking on ITV , the former Manchester United great said: “You look for your senior players to lead by example…when Wilshere is your captain, to me, he is probably the most over-rated player on the planet.”Wenger adopted a weary tone when the matter was raised at his news conference to preview the EFL Cup final.”Who said that?” he asked before exhaling at length when informed Keane was the pundit in question.”It’s very difficult. I personally rate Jack very highly,” he answered. “After that, you can have opinions.”Jack was in a team that did not perform well, so it was not easy for him.”It was not his best performance but Roy Keane knows that can happen to everybody.”last_img read more