National attention on Trojans as they travel to Seattle

first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanTime to lock it down · Junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson and the No. 20 Trojans are traveling to Seattle where they will face the No. 4 Huskies. Jackson and the defense are preparing for the highest scoring offense in the Pac-12.The Trojans have a five-game win streak on the line. The Huskies have a 12-game win streak, but one of these will end on Saturday when No. 4 Washington hosts No. 20 USC.Washington (9-0, 6-0) brings one of the most prolific offenses and stalwart defenses in the country into this game. Behind sophomore quarterback Jake Browning, the Huskies are averaging a conference-high 48.3 points per game. Their defense allows the fewest points per game at only 17.0.“It’s the most balanced team that we’ve played,” head coach Clay Helton said. “You look up and they have 231 yards rushing and 268 passing. They’re able to lean on the run game maybe when the quarterback is off.”The fewest points the Huskies have been held to this season is 31 in their win against Utah, but the Trojan defense is confident after holding both Cal and Oregon to season-lows in scoring. Luckily for USC, Helton said he expects redshirt senior defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu to play and isn’t worried about whether or not he will be limited because Washington runs so few plays.“He’s a warrior,” Helton said. “He told me when we walked off the field that he was going to play in the game.” Another boost for the Trojan defense comes with Helton’s announcement that sophomore defensive back Iman Marshall will also be in the lineup.Not only is the Husky attack balanced, but it is also efficient. Washington converts on 46.9 percent of their third downs.“When you’re playing a ball-controlled offense and know you’re going to have limited possessions, Washington averages only 65 plays a game, third downs are going to be key,” Helton said. “We put a lot of concerted effort into that today.”Defensive efforts will be spread thin, as there is no one clear rush or pass threat, but Browning’s favorite target is wide receiver John Ross, who leads the Pac-12 with 14 touchdown receptions.“He does a lot of things well, especially when he gets the ball in his hands,” junior corner back Adoree’ Jackson said. “He’s one of those guys where he can stop on a dime. He can run nice routes. And that’s pretty much what is on film; you just see a good player out there.”Just behind Ross in touchdowns is wide receiver Dante Pettis, who has caught 11 this season.On both sides of the ball, the Trojans need to play well and avoid controllable mistakes. “You better play clean football because you aren’t going to get many possessions in the game,” Helton said. “If you’re not good on third downs, if you have penalties, if you turn it over, you’re going to set yourself back against an offense that averages 48 points off of 65 plays.”USC is 10th in the Pac-12 in penalties, averaging 71.6 yards per game because of them. Washington on the other hand, is first in the conference, with only 44.8 penalty yards per game.Converting on third downs is critical to keeping the chains moving and the Trojan defense off the field. USC is third in the conference, converting on 45.3 percent of their third downs. Washington has 27 sacks this season, tied for second in the Pac-12. Helton has expressed his concern over their pass-rush, especially on third down.Additional good news on the injury front for USC came with the full practice of senior running back Justin Davis and sophomore running back Aca’Cedric Ware. The pair of backs will join sophomore Ronald Jones II, who has been dominant in Davis’ absence. In their past three games, the Trojan running back corps has earned 320, 398 and 270 yards on the ground. During their five-game win streak, USC has averaged 571 yards of total offense, with coaches and players alike praising the performance of the offensive line.“If we’re just able to keep this going, we’re a force to be reckoned with,” redshirt senior offensive lineman Zach Banner said. “I love the pace that we’re going at right now.”The game kicks off at 4:30 from Husky Stadium in Seattle and is being televised by FOX. ESPN’s College Gameday will also be covering the game, broadcasting live from the University of Washington from 6 a.m.- 9 a.m.last_img read more

Milan Grain terminal groundbreaking held Friday that will revolutionize the way grain is transported

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The future of agriculture is about to change in Sumner County. By next summer, farmers, not just grain elevator operators, will be able to ship grain by rail.MKC and partner CHS plan to open a Producer Ag, LLC state of the art receiving and rail shipping grain terminal at U.S. 160 and Ryan Road in Milan next June. Construction began 10 days ago with dirt work to ready the site for building.“Things like this take lots of time, but the decision was not difficult,” said MKC President and CEO Dave Christiansen. “It’s critical when you take a look at rural America.”Groundbreaking ceremony was held in Wellington.MKC gave a public presentation and held a ground breaking ceremony at the Sumner County Extension Office/Raymond Frye Complex on Friday, May 27 with a good turn out. Due to the amount of rain received in the area recently, the ground breaking could not take place on the future site.“We understand the cause, and if it’s going to benefit farmers, we are going to do it,” Christiansen said. “We believe this project is going to do just that.”MKC is a cooperative based out of Moundridge, Kan., with a territory that covers over 19,500 square miles, stretching 200 miles north and 130 miles south. With 81 current facilities, they employ 349 people.Erik Lange, Vice President of Southern Operations, said that risk management is a core business unit unique to their company.“Risk management helps farmers take control of crop production risks,” Lange said. “We offer crop insurance and crop input financing.”The cooperative’s core business units include grain, egronomy, energy, feed and risk management.CHS is a global cooperative partner with MKC.“We chose them as a partner because they have an excellent relationship with the railroad and access to world markets, meaning grain can be shipped from Sumner County across the United States and overseas,” Lange said.When built, the facility will have a capacity to hold 100,000 bushels of grain. Separate bins will be able to hold 25,000 bushels of grain. There will be a total storage space for 4.5 million bushels of grain. The circle track surrounding the facility will hold 120 rail cars.Senior Location Manager Jeff Jones said the facility will be similar to one they built in Canton, Kans.“The need for growth brought to that facility was immediate,” Jones said.There will be an investment of $43,000,000 in costs to build the facility. Grain payroll will be a total of $720,000, with each of twelve full time employees making about $60,000 annually, with benefits.During the 14 month construction process, 280 people will be employed to build the facility. They are hoping to draw business from surrounding counties.Producer Ag, LLC will be a cooperative owned facility, creating value for farmers. Members will share earning through patronage. There will be a Section 199 deduction and members cooperative governance.“The shuttle train will provide new basis for the area,” Jones said. “There are lots of opportunities out there, and we are glad to bring them here.”The cooperative plans on a June 1, 2017 completion date.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL

first_imgFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness believes Eamon McGee would’ve been a better fit for marking Mayo talisman Aidan O’Shea. McGuinness feels Eamon McGee’s physical attributes would’ve matched those of O’Shea more so than his younger brother Neil who was tasked with the job.O’Shea was relatively quiet in the opening period and was being well marshalled by Neil McGee. However, it was O’Shea’s stunning goal just before half-time that turned the game on its head and in truth Donegal never recovered.McGuinness also felt that if Eamon McGee wasn’t going to mark O’Shea then he should’ve been employed as a sweeper.In his column with The Irish Times, McGuinness wrote, “O’Shea has such presence. It seemed to me like the whole focus was on how Donegal were going to stop him at full forward and that all eyes were on him and who was marking him and who was sweeping him, and I believe that freed up other players.“Even at that he won a ball that most other players wouldn’t have been able to win and took two players on, went over the top of one of them and stuck the ball in the net, which will no doubt intensify focus on him for the remainder of the season. “It was a touch of individual class, but I thought Eamon McGee would have been a better fit for marking a player of that physique than his brother Neil.“Eamon is six foot three and Neil is six foot and if Eamon wasn’t going to be marking O’Shea, I’d have put someone else on Cillian O’Connor and had Eamon sweeping. If you think about the Mayo game plan that’s what they did on Michael Murphy. They man marked him, but had Barry Moran sweeping.“That goal at the weekend really rubber- stamped the effectiveness of the O’Shea switch and emphasised that there is a difference between this Mayo team and previous teams.Donegal look tired McGuinness also felt Donegal looked really tired on Saturday evening and even when the game was tight between the two sides in the opening period – he felt Donegal were holding on to their shirt tails. “I thought Donegal looked tired. Even early on they seemed to be holding on to Mayo’s shirt tails a bit. Even though the game was tight you got the sense that the pace and acceleration of Mayo was threatening all the time.“Psychologically when you get defeated in a provincial final it is devastating. There are dreams and aspirations going into a final, particularly in Ulster.They are 100 per cent there and then you’re beaten and things are thrown into chaos and you’ve to get ready for the back door, which is not what you’ve planned for on any level. We saw the impact of this on Cork a couple of weeks ago.Mayo for Sam McGuinness said he was very impressed by Mayo and believes they have added strings to their bow.The pain of previous defeats like losing two All-Ireland finals has kept Mayo hungry and they’re genuine contenders for the All-Ireland.However, the only fear McGuinness has for Mayo going forward is that they may not be ruthless enough.McGuinness did admit that he’d love to see them go on and claim that elusive All-Ireland.“They are a very, very strong team with a lot of pace and power and an ideal age profile of mid- to late 20s. The pain of previous defeats has kept them hungry and on Saturday they put together a very coherent defensive structure, which also gave them a platform to attack.“One negative was that in the second half they could have been a lot more ruthless. They could have finished the game earlier if they’d been more clinical with the possession they had the chances created.“Crucially, as I’ve already said, they now have a point to their attack and in my view are better placed than ever to win the ultimate prize. On a personal level I’d hope that they could fulfil that dream.JIM MCGUINNESS – ‘EAMON MCGEE WOULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER FIT FOR MARKING O’SHEA THAN NEIL was last modified: August 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:columndonegalGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnessMayonewsSportlast_img read more