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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 21

first_imgWe’re all united on St. Patrick’s DayAh, St. Patrick’s Day. Isn’t it interesting that, on one day of the year, one’s ethnicity is not challenged, one’s skin color is less important and one’s country of birth does not seem to matter, unless you’re Irish. On this day, Americans no longer hate their president, Democrats and Republicans don’t hesitate in sharing a green beer, and the media suddenly becomes a group of happy talking heads. What wile leprechaun is able to calm heated political passions and the temperament of the American people? Magic you say? Maybe so. But on a day now and then, we all need to relax our emotions and think about unity, no matter what color it is. Oh, sure, I was wearin’ the green on St. Paddy’s Day. But the day after, I was back to the red, white and blue. And, nope, I don’t hate my American president.  Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWill contributing to de-ChristianizationI was disturbed and disappointed by George Will’s March 17 column. It was overly sensational and nearly pornographic. Trump, sycophants defying ConstitutionU.S. intelligence chiefs recently testified before Congress and never mentioned the southern border as a national security threat. Yet the intelligence assessment had no impact on Trump’s obsession with building a wall to keep a promise to his base, which was already broken when Mexico declined to pay. In response, Trump declared a national emergency where none exists that now threatens the future of our constitutional republic.The House passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency. The Senate supported the House resolution and Trump as expected, exercised his veto, which will require two-thirds in each house to override. The “Church” as he refers to it includes it includes dogma, doctrine, tradition, hierarchy (clergy), liturgy, ritual and the faithful. His words condemn them all. Has he overlooked the genocides of Germany and others?I think that he has unwittingly contributed to the efforts of our past president and others to de-Christianize our good old United States of AmericaJim NorrisClifton Park Help offer on access to veterans benefitsWow! Was I taken back by Mr. Belardo’s March 17 response to a simple correction of a statement he had made regarding access requirements for the VA hospital. But first things first. Mr. Belardo, I truly apologize if you are offended. It was not, and is not, my intention to ridicule you. When I read the part of your letter to the editor about access to the VA hospital, my reaction was that it made no sense for you or any veteran to be denied access to the facility. I decided to call the hospital and find out for myself. Unfortunately, I did not ask the name of the person from whom I got the answer. I do recall I was told the “federal” rules do not apply to the VA hospitals and the woman explained the access requirements. As I stated in my Feb. 15 letter, the details are beyond the limitations to include them in a letter to the editor. That is precisely why I urged The Gazette to follow up. If you would like to have a discussion, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney has my phone number. I encourage you to get it and call me any day, any time.Albert J. Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hills The president and all members of Congress took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.The Founding Fathers gave Congress the power of the purse in Article 1 Section 8 and created a separation of powers between three co-equal branches of government in that very same Constitution.Trump’s declaration once again proves the only real national emergency is a pathological liar pretending to be president, the blind allegiance of servile sycophants in the Republican Party and their base whose fear, hate, anger and ignorance of “the other” makes it all possible.How those who took an oath respond to Trump’s assault on the Constitution will determine whether we are a nation of laws or a nation of men. Patriots will keep their oath. Traitors will not.John PagodaRensselaer More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Buyback shield after Grubb & Ellis sale flop

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Offices: Beauty and the beast

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El Gobernador Wolf se une a legisladores y defensores en el evento virtual del primer aniversario de la ley de sellado automático conocido como pizarra limpia

first_img June 30, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Criminal Justice Reform,  Español,  Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf participó de un evento virtual para conmemorar el primer aniversario del sellado automático de expedientes, conocido como ley de pizarra limpia, en Pennsylvania. El Gobernador se unió a un panel de Zoom con legisladores y defensores en el evento patrocinado por los Servicios Legales Comunitarios, The Clean Slate Initiative (Iniciativa pizarra limpia), Justice Action Network (Red de acción por la justicia) y Center for American Progress (Centro para el progreso norteamericano).“En este primer aniversario de la aplicación de la ley de pizarra limpia, celebramos las innumerables vidas que esta ley ha cambiado en todo el estado”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Estoy orgulloso de que Pennsylvania lidere el camino a la hora de brindar segundas oportunidades y me emociona ver que nuestra ley de pizarra limpia sirva como un modelo nacional para la reforma bipartidista de la justicia penal mediante el sentido común”.En 2018, Pennsylvania fue el primer estado de la nación en promulgar legislación sobre la pizarra limpia, que amplía el sellado de antecedentes penales para que incluya más tipos de delitos, como algunos delitos menores de primer grado, que se pueden sellar mediante la presentación de peticiones.La ley también creó un proceso informático automatizado para sellar los arrestos que no dieron lugar a condenas en el plazo de 60 días, condenas sumarias después de 10 años y algunas condenas por delitos menores de segundo y tercer grado si no hubo condenas posteriores por delitos menores o graves durante un período de 10 años después del momento de la condena. La disposición de sellado automático entró en vigencia el 28 de junio de 2019.Durante el primer año de aplicación, la ley de pizarra limpia ha sellado automáticamente 35 millones de expedientes en Pennsylvania.El panel virtual, moderado por la Presidenta y Directora Ejecutiva de Justice Action Network, Holly Harris, se centró en el enfoque bipartidista de Pizarra limpia y las reformas adicionales a la justicia penal que el estado ha promulgado, al igual que en la legislación propuesta que amplía y elimina los obstáculos para la Pizarra limpia que podrían aumentar el número de casos sellados automáticamente.Estos son los números de casos de Pizarra limpia hasta la fecha en Pennsylvania:Se ha aplicado la ley de Pizarra limpia a 36,735 personas con una condena por un delito menor.Se ha aplicado la ley de Pizarra limpia a los expedientes de 1.148.696 personas. Eso incluye condenas por delitos menores, condenas sumarias y disposiciones sin condena.2,062,108 números de seguimiento se vieron beneficiados por la pizarra limpia respecto del arresto. Eso incluye condenas por delitos menores, condenas sumarias y disposiciones de no condenar.Para obtener más información sobre Pizarra limpia o para buscar ayuda para acceder al programa, visite mycleanslatepa.com.View this information in English.center_img El Gobernador Wolf se une a legisladores y defensores en el evento virtual del primer aniversario de la ley de sellado automático conocido como pizarra limpialast_img read more

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Queensland’s most expensive suburbs for 2018

first_imgWith private jetties, water and city views, opulent designs, and stunning interiors, properties in Queensland’s most-expensive neighbourhoods offer luxury living with a hefty price.But is it the high-end features of these stunning homes or the location that is most attractive to potential buyers?So where are Queensland’s most expensive suburbs?Unsurprisingly, Brisbane suburb Teneriffe topped the list of most expensive suburbs in Queensland, followed by neighbouring suburb New Farm, and Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. Scroll down further for the full list.Queensland’s most expensive neighbourhoods range in price from $1.1m – $2.1million, CoreLogic data for the 12 months up to April 30, 2018 shows.These figures represent the median sold price for properties in these areas and are for suburbs with at least 10 sales within that 12-month period.But what is it that attracts buyers to these upmarket areas?1. Teneriffe, 4005 – $2,162,500Once a farming and industrial hub, Brisbane inner-suburb Teneriffe is now a hot spot for trendy restaurants, cafes and boutiques and is popular with the younger demographic thanks to its cosmopolitan lifestyle.The area is characterised by traditional Queenslander-style homes – many which have undergone significant renovation – and contains a number of heritage-listed sites.Property in trendy Teneriffe doesn’t come cheap. Picture: realestate.com.au2. New Farm, 4005 – $1,586,000New Farm is situated two km from the Brisbane CBD on a large bend in the Brisbane River, where you’ll find historic New Farm Park – which is popular with outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts – and the Brisbane Powerhouse – an iconic performance venue.There’s a mix of 19th-century colonial homes, 20th-century traditional Queenslander-style homes, and modern-architectural hybrids in this suburb.Houses in New Farm are a mix of old and new. Picture: realestate.com.au3. Mermaid Beach, 4218 – $1,555,000Mermaid Beach has long been associated with the top end of town – with real estate along Hedges Avenue often referred to as ‘Millionaire’s Row’.The Gold Coast suburb is popular with swimmers and surfers and offers residents close proximity to the bars, restaurants and boutiques in nearby Broadbeach Waters, as well as the canals and lakes of Mermaid Waters.Mermaid Beach is known for its opulent homes. Picture: realestate.com.au4. Chandler, 4155 – $1,495,000Brisbane outer-suburb Chandler is located 14 km from the CBD.While it’s best known as the home of the Sleeman Sports Complex, the semi-rural suburb is also known for its large bushland properties and residential acreages.Chandler is a semi-rural area. Picture: realestate.com.au5. Ascot, 4007 – $1,435,000With beautiful old Queenslander-style homes on large residential blocks with city views, it’s no surprise that buying in Ascot comes with a hefty price tag.Stunning homes aside, the suburb offers great lifestyle benefits, too, with close proximity to Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses, and the Eat Street Northshore dining and entertainment precinct.The blocks in Ascot are generous. Picture: realestate.com.au6. Bulimba, 4171 – $1,290,000Bulimba is a riverside Brisbane inner-suburb that offers close proximity to some of the cities best retail precincts, the Oxford Street nightlife, as well as abundant parklands.While the suburb is situated just four km from the CBD, its leafy landscapes maintain the relaxed suburban feel.It doesn’t take long to get into the city from Bulimba. Picture: realestate.com.au7. Hamilton, 4007 – $1,250,000Affluent Hamilton is home to a number of top restaurants, trendy cafes and high-end boutiques.The upmarket suburb does have an edgier side, too – found at Eat Street within the Northshore dining and entertainment precinct.Hamilton is situated seven km from the Brisbane CBD and is characterised by its flowering poinciana tree-lined streets and charming old homes.There are lots of trendy eateries in Hamilton. Picture: realestate.com.au8. Minyama, 4575 – $1,240,000Sunshine Coast suburb Minyama is located just under 100 km from the Brisbane CBD in the Kawana Waters area – almost entirely surrounded by water.The suburb offers residents marina living, with many of the homes situated on the man-made canals with water views and private jetties.Marina living, Minyama style. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago9. Sunshine Beach, 4567 – $1,240,000Noosa suburb Sunshine Beach is known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle and abundance of stylish boutiques, cafes and restaurants.The Sunshine Coast suburb is popular thanks to its incredible beaches, ocean views, great eating and drinking scene, and large modern houses.A typical home in Sunshine Beach. Picture: realestate.com.au10. Chelmer, 4068 – $1,137,500Chelmer is situated seven km west of the Brisbane CBD.The leafy suburb has plenty of parklands and is characterised by wide tree-lined streets and grand Queenslander homes on large residential blocks.There are quite a few Queenslanders in Chelmer. Picture: realestate.com.auSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

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Food trucks will be permitted temporarily at Rest Areas

first_imgStatewide— The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today the launch of a temporary program to permit licensed food trucks to operate at rest area locations on Indiana interstate highways to provide food and beverage options for commercial truck drivers and motorists engaged in essential travel during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program will provide needed options for truck drivers, many of whom are reporting limited availability of food and beverages options near highways across the country due to restaurants and other businesses following public health guidelines in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, including closing dining rooms and in some cases reducing hours of service.INDOT will issue two (2) permits for food trucks to operate between the hours of 7 AM and 7 PM each day on a first-come, first-served basis for each of the following rest area locations.Permits will be valid until canceled by INDOT or the national federal emergency status is lifted. Interested applicants should review the “Indiana Rest Area and Welcome Center Temporary Permit Application for Food Truck Service” document available at https://www.in.gov/indot/restareas.htm or INDOT’s COVID-19 response webpage at https://www.in.gov/indot/4037.htm.last_img read more

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Troubles can improve Suarez – Bauza

first_img Press Association Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s recent brushes with authority will help make him a better player, according to Uruguay Football Association (AUF) president Sebastian Bauza. The AUF have revealed the 26-year-old will not face any action from FIFA for an alleged punch on Gonzalo Jara during a World Cup qualifier against Chile in March. Suarez is currently serving a 10-match domestic ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, but Bauza believes both that and the FIFA investigation will ultimately be beneficial to the player. “It’s very good news for Luis, the national team and for the whole group,” said Bauza of FIFA’s decision not to punish Suarez for the Jara incident. “We understand that from now on, Luis should realise that he will be watched from all sides.” center_img He added: “We hope that this experience, when added to others, will be useful so that he becomes the player will all want him to be because we have no doubt of his quality as a footballer and a human being.” A statement on the AUF website revealed no further FIFA action would be taken against Suarez. “The officers of the Association’s defence of Luis Suarez and the unjustified attempt to subject him to disciplinary action has been successfully completed,” said the statement. “The decision of the FIFA disciplinary committee resolved that ‘the matter does not require the intervention of the FIFA disciplinary committee and therefore this procedure is declared closed’.” last_img read more

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King to ring the changes

first_img The sides will meet at the Marbella Football Centre two days after Ireland lost 1-0 to the United States at the nearby San Pedro Stadium. King, who is in Spain with his players for a winter training camp, watched the Russians lose to their American counterparts by the odd goal in seven on Wednesday, and is expecting his much-changed team to face another tough challenge. He said: “We’ll make another six changes so that we get a good look at people. If we get as much from this as we did from yesterday’s game, I’ll be delighted. “I thought Russia were a technically better side than the US, but unfortunately for them they gave away two penalties, which cost them the game. “They have a different style to their game than how the US play, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our players deal with that.” The Republic went down 1-0 to the United States as Dembakwi Yomba’s early strike proved decisive, although but for American keeper Santiago Castano, they might have got something from the game. King said: “If you don’t finish chances, you’d be concerned, but that was basically it. I was looking at all the positives from yesterday and I felt it was a positive performances from the group.” Noel King will look for further evidence of the depth of his squad as the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21s lock horns with Russia on Monday evening.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Salisu Yusuf:Eye on Super Eagles’ Big Job

first_imgWhen the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) terminated the appointment of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi and his crew last year, and appointed Sunday Oliseh, not many would imagined that few months later, Keshi’s first assistant, Salisu Yusuf, would be a front runner for the top job. NFF may be looking in the direction of the former Kano Pillars coach if unconfirmed reports from the Glass House are anything to go by, writes Kunle AdewaleThe unveiling of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles Coach by the NFF would go down as one of the most celebrated in the history of Nigerian football, culminating to the infamous tagging him as Nigeria’s own version of “Pep Guadiola” (the former Barcelona manager that won all the trophies available in club’s football).After a row with some top Eagles players and walking on a tight rope at qualifying Nigeria to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations slated for Gabon, with the Pharaohs of Egypt to contend with in the last group stage, the former Eagles unceremoniously threw in the towel. Samson Siasia was therefore summoned but could not salvage the situation as Nigeria for the second time in succession failed to hoist her flag at the biennial competition. With Siasia still having a job at hand – the football event of Rio Olympics – the federation in its characteristics turned to one of its old coaches, Salisu Yusuf on a temporary appointment. With victories against Mali and Luxemburg, Salisu is now nursing the idea of having the job on a permanent basis.“I can take responsibility at this level. I have been working as a coach for the past 15 years. I will work a lot harder because the responsibility is higher. It will not change my philosophy as a coach. I will not be surprised if I’m given the job because I have assisted three coaches (Keshi, Oliseh and Siasia). I know the job and I can do the job.“I will use active players, playing for their clubs regularly, conditioning and match fitness will come from their club sides. We will only discus tactics and strategy for the four days we are together before a game. The quality of the player cannot be compromised and if he is active, he can take responsibility. If you are playing for your club, it will be easier for you to play for the national team,” Salisu said.Despite Super Eagles’ victories in two recent international friendlies against Luxemburg and Mali, former international, Henry Nwosu, believes the team is not strong enough to compete in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers billed to kick off later this year, saying the team needs more competitive games to enable the coaches discover and correct any lapses in the team.The former Super Eagles captain also noted that playing quality tune-up matches will bring out the best in the players and also put the team in the right frame of mind ahead of the qualifiers.Although he commended the Yusuf-led interim technical crew for giving young players the opportunity to showcase their skills in the team, he advised the crew to keep scouting for more talents in his bid to assemble a formidable squad that can stand the test of time. “I cannot say they are good enough to contend with the giants of Africa in the World Cup qualifiers now just because they won the two friendly games. The coaches still need to do more work on the team to bring out the best from the players. Exposing the players to quality games would instill more confidence in them to face stiffer oppositions. I still feel the coaches should also give more players the chance to prove their worth in the team, as it will also bring competition among the players,” Nwosu said.But a former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, stated that Yusuf does not know enough nor does he have the ability to rein in top foreign stars when push comes to shove. “The job is bigger than Salisu.”Akpoborie indeed warned that it would be counterproductive for the NFF to settle again for an indigenous coach for the Super Eagles, arguing that there is a wide margin in the standard of local coaches when compared with a foreign manager, insisting that the quality of indigenous coaches falls below the standard of the foreign-based players in the national team. “The difference between a local coach and a foreign one is enormous; it is just too big. You are bringing the players from Europe where the standard is high and you are forcing on them coaches that actually need to learn more to be able to handle them, It is very wrong,” Akpoborie insisted.On his part, Dosu Joseph said a victory in the first game will spur the interim coaching crew but the former goalie also noted that it might be too early to judge the strength of the team or suggest areas of improvement.However, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick’s hailing of the team’s performance and shelving of the idea of hiring a foreign coach for the senior national team due to paucity of fund in the federation is lending credence to rumour that the NFFmight have decided to give Yusuf the Eagles’ job on a permanent basis.Pinnick applauded “an exciting display” at the Stade Robert Dichon. “I’m quite happy with the display and the result,” Pinnick remarked.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Technical Committee of the NFF, Chris Green, accepted that the federation may not be in a position to foot the bill of a world class foreign coach, just as he disclosed that the federation would take the reasonable course of retaining the present coaches if they perform well.“We are not going to wait for long before we choose a substantive coach for the Super Eagles. Already, we have coaches that are on trial. We are currently looking at what they possess and the philosophy they are going to bring into the game. If they come up with qualities and a philosophy that will satisfy us, of course they will remain, but if they fail to satisfy us after the two friendly matches, we may not discard them, they will remain with the Super Eagles to understudy others. “I would not say that we have restricted the Super Eagles coaching job to either foreign or home based coaches; it is going to be an all-comer’s affair. We have received so many applications and when the time comes we will open them,” stated Green.Interestingly, Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, is another voice rooting for the Yusuf-led crew to lead the team through the World Cup qualifiers.Onazi has pleaded with the NFF to maintain the present coaching crew for the execution of World Cup 2018 qualifiers, expressing satisfaction with the way the backroom staff handled the squad after the Super Eagles defeated Luxemburg 3-1 with goals from Brown Ideye, kelechi Iheanacho and Odion Ighalo.“Coach Salisu Yusuf has been fantastic, and we would be more than happy for him to get the job. He’s a humble professional and we the players told the NFF officials in Luxembourg that they should support these coaches by handing them at least two years contracts.“The players are very happy with him. if you see the team fighting hard for each other and staying disciplined in positions during those two friendlies, he’s the reason behind it,” Onazi told BBC Sport.For defender William Troost-Ekong, he feels the managerial upheaval, which has led to six coaches in six years, has not helped the team’s quest to deliver results.“Instability in the managerial position has had a negative impact on the team. We’ve seen managers come and go under two years and it’s not good for progress. Right now we all know what the new man (Yusuf) is doing and with support from everyone we can deliver.“I’m positive the federation will know the right steps to take but the sooner they make the decision, the better it will be for everybody. ‘It’s all about opportunity’, ” Troost-Ekong said.The team also defeated Mali 1 – 0.Onazi pointed out that the present crop of players in the Super Eagles are the best set of legs he has ever worked with because of the unity and zeal they exhibited playing together in just one week.“The atmosphere in the team was fantastic and everybody was hungry and ready to work for each other. We have all enjoyed how we have worked in training and during the matches, and we believe if these coaches were given at least a two-year contract, the Super Eagles will be flying again,” he said.The NFF has left the door open for both foreign and local coaches to apply for the vacant Super Eagles job after Nigeria was left out in two consecutive AFCON tournaments hoping the national team does not fail in its bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.It remains to be seen if Yusuf would land the Super Eagles’ big job.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Gridiron: Next in line shine under spotlight

first_imgDivision-I college football programs lose their best players to graduation and the NFL Draft every year. What separates the good programs from the great programs is their ability to recruit and recycle talent, so that when it’s time for their marquee players to go get paid, the programs have sufficient replacements waiting and ready to go.Take USC for example. A quick look at the recent quarterback lineage shows two Heisman Trophy winners — Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart — and current starter and Heisman candidate John David Booty. When teams can recruit a string of talent at multiple positions, they have set up a path toward repeated success.This year is no exception to the rule. Four current top 10 teams lost offensive playmakers to the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Without replacements for those players waiting on deck, these programs would not stand where they do today.Ohio State WR/PR Brian Robiskie (Ted Ginn Jr.)Last year Ted Ginn Jr. was arguably the most dynamic player in the nation, which is why the Miami Dolphins selected him with the ninth overall pick. He burned Big Ten cornerbacks on a consistent basis and returned kicks, including his touchdown against Florida on the opening kickoff of the BCS National Championship Game. With the loss of Ohio State’s other starting wide receiver, Anthony Gonzalez, to the Indianapolis Colts, the Buckeyes needed someone to step up in a big way this season.Junior wideout Brian Robiskie has done just that, settling in nicely as the Buckeyes’ No. 1 receiver and punt returner. After three games, the Cleveland, Ohio, native ranks 11th in the nation in receiving yards with 342 and 28th in the country with an average of 20.1 yards per catch.Robiskie is on pace for a 1,368-yard, eight-touchdown season, which would be a dramatic improvement from 383 yards and five touchdowns in 2006.He has also been a main reason why Ohio State has jumped to No. 8 in the AP poll, and he will be a key ingredient in the Buckeyes’ success for the rest of this season.California RB Justin Forsett (Marshawn Lynch)Despite backing up the Buffalo Bills’ first-round draft pick Marshawn Lynch last season, senior running back Justin Forsett was able to steal 626 yards on 119 carries. So far this season, Forsett is making fans in Berkeley forget quickly about Lynch, exceeding expectations as the Golden Bears’ feature back. Forsett currently ranks 14th in the nation in rushing with 367 yards on 62 rushes, for an average of 5.9 yards per carry.Players’ numbers this early in the season are often misleading because many teams have yet to play top-quality opponents. However, Forsett’s best performance thus far came in Week 1 against then-ranked Tennessee, when he rushed for 156 yards on 26 carries (6.0 avg.) and a touchdown, not to mention a 49-yard reception out of the backfield.With Forsett carrying the ball and DeSean Jackson catching passes and returning kicks, expect Cal to make some serious noise in the Pac-10 this season.LSU QBs Ryan Perrilloux and Matt Flynn (Jamarcus JaMarcus Russell)After being selected No. 1 overall, JaMarcus Russell’s shoes may have been the biggest to fill in college football. Added pressure was applied to senior quarterback Matt Flynn because the Tigers were picked by many to square off against USC in the BCS National Championship Game this season. That hasn’t meant a thing to Flynn, who led the Tigers to a 45-0 slaughtering of Mississippi State in his first start of the season.When Flynn got banged up in Week 2 against Virginia Tech, in stepped sophomore quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who modestly went 5-for-5 for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the 48-7 rout. His encore performance was much of the same. With Flynn still ailing on the bench, Perrilloux threw for 298 yards and three scores.The only problem lingering in Baton Rouge is who will start when Flynn gets healthy, because both he and Perrilloux seem fully capable of leading this high-powered attack.Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray (Adrian Peterson)It’s tough enough for freshmen to adjust to the speed and size of the college game. Succeeding Adrian Peterson — the first running back taken in the NFL Draft (Minnesota Vikings) –should make it a bit tougher. Neither element has fazed DeMarco Murray, who is currently averaging seven yards per carry (which ranks him 24th in the nation in that category) for the surging Sooners. Murray has had limited touches thus far, due to Oklahoma’s 52.7-point average margin of victory in its first three games, which should keep him fresh in his freshman campaign. Despite the lack of carries, Murray has shined when he has touched the ball. He has six touchdowns, including a 92-yarder last week against Utah State. Because he hasn’t had more than 17 carries in a game yet, look for Murray to be fresh for when the Sooners actually need him to carry a heavy load, because this kid can flat-out run the football.last_img read more

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