Harvest just starting around Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Most of the State received little to no rainfall causing the soils to dry out, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 22.Topsoil and subsoil moisture rated adequate to surplus both saw a 14 percentage point decrease from the previous week. Some crops were experiencing stress from the dry conditions. Crop conditions declined slightly from the previous week while hay and pasture re-growth had slowed. Warm conditions created more opportunities for fieldwork and crop maturity was accelerating. Producers tilled and worked prevent plant acres. There was also some hay making done last week. Corn and soybean harvest had begun and corn silage harvest continued. Winter wheat planting began and was making headway last week.The full report is available here.last_img read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Putting Your Videos Online

first_imgReady to maximize the reach of your video content? Here are the ideal video lengths, specs, voice, and style for Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.As Facebook and Google slowly take over the world, those of us in the business of creating video content have no choice but to upload our work on the most popular platforms. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.Google, YouTube and Facebook are the most successful for a reason — they provide the best service, support, and functionality out there. Vimeo joins the video ranks for the same reasons, but not quite at the same click.Which is all to say, if you plan to share your personal or professional videos with audiences online, your best bet is through one (or all) of the following. Here are the ideal lengths, specs and voices for each of these top online platforms.1. FacebookAt the beginning of 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Facebook users watched “100 million hours of video a day” and “500 million people watch Facebook videos every day.” While these claims are hard to substantiate, they aren’t unreasonable at all when you consider Facebook averages over one billion active users a day. So to reach the millions and billions of users with your content, here’s everything you need to know.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC audio in MOV or MP4 formatAspect Ratio: No larger than 1280px wide and divisible by 16pxFrame Rate: At or below 30fpsAudio: 44,100hzMax Length: 120 minutesMax Size: 4 GBVia Facebook Help CenterIdeal Length: 30-60 SecondsThe good people at NewsWhip recently did an external audit on some of the most popular Facebook news channels (including BuzzFeed, NowThis, AJ+, BBC News, Daily Mail and The Guardian) on their average video lengths.In general, the advice available online regarding video length on Facebook tends to be summed up by “the shorter the better.” There are plenty of anecdotes about poor view counts being remedied by cutting videos down to their absolute essentials and being displayed in more Facebook-friendly styles.Furthermore, according to research done by Tubular Insights, while most Facebook videos average around 90 seconds, their engagement rates optimize between 30 and 60 seconds.Voice and StyleIn 2013, Facebook made the (arguably dubious) decision to have their videos auto-play when you scroll past them on your newsfeed. They were kind enough to grant users the favor of having their videos auto-mute as well. This courtesy has gone on to change the voice (or lacktherof) and style of Facebook videos for the next several years to the present.Since they will always begin silent, Facebook videos make a heavier use of text than YouTube or Vimeo. They are also fighting against a scroll away, so they must grab interest in the first few seconds to earn a viewer’s attention. For these reasons, Facebook videos need to be click-baity and flashy at the get-go and establish their content’s catch very fast. They need to present information on screen through titles and text (not audio) and be clear early on to their viewer about what the video is and what they want to convey.Examples of Facebook Videos While there’s no reason to not utilize all the video platforms available online, it is helpful to understand each one to help you with your planning, exporting and marketing.If you’d like to explore less-mainstream platforms, here a few to check out.DailyMotionBrightcove23 VideoOoyalaWistiaYou can also read more about creating and uploading 360-videos on Facebook and Youtube on RocketStock.What’s your online video platform of choice? Let us know in the comments. 2. YouTubeGoogle bought YouTube in 2006, a year after it was founded during a Silicon Valley dinner party. Its user numbers are on par with Facebook, with almost a third of all Internet users using YouTube. For content creators, it stands out for its ad revenue sharing model which allows users to monetize their content natively within the website. MDG, an advertising agency, did a study a few years ago that estimated that the top 1,000 channels earn an average of $23,000 a month.Image via TubeFilterThe potential for monetization, combined with top brand authority, makes using YouTube for your content an absolute must. Here are their recommended specs for your videos.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264 with ACC-LC audio in MP4 formatAspect Ratio: 16:9 (non-16:9 will be processed and displayed with pillar boxes)Frame Rate: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60fpsAudio: 96khz or 48khzMax Length: 15 mins (unverified), 11 hours (verified)Max Size: 128 GBBitrate Recommendations:Via YouTube Stats PageIdeal Length: Around 3 MinutesAccording to a study done by ComScore, the average YouTube video length is 4.4 minutes long. This is consistent with an in-depth study done by Wistia (another video hosting site) that has more control on its numbers. The Wistia report goes on to detail the engagement percentages and its steady drop off as videos get longer and longer.Both studies by Stark Insider TV and AdWeek came up with similar 3.5 and 3 minute numbers for their recommendations as well. Overall, YouTube has communities that can thrive at much longer lengths (especially compared to Facebook), but overall follow the same rules of engagement fall off and distraction-prone audiences that push the needle to keep videos as short as their content allows them to be.Voice and StyleIt’s difficult to sum up YouTube as having any uniform voice or style. That being said, YouTube is very much a community-based platform that offers many different communities and familiar styles within. YouTube videos are often clicked through on the side bar which auto-plays after completion of a video — hence a heavy emphasis on video names and cover images. Unlike Facebook (while similar to Vimeo), videos load with sound on, but often include short ads which either have to be watched through or waited on until a “skip” button is counted down.Examples of YouTube Videoscenter_img 3. VimeoVimeo, while not totaling nearly one tenth of the audience as Facebook or YouTube, has still built a very strong and reputable audience that caters more directly to the indie film community and those looking for a higher quality brand in terms of content and style. Vimeo is often the preferred choice of video professionals looking to share their videos (publicly or privately) at the highest quality possible.Upload SpecsFormat: H.264Aspect Ratio: 16:9 most common, but accepts all ratiosFrame Rate: 60fps and lowerAudio: AAC-LC, 320 kbit/s, 48khzMax Length: No limit, data basedMax Size: 500MB a week (non-Plus account), 5GB a week (Plus account)Bitrate Recommendations:Ideal Length: 3 to 5 Minutes+Ideal Vimeo video length is a little tricker to quantify than YouTube or Facebook. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo doesn’t really operate in a click-baity way at all. It is fully community based where you can expect to watch videos from people you know, or to share professional reels or videos with specific audiences. Video lengths vary project to project and are usually viewed by parties with vested interests.However, the common sense rules still apply. Videos that go 15 minutes or longer are not going to be watchable for many people on busy schedules. A quick look through the last few pages of Vimeo Staff Picks reveal that most of the videos sit between 3-5 minutes, with a few outliners being 10 or 15 minutes or longer.Voice and StyleVimeo’s voice is very much in line with that of its audience. The filmmakers on Vimeo tend to reward storytelling, cinematography, and creativity. Animation and motion design are also very highlighted with reels and narrative shorts. In contrast to YouTube and Facebook, Vimeo gives videos a chance to breath with simple layouts that focus on the video. They also don’t force you to watch advertisements.MavSocial put together a nice infographic for those who are looking to decide between Vimeo and YouTube, which you can view here.Examples of Vimeo Videoslast_img read more

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Kharif sowing picks up with monsoon

first_imgWith the monsoon covering most parts of the country, sowing of the summer (kharif) crop has gained momentum. A higher crop output is anticipated following increased sowing of rice and pulses when compared with the last season.The latest Union Agriculture department data showed that across the country, kharif crops have been planted on 563.17 lakh hectares till now, as against 521.80 lakh hectares in the corresponding period last year.Increase in acreageWith the sowing of crops apace during the past few days across the country, paddy (rice) has been sown in 125.77 lakh hectares in the current season till July 14, which is marginally higher than the 120.32 lakh hectares recorded in the 2016-17 season. The acreage under pulses has been recorded at 74.61 lakh hectares till now, as against the 60.28 lakh hectares of the corresponding period for the last season.The sowing of coarse cereals is up as well, at 113.06 lakh hectares against the 98.79 lakh hectares of last year. But the total oilseeds sown has come down to 103.92 lakh hectares, when compared with 115.75 lakh hectares of last year. Cotton acreage is up this season at 90.88 lakh hectares, against 73.93 lakh hectares last year in the corresponding period. Sugarcane, too, continues to see an increase in acreage and has been planted in 47.94 lakh hectares against the 45.22 lakh hectares last year. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), conditions are favourable for further advancement of the monsoon and overall rainfall activity is likely to be above normal over the next two weeks, from July 13 to July 26.Favourable conditions“Sowing of kharif crops has gained momentum during the past few days as the monsoon is progressing well. Paddy transplanting, though, has been a bit sluggish in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, but it is likely to pick up in the coming days. Sowing of pulses is apace in the key growing states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka, which is an encouraging sign,” Anand Sharma, regional co-ordinator of the IMD’s agricultural meteorology told, The Hindu.“Apart from western parts of Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana, the monsoon rains have covered most parts of the country,” he added. The monsoon rain delivers about 70% of India’s annual rainfall and is critical for millions of farmers as nearly half the country’s farmland lacks irrigation and is dependent on rain.last_img read more

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Cignal sinks Marinerong Pilipino, punches D-League Finals ticket

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Quarters: 22-14, 39-31, 59-48, 87-64. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cignal now awaits the winner of the Flying V-CEU series for its date in the best-of-three Finals.Robbie Herndon paced Marinerong Pilipino in the losing effort with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jeff Javillonar also got 17 markers and four boards.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 87 – Jose 24, Raymundo 18, Villarias 16, Uyloan 15, Bringas 8, Perkins 4, Cahilig 2, Apinan 0, Arboleda 0, Belencion 0, Sara 0, Sumalinog 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 64 – Herndon 17, Javillonar 17, Javelona 7, Subido 7, Isip 6, Alabanza 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Publico 2, Sargent 2, Gabriel 0, Gumaru 0, Marata 0, Moralde 0.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pamboy Raymundo shot 4-of-7 from rainbow country to wound up with 18 markers, four assists, and three rebounds, Byron Villarias fired 16 points built on three treys, and Jonathan Uyloan dropped 15 markers on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc as Cignal’s three-point shooting was on point all game long to keep the order despite rallies from Marinero.“We’re happy that we made it to the Finals,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “It was a tough conference for us. We played seven straight in three weeks, but we’re here and hopefully, we’ll finish it with a championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite Marinero’s best efforts, it could not break through the eight-point barrier in the second half as the troika of Raymundo, Villarias, and Uyloan all connected from downtown, with the team shooting 11-of-31 from three. That allowed the Hawkeyes to gain a lead as high as 24, 84-60, courtesy of Jose’s freebies in the final 2:19.“It’s about time that we made our three points. We really practiced hard on that. It just came out in this game and I’m really thankful to my players because coach Koy (Banal)’s adjustments were on the spot, but the kick out passes were there and I told them that if they’re open, they should take it and I’m happy that they made their shots,” said Fernandez. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH netball squad gets bamboozled by Thailand MOST READ LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose could not be denied as he steered Cignal HD to a return trip to the championship round with an 87-64 win over Marinerong Pilipino in Game 2 of their 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The SEA Games-bound forward made the most of his time for the Hawkeyes, pouring 24 points and 11 rebounds off the bench to aid his side’s quest for back-to-back titles.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Belingon dominates Chung in ONE bantamweight clash

first_imgMOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I defended his takedowns, and it was very tough for me.”With the win, Belingon could find himself in a fight against Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight gold in the near future. Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda Kevin Belingon opened up title shot in the ONE Championship bantamweight division after taking a unanimous decision win over Kevin Chung in Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img The 30-year-old Belingon (17-5) won his fourth straight fight in the promotion while stopping Chung’s (4-1) win streak at four fights.“Kevin is a tough fighter, I did what I did,” said Belingon. “I wanted to keep the fight standing, and I just defended his takedown attempts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the fight lasted all three rounds, Chung never found his rhythm against Belingon who is six years his elder.Belingon constantly spoiled Chung’s attempts to bring the fight to the ground with knee strikes and timely transitions. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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4 days agoMan City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalanta

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola a fan of Gasperini and Atalantaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits he’s a fan of Champions League opponents Atalanta.City host Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta on Tuesday night.“What I said about (Maurizio) Sarri I could say about Gasperini, I was lucky enough to meet him before,” said Guardiola.“Having seen what Atalanta did last year and what they’re doing this season is incredible.“It’s a great joy to watch his team play, they’re brave, they respect their supporters. The way they play is unusual, they take quite a few risks.“In this match both teams are very brave, and they will try to impose the game, we will have to adapt and they will do the same.“I hope it will be an open match, both teams score and concede. I hope it will be a lively match.” last_img read more

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Head Coach David Blatt

first_imgLeBron James is surrounded by reporters discussing Ben Simmons.LeBron James Ben SimmonsUpdate: Wojnarowski is also reporting that Cleveland’s next head coach will be assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue and the team have already agree to a multi-year deal.Assistant Ty Lue has agreed to a multi-year deal as new Cavaliers head coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016Earlier: Despite posting a 30-11 record and currently holding the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, it’s been reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt. Blatt, who posted a 53-29 record with the team last year, lasted just a season and a half in Cleveland.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added that there’s been “unrest” in Cleveland’s locker room.Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016The Cavs have fired coach David Blatt, sources confirm. First reported by Yahoo— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite positive comments publicly, there had been unrest growing in Cavs locker room. Frankly, it had been there since almost day one.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite up and downs, Blatt has had one ardent supporter in Cavs organization and that was owner Dan Gilbert.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today, he was not consulted on decision sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016James’ fondness for Ty Lue and his desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization. As were issues with Blatt— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Blatt, who came over from Maccabi Tel Aviv ahead of the 2014-2015 season, posted a regular season record of 83-40 in his time in Cleveland.last_img read more

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Amazon Studios Now Accepting Short Film Submissions For Feature Development

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Short films are the new scripts at Amazon Studios, which is opening its content development factory to shorts and concept videos for optioning into feature films.The new initiative begins today and works like Amazon’s existing script submission process: 2-15 minute videos can be submitted via Amazon Studios’ website either privately or publicly, with a 45-day option and evaluation period and a $10,000 fee awarded if a short is selected to the development slate.Amazon Studios has a first-look deal with WB and promises $200,000 to creators if their projects are produced with a $400,000 bonus if they top $60M at the box office. The upstart Amazon.com spin-off recently picked up five of its original TV pilots to series after launching their submissions program last year.COURTESY OF DEADLINE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ohio State mens basketball comes up short against No 10 Virginia falls

With just under 30 seconds to go, Ohio State sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop hit a corner 3-pointer to cut 10th-ranked Virginia’s lead to just three points, 61-58. But after not being able to steal the ensuing inbounds pass, the Buckeyes were forced to foul, sending the Cavaliers to the free-throw line. Virginia cashed in on a pair, eventually dodging the upset bid from OSU to win 64-58. The loss drops OSU to 2-4 on the season, while also giving the Buckeyes just their fourth four-game losing streak since the turn of the century. Virginia moves to 6-1 after the victory.OSU had three players in double-figures, highlighted by forward Marc Loving’s 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting, including netting three of his six 3-point tries. The junior forward also chipped in five rebounds. Joining Loving in double figures was Bates-Diop, with 15 points, powered by him shooting 3-of-6 from deep, and sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate with a dozen. Tate added eight rebounds, five of which came in the second half. Although they might have picked up the loss, the Buckeyes churned in, arguably, their best performance of the season.“I definitely think we’ve gotten better,” Tate said. “It just seems like all our games come down to the wire. We just have to figure out a way to bring it home. We’re so close.”One of the main reasons why the Buckeyes could not bring it home was the performance of Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon. The redshirt senior guard led the way for his team, scoring 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting, including six 3-pointers. It seemed that as soon as OSU would close the gap, Brogdon would be there to hit a big shot to swing momentum back toward the Cavaliers. “That kid is one of the best players, honestly, I’ve seen,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s so patient, he’s so smooth, he’s so efficient when he plays … when he made his first couple shots, I was so like, ‘Oh boy, here we go.’” As Matta mentioned, Brogdon got out to a hot start, scoring nine of Virginia’s first 13 points. But after being down 13-6, the Buckeyes climbed back into with an 8-2 run to make it a one-point game. The Cavaliers seized momentum back from the Scarlet and Gray from there to go up 26-17 with 2:39 left in the first half. The nine-point advantage was the game’s largest by either team, but instead of rolling over, the Buckeyes fought back to behind a personal five-point run from redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson. A key to the Buckeyes entering the locker room trailing by just two was their defense. OSU held Virginia to just 26 first-half points, a season-low, on 37 percent shooting. Freshman center Daniel Giddens was instrumental in the strong defensive showing, as any time a Cavalier player got into the paint, he was there to alter their shot. In the first half alone, he had three blocks. Because of his presence, Virginia often was passive, settling for jump shots. But for the Buckeyes, it turned out to be a double-edged sword, as the Cavaliers shot an efficient 4-of-9 from deep.“We haven’t gone against a team that is able to block shots like that yet,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, adding, “When we’d try to go to the lane, they’d just block it.” In every one of OSU’s four losses, the game has been very close at halftime. In fact, it even led in two of the three prior to Tuesday’s matchup. However, the problem for the Buckeyes had been less-than-stellar second halves. Against Virginia, the opposite happened. Bates-Diop and Loving hit early 3-pointers to grab OSU its first lead since five minutes into the game. The cliché about basketball being a “game of runs” was definitely true in the second half, as the team’s traded runs for much of the final 20 minutes. “I just think that we were hungry for a win — everybody, coaching staff, teammates,” Tate said about finally having a strong second half. “I feel like that was the key. Everybody was locked in.” OSU’s final lead came with 13:20 left in the game, but it had multiple trips to the offensive end where it could’ve taken the lead or tied the contest. Loving hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to cut Virginia’s lead to just one point with just over eight minutes left to play. The Buckeyes forced a missed shot by the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession, give them a chance to grab the lead. Instead, freshman guard JaQuan Lyle kept up with what has been plaguing OSU all season long: turning the ball over after dribbling into traffic. In those critical moments, the young Buckeyes just continued to come up short. As for why, Matta said he was clueless. “I don’t know,” the coach said, chuckling. “That one I don’t know the answer to. You look at this team and just how few a plays away we are from turning the corner.” And against the Cavaliers, it was certainly just a few plays here and there that, had they gone the other way, perhaps OSU would be celebrating its upset. Because of just how close it was, Loving said the loss leaves him with mixed emotions. “It’s bittersweet,” he said. “It’s bitter because we lost but it feels good to know that we’re getting better each and every game to the point where we’re able to compete with top-10 teams. “We’re just taking each day in practice to get better and prepare for our next opponent.”That next opponent is a team from the same commonwealth as the Cavaliers, in the Virginia Military Institute. The Buckeyes and the Keydets are scheduled to be in action at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday inside the Schottenstein Center. OSU freshman guard Austin Grandstaff (3) dribbles around Virginia’s Malcom Brogdon during a game on Dec. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 58-64. Credit: Bree Williams | Lantern Photographer read more

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No excuse for Buckeyes defensive line

The Ohio State defensive line boasts a preseason All-American, a projected first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and multiple players that were five-star prospects coming out of high school. The unit many claim to be one of the best in the country at its craft hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far this season, though. Through two games against Miami (Ohio) and Central Florida, the stat line for the Buckeyes’ front four reads: three sacks and five tackles for loss. In other words, not the production first-year coach Urban Meyer expected out of his pass rushers. Not even close, really, Meyer said. “The negative I see right now is I don’t see the quarterback getting hit. And that’s something that has to be addressed,” Meyer said after Saturday’s 31-16 win against UCF. The talent on the defensive line is evident in practice, but those skills have not been translating into performance on gameday. “I feel like when we get to the game, we forget about all our moves and everything. I don’t know, we’re just not living up to our potential,” said freshman defensive end Noah Spence, a top-10 player from the 2012 recruiting class. After a lackluster outing in the Sept. 1 season opener against Miami (Ohio) in which the Buckeyes’ front four recorded only two sacks, Hankins and Simon vowed that they, along with their teammates, would be better. That wasn’t the case, though. OSU’s defensive front was worse against the Knights than it was against the RedHawks, at least statistically. On Saturday, sophomore defensive end Steve Miller was the lone Buckeye to record a sack after two players got to the quarterback Sept. 1. The absence of hits on opposing team’s quarterbacks has not just disappointed Meyer; it’s been somewhat of a shock to the players. “I’m a little surprised. We just have to keep working hard and keep getting better every week and start trying to put a little more pressure on the quarterback,” Spence said. Rushing the passer has been something OSU has been stressing in practice, and Tommy Schutt, a freshman defensive tackle out of Illinois, said the Buckeyes might have to be more creative with their schemes. “I think just different ways to get to the quarterback. Different rushes, different blitzes, different techniques and some moves,” Schutt said. The quarterback can’t be hit if the pass rushers don’t have enough time to get him, though, and that’s been the case for OSU’s defensive line in the majority of their games so far. Miami used a three-step drop most of the time in their game against the Buckeyes, and UCF, for the most part, followed suit, irritating OSU players. “It’s very frustrating because you prepare to get off the ball and get to the quarterback, and all of a sudden you get there and the ball is already gone,” said freshman Adolphus Washington, a highly recruited defensive end from Cincinnati. Spence echoed his teammate. “It’s real frustrating. You work so hard on the line and everything like that, and for him to drop back three steps or whatever and just throw it immediately … but it’s no excuse for what we’re doing right now. We need to get better,” Spence said. While the quick passes annoyed OSU defensive linemen, the Buckeyes’ front four also recognized the respect Miami and UCF showed them. Many players also said it’s something they expect to continue for the rest of the year, too. “So far, that’s what it’s really looking like. The good thing for us is it shows the respect they have for our defensive line,” Schutt said. Washington agreed with Schutt, but said that eventually, OSU’s talent on the defensive line is going to shine. When that does happen, Washington said Meyer and the rest of Buckeye Nation will see opposing team’s quarterbacks on the ground, a lot. “If they hold that ball too long, then we’re there, without a doubt, we’re there,” Washington said. read more

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