OSU Offensive Positional Power Rankings: Guess Who’s Back on Top

first_imgThe Oklahoma State offense looked more pass-heavy in Week 2 against South Alabama. The Cowboys flew out of Mobile, Alabama, 2-0, as expected, with a 44-7 win, but some position groups on offense didn’t perform like they did against Tulsa while others might have improved from the opener.Here is a look at where the offensive position groups rank after Friday’s victory.5. Cowboy Back (Previously: 5)Britton Abbott and the others were used on less than 40 percent of OSU’s plays during its first three drives.That was surprising, given they were in on more than half of the total plays in Week 1. Game plans change, of course, but the Cowboy Backs’ usage and effectiveness was down this week. They were used exclusively in blocking schemes, which they were fine at, but they didn’t add another dimension to the passing game.In fact, none of the Cowboy Backs were targeted Friday.4. Offensive Line (Previously: 4)There are two ways to view the Cowboys’ offensive line play Friday, run or pass.The O-line was less than spectacular at creating space for the OSU running backs to get through. As I’ll get to, it was tough, tough sledding all night for the Cowboy run game, but Mason Rudolph got excellent pass protection in return.Even when Rudolph tried to escape the pocket, he almost always had an extra second to stand in. The only real trouble came in the second half on two consecutive plays when Rudolph was pressured, then sacked. Outside of that, he was clean and upright.O-Line Stats Vs. USA Rushing Yards163 StatJustice HillJD KingLD BrownTotal TDs303 2. Quarterback (Previously: 2)I was talking with my dad Monday night. I consider him a casually passionate fan of OSU football, and even he noticed it Friday.“That dude’s a pro,” he told me.He sure looked like one. We talk so much about Gundy being a CEO of the program. Rudolph is without a doubt the CEO of that offense. Yurcich is great. He manages the game well, calls the right plays, recognizes patterns and knows when to take shots. But Rudolph runs the OSU offense like he has been quarterbacking an NFL franchise for a decade.Friday, he submitted another bid to the Heisman Trophy committee and did it like a businessman. Targets77653533 Passing TDs3 Average2.583.84.45  3. Running Back (Previously: 1)The only redeeming factor was what Justice Hill did catching the ball out of the backfield, adding 46 yards on four catches.After what seemed like a season-changing performance against Tulsa, the OSU backs looked more like 2014, when they averaged 3.5 yards per carry. To be fair, J.D. King looked fine. My problem was that offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich didn’t use him enough. He averaged more than five yards more than Hill.You gotta go with the hot hand, even if the cold one is a returning All-American. StatAtemanLacyJohnsonMcCleskeyWashingtonStonerTotal Carries1181029 Yards276438129 StatMason RudolphKeondre WudteeTotal TDs0000 Past RankingsPreseasonWeek 1OffensiveDefensivecenter_img If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Attempts25126 Passing Yards342 1. Receiver (Previously: 3)You know you’re in for it when an offense can get away with targeting James Washington only twice, by choice.In a word, Week 2’s performance and output from the receivers was balanced. Five guys finished with more than 40 yards, and five caught at least four passes. It doesn’t matter if the Stillwater freshman team is out there, having that dynamic of an offense makes it awfully difficult to cover.Week 1’s under-performers looked much sharper, including Chris Lacy and Jalen McCleskey. Yards515446199824292 TFL2 Catches54442221 Rushing TDs1 QB Hurries2 Sacks1 Yards3357342 TDs2000103 Completions38341last_img read more

Milaha Connects Qatar Iraq with Feeder Service

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Milaha Qatar-based maritime and logistics company Milaha has launched a direct container feeder service between Qatar and Iraq.The new service, which will be an expansion of the existing Qatar-Kuwait service that the company launched last year, will follow a Hamad Port-Umm Qasr (Iraq)-Shuwaikh (Kuwait)-Hamad Port rotation.It will initially be served by one vessel with a 1,015 TEU capacity and 110 reefer plugs.The service will have a transit time of 2 days, making it ideal for dry and refrigerated food stuff, consumer electronics, and construction materials, among other cargo, according to the company. The first vessel will depart from Hamad Port on May 7, 2018 and reach Umm Qasr Port on May 9, 2018.“This new service will contribute to the reconstruction efforts in Iraq, and will also help boost the growing trade and economic relations between Qatar and Iraq,” Milaha’s President and CEO Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai said.Since last year, the company has expanded into several new shipping routes and currently calls 2 ports in Oman, 3 ports in India, one port each in Kuwait, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, offering enhanced connectivity and transit times to Qatar and the region.Milaha earlier informed that it delivered a net profit of QAR 260 million in the first quarter of 2018, up from QAR 236 million posted in the same period a year earlier.The company’s operating revenues were up year-on-year as well standing at QAR 698 million in the first quarter of this year against last year’s equivalent of QAR 648 million.last_img read more