Mike Holder Is Fired up for the Sugar Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder is fired up to play in New Orleans on New Year’s Day. He’s not the only one, by the way. OSU’s players are pretty stoked as well. But Holder is really jacked up (as he should be).“There are going to be thousands of Cowboys in New Orleans,” Holder told The Advocate. “Christmas has come early for us.”It certainly did.“We are very excited to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where a very notable chapter in our program’s history was written 70 years ago,” added Holder. “What a great reward for our players, coaches, alumni and fans to ring in the New Year while enjoying the world famous food and hospitality of New Orleans.”AdChoices广告Here’s a recap of that Sugar Bowl from January 1946 and the 9-0 OSU team that won it.The main reason Holder is pumped, though? Think about how much easier it is to sell tickets to the Sugar Bowl than to the Russell Wilson Sweatpants Bowl!(wait until the end)Video Playerhttp://fat.gfycat.com/FlickeringAstonishingHowlermonkey.webm00:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

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. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Vincent Taylor’s NFL Departure Proof of Sustained Defensive Line Success Under Joe Bob Clements

first_imgJunior defensive tackle Vincent Taylor is foregoing his senior year and declaring for the NFL draft.It’s a huge blow for the defensive line group and defense on the whole. Taylor was the anchor of one of the strongest position groups for Oklahoma State this season. He could force extra attention on the inside. He opened up lanes for the young Cowboy defensive ends on the outside. And he could get after the quarterback as good as any defensive tackle in Oklahoma State history.Replacing his 7-sack production will be tough to do. Replacing his wish-bone offensive ability to option the ball with a flicka-da-wrist will be impossible.But for this particular situation, OSU may be in the best position it’s ever been in to replace a talent of his caliber. Recruiting lead by Joe Bob Clements has been nothing short of excellent, and development of that talent has been even better. OSU could, for the first time under Mike Gundy, go legitimately three-deep on the depth chart at defensive tackle last season. And even losing Mote Maile to graduation and Vincent Taylor to the NFL won’t slow them anytime soon.Here’s a look at who I think will likely step into starting roles for OSU next season for the Pokes, and who will be elevated into enhanced roles:DT1: Darrion DanielsDT1: DeQuinton OsborneDT2: Vili LeveniDT2: Enoch Smith Jr.   DT3: Taaj BakariDT3: Cameron MurrayThat’s 3-deep once again. Who knows if any transfers, dismissals, etc. pop up. But that’s what I would project in any variation for next season. I could even add to that list of 6 who could contribute next season. Ioane Leilua, a junior college recruit, is a wild-card who will be in the mix as well. And Enoch Smith Jr., who I listed on the second unit, is a former Michigan State defensive tackle with legitimate Division I experience already. He too is a wild card who could come in right away and play.The recruitment and development of the defensive line shows preparedness and foresight from the coaching staff. Did they have a feeling about Vincent Taylor? Perhaps. Before they knew though, they added Smith as a contingency plan. They have Daniels who played like a starter in spots last season, and get Leveni coming back from injury next season.The mix of veteran presences and youth is perfect, as well. Four of those players on the first and second units have more than 2 years of experience either at the junior college or Division I level. Taaj Bakari has seen the field sparingly but still has his best days ahead of him, and Cameron Murray is an ace-in-the-hole freshman who redshirted in 2016. He has the potential to be yet another Joe Bob Clements product who makes it to the next level.Remember when we were worried about the defensive line after losing Emmanuel Ogbah? The following year’s on-field product ended up as one of the most vaunted defensive line groups in OSU history. It’s just a sign of how far Oklahoma State has come in developing and producing big talent along the defensive line.Based on how Joe Bob Clements has recruited — and how his talent has developed under his tutelage — it seems pretty likely the defensive line will continue to roll in 2017 and beyond. 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

Details on the 2017 Oklahoma State Spring Game

first_imgOklahoma State will play its 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in Stillwater. The format will be 10-minute quarters on Saturday without a running clock. Everyone will get plenty of playing time, but if you want to catch Mason Rudolph, get there early as he’s only expected to play a couple of series.The Spring Game day in Stillwater is always a fun, familial atmosphere with the Remember the 10 Run that morning at 9 a.m. and the fact that you can go on the field afterwards to visit and take photos with players.There will also be inflatables and face painting on the south side of the stadium for the kids (or adults, I suppose) from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Just wrapped up our last practice before Saturday’s Spring Game at 1 p.m. Gates open at noon with free parking and free admission! #okstate pic.twitter.com/7Gm1q4fvcF— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) April 13, 2017The game will not be televised but PFB will have a reporter and a photographer in attendance so we will have full coverage of the festivities on Saturday afternoon.It should be a fun one — Vegas has set the over/under for layers of bubble wrap covering QB1 is 97.5. I’ll take the over.It’s coming to BPS! Let’s get it!! #GoPokes #okstate #CowboyUp18 pic.twitter.com/VIhY4WFUYT— Cowboy FB Recruiting (@CowboyFB_Elite) April 11, 2017 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

Cy-Ridge Offensive Lineman Tyrese Williams Commits to Oklahoma State

first_img“First of all I would like to thank God for blessing me with the opportunities that I have and the talent I have been given to be able to play football at the next level,” Williams posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank my wonderful family for their tremendous support throughout my recruiting process, my coaches and my trainer for mentoring me and shaping me into the player I am today, and all the recruiters, coaches and universities for giving me opportunities to play football for their programs. After talking with my parents, coaches and family members, I am truly blessed to say that I will be committing to Oklahoma State University!”Williams is the fourth verbal commitment for OSU’s offensive line class, and likely the last. More importantly, he’s the fourth high school product to join the mix — one of the biggest focuses for OSU in this cycle after striking out under Greg Adkins with high school recruits.Houston, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, California, New Mexico and Tulsa were all involved in his recruitment. He held 13 Division I offers. It’s taken less than three months for Josh Henson to fill an entire offensive line recruiting class for Oklahoma State as the line coach.He’s landed two stud offensive tackles in Hunter Anthony and Hunter Woodard, he’s grabbed a commitment from a top-10 offensive guard in Oklahoma in Bryce Bray, and now he’s got a center. Tyrese Williams, a product of Cy Ridge in Houston, committed on Tuesday morning. 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

100 Days of Summer: Get to Know No. 72 Johnny Wilson

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. As we continue through the meat of Oklahoma State’s offensive line, we turn to one of the more important reserves on the team.How he got to OSUWilson was originally recruited by former OL coach Bob Connelly during his lone season at OSU. A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout ranked him the No. 34 tackle in the 2015 class. Wilson accepted his first scholarship offer (from OSU) and basically shut down his recruitment. That may shed light on his only three reported offers.what he’s done in StillwaterAfter a redshirt year in 2015, Wilson spent 2016 behind three-year starter Brad Lundblade at center. He did see reps against Southeastern Louisiana, Kansas and against Colorado in the Alamo Bowl. Wilson has put on 40 pounds since arriving as a 6-3, 270-pound prospect. He’s shown the coaching staff that he’s more than capable of filling in at center or even guard if need be.AdChoices广告Role in 2017Projects to continue his role as backup center. Could see time at guard. As long as injury doesn’t thrust him into a starting role, it will be more interesting to see what he does beyond 2017. With the Cowboys set to break in a new QB after Mason Rudolph takes his talents to Sundays, Wilson will be in competition with Minnesota transfer Tyler Moore for the starting spot.Moore will sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules and both will be juniors to start 2018. His experience will be crucial whether he vies for starting time this year or next.Noteworthy stats and highlightsPrior to his freshmen year at OSU, Wilson was selected to the USA under-19 team that faced off against Canada in the 2015 International Bowl.last_img read more

Canadian auto sales continue strong start with recordbreaking February

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales continue to defy expectations this year as February saw record sales for the month.The consulting firm says, combined with a record result in January, sales in the first two months 2018 were up 3.8 per cent compared with the same period in 2017.February sales on their own climbed two per cent with a total of 125,530 vehicles sold, up from the previous record of 123,033 in the same month last year.The overall increase came as the split between passenger cars and light trucks continued to grow.Car sales dropped six per cent compared with a year ago, while light truck sales rose 5.6 per cent compared with February 2017.FCA remained the volume leader for February with 18,831 vehicles sold with Ford 330 behind.last_img read more

Harbhajan VVS lend support to Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: It is common practice for politicians to rely on abuses during election time. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had recently said that the 56 abuses that opposition hurled at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Modi had turned them into something that would flourish the blooming of lotuses. Delhi will go to polls on May 12 and the fight this time around is three-way.AAP and Congress dragged out their alliance talk for months causing speculation and uncertainty for so many of their workers and supporters. And, it ultimately failed to yield any result because both parties have their own agendas. Further, the recent pamphlet controversy that has come to light because of AAP and Atishi, has shown how low Arvind Kejriwal’s team can go. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWell known cricketers and long-time colleagues of Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and VVS Laxman came out in his support. They said that Gambhir would never do such a thing where a woman’s character is assassinated. With his clean background on his side, Gambhir is standing his ground on the pamphlet controversy and his party is extending all the support they can to him in this regard. This in contrast with AAP and Congress. Now, even Congress leaders do not seem to show support for Atishi and AAP’s crusade against Gambhir. And knowing the seriousness of the matter, Gambhir has duly escalated the matter to the judiciary, by filing a defamation case against Atishi, thus protecting his identity and the integrity of politics in the nation. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn fact, Gambhir’s disappointment at the incident is shown by his reaction to it. He categorically denied all allegations and said that he is ready to resign from politics if the accusations had any merit. But in exchange he also asked if Kejriwal was willing to resign if he is proven wrong. Gambhir said that he is ashamed of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whom he accused of orchestrating this attack on him. The state of politics in Delhi has reached new lows in recent years. It has now come down to a place where only blame-games are played between politicians with vested interests. And as a result, central issues in the country are taking a back seat. In fact, the nature of politics has taken a turn for the worse to such an extent that even when AAP claims to be friendly towards Congress, the latter continues to categorically deny such friendly advances from the former’s camp. The BJP has strategised its plan in such a way that they have fielded five sitting MPs again in Delhi, and only two new faces. With the experience that the sitting MPs have and the clean intentions that the new faces bring, the saffron party has set the path for making sure BJP forms government again. This is because Gambhir’s way of thinking clearly shows that bringing a BJP government is the only way of bringing standard and decorum in Indian politics.last_img read more