Football Jordan Fuller confident in opposite safety position ahead of season opener

Ohio State then-sophomore safety Jordan Fuller (4) attempts to tackle Michigan State junior lineback Andrew Dowell (5) during the fourth quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorFor the Ohio State secondary, the 2018 season seems to be beginning in a similar way to last year. With three players rotating for playing time at cornerback, the Buckeyes had three safeties battling for two starting spots heading into the first game against Indiana last year, one which was already inherited by a veteran in former Ohio State safety Damon Webb. Now, as the 2018 season is about set to begin on Sept. 1 against Oregon State, the spot Webb had a year ago has now been taken by the player who won the starting job opposite him last season. In one season, junior safety Jordan Fuller has emerged as one of the primary leaders in the Ohio State locker room, being named a captain on defense. However, with Fuller moving into the leadership role, the spot next to him is vacant again. And, as it was last season, there has been a significant competition to fill it. Sophomore safeties Jahsen Wint and Isaiah Pryor have been battling for the spot since spring practice began and has continued throughout fall camp, even into the week before the first game of the season. When the depth chart was released for Saturday’s game against the Beavers, it seemed Pryor had the advantage, being named as the sole starter opposite Fuller in the season opener. However, defensive coordinator Greg Schiano has said that both Pryor and Wint have earned playing time, saying the competition for the starting safety position has “raised both Isaiah and Jahsen’s game.” Fuller said both the safeties have grown exponentially compared to the start of spring practices. “They have both progressed greatly this whole camp,” Fuller said. “I’m really excited for both their years. It’s a tight competition.” Even though the starting spot beside him does not have a solidified answer, Fuller is confident in the relationship he has with both Wint and Pryor, saying there is already a chemistry built with each of them. Fuller should know, any starting safety spot is up for grabs at any point during the year. After splitting time with former Ohio State safety Erick Smith to start the 2017 season, Fuller took a firm hold on the starting safety spot, eventually leading the Buckeyes with 70 tackles last season. With that experience from last year, Schiano knows, even though Pryor might get the first snaps in Saturday’s game against Oregon State, nothing is set in stone. “I don’t know if that will happen or if all season long those guys will go back and forth,” Schiano said. “But whatever happens, I’ve said this to you guys before, you can’t make it happen, you’ve got to let it happen. Now you encourage and you coach and you teach, but at the end of the day they have to go out there and play their way into a position.” No matter who is out on the field with the captain against Oregon State, he is confident neither Pryor nor Wint will miss a beat. “We will see how it all shakes out on Saturday, but I am more than good with whoever is playing,” Fuller said. “More than good.” read more

PSG confirm successful operation for Dani Alves knee

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Brazil right-back Dani Alves knee surgery has been done successfully in the French capital, the Ligue 1 champions confirmed.The 35-year-old’s right knee was operated on by an orthopaedic team at Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris on Tuesday, according to Kwese ESPN.He took to Instagram to confirm that he had undergone surgery and it was successful.“I would like to thank everybody for their prayers,” he wrote.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I started my recovery process a few hours ago and thank God that everything went well.“As evidence by the picture above, the anaesthetic obviously did not do any collateral damage to Good Crazy!”Alves have been booked for operation for some time now and while waiting for the procedure for the operation to be ready, he went home to Brazil to present the MTV awards and then to the USA to attend a series of lectures at Harvard Business School under Anita Elberse’s tutelage.He had to wait for the procedure to give the injury enough time to be ready for a time-saving technique, which will enable “his period of unavailability to be reduced.”last_img read more

Mourinho furious with Atletico Madrid Diego Godins agent

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be furious with the agent of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin.Reports in the UK suggests Jose is furious with the Atletico Madrid defender’s agent who used Manchester United to get his client a new, improved deal.United were in contact with Godin’s camp this week as regarding a move to Old Trafford this summer but claims suggest Mourinho believes the player’s agent only had one goal throughout all the talks.The former Chelsea boss believes the plan was always to get Godin a new improved offer from Atletico by forcing their hand should United make a move for the former Villarreal man.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Godin has reportedly inked a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano that could see him earn as much as £6.74million after tax.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has revealed his delight that teammate Jerome Boateng turned down a move to England to sign for Manchester United, instead opting to remain with the Bavarians.“For me Jerome is one of the best defenders in the world,” Robben said, according to Manchester Evening News.“We’ve had a lot of success with him in the past and he’s a good friend of mine as well. He’s is a very important player for us.”last_img read more

Genoa player was on Italian bridge before it collapsed

first_imgDefender Domenico Criscito crossed Ponte Morandi just 10 minutes it collapsed and killed at least 20 peopleA motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa killing at least 20 people authorities say.The Ponte Morandi bridge collapsed and left several cars trapped there, along with destructions on houses nearby.And Genoa defender Domenico Criscito is in shock.The Italian footballer said he crossed Ponte Morandi just 10 minutes before it fell into destruction.He is disgusted by the tragedy.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I write this message for all those who are writing to me, worried about me and my family,” Criscito wrote on Instagram.“We’re all fine, even though we crossed that bridge exactly 10 minutes before the collapse.”“My thoughts are with all the families of the victims, it’s not possible for a bridge on a motorway to collapse like this – NOT POSSIBLE!” he added.“We need to do something for this country, people flee because of these things. We need security, we need someone to do something.”“This is disgusting!”last_img read more

Jokanovic insists Mitrovic is not to blame

first_imgFulham Football Club manager Slavisa Jokanovic has refused to blame Aleksandr Mitrovic after his side were held to a draw by Brighton & Hove Albion away from home.The Serbian striker conceded a late penalty which was duly converted by Brighton’s Glenn Murray to give the home side a point in their 2-2 draw against the Cottagers.The penalty meant Jokanovic’s side threw away a two-goal lead and the manager has refused to put the blame of Mitrovic’s shoulders.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“In the end we gave them some kind of present, it’s really bad luck, Mitrovic touched the ball with his hand and he completed a really good game, scored a good goal, fighting well, this is part of football too and we must accept and try to fix some of the problems that we found during the game today.” Jokanovic said, according to HammyEnd.“It’s hard for him, he touched the ball in our box with his hand but it’s part of football too. These kind of mistakes are bad luck, it happens and he is strong enough not to be affected so much after this kind of situation, I am focussed on another part of the work, he scored another goal, he was fighting well, he was our target man and participated a lot, he must be satisfied.”last_img read more