21 January 2008South African empowerment company SeaArk Africa has signed an agreement with the Al Faulk Group of Saudi Arabia, worth R70-million, to develop and remotely manage a commercial-scale pilot project to farm shrimp in that country.As part of the agreement, SeaArk will develop a commercial pilot plant at the existing open-pond prawn farming facility of the Al Faulk Group in the capital city of Jeddah, to establish the commercial viability of SeaArk’s advanced closed pond technology in farming a Mediterranean brown shrimp variety known as panaeus indicus.“In Coega in the Eastern Cape we are successfully growing a pacific white shrimp variety known as panaeus vannemai, while in Saudi Arabia we will be farming a species never before grown in a high-tech closed system,” SeaArk President Dave Wills said in a statement.“Together with our Saudi partners we aim to demonstrate that our innovative mix of science and technology has the ability to grow the Mediterranean prawns they are already farming faster, with a lower food consumption rate, with greater densities, and with higher barriers to infection and loss than in the open ponds they are currently using.”SeaArk’s patented technology, developed by local and international scientists over 15 years, combines closed specially designed ponds and computer driven control systems with advanced biological science, and is already dramatically changing the way prawn and shrimp are produced around the world.As with the company’s first international project in Zhanjiang, China, many of SeaArk’s patented processes in the Jeddah pilot project will be run remotely from their Coega research and development centre.The company’s patented biosecure indoor ponds and nutritional system allow producers to maximise size, growth, survivability and biomass – growing prawns two to three times faster than their competitors.“The agreement with the Al Faulk Group for the Saudi Arabian pilot plant is another huge vote of confidence in the technology we have brought to market maturity in our Coega plant,” said SeaArk CEO Gavin Watson.“For the second time following our partnership with the China Direct group, an international roll-out is making a huge contribution to the future of the Coega Industrial Development Zone and the Eastern Cape economy, with a very direct and positive effect on the lives of thousands of families in the surrounding communities, particularly Motherwell.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Ray Maota Young people from disadvantaged rural communities in the North West province, including graduates who are unemployed, will be placed in internship programmes in the hospitality and tourism sector in several countries around the world.(Image: Hospitality Solutions) MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, Motlalepula Rosho, said that the development of human capital through the programme is going to benefit public owned tourism assets like game lodges, and will also position South Africa to be in the top 20 tourism destination markets.(Image: North West Provincial Gorvenment)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lesiba Moses KgweleNorth West Provincial Government:Head of Communication andSpokesperson+ 27 18 388 3705RELATED ARTICLES• Taking hospitality to new heights• Survey: SA is ‘extremely friendly’• Chef-training scheme kicks off• Chefs gather to help the hungryA leading NGO has come up with a plan that looks beyond South Africa’s borders for opportunities to help curb youth unemployment. The Ubuntu International Job Placement Programme was launched in Mahikeng, North West province, on 22 June 2012.Young people from disadvantaged rural communities in the province, including graduates who are unemployed, will be placed in internship programmes in the hospitality and tourism sector in several countries around the world. This is being made possible by the Ubuntu Institute.The institute is a social enterprise with non- and for-profit divisions within its structures. It was founded in the US in 2005 by Prince Cedza Dlamini, a member of the Swazi royal family who became a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) spokesperson after completing his degree in international relations at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.How the programme worksThrough the programme, participants will have access to work experience of between six and 12 months, which will be facilitated by Ubuntu with the support of the provincial government. By 2015, the target year for countries to reach some of the MDGs, as many as 5 000 participants will have gone through the programme.To kick-start the project, Ubuntu will place 200 participants, who will earn about R20 000 (US$2 403) a month, and by June 2013 another 800 beneficiaries will make it 1 000 in the project’s first year.“This is a unique programme facilitating international jobs and graduate skills development programmes in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia,” said MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism, Motlalepula Rosho, who delivered the keynote address on behalf of Premier Thandi Modise.“The development of human capital through the programme is going to benefit public owned tourism assets like game lodges, and will also position South Africa to be in the top 20 tourism destination markets,” said Dlamini.The programme is being funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Jobs Fund at a cost of R46-million ($5.532-million) over its three-year life span. Other partners include the National Department of Tourism, Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa and the South African Graduates Development Association of South Africa.Part of the mandate of the DBSA is to invite innovative ideas for job creation from organisations across South Africa, be they in the public, private or NGO sectors.The programme also aims to assist government’s target of providing five-million jobs by facilitating workplace job placement for candidates when they return to the country at the end of their international exposure programme.Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released the New Growth Path in 2010 which set job creation as a country priority, aimed at reducing unemployment by 10% by 2020 and creating at least five-million jobs.“The success and sustainability of the programme depend largely on the ability of government owned entities like Dirapeng Investment Holding and Mafikeng Hotel School to ensure that young people who participate in it are fully employed when they complete the placement training,” said Rosho.Tourism the key driver of economic growthRosho said the tourism sector is widely regarded as a key driver of economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and community upliftment.South Africa was recently represented by Deputy Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa at the International Responsible Tourism Conference in London.Responsible tourism is an approach to tourism management aimed at maximising the economic, social and environmental benefits while minimising the costs to destinations.Xasa said at the event that South African tourism will continue to grow and play a key role in the country’s economy through a stronger focus on emerging markets and responsible tourism. She also said sector strategy is aimed at making South Africa one of the top 20 destinations in the world by 2020.In terms of the strategy, South Africa aims to create 225 000 new jobs by 2020 while increasing tourism’s contribution to the economy from R189-billion ($2.272-billion) in 2009 to R318-billion ($3.822-billion) by 2015 and R499-billion ($5.996-billion) by 2020.“The youth employment problem in South Africa has created a renewed sense of urgency for action, and developing opportunities in tourism could be one of the solutions,” said Xasa.
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Storyboarding is a commonly overlooked part of the indie filmmaking process. Here are some ways that your production can benefit from storyboarding.While it may be true that storyboarding is not necessarily a mandatory part of a filmmaker’s process, there is a reason why most major feature films still storyboard every last shot.Storyboards not only let you and your collaborators “see” the totality of your film while in production, but they also help you get there in the first place by helping you sell your ideas more effectively to potential investors, producers, etc. When you consider all of the benefits of storyboarding, it will be hard to justify ever producing another film without properly storyboarding again.Why You Need to be Using StoryboardsImage from KyokukThe greatest incentive for storyboarding is simply the fact that storyboard will help you make a much stronger film by allowing you to visualize your movie before it’s even made. This is essentially your chance to create a blueprint for your film that will help you identify any potential problem areas or missed opportunities while you still have a chance to fix them.Technically speaking, you can include as much or as little detail as you want when storyboarding, as long as the ideas are accurately conveyed. By the time you get to post, your editor will be thanking you, as the film will have coverage in all the right places, proper transitional moments, and a slicker aesthetic.You Don’t Need to Be an Artist or DesignerImage from Cranky Muse ProjectIt’s a huge misconception that storyboarding requires that you have the ability to draw/illustrate professionally. That’s not at all to diminish the role of the storyboard artist, as they are truly masters of their craft and will inevitably deliver the best results… But if you can’t afford a storyboard artist or need to do it yourself, that’s perfectly okay.As an independent filmmaker, no one really needs to see your storyboards outside of you and your team, and once again, as long as your idea is conveyed that’s really all that matters. If you choose to storyboard by hand, your illustrations can be as simple as geometric shapes used to illustrate props/staging and stick figures for your characters. Or to make things even easier, you can use any of the vast number of storyboarding programs available to download on your computer, tablet or phone.If you’re still unsure of your ability to pull off a storyboarding project, check out this video from Indy Mogul.Storyboards Strengthen Your VisionImage from Art of the TitleYour screenplay is the backbone of your film, but no matter how beautifully written it may be, it will never translate exactly as you might be picturing it to film. There’s a pretty common saying among directors: If your final film looks even 70% of the way you thought it would, you did your job really well. From my experience, storyboards play a huge part in getting to that 70%, as they help you to visualize your project in a way that is not otherwise possible.The last thing you want is to get to set and realize that something about your shoot isn’t congruent with the script. Storyboarding will help you nip those issues in the bud, and keep your vision alive.The Basics of StoryboardingHaving now gone over some of the perks of storyboarding, I want to very briefly break down the basics of storyboarding your film for those of you that have never done it.Generally speaking, for every illustration (or storyboard) you create, there are five types of shots to choose from: master, long, medium, close-up, and extreme close-up. Sound familiar? Once you’ve decided on which of the 5 shot types you want to go with for any given shot, you’ll want to illustrate camera movement.Image from Creative UncutTo depict a panning or tilting shot, where the camera either moves sideways or up and down, you’ll want to create two frames to indicate where the camera will start and where it will wind up. From there, you can use arrows moving in both directions in order to portray movement. To illustrate a tracking shot, (which involves moving the entire camera in order to follow your continuously moving subject), you simply draw an arrow on the frame – indicating camera placement – and point it in the direction the camera will be moving in.Image from BungieYou can also illustrate zooming, which only involves a lens and no camera movement at all. To show zooming in (moving closer to the subject) and zooming out (moving away from the subject, taking in more of the scene in its entirety), you’ll have two frames on your storyboard, and depending on which direction the zoom is going in, you’ll either have arrows moving toward the interior frame or out toward the exterior frame.These are some of the basics of creating a storyboard, and as you can probably gather it’s pretty easy to pick up. Just remember how critical storyboards are to the filmmaking process, and at the very least, understand some general rules/technique associated with creating them so that you can ensure they get done properly. Here’s one more video tutorial from Film Riot that covers the foundation of storyboarding.Here are a few more articles from PremiumBeat that touch on the ins and outs of storyboarding:Storyboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next Project10 Tips for Creating Storyboards from DreamworksStoryboarding Like A ProDo you incorporate storyboards into your creative process? Have any examples you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!
Tweets you can use to share this episode#Buyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messenger – from Deb Calvert on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPS #salesClick To Tweet#Sales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentation. Learn how to make it happen on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 32:21 — 26.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSEvery seller wants to have meaningful sales connections with their buyers, but it’s clear from the way sales is traditionally done that very few sellers really know how to pull it off. Deb Calvert has written a new book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading” that reveals many points of powerfully insightful data, taken from a study focused on the 30 primary characteristics of leadership. Her application of those characteristics to the sales process is not only ingenious, it also reveals what sellers are doing wrong, what buyers really want from those who are on the other side of the sales relationship, and how powerful selling can happen once sellers stop selling in begin leading. You don’t want to miss this conversation.Deb Calvert on How Truly Meaningful #Sales Connections Happen Through #Leadership – Episode 106 of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetBuyers don’t believe the message until they first believe the messengerSales connections are about more than simply setting appointments and running through a sales presentation. It’s about building trust, a phrase we are hearing more and more these days. But do you really know what it means to build trust? More importantly, do you know how to build it? Deb Calvert says that buyers don’t believe anything you have to say to them about your product or service until they first believe in you. They have to see, demonstrated in your behavior, that you are person who can be trusted. What kinds of behavior is Deb talking about? Listen to this episode of In The Arena to find out – and learn how to change the way you sell in order to build greater trust with your buyers.33% of buyers say the salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credibleMuch of the research that Deb and her team did in preparation for her book focused on the experiences buyers had with those who sold to them. In many cases, these were relationships that were already established between buyer and seller – yet 33% of buyers said that the sales people they deal with regularly don’t come across as credible or trustworthy. What does that say about the way sales professionals are going about their work? More importantly, what does it say about the ways we can improve what we do to cause trust to be built from the outset? Deb’s insights into this issue of credibility and trust are incredibly helpful for salespeople who are willing to do the work it takes to apply what she has learned. The good news is this, none of it is hard. It just has to be done.33% of #buyers say the #salespeople they deal with don’t come across as credible. Learn how to reverse this trend in your #sales career on #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetSales connections happen through two-way dialogue, not an old-fashioned sales presentationOne of the things that buyers dread the most is the sales presentation. That’s because it often goes into data points and information that isn’t relevant to their situation. It’s kind of like sitting through a timeshare presentation in order to get the free gift, only the buyer doesn’t always walk away with the free gift. Deb’s research revealed that sales connections that matter happen through two-way dialogue, not a sales presentation. Buyers want to know that they are understood and that those selling to them truly have their best interests in mind. If you will apply the simple things Deb shares in her book, “Stop Selling and Start Leading,” your sales will dramatically improve.Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterWith all the advancements in A.I. and machine learning, there is a lot of hype about whether or not salespeople will really be needed in the future. Both Deb and Anthony believe that the human component of sales will always be in high demand because meaningful sales connections are what build the kind of trust that buyers need to feel. It still matters that there is a person on the other end of a transaction. It still matters that someone with empathy and understanding can approach a buyer’s needs with insight and right applications. As you listen to this conversation you’ll come to realize the truth: meaningful connections in sales still matter and always will.Meaningful #connections between #buyers and #sellers still matter. Learn what Deb Calvert discovered about the buyer-seller relationship on this episode of #InTheArena @PeopleFirstPSClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Who is Deb Calvert? The kind of research Deb did in her decision to write her book The gap between what buyers want to see in their sellers and what exists What does it mean for sellers to model the way? Buyers need sellers to demonstrate that they have THEIR best interest in mind Why salespeople are hesitant about inspiring a shared vision What does it mean to challenge the process? The thing that matters most to buyers is relevant answers in a timely way Meaningful connections between buyers and sellers still matterResources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.StopSellingStartLeading.comwww.PeopleFirstPS.com – Deb’s websiteDeb on Social – LinkedIn – Twitter – YouTube – FacebookThe Outbound ConferenceBOOK: Stop Selling, Start LeadingBOOK: The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever NeedJim KouzesBarry PosnerThe Leadership ChallengeThe theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarino Essential Reading! 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OverviewProgress is the goal for 2nd year coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks as they continue to undertake what the Kansas City Star called “college football’s greatest challenge”. The last two trips to Lawrence have required a 99 yard return by the Cheetah and JW Walsh holding off a late KU surge for a couple of close wins. Through the first half of the year, 2016 hasn’t been great to KU losing a heartbreaker to TCU and getting blown out by Baylor and the Memphis Tigers. While KU has some talented players, points per drive is often an good indicator of team performance, and KU is 115th in the country with -1.47 net points per drive (meaning they are outscored on a regular basis). OffenseThe Jayhawks bring a familiar spread offense this week, most often splitting four wide receivers out and at times bringing in a tight end. Not a particularly potent group, the passing attack has been stronger as they’re nearly in the top third of the country (45th) averaging 255 yards per game (8th in the Big 12). The rushing attack hasn’t been quite as prolific where they average under 85 yards per game in conference play. Ultimately, the power in the offense lies in a couple of playmakers on the perimeter who are counted on to do the heavy lifting. For the third straight week, OSU faces the possibility of another two-quarter back attack as sophomore Ryan Willis took over the starting position in game 5 for the veteran dual-threat Montell Cozart who couldn’t get things going. Willis is more of a pocket passer while Cozart doesn’t have a problem making plays with his feet. Willis has the arm to make a lot of good throws but a couple of things have plagued him: Coach Beaty talked recently about how he’s still learning the offense and having trouble interpreting defenses as a result, and thrown six interceptions (and lost a fumble) in his past two games. To highlight this, the Jayhawks are 127th (out of 128) in the FBS for turnover margin with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost on the year giving the other team nearly two extra possessions a game (-1.83 margin). Cozart hasn’t played a snap since he was benched against Texas Tech but could make an appearance as KU searches for a spark. Whoever is throwing the ball has a couple of quality receivers that Lawrence hasn’t seen in a while in junior transfer LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims, Jr. who has three 100 yard games this year. Gonzalez returns kicks, punts and plays out wide where they put him in motion, hit him on quick hitches and run him downfield. Sims, Jr. has five scores on the year and is averaging 16.18 yards a catch, on pace for a solid season. The Jayhawks throw it around some with five receivers with double digit catches and tight end Ben Johnson has been a part of the gameplan at times. At running back, Ke’Aun Kinner returns for his senior season after leading the team last year but the backfield is a committee with sophomore Taylor Martin and the freshman Khalil Herbert. Martin is perceived as the fastest, most explosive back and Herbert had an awful slippery run against Baylor last week. The rushing attack hasn’t been that strong as Kenner leads the team with 264 yards rushing. The offensive line has contributed it’s fair share to the offensive struggles (as we understand far too well). The returning starter at left tackle prematurely retired as a result of concussions and the next man up was a true freshman in Hakeem Adeniji. Senior D’Andre Banks at right tackle is the elder statesmen in the group, but there’s not a lot of experience across the board for a unit often perceived as a weakness. DefenseThe defense is definitely the stronger side of the ball for the Jayhawks, evidenced by how they held the prolific Seth Russell to 144 yards on 9/22 passing for the game (worth noting that he was pulled before halftime). While the Bears were able to run the ball well, gashing the unit for 250 yards, the defense is constantly put in tough positions with the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over frequently and seems to be more solid than the numbers would show. The Jayhawks did a solid job at home slowing down a prolific TCU offense that averaged 43.4 points per game to only 24. Even more impressive was the nine tackles for loss the Jayhawks tallied; this defense can be aggressive. KU is 14th in FBS with 51 tackles for loss. Ends Dorace Armstrong, Jr. and Cameron Rosser are one of the most productive pairs in college football and experts at dragging down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, combining for 13 tackles for loss. Armstrong averages a sack each game and is really the standout on this defense. These stats are made possible by tackle Daniel Wise, who made the ESPN Mid-Season All Big 12 team where he was noted as one of the more disruptive players in the conference.Senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts, a transfer from South Carolina, was productive last year with 71 tackles and a pick-six, giving some leadership to the defense. Courtney Arnick has filled in well for injured captain Joe Dineen, Jr., pulling down four tackles for loss and seems to be nearly always around the ball. Another leader is team captain Fish Smithson, the perennial leading tackler for the team. The senior safety has a couple of interceptions and leads the team with 32 tackles. True freshman corner Mike Lee is an impact player who was a late qualifier and the four star recruit left behind offers from Georgia, Texas, A&M, Mizzou and Texas Tech to come help the KU secondary right away. The key to this game could be turnovers. If KU continues at an FBS leading rate and OSU continues to force turnovers at a rate near the top of the conference, the odds are slim the Jayhawks pull the upset. A few sophomores on the roster (Sims, Jr., Armstrong, Wise, Rosser, Martin) look to be impact players and building blocks for Jayhawk teams of the future. Overall, former Texas high school football coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are trying to rebuild a losing culture with an influx of talent from Texas high schools (more than half of 2016 class was from TX) and solid team speed. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to be ranked but getting out of ESPN’s weekly “Bottom 10” would be progress. Beaty should have at least another year or two to do that unless he very unfortunately hits the most popular person in Kansas with his car. 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.
2016?-11Oklahoma Year Final ScoreLineFavored Team 200749-17 OU-11.5Oklahoma 201438-35 (OT) OSU-19.5Oklahoma 200927-0 OU-7.5Oklahoma 200861-41 OU-10.5Oklahoma Oklahoma opened as a 13.5 point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 2016 Bedlam, a line that many Pokes fans felt was high. The line is down to -11 as of Monday, and may continue to fall as we get closer to the big game on Saturday.We know that in its last nine Bedlam games, OSU is 2-7. I picked 2007 because that is the year Mike Gundy really started to get all his own players on the field (and we could only find spreads going back to that year).You probably knew that OSU record already, because Boone Pickens made us all painfully aware of it. But what have the lines been compared to the final scores? Has OSU normally covered? Let’s take a look. 201144-10 OSU-3.5Oklahoma State 201558-23 OU-7.5Oklahoma 201251-48 OU-6Oklahoma 201047-41 OU-3Oklahoma State 201333-24 OU-9.5Oklahoma State Oklahoma has actually covered the spread six times out of the last nine Bedlam meetings, but only twice out of five times since 2011. Sure, they’ve won several close games, in 2010, 2012, and 2013 (Gilbert caught it), but recent history shows us there’s a decent chance the Cowboys will beat the line this week.Which they’ll need to substantially if they want to win the their second Big 12 title after playing for it for the fourth time in six years.Tough to see OU as a 2-TD favorite when #okstate has the better receivers, defense, special teams and much better QB.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 27, 2016 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.
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. It has been discussed at length by now, but late in the second half of Oklahoma State’s 38-20 loss against Oklahoma, Barry J. Sanders took a big kick return to the 50-yard line, giving OSU some momentum and an opportunity for points before the half.But instead of trying to get something, they ran the ball and let the clock run out. Now to the average Cowboy fan, this is no surprise; Gundy decides to kneel the ball just about every time if there’s less than two minutes on the clock. But in this particular situation, it was oddly uber-conservative, even for him.Again, OSU fans have seen this all year. And with how Rudolph played, it’s understandable that they didn’t take more shots throughout the game. But in this scenario, there were a number of different ways that they could have approached this more efficiently without much of an increased risk.First of all — If you have the ball on the 50-yard line, you should at least try and get something. Yes, Rudolph is bad away from home, but at least give him a one-read play, and if it’s not there have him throw it away.Secondly — if you want to run the ball, fine. But don’t run the ball out of the full house; you’re practically telling the defense that you’re running the ball. If you’re going to be that conservative, at least spread out the field to give the illusion that you’re going to pass, and that way a run or screen could catch the defense by surprise.Finally — If you don’t want to pass the ball and instead go with the run, that’s ok. But at least call a timeout with a couple of seconds left and take a shot. Why not? What’s the worst that could happen? He gets sacked? He throws an incompletion or interception in the end zone? Who cares? Everyone knows that Gundy is conservative, especially in Bedlam, but there’s literally no downside to taking a shot.And this is just one example of many. How about late in the fourth quarter with an opportunity to make it a one possession game? Instead of trying to get the touchdown, the Cowboys decide to run it three times in a row, including on a third and 10, and try for the field goal. And Grogan missed it.This game was filled with decisions like these. Running it out of the full house on second down and ten and trying a pass against a max zone coverage on third for an incompletion. Going in four or five deep coverage and letting Mayfield pick your zone apart. Giving cushion to receivers on third and one. It goes on and on. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for OSU. It’s just unfortunate that it all came together at once.
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. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WR