The People’s National Congress Reform extends heartfelt Eid-ul-Adha greetings to all Guyanese, but more especially to the Muslim Community.All Guyanese should use the day, which commemorates the supreme sacrifice of the Prophet, to reflect on their personal commitments to the ideals of peace, justice, kindness and fairness. Based on these personal commitments, only then can our country develop into a nation characterised by unity, harmony and a sense of decency.The PNCR has always been and will always remain respectful of Guyana’s cultural and religious diversity and believes that our diversity has worked and can continue to work to the country’s advantage. In this latter regard, it should be remembered that it was the PNC Government, under its Founder Leader, Forbes Burnham, which paved the way for each of the country’s major religious groups to observe their holy days as National Holidays.Our Party will always remain committed to ensuring that Guyanese grow from strength to strength as a unified people, whilst allowing each and every citizen the right to follow his or her religious conscience.Eid Mubarak!People’s National Congress ReformCongress Place, Sophia,Georgetown, GuyanaSaturday 10th September 2016
VERO BEACH, Fla. – Jason Schmidt thought he was fully aware of what he was getting into. Having spent five-plus seasons on the other side of one of baseball’s most historic rivalries, the veteran right-hander knew everything about Los Angeles, about the Dodgers, about pitching at Dodger Stadium and about the torch of deep-rooted tradition he would be carrying by donning a Dodgers uniform. “But at the same time, if you have kids, there is a great benefit to being a ballplayer, no doubt about it. When they’re a little bit older, I think they’ll enjoy the experience. My daughter already loves baseball. She is kind of the athlete of the family, so far.” In truth, Schmidt will gladly suffer one more spring in sleepy Vero Beach if it means getting the championship ring he came so agonizingly close to with the Giants. They blew a five-run, seventh-inning lead against the Angels in Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, then lost Game 7. Colletti got a share of that heartbreak, too, and his longtime association with Schmidt left little doubt in Colletti’s mind when he went shopping for free agents last fall that this was a player he wanted on his side again. “You have to have a certain type of pitcher if you’re going to go far into the postseason,” Colletti said. “He had a lot of promise when he was with Atlanta and then Pittsburgh. But he came to San Francisco the last couple of months of 2001 and for five years after that and grew into one of the best pitchers in the league.” When the Giants got him from Pittsburgh at the trading deadline, Schmidt had gone a middling 44-47 in what amounted to five seasons with the Pirates. Although the Giants missed the playoffs that season, Schmidt, inspired by the chance to finally pitch for a contender, went 7-1 down the stretch. He would reach double figures in wins each of the next five years. “Being a young pitcher with Pittsburgh, and the fact we weren’t winning, I had a really hard time, especially being on the East Coast,” said Schmidt, who grew up near Seattle. “I was kind of miserable. It wasn’t Pittsburgh’s fault. It was just the whole environment. Three Rivers Stadium was empty all the time, and it was tough to get motivated. I would get into a game thinking my adrenaline was flowing, but then as the game went on, I would just lose focus. “When I got traded to San Francisco, the Giants were in a pennant race. It was just a totally different atmosphere, and I was able to feed off that.” Feed off it to the point of posting what for now is the highest winning percentage (.678) in Giants’ history by a pitcher with at least 100 decisions. That puts him at the top of a list that includes Hall of Famer Juan Marichal. Schmidt’s best year came in 2003, when he went 17-5, led the National League with a 2.34 ERA and finished second in Cy Young Award voting. But it was the season before that one that had been Schmidt’s most difficult, and his most rewarding. Even as the Giants were forging their way to that World Series near-miss, Schmidt was trying to prepare himself for what by then was the inevitable death of his mother, Vicki. That year would prove monumental in Schmidt’s maturation process. “She had been originally diagnosed a few days before spring training,” he said. “She made it to the World Series, and that was a miracle in itself. (Her death) really messed me up for a long, long time. I think the biggest thing was that I kind of separated myself from everyone and everything. Baseball became therapy for me, a place where I could get rid of my aggression. That was good for the time being, but I think I realized later on, when the winter rolled around, that I still needed to deal with it because I was kind of messed up. “It really opened my eyes to a lot of things that people go through. You hear about people having cancer all the time, but you think it only happens to other people. And then suddenly, it happens to someone close to you. I learned you definitely can’t take life for granted.” For that reason, Schmidt is especially committed to his own family and especially committed to charitable causes, primarily those dedicated to cancer research. Meanwhile, he is a living legacy to his beloved late mother – a legacy that goes far beyond strikeouts, innings pitched and even World Series rings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “When I got here, somebody told me it wasn’t happening until 2009. If it helps them build it sooner, I’ll get a shovel and start digging myself.” Although it still hasn’t been officially announced, the Dodgers are expected to leave Florida for Glendale, Ariz., where they will share a proposed two-team complex with the Chicago White Sox. Schmidt lives in suburban Scottsdale, which is no more than 45 minutes from suburban Glendale even in the notorious rush-hour traffic of metro Phoenix. Schmidt, to whom family means everything, lives there with his pregnant wife and his two young children – none of whom he will see for more than a few days between now and the birth of his third child sometime in April. For a man who watched his mother waste away from brain cancer five years ago even as he was putting together one of the best seasons of his career, and for a man whose 3-year-old son has cried every day since his dad left for spring training, that’s tough to take. “This is the first time I have ever been away from them for this long a time,” said Schmidt, who went to camp in Scottsdale each year with the Giants. But there was one thing Schmidt didn’t know, and didn’t find out until it was too late. By the time someone told him, he already had signed the three-year, $47 million contract Dodgers general manager and former Giants assistant GM Ned Colletti used to lure Schmidt down the coast from San Francisco. “I thought they were moving their spring training to Arizona next year, and that was one of the key factors in me choosing to sign here,” Schmidt said.
0Shares0000Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (left) in action during the 5-0 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on September 9, 2017NYON, Switzerland, Mar 16 – Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side will host Pep Guardiola’s City at Anfield for the first leg, either on April 3 or April 4 as the sides meet for the first time in Europe.It will also be the first meeting of two English sides in the last eight of the Champions League since Chelsea played Manchester United in the 2010-2011 season.City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is it is going to be a great couple of games and we are going to see good football.”Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real teammates will be happy to be playing the second leg of their tie at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium against Juventus, whose experience proved lethal to English club Tottenham in the last 16.Bayern, aiming to win Europe’s top club crown for the sixth time, face Sevilla, the surprise slayers of Manchester United in the last round, but goalkeeper Sven Ulreich said they were relieved to avoid one of their major rivals.“There are harder draws. It’s doable, but Sevilla have shone in Europe and they have won three Europa Leagues,” Ulreich said.“So we’ll be very focused when we go over there (for the first leg) and then we’ll do the business at home.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN JOSE – After more than two years of promises and delays, Comcast Corp. has finally begun rolling out its first set-top boxes that run TiVo’s digital video recording technology. As expected, New England is the first market to get the long-awaited Comcast-TiVo offering. The rollout started in the past few days with test customers only, TiVo spokesman Whit Clay said in a statement Thursday. The boxes will be commercially available “in coming weeks,” a Comcast spokeswoman said. Pricing has not yet been disclosed. The Comcast-TiVo deal was first announced in 2005 and is considered a key part of TiVo’s future as it works to attract more customers and become profitable. TiVo pioneered the DVR and is the best-known brand name but has struggled amid cheaper offerings by rivals, including Comcast. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable TV provider, has said it will continue to offer its basic DVR service; the TiVo-based offering will be a premium service. Shares of TiVo gained 3 cents to close at $7 Thursday.
Fifteen-year-old Miriam Fitzsimons, from Letterkenny, Donegal, who was announced as the Cadbury GWA/GAA Young Reporter of the Year award. Miriam’s article on the importance of self-belief in Gaelic Games can be read in full on www.gaa.ie. GAA Museum, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILEFifteen-year-old Donegal girl Miriam Fitzsimons was been unveiled as the first winner of the Cadbury GWA/GAA Young Reporter of the Year competition.Letterkenny girl Miriam wrote an excellent article on the importance of self-belief in Gaelic Games.In her piece, the Donegal teenager uses the example of how Jim McGuinness turned her native county’s footballers from also-rans into All-Ireland champions in the space of two years. McGuinness transformed Donegal in a short space of time and self-belief was key to this.In her article Miriam backs up her point with an insightful original interview with former Clare All Star hurler Tony Griffin, who runs the Soar Foundation whose mission it is to ‘empower young people to thrive and believe in themselves’.As well as having her article published, Miriam scooped a €500 bursary cheque to go towards her education, which was generously sponsored by Cadbury.This is the first year of the Young Reporter of the Year competition. The Gaelic Writers Association is the official representative body for the national Gaelic Games media in Ireland. Here’s the piece which won her the prize:BY MIRIAM FITZSIMONSWe should never underestimate the power of self-confidence, positivity and self-belief in life, but especially in sport. These are key factors to success in the world of GAA in the current era. When footballers and hurlers feel confident, they are more likely to turn sporting potential into superior performance. On the other hand, when they feel unsure of themselves, the slightest setback can have a severe effect on their performance. Self-confidence may be defined as ‘belief in yourself and your abilities’.Do you think if Michael Murphy didn’t believe in himself and in his abilities would he have scored an outstandinggoal in the opening minutes of the All- Ireland Final this year? Perhaps not. An All-Ireland final is the biggest sporting event in the lives of all footballers and hurlers and it is very clear on such occasions those that believe in themselves and in the team. They are the people who will go that extra mile, make that extra tackle or score that incredible point. These are the people who believe. They rise to the challenge. Jim McGuinness is a prime example of self- belief and positivity. In November 2010 when McGuinness gathered the Donegal squad for the first time under his management, he told the players gathered to represent the Green and Gold that they were going to win an Ulster title. He didn’t say let’s try to win an Ulster title, he told them they were going to win one. He also told them that they were capable of winning an All-Ireland. Eight months later,they took the Anglo Celt Cup back to Donegal for the first time in nineteen years. A year later they were the first team to win back to back Ulster titles from the Preliminary round.Two months after that, following thrilling encounters with Kerry and Cork, Donegal beat Mayo by four points in the All Ireland Final, the same margin by which they beat Dublin 20 years earlier. They made history, bringing Sam Maguire back to Donegal for the second time in 128 years of the GAA. People may think it was ‘the system’ that got them there but Jim McGuinness’ positivity and belief are just as important as the system underwhich the Donegal players excelled. He gave the team confidence, belief and determination to accomplish what many thought was impossible. These same players thought him mad the first time he met them as a group and told them that there was an All-Ireland in this team. They didn’t believe it then but in a very short period of time, McGuinness had them believing and they were playing better than ever. He has an array of motivational sayings, the main one being ‘Commit, Focus, Believe, Achieve’. I believe you can actually live by this saying. Others include ‘Every day’s a school day’ and ‘Our Future’s our Past’, both food for thought.Tony Griffin, former Clare hurler and an All Star in 2006, was impressed with Jim McGuinness’ use of motivational sayings. He really believes in ‘Everyday’s a school day’. ‘If you think about it, we never stop learning, if you look at life as learning, you won’t be as upset if you fail because you will have learned from it’. When I spoke to Griffin, co-founder of The Soar Foundation whose mission is to ’empower all young people to thrive, to believe in themselves and fulfil their true potential’ he told me just how important self-belief is in players.‘You have to expect your outcome to be a positive one, sport is a way of expressing yourself, self-belief is key whether it’s taking on your man or timing your run, you need to believe in yourself. If you expect the outcome to be positive you will take that risk, take the free and when you run your breathing will be more solid. If we have belief in ourselves, what we imagine will come true. Confidence is massively important’.The importance of seeing a positive outcome will push you so much further, you can achieve what is ‘impossible’ in other people’s beliefs, but not in yours. His sterling inter-county career shows just how important self-belief really is. Both Griffin and McGuinness have shown the necessity for working on self-belief and confidence in the GAA. If you believe, you will achieve.This article was written by 15-year-old Miriam Fitzsimons from Co. Donegal. She is the winner of the first Cadbury GWA/GAA Young Reporter of the Year award.DELIGHT AS DONEGAL GIRL WINS ALL-IRELAND GAA YOUNG REPORTER COMPETITION was last modified: April 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DELIGHT AS DONEGAL GIRL WINS ALL-IRELAND GAA YOUNG REPORTER COMPETITIONGAAGWAletterkenny
Letterkenny District Court.A 65-year-old man was allowed to change his plea after he became ‘overwhelmed by the tariffs’ involved with his case, a court heard.A sitting of the Letterkenny Circuit Court heard that the man was accused of crimes of a sexual nature some 20 years ago, and the accusations caused him “acute distress”. He initially entered a not guilty plea to the charges, but asked to change that plea to guilty on his last day in court on July 18, 2013.Defence for the applicant, Ms. McMorrow, said that the request for change of plea arose after the man raised questions to his solicitor about the tariffs involved with the case.When the possible financial ramifications were explained to him, the man was said to be “overly affected” and made an overnight decision to change his plea.The man became extremely depressed and distressed over the case, and this caused his legal team some worry. He is now in extremely poor health, the court heard.Ms. McMorrow called for the man to face a jury of his peers to determine his innocence or guilt. The court heard how the man maintained his innocence throughout the trial and had no previous convictions.Referring to the man’s age, Judge John O’Hagan said that he is “still in the autumn of his years”. He said that the large crowds in the courtroom can place large amounts of pressure on people and they can become “terribly confused” about proceedings.Judge O’Hagan said that such busy atmospheres can cause a “poor mitigant” to be “absolutely cringing in his boots”. “I couldn’t imagine what is going through the man’s mind as all this is going on,” he said.The probation report stressed that the man was concerned by the hurt and concern that the proceedings were causing for his family and the alleged victims. All the while, he was said to be “shouting his innocence.”The case was adjourned until April 1 and the man’s name was removed from the sex offender’s list.By Rachel McLaughlinLEGAL TARIFFS FORCED MAN TO CHANGE PLEA IN SEX OFFENCE CASE was last modified: February 3rd, 2014 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny Circuit Court
Astronomers staring across the universe have spotted a startling scene: three supermassive black holes orbiting close to one another, two of them just a few hundred light-years apart. The trio, housed in a pair of colliding galaxies, may help scientists hunting for ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves.Most giant galaxies harbor at their centers a supermassive black hole millions or billions of times as massive as the sun. If gas falls into the object, it can heat up and glow, turning the region just outside the black hole into a quasar—a brilliant galactic nucleus that can outshine the entire Milky Way.Astronomer Roger Deane of the University of Cape Town and his colleagues have been watching a particular quasar, known as SDSS J1502+1115, in the constellation Boötes. Other astronomers had found that the object, located 4.3 billion light-years from Earth, possessed two supermassive black holes, each the center of a large galaxy smashing into another. 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Lo and behold, one of the black holes turned out to be two. “We were incredibly surprised,” says Deane, whose team reports its findings online today in Nature.If the two black holes composing the newfound pair are equally distant from Earth, they’re just 450 light-years apart and orbit each other every 4 million years. Triple black holes are rare, and the others discovered so far all feature black holes that are much farther apart. The new pair is the second “tightest” binary black hole known; a decade ago, other astronomers found two supermassive black holes separated by about 24 light-years.”It’s very good to see another object,” says Greg Taylor of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, an astronomer who helped discover the first tight pair of black holes. With only one tight pair known, he says, it was difficult to assess how common even tighter black hole pairs are, which are crucial in the hunt for gravitational waves—a subtle type of radiation predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Two supermassive black holes orbiting just a fraction of a light-year apart should emit such waves and then give off a burst of them when the black holes merge.No known binary black hole is tight enough to emit detectable gravitational radiation. But all orbiting black holes slowly spiral together, because they lose energy as their gravity kicks away stars. Deane says it’s encouraging that his team discovered the new pair after searching just six galaxies. “Either we got really, really lucky, or these are a lot more common than previously found,” he says. So the hunt is on for tighter systems that emit gravitational waves.In time, the nearby Andromeda galaxy will hit the Milky Way, and the supermassive black holes at each galaxy’s center will form a duo that future observers can scrutinize. If you can wait a few billion years, says Harvard University astronomer Abraham Loeb, “there will be a binary [black hole] system right next door.”
Read Next MOST READ Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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We have looked at the amazing Texas Tech offense and the putrid Texas Tech defense. Now it’s time to look at some players on both sides of the ball who could make some noise on Saturday in Stillwater.Players to WatchWhen Texas Tech and Oklahoma State get together, there are more fireworks than a Grand Lake 4th of July, let’s take a peek at who some of the major players on the Tech side of the game will be on Saturday afternoon.Quarterback Pat Mahomes II, No. 5Kansas Defensive Coordinator Clint Bowen: “He’s a magician. You can tell your kids, but over and over on film you see it. Someone has him dead to rights for a sack and he does something to get away.”Long before Patrick Mahomes II set his sights on the record books in Lubbock, Texas, he was taking grounders with Alex Rodriguez and shagging balls for Cowboy great Robin Ventura, always in tow as he followed around his father, Patrick Mahomes I, an 11 year MLB veteran beloved by New York Mets fans for an 8-0 season in 1999 that helped get them to the NLCS.Patrick II looked bound for professional baseball from an early age, earning a trip to the Junior League World Series when he was 14.Mahomes excelled in baseball, basketball and football at Whitehouse, his pedigree and talent meriting calls from MLB teams and being picked in 37th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.It only took one half of a game for Kliff Kingsbury to know he had found his quarterback, the only he would offer in the 2013 class. Mahomes stayed true to Tech and turned down LSU and Notre Dame when they called late.Mahomes made his first appearance as a freshman in relief of injured starter Davis Webb on a late September night in Stillwater, some might remember as the best game Daxx Garman played in the orange and black but Mahomes went two for five with a touchdown and an interception to Cowboy linebacker Seth Jacobs.It’s safe to guess he’ll look a bit better when he comes back this weekend.Coach Gundy spoke reverentially of Mahomes this week saying he’s “a potential first round pick. He reminds me a lot of (Dallas Cowboy quarterback) Dak Prescott… Style of play, body, strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions.”Dak Mahomes leads the nation in passing yards (3,886), passing yards per game (431.8), offensive yards per game (460.7) and is second nationally in points responsible for as he averages 27.3 points per game off of 31 passing touchdowns and ten rushing touchdowns.And while the statistics are incredible, Kingsbury gushes about Mahomes’ will to win, saying it’s “second to none.”It’s hard to accuse Mahomes of not leaving it all on the field with a sore shoulder in a close loss to Oklahoma last month when he completed 52 of 88 attempts through the air for an NCAA record 734 yards passing.I’m no NFL scout, but I’d say coming out to see Mahomes mix it up against Mason would be worth the price of admission given the likelihood you’ll be watching at least one NFL quarterback, maybe two.Wide Receiver Jonathan Giles, No. 9Mahomes’ favorite target is the 5’11”, 185 pound receiver that has really turned it on after a slow freshman year. It’s hard to blame him, he was recruited by numerous FBS programs (Houston, Colorado, Indiana and more) to play quarterback like he did in high school.After a solid year of learning how to block and picking up the route trees, he’s really blossomed as a sophomore. He measures at 5’11” and 185 pounds with dazzling athleticism in the open field with an eye for the end zone. WATCH: Mahomes connects with Giles to complete Texas Tech’s 11th sub-two minute TD drive of the season! #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/uGRF7mOPDT— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) September 17, 2016With 982 yards through nine games and 12 scores, he’s having one of the best seasons for a receiver in Tech history. He leads the team with 60 catches and is one of the most productive receivers in the country (12th in receiving yards per game and 18th in receptions per game).He has four 100-yard games to his record so far this year and recently torched the OU secondary for 167 yards and two scores. Considered the best athlete on the team, it’s time for some Real Talk with Ramon: Look out for No. 9.Linebacker Jordyn Brooks, No. 20It’s rare when a true freshman, especially at middle linebacker, can step in from day one and adjust to the physicality of Power 5 football, but Jordyn Brooks has done just that. He leads the Red Raiders in tackles (61) and leads all freshmen nationally in solo tackles per game (4.7).From the same high school in Houston that produced Andrew Luck, Brooks stands at 6’1”, 235 pounds and packs a punch in the middle of the defense.Starting in all nine of Tech’s games so far and as a member of his high school’s 4×100 meter team, Brooks has speed to chase down quicker players. Turning down offers from SEC schools like Arkansas and Missouri, Kingsbury and Co. were sure glad the big instate schools didn’t come after him as they look to have him running the defense for years to come.Defensive Tackle Ondre Pipkins, No. 9When Captain Khaki took over at Michigan, change ensued and some players in the program were sent packing to make room for scholarships and you won’t hear Texas Tech complain.Former Army All-American defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins struggled with injuries throughout his time in Ann Arbor and decided to follow the tumbleweeds to west Texas where he found a warm welcome in Lubbock.We continue our series of senior features leading into Saturday’s Senior Day with defensive tackle Ondre Pipkins. #WreckEm pic.twitter.com/yOtzY0PEyn— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) October 31, 2016The senior nose guard weighs in at a whopping 325 pounds and while his stats aren’t eye popping (28 tackles, four tackles for loss), his presence looks to have tons of positive effect on those around him. You could possibly draw a straight line from the success of middle linebacker Jordyn Brooks to Pipkins, who often draws a couple of blockers.Another underrated benefit for Pipkins is his mentorship of talented defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, a true sophomore that will be counted on for leadership in coming years. With Pipkins in the starting lineup this season, their rushing defense has improved by nearly 50 yards per game, down to 236 from 280 in 2015.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!