160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLUMBUS, N.M. — The 1.5-mile barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the United States. There’s just one problem: It was accidentally built on Mexican soil. Now embarrassed border officials say the mistake could cost the federal government more than $3 million to fix. The barrier was part of more than 15 miles of border fence built in 2000, stretching from the town of Columbus to an onion farm and cattle ranch. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said the vertical metal tubes were sunk into the ground and filled with cement along what officials firmly believed was the border. But a routine aerial survey in March revealed that the barrier protrudes into Mexico by 1 to 6 feet. James Johnson, whose onion farm is in the disputed area, said he thinks his forefathers may have started the confusion in the 19th century by placing a barbed-wire fence south of the border. No one discovered their error, and crews erecting the barrier may have used that fence as a guideline. “It was a mistake made in the 1800s,” Johnson said. “It is very difficult to make a straight line between two points in rugged and mountainous areas that are about two miles apart.” The Mexican government was notified and did what any landowner would do: They sent a note politely insisting that Mexico get its land back. “Our country will continue insisting for the removal (of the fence) to be done as quickly as possible,” the Foreign Relations Department said in a diplomatic missive to Washington. When the barrier was built in 2000, the project was believed to cost about $500,000 a mile. Estimates to uproot and replace it range from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
K-pop dancers celebrate the launch of the new Gold Coast-Seoul Jetstar flights. Photo: Queensland Airports Jetstar has opened up Australia’s first direct low-cost airline connection with Korea amid a flurry of K-Pop dancers and a hope that the Korean penchant to travel will lead them to Queensland’s Gold Coast.The timing of the December 8 launch of the Gold Coast-Seoul flights is not entirely auspicious; it comes as Jetstar grapples with industrial action on two fronts from pilots and ground staff demanding better pay and conditions.The Australian carrier is operating the three-times-weekly Boeing 787 service in a codeshare partnership with Korean budget counterpart Jeju Air.Supported by the Queensland Government in partnership with Queensland Airports and destination Gold Coast, the flights represent an additional 52,625 seats into the holiday destination annually.READ: Philippines Airlines expands to PerthQueensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Korean tourism market had grown steadily from 63,000 visitors in the year to June 2016 to 76,000 in the year to June 2019.Jetstar’s inaugural Korea flight receives a water cannon salute. Photo: Queensland AirportsShe said research also showed visitor nights from younger Korean tourists to Queensland had grown by 12.5 percent in the 12 months to June 2019.“Over the next three years, this service will create nearly 2000 new tourism jobs, bring an extra 156,000 inbound airline seats to the Gold Coast and generate more than $176 million for the Queensland economy,” she said.Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans said South Koreans traveled more per capita than any other country in the Asia Pacific and ranked Australia at the top country they want to visit.“The Gold Coast is the perfect gateway to explore Queensland and the rest of the country and we look forward to working with our partners to continue to promote the city and the region to make this service a success,” he said.Queensland Airports chief executive Chris Mills said the new flights created an important link between the Gold Coast and Korea and opened up another international destination for local travelers.“It means South Koreans will have a direct link to our stunning beaches and hinterland, delivering significant benefits to our economy,” he said.The first Jetstar passengers from Seoul disembark on the return flight. Photo: Queensland Airports.Later welcoming the first passengers from Korea after the return flight landed December 9, Mills said cultural awareness training had been delivered for employees and terminal stakeholders and a Korean liaison officer had been employed as part of customer service preparations for the new Seoul service.“We are really focused on ensuring South Korean visitors receive a warm welcome and fond farewell when they travel through Gold Coast Airport,” he said.“Our Korean liaison officer is on hand to provide any assistance required, while many of our employees and key stakeholders in the terminal have undergone cultural awareness training to ensure we are doing our best to assist our customers.”
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As it stands, however, TCU is considered the favorite here. And that could especially be the case after OSU added 2018 cornerback Gabe Lemons to the fold this week.Three-star tight end pledge rock solid despite interest elsewhereLong-time OSU tight end pledge Nic McTear has seen his recruitment skyrocket after committing to the Cowboys, but he’s rock solid with his commitment.In an interview with Scout.com this week, McTear says it’s the Gundy factor that has kept him committed and solid.“It’s coach (Mike) Gundy,” McTear said. “He keeps it real. He is consistent too. He has been there for like the last 10 years. Every single year they go to a bowl game and they just keep it simple. He is just everything you want in a coach.I feel like I am firm where I am at. I feel like I will go there for sure unless something major happens. Other than that I don’t think I am going to be going anywhere else.”McTear has garnered offers from TCU, LSU, Auburn, Miami and others, but with all that interest he has remained firm in his commitment. 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.Junior college defensive tackle standout visitingFour-star junior college defensive tackle Tayland Humphrey will be making an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State this weekend, he announced this week. Humphrey’s ranked as one of the best junior college prospects in the Class of 2018 — regardless of position.AdChoices广告The Hutchison C.C. standout is a 6-6, 350-pound mauler with 25 scholarship offers in hand from Texas A&M, Arkansas, OU, Florida State, Alabama and others. He is originally from Klein Oak, Texas.OSU’s top cornerback target on commitment watchSlidell, Louisiana cornerback Eddie Smith announced Thursday evening that he will be making his college commitment on Friday night. Smith recently visited OSU where he came away singing praises of the school he undoubtedly included in his top 3.“I loved it honestly,” Smith said. “I had no idea the school was that beautiful. I fell in love with the campus.” 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.
PSG PSG have €222m in the physio’s room! – Marseille’s Garcia gloats after Neymar injury Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 03:21 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PSG Coupe de France PSG v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille Neymar Videos The Brazilian suffered a cracked metatarsal during a 3-0 win over PSG’s Classique rivals, leading Garcia to suggest their spending was useless Marseille boss Rudi Garcia mocked Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer policy and reliance on Neymar ahead of Wednesday’s Coupe de France showdown at the Parc des Princes.PSG beat their rivals 3-0 in Ligue 1 on Sunday but the victory was soured by Brazil star Neymar suffering a broken metatarsal.Garcia told a news conference ahead of the rematch that his opposite number Unai Emery still had plenty of options when it came to hurting Marseille but suggested the world-record spend on Neymar might have left PSG short in other areas. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “If there is no Neymar, there will be [Angel] Di Maria,” he said. “We will see if [Kylian] Mbappe and [Edinson] Cavani play when there is the Real Madrid game the week after.”It is a team built to win the Champions League. If they do not, it will be failure.”They have invested €400million, including €222m that is in the physio’s room.”PSG captain Thiago Silva accused Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet of saying he wanted to hurt Neymar before the latter’s injury in a challenge with Bouna Sarr.Marseille defender Adil Rami insisted he had sought to stay away from such controversy after Sunday’s match.”I don’t know if the media are talking too much about Neymar. When I get home, I start my Playstation,” he said.”Without him, PSG will be another team but they remain a great team with a big bench. We cannot celebrate the misfortunes of a player.”
WTF Nike football: Great adverts, current player roster & latest boots Ryan Kelly 23:42 28/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal WTF Premier League Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Some of the greatest footballers of all time have worked closely with the sportswear giant, producing ads and promoting clothing Over the past two decades and more, sportswear giant Nike has shown tremendous creativity in showing off their brand and products in football.By marrying the appeal of the greatest footballers in the world with high-level production, the corporation has become synonymous with a certain style of football.Speed, skill and success are the message in their advertising, but they also have fun with it, setting their vision of the game in an upbeat light. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Goal takes a closer look at some of Nike’s football adverts, the star players they are associated with and some of their latest products.Nike football adsIn the 1990s, Nike brought out a number of memorable advertisements featuring footballers, fantastic concepts and catchy soundtracks.The 1996 ‘Match in Hell’, in which a slew of the game’s then-current stars took on the Devil and his demonic football team, kicked things off in the brand’s unique series.The likes of Luis Figo, Paolo Maldini and Ronaldo form a team expected to save the beautiful game in a match that culminates with Eric Cantona’s nonchalant utterance of “au revoir” as he blastes a flaming ball through the Devil to rescue the day.Around the time of the 1998 World Cup another Nike advert captured the imagination of football fans as the Brazil national team kill boredom in an airport by playing an impromptu game filled with tricks and flicks. Fittingly, it was amplified by Sergio Mendes’ 1960s song ‘Mas que Nada’, which has become synonymous with ‘Samba football’. And in the 2000s, they really set themselves apart from competitors with a series of brilliantly produced efforts. In the early part of the decade, Louis van Gaal led a crack team of skilled footballers to a high-security complex to retrieve a special ball that was said to be “rounder”. A few years later, long after his retirement, Cantona returned as the man overseeing a high-stakes underground tournament featuring three-man teams, including the likes of Thierry Henry, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. A remixed version of the Elvis Presley song ‘A little less conversation’ was the soundtrack and the concept was revisited a number of years later in a winner-takes-all bout.Skilful footballers performing freestyle tricks figured a lot in the ads and the idea of Joga Bonito (meaning ‘Beautiful Game’ in Portuguese) was explored in a series of ads featuring the Brazil national team, recalling the 1998 effort. The Portugal national team, with the likes of Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, even became involved.Director Guy Ritchie was involved in a famous Nike football ad depicting the meteoric ascent of a non-league player to the very summit of the game. The short film is shot entirely from the viewpoint of the footballer as he climbs the ladder to success, fame and glory.Some films have incorporated Nike athletes from other sports and NBA star Kobe Bryant featured in an ad that focuses on the narrow margins between success and failure, showing the different fates that await stars should they score a winning goal, for example. In it, Wayne Rooney becomes a hero for England, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s path – foreshadowing reality – brings a gigantic statue and a feature-length movie.Fast, fierce, fearless. It’s in their DNA. A select few have it. The rest have to deal with it. Fast by nature. #BornMercurial @Cristiano @neymarjr @KMbappe @marcoasensio10Get notified: https://t.co/45SwifKvcE pic.twitter.com/3eNvi4RVDp— Nike Football (@nikefootball) February 7, 2018Generally speaking, the Nike ads air ahead of major tournaments or events, but they have also produced slick films to promote their latest releases, such as football boots. While they are not always as elaborate, funny or fantastic, they still possess that star quality and show their products in an alluring light.Nike football rosterAs one of the biggest sports brands in the world, it is not surprising that Nike is associated with some of the best footballers on the planet.Chief among them is five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who has long been the face of the football strand of the corporation, but the Real Madrid superstar is supported by a supremely talented cast too.Other current Nike football ambassadors and sponsees include Neymar, Alexis Sanchez, Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane. The likes of Luka Modric, Christian Pulisic and Robert Lewandowski also feature among the illustrious billing.You can see some of the top footballers who are currently on their roster in the table below. Player Country Club Gonzalo Higuain Argentina Juventus Mauro Icardi Argentina Inter Kevin De Bruyne Belgium Man City Eden Hazard Belgium Chelsea Philippe Coutinho Brazil Barcelona Neymar Brazil PSG Alexis Sanchez Chile Man Utd Arturo Vidal Chile Bayern Munich Harry Kane England Tottenham Raheem Sterling England Man City Alexandre Lacazette France Arsenal Kylian Mbappe France PSG Jerome Boateng Germany Bayern Munich Mario Gotze Germany Borussia Dortmund Leonardo Bonucci Italy AC Milan Lorenzo Insigne Italy Napoli Robert Lewandowski Poland Bayern Munich Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Real Madrid Andres Iniesta Spain Barcelona Sergio Ramos Spain Real Madrid Christian Pulisic United States Borussia Dortmund Notable former Nike footballersAs already mentioned, Nike has a long history of sponsoring and working closely with the world’s best players.Manchester United legend Eric Cantona figured prominently in ad campaigns during the 1990s and 2000s along with Brazilian stars such as Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.Italy hero Francesco Totti and the unmistakabale Edgar Davids were also heavily involved in promotions.Below you can see some of the biggest names Nike has worked with in the past. Player Country Ronaldo Brazil Ronaldinho Brazil Roberto Carlos Brazil Romario Brazil Paul Scholes England Ian Wright England Eric Cantona France Thierry Henry France Fabio Cannavaro Italy Paolo Maldini Italy Francesco Totti Italy Hidetoshi Nakata Japan Edgar Davids Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Netherlands Luis Figo Portugal Latest Nike football bootsNike’s sponsorship of the world’s best footballers is an ideal vehicle through which they can show off their latest equipment and football boots in particular.For example, back in 1998, Ronaldo’s status as the best player in the world was capitalised on as Nike launched a new boot design – the R9s – in time for that year’s World Cup.Since then, players have naturally been central to the promotion of new footwear and in February the latest designs were launched at a party featuring a cluster of their roster.The Mercurial range is arguably the most well known of Nike’s football boots and the latest offerings are the Mercurial Superfly 360 and the Mercurial Vapor 360, which became available to buy on Valentine’s Day.On the official Nike website, the Superfly 360 are priced at £229.95 ($275) and the Vapor 360 is slightly cheaper £209.95 ($250).Some of the other recent offerings include the Hypervenom, the Magista and the Tiempo ranges. 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Borussia Dortmund Stoger demands response after Europa League nightmare Rob Lancaster 03:42 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga The Dortmund boss didn’t sleep well after the home loss to Red Bull Salzburg but now must refocus his team against Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend Peter Stoger admitted Borussia Dortmund’s nightmare display against Red Bull Salzburg left him struggling to sleep.The Bundesliga club slipped to a 2-1 home defeat in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday, leaving them with a mountain to climb when they travel to Austria for the return fixture next week.Valon Berisha scored twice for the visitors and while Andre Schurrle bundled in a goal to halve the deficit, Dortmund slipped to their first defeat in 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp With little time to reflect before facing Eintracht Frankfurt in domestic action, Stoger revealed he had sought the opinions of his staff to try and work out why Dortmund performed so badly.”I didn’t sleep very well, and not for that long either,” he told the media.”It doesn’t happen all the time, but sometimes you’re reviewing the matches immediately. You’re talking with some guys about the impressions you got from the match.”Clearly there isn’t very much time until the next game, so you want to hear their point of view. Alternatively, you have a short and uncomfortable night.”Frankfurt – who sit in fourth place in the table – fought back from 2-0 down to draw with Peter Bosz’s Dortmund last October.Stoger knows the visitors to Signal Iduna Park will make their presence felt and warned his players to be prepared for a physical battle.”The team has to show a lot of character,” he added.”Eintracht are a team who play physically, they are aggressive, well organised and combative.”Normally we are strong creatively, using our speed on offence. That will still be necessary, but it won’t be enough. We have to fight in the duels and take our chances.”There was some good news for Dortmund in the aftermath of the Red Bull Salzburg defeat though, with the club announcing Marco Reus has signed a new long-term contract.
Primera División Malaga vs Barcelona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:25 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Las Palmas v Barcelona Las Palmas The Catalans are on the road as they visit La Rosaleda hoping to build on an impressive victory against Liga challenger Atletico last time out Barcelona will look to take another step towards the title on Saturday as they take on Malaga in La Liga.Ernesto Valverde’s side are eight points clear at the top of the Primera Division after Lionel Messi’s free kick guided them to a crucial victory over Atletico Madrid.With the Colchoneros back in action on Sunday, Barca could extend their advantage to 11 with victory at La Rosaleda. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Malaga, however, might be bottom of La Liga but they have caused problems for the Catalans in the past, and with a key Champions League tie also approaching Barcelona face a huge week as they seek domestic and European glory. Game Malaga vs Barcelona Date Saturday March 10 Time 19:45 GMT / 15:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Malaga players Goalkeepers Roberto, Prieto Defenders Miquel, Gonzalez, Hernandez, Ricca, Rosales, Torres Midfielders Rolon, Adrian, Juanpi, Chory, Kuzmanovic, Garcia, Lacen, Iturra Forwards Borja, Penaranda, Rolan, Bueno Keko, Juankar and Recio are all absent for La Liga’s bottom club, who have not won a game since 2017 as they battle desperately against relegation.Potential Malaga starting XI: Roberto; Rosales, Miquel, Hernandez, Ricca; Rolan, Chory, Lacen, Iturra, Borja, Bueno. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Pique, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen, Alba. Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards Suarez, Messi, Dembele, Alcacer Coach Ernesto Valverde is juggling several injury worries. Denis Suarez limped off during Barca’s Catalan Supercopa win midweek, and is almost certainly ruled out.Andres Iniesta too is battling a hamstring problem, and will likely cede his place to Philippe Coutinho in order to save his legs for the Champions League. Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Coutinho; Suarez, Messi.Betting & Match Odds Barcelona are favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 2/7 on the Blaugrana. Malaga are deemed to be a 12/1 bet and a draw is more likely at 9/2.dabblebet customers can watch and bet on the game if they have a funded or active account. T&Cs apply. Match Preview La Liga is now Barcelona’s to lose. Messi’s free-kick to take down Atletico gives them a commanding lead over their nearest rivals, with just 11 games to go in the season.Now Valverde and his men are entering the decisive stages of the season. The Blaugrana are also fighting for the Copa del Rey and the Champions League, and will host Chelsea at Camp Nou in the latter on Wednesday. That means the coach will have to rotate his overworked squad, perhaps beginning with Malaga this weekend. At the foot of the table, the struggling Andalucians on paper at least should be no match for Messi and Co. The same sentiments, however, were uttered prior to Barca’s last away fixture when fellow relegation candidates Las Palmas welcomed the leaders to Gran Canaria. As it was, Jonathan Calleri’s penalty and a number of curious refereeing decisions left Barca frustrated with a disappointing draw, proof that no result can be taken for granted. Malaga too have sprung their fair share of shocks on the giants over the years, and will need no extra motivation to go out for another upset on Saturday with Liga survival at stake.
We’re in Week 2 of our position previews, and this week we’ll take a look at a group that gives OSU fans a lot to be excited about.Oklahoma State’s running backs have been a point of pride for the team of the past few seasons with the stable’s skill and depth. The group definitely has skill in Chuba Hubbard. There is a lot of potential behind him, but that potential is a bit unproven for now. Let’s get into it.QB previewThe RB RoomA running back unit that lost Justice Hill and J.D. King might be thought to be in rough shape, but John Wozniak’s group still looks solid. Apart from Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown, the group is untested at the D-I level, but there is depth there without a doubt.LD Brown (R-Jr.): One of two returning members of the four-headed beast that was OSU’s running back unit in 2018, LD Brown played in 10 games last season but had only 163 yards. Seventy-seven of those yards came on a touchdown run against Missouri State.Micah Cooper (R-Jr.): Micah Cooper is the latest in a long line of players to come to Stillwater from NEO. A walk-on, Cooper originally went to D-II Henderson State out of Madill High School.Deondrick Glass (Fr.): Deondrick Glass comes to OSU as the 2019 recruiting class’ 13th-ranked running back. At Katy High School (TX), Glass ran for 4,964 yards and 82 touchdowns in his final three seasons. In his senior season alone, he ran for 1,951 yards and 30 touchdowns. He comes to OSU after having offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, LSU, Miami, USC and a lot of others.Chuba Hubbard (R-So.): Chuba Hubbard took over as OSU’s RB1 early in last season’s Bedlam game after Justice Hill went down with injury, and Hubbard was fantastic. In his first year of college football, he ran for 740 yards and seven touchdowns on 124 carries. In three of the Cowboys’ final four games, Hubbard surpassed the 100-yard mark. He is still an underclassman, but he has the hype of a junior or senior entering the 2019 season.Dezmon Jackson (Jr.): Last season at Hutchinson Community College, Dezmon Jackson ran for 1,216 yards and 13 touchdowns on 163 characters. He was the 15th-ranked running back in the 2019 juco class. Jackson is the cousin of Baltimore Ravens running back Kenneth Dixon.Jahmyl Jeter (R-Fr.): A power back, Jahmyl Jeter saw some special teams work in the Liberty Bowl, but he is still waiting for his first collegiate carry. Jeter ran for 4,008 yards and 48 touchdowns in his last three seasons at Brennan High School (TX), including a 1,033-yard, 16-touchdown senior season.Mbari Snoddy (R-Fr.): A walk-on who redshirted in 2018, Mbari Snoddy ran for 1,218 yards and scored 20 total touchdowns as a high school senior at Edmond Santa Fe in 2017.2019 ExpectationsThis season will be the first full year of the Chuba Hubbard Show.Hubbard is the undoubted starter heading into his redshirt sophomore season, but behind him is where things get interesting. It looks like LD Brown, Jahmyl Jeter, Dezmon Jackson and Deondrick Glass will all compete for reps behind Hubbard.Glass is probably the most intriguing of the group given how highly regarded he was as a recruit, but he has the least experience and the other three were all participating in spring practices. With that said, Mike Gundy hasn’t ruled the freshman out as a contributor, going against what some would see as his liberal use of the redshirt over the past few seasons.“If he’s in good shape, he’s got skill,” Gundy said this spring. “Three weeks in August is all about durability and ‘Can I pick up the system?’ His skill set says if he can pick the system up and if he’s durable to make it through, he could play a role, too. If he is, you play him. You don’t really redshirt guys like that much anymore.”Unless one guy stood out behind closed doors this spring, it’s tough to say who will get the majority of Hubbard’s leftover work. It’s probably something that will get worked out in the early parts of the season before Big 12 play.Position StrengthsChuba Hubbard is legit.The Canadian flash’s ceiling is being one of the top running backs in the country, and his floor looks like it’s averaging 100 yards a game, which is an awesome floor. Durability was an unknown for Hubbard last year, but he stayed solid through the four games he was the Cowboys’ featured back.He also looks to have a solid supporting cast. In a state of transfers in college athletics, OSU has done an excellent job maintaining a solid stable of backs, a stable that survived a junior turning pro and a transfer.Often running backs are only as good as their offensive lines, and luckily for Hubbard and Co., the Cowboys’ line also looks to be going forward.Position WeaknessesIt’s easy to think the group has solid depth, but it’s honestly an unknown until it’s seen in live action.Apart from Hubbard and Brown, no one in the position group has taken a Division-I handoff before. If everything turns out how it expected, the Cowboys will have a bit of an embarrassment of riches in the backfield, but we won’t know for sure until at least Aug. 30. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. 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