BYU: The Cougars have a notable football team. No one wants to deal with a private religious institution that thinks it is Notre Dame and manifestly is not. If their brand were valuable, independence would be working and they would be the ones fending off the Big 12 and the Pac 12.
Linebacker is the most uncertain position on the team right now, since Utah needs to replace two of the best linebackers it's ever had, namely Jared Norris and Gionni Paul. The good news is the team has officially gone to a 4-2-5 defense and doesn't need as much depth at lnebacker as it did in the past. Here's a look at some of the names we will become familiar with this season.
Cody Barton- 6'2", 232 lbs, SO
Barton, the brother of offensive tackle Jackson Barton, played safety in high school but was quickly converted to linebacker upon arriving at Utah. Barton didn't see any reps at linebacker last year, but he did play in 12 games on special teams. Watching him in spring practice left me impressed, he reminded me a lot of Jared Norris with the way he moves and tackles, although I think his lateral quickness may be better than Norris's is. Barton should see plenty of playing time this year.
Sunia Tauteoli- 6'0", 220 lbs, JR
Tauteoli made a name for himself in spring practice after only playing a very small amount last year. He finished spring camp at the top of the linebacker depth chart and earned praise from the coaches. What I saw from Tauteoli in spring was promising. He had a few spectacular plays (tackles for loss, pass breakups, sacks, etc), but what I liked the most was that he was assignment sound, and didn't miss many, if any tackles. Tauteoli will play the "Mac" spot, meaning he'll be in the middle mostly, and I doubt we'll see him rushing off the edge very much.
David Luafatasaga- 6'4", 232 lbs, JR
A 4 star JUCO recruit, Luafatasaga was perhaps the biggest recruiting victory for Utah this season, as they flipped him from a commitment to Ole Miss when they were in desperate need of linebacker. Luafatasaga is expected to immediately contribute, his film shows him to be a really good pass rusher, along with having the lateral speed to chase down running backs and receivers close to the line. What I like most about him is he appears to be very good at identifying where a play is going and can quickly move to where he needs to be to plug up a gap or run down a ball carrier. Luafatasaga is going to be one of the best linebackers we've seen at Utah in a while.
Donavan Thompson- 5'10", 214 lbs, FR
Thompson was another good addition to the freshman class. Hailing from Miami, Thompson's film reminds me a lot of Gionni Paul. He's not the biggest guy on the field, but he is a playmaker and a hard hitter. He needs to put on some weight and ideally grow an inch or two more, so he'll likely redshirt this season, but he's athletic and smart, and should be a good contributor to the team in the future.
Christian Drews- 6'1", 230 lbs, JR
Drews, a walk on, enters fall camp as the number 2 Mac linebacker behind Tauteoli. He played in all thirteen games last year on special teams. Drews should see some time on defense this year, but I don't expect him to get a ton of snaps. He had a nice spring camp, but isn't as fast as some of the other guys around him, although he is a solid tackler.
Davir Hamilton- 6'3", 208 lbs, FR
Hamilton is already a fan favorite, as he did a lot of recruiting of his own for the Utes after committing last summer. Never did he waver on his commitment, he shut his recruiting down after receiving the Utah offer, even when he received an offer from his hometown school of UCLA. He played both ways in high school and is fast enough to play receiver as well, so his position is not settled yet, although ideally the coaches would like him to beef up and play linebacker. Watching his highlights, I'm reminded of another Utah great who showed up kind of skinny but grew into his body in college, and that guy is Stevenson Sylvester.
From what I've read, the DNC email reveals the staff favored Clinton over Sanders. The email doesn't reveal they did anything about it. The email does not reveal illegal money flowing to or from the Clinton campaign. The email does not reveal conspiracies to violate campaign finance laws. The email does not reveal any DNC dirty tricks like Nixon's old CREEP. If I missed something, please provide a citation or link.
I understand your request to get past the Russian issue. I remember the last time information was stolen from the DNC. If a tie between Mr. Trump and the Russian hack is established, it will make Watergate look like a speeding ticket.
Can we get past the Russians are trying to take over rhetoric and deal with the content in front of us? You guys sound like Donna Brazile, ie getting caught is the worse than the crime.
Despite the conspiracy theories and hate for the left's new W, the dems have been exposed. Everyone knew they were corrupt, now it is fun to see the evidence, the incestuous relatonships with media, the creative campaign finance laundering (is this going to be addressed along with Citizens United?). Hill-Dog is a hot mess. Big shocker, the dnc is not interested in improving the socioeconomic status of hispanics or other URMs, rather consolidating power through capturing voter blocks.
For all the clamoring for transparency from Hillary and the collective left, why do y'all go to such lengths to AVOID it? Good god, practice what you preach #%!@ing hypocrites.
The most disturbing part of this whole thing was how the DNC used the Hillary Victory Fund to funnel money from rich donors to the Clinton campaign. This fund was supposed to be for down-ballot races, but down-ballot races received less than 1% of the donation. Even further, the money was actively being used to fight against Sanders. It's the closest you can get to political donation money laundering without it actually being illegal.
Further, the emails reveal the DNC tied with the largest media organizations to try and hush all of this up. In comical irony, the emails reveal players at the DNC trying to go on news outlets to try an squash the money laundering angle, but have a hard time finding someone they can trust because they have screwed so many people in down-ballot races.
Let's be clear. None of this was illegal and no one will sniff prosecution over this (sorry Hillary haters), but this is not nothing. It's blatant corruption in one of the major political parties and shrugging our shoulders and pretending like it doesn't matter will just encourage this as future behavior.
Full disclosure: I will be holding my nose and voting for Clinton this November because although I can't stand the corruption Clinton is tangled up in, President Trump literally scares the s*** out of me.
I won't get too deep into it but for the deaf, the avenues for social interaction narrow to those they can communicate with, e.g. other deaf people. My own experiences with the Utah Association for the Deaf left me mostly an outsider (I can hear with a hearing aid, and never learned ASL), but my deaf grandmother was a daily visitor and proud member of the Association.
In ASL, my own category is "hard of hearing" rather than "deaf". Doesn't bother me, but that's part of how the culture categorizes its own members. Also a big debate existed between those who learned to speak (badly) and those who sign only.
"Hearing impaired" is something some wimp made up for PC purposes, I usually only hear it in the context of "The following program is close-captioned for the hearing impaired." Nobody in the deaf community really uses it, the sign for "deaf" is easier.
I loved them when I was a kid, but kinda lost interest over the years. My kids have gotten me back into them the past year or so, and there have been some great ones released during that time. Oculus, Sinister, As Above So Below, and The Babadook were fantastic. Hollywood has really upped the ante on nightmarish films.
We went to see the new Conjuring movie a couple of weeks ago, and while the story and dialogue are pretty weak the special effects and overall creepiness are top notch. I'm not really a blood and guts guy, more into the supernatural eerie type flicks, and this one delivered. Definitely looking forward to catching Lights Out this weekend. The shorts that inspired it were superb. Anyway, just thought I'd give some attention to a genre that is normally ignored here, and see if there's any interest from others.
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