CFB 150: Top 10 college football walk-ons of all time

first_imgCollege football is built by, on and for blue bloods. It’s true in nearly every aspect of the sport, from the conferences, programs and coaches who have helped make every fall Saturday in its 150-year history.Which makes it all the more sweeter when success comes from unforeseen places and inauspicious beginnings. Nowhere is that more evident than that most important of college football ingredients: the players. 3. Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas StateLeave it to former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder to recognize the potential in Nelson, whom he moved from defensive back to wide receiver ahead of his redshirt freshman season in 2004. Nelson put together respectable seasons in 2005 and ‘06, compiling 1,216 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with a smooth blend of speed, athleticism, evasiveness and soft hands. It all came together in Nelson’s senior year, a season in which he caught 122 passes in 12 games for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had eight games of at least 100 receiving yards, two games with at least 200 receiving yards and six games with double-digit receptions. He also finished the final six games of his career with at least one receiving touchdown, adding two passing scores and two punt return scores to total 15 for the 2007 season. He finished his K-State career as a first-team All-Big 12 selection, a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist.2. Santana Moss, WR, MiamiMoss fell just short of the greatest walk-on of all time, but he at least can claim one of the best quotes of all time: “Big-time players step up in big games.” It took only three games for Miami coaches to realize their hometown walk-on was a “big-time player” deserving of a scholarship. Moss went from walk-on in 1997 to one of the university’s most decorated and celebrated receivers of all time in 2000. Moss threatened a big play every time he touched the ball, using his explosive play style to become the program’s all-time leading receiver with 2,546 receiving yards (passing Michael Irvin in the process), as well as the all-time leader in punt return yards (1,196) and all-purpose yards (4,394). He also compiled 28 total touchdowns (19 receiving, three rushing and six punt returns). His best statistical season came as a senior, when he totaled 1,604 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns en route to being named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Big East Special Teams Player of the Year in the same season. He also won the triple jump event for Miami in the 2000 Big East track and field championships in 2000, for good measure.1. Baker Mayfield, QB, OklahomaMayfield is the standard when it comes to college football walk-ons. He walked on twice at two different programs — at Texas Tech in 2013, then Oklahoma in 2014. Mayfield left the Red Raiders after the 2013 season, feeling he’d earned the right to a scholarship. He walked on to Bob Stoops’ team in 2014 — without contacting the staff — then proceeded to become one of the Sooners’ most accomplished quarterbacks of all time, compiling 13,185 total yards, 137 total touchdowns and an absurd 189.4 passer rating. That culminated in a 2017 season in which he completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 passing yards and 43 touchdowns to six interceptions while leading Oklahoma to the Playoff. That campaign earned him the Heisman Trophy — the first ever for a walk-on — and the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Mayfield was more than happy to wear his emotions on his sleeves, and to carry a giant chip on his shoulder; his already-competitive nature was amplified by the fact he felt overlooked by all the teams who didn’t offer him a scholarship out of high school. In that sense, it’s fair to say Mayfield wasn’t a great player despite his walk-on status. He was a great player because of it. Or, in this case, the walk-ons.CFB 150: Sporting News celebrates 150 years of college footballThese are the kinds of players who make up Sporting News’ 12th entry in our series celebrating 150 years of college football. They didn’t start their careers with pomp or circumstance, but nevertheless made their mark on their teams and, in turn, college football. It’s also a prerequisite to make this list: They must have started their career as walk-ons, meaning players such as J.J. Watt — who was a scholarship athlete at Central Michigan before walking on at Wisconsin — aren’t eligible.With that, Sporting News presents the top 10 walk-ons in college football history:10. Rashad Johnson, S, AlabamaBefore he became a two-time team captain, two-time All-SEC safety and 2008 first-team All-American at Alabama, Johnson was a running back recruit with no Division I scholarship offers. He played on special teams before transitioning to the secondary in his redshirt sophomore season, marking a turning point in his collegiate career. Once Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Johnson quickly became a cerebral part of the Crimson Tide defense, able to diagnose opposing formations, position teammates around him and make plays on the ball. He led the team with six interceptions in 2007 and five more in 2008. That includes a three-interception game against LSU in 2008, which helped his team beat the Tigers for the first time since 2002. His play helped spearhead a 12-2 season in 2008, the first of 11 consecutive 10-win seasons for Saban at Alabama. He was, in a sense, a prototype of future defensive standouts at Alabama.9. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn StateNassib joined Penn State football in 2011 as a 215-pound walk-on, then didn’t see game action in either of the next two seasons. That didn’t stop coach Bill O’Brien from handing him a scholarship just in time for the 2013 season. By then, Nassib — who had gained 60 pounds — used his improved physique to wrack up 19 tackles and two sacks over the next two seasons. He earned the starting position in 2015 and made good on his O’Brien’s faith. Nassib exploded onto the scene — and out of his stance — for 19.5 tackles for loss, a program-record 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. Nassib’s tackles for loss ranked him 11th nationally in the FBS that season, while his sack and forced fumble totals led all of FBS football. For his efforts, Nassib became a unanimous first-team All-American and won the Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.8. Adam Archuleta, LB, Arizona StateArchuleta was a three-year starter at linebacker for Arizona State after walking onto the team in 1996. He got better with each passing year in that starting role, totaling 75 tackles, five sacks and 18 tackles for losses in 1998; 111 tackles, five sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 1999; and 127 tackles, four sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2000. His earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors twice, as well as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors and a nomination as a Butkus Award finalist as a senior. Archuleta tallied 330 tackles, 14 sacks, six fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles over his four-year career, earning a first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.7. Clay Matthews III, LB, USCDespite his envious NFL lineage — and the fact he was the fourth player in his family to play for the Trojans — Matthews earned his way onto Pete Carroll’s USC team as a walk-on in 2004. He turned down several opportunities to play in garbage time that season, opting instead to preserve his redshirt and eligibility. The tactic worked out for USC in the long run as Matthews became a three-time co-special teams player of the year for Trojans starting in 2006. He was mainly used as a reserve inside linebacker from 2005-07, but tallied 4.5 sacks in 2008 as part of a quartet of NFL-bound linebackers. He was particularly dangerous in the Trojans’ “elephant” position, in which he would use his linebacker speed and rushing abilities from the defensive end position. The stats never stood out, but his play did — part of the reason he became a first-round pick for the Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft.6. Brandon Burlsworth, G, ArkansasThere’s a reason Burlsworth is the namesake for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top FBS walk-on: He was a tremendous student-athlete at Arkansas who encompassed everything great about college football and whose play was as distinctive as his black-framed glasses. He turned down offers to play at smaller schools to walk on for the home-state Razorbacks in 1994. He weighed in at 300 pounds as a freshman, trimmed down to 260, then built himself back up into a formidable 300-pound guard, earning a scholarship and starting spot on Arkansas’ offensive line. He was a two-time All-SEC player in 1997-98, made the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year from 1995-98, became the first Razorback ever to finish their master’s degree before playing their final game and was only the second Razorback ever to have his jersey (No. 77) retired. Burlsworth died in 1999 in a car accident, a heart-breaking end to an astonishing life. His legacy will live on forever at Arkansas, and for every walk-on who dreams of greatness.5. Jim Leonhard, S, WisconsinLeonhard is a distinct entry on this list, not only for his aptitude as a defensive back and punt returner, but also because he didn’t earn a scholarship until his senior season, despite some monumental play before then. Opponents thought they could pick on the 5-8, 180-pound free safety when he took over the position as a sophomore in 2002; he responded with a nation-leading 11 interceptions and Big Ten-leading 25 pass breakups. They threw to him a little less in 2003, and still he finished with seven interceptions. They finally wisened up to his act as a senior, allowing him to pull down only three interceptions (enough for him to finish with 21 all-time, a Wisconsin school record). Leonhard was also a tremendous punt returner, finishing his career for what was then a Big Ten-record 1,347 punt return yards and three touchdowns. For his effort, he was a three-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection. Now he’s back in Madison as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator, perhaps coaching up the next great Wisconsin walk-on.4. Hunter Renfrow, WR, ClemsonSeveral walk-ons have better career stats than Renfrow, but how many of them made so many amazing plays on the game’ biggest stage? Renfrow turned down offers to play in the FCS so he could join Dabo Swinney’s squad in 2014: maybe the best business decision of his life. He built his 5-10 frame up from 155 pounds in 2014 to 176 pounds in 2015, earning a scholarship in the process. He then proceeded to play in four straight College Football Playoffs for the Tigers, helping them to championships in 2016 and ‘18. He was particularly impressive in the 2016 and ‘17 national championship games, tallying 17 receptions for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama. That, of course, includes the last-second, go-ahead touchdown from Deshaun Watson in the latter matchup, which gave the Tigers a thrilling 35-31 win over the Crimson Tide. He tallied 11 receptions for 103 yards in his last three Playoff games, but that was only because teams knew by then to attempt to lock him down. It’s not hyperbole to call Renfrow, the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy winner, an integral part of Clemson’s twin dynasty with Alabama.last_img read more

Why did the Packers draft QB Jordan Love? A case for the shocking first-round pick

first_imgThe Packers taking Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday despite Aaron Rodgers still playing quarterback at an above-average level has drawn comparisons to when the franchise selected Rodgers in 2005 when Brett Favre was its starting quarterback.Favre would go 4-12 in Rodgers’ rookie year, throwing a league-high 29 interceptions in the process. Right away, then, Green Bay’s decision to look to the future appeared wise. MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardRodgers is a different breed. He’s coming off a season in which he tossed 26 touchdowns to just four picks; he hasn’t thrown 10 interceptions in a season since 2010. His ability to avoid the turnovers that accompanied Favre’s whole career could boost his longevity at Lambeau beyond what Favre managed.So, the move to trade up for Love at No. 26 — at a time the 36-year-old Rodgers has gone public with his desire for the team to draft a receiver in the early rounds — might seem like more of a reach than what happened 15 years ago. Future-focused draft methodology for a contender is inherently controversial. It isn’t necessarily wrong, though.BENDER: Too soon for Pack to put pressure on RodgersGreen Bay doesn’t need to look far to see what happens when a team doesn’t have a good quarterback. Two of its three NFC North rivals have trotted out average quarterbacks, at best, for more than a decade. The Lions could be lumped into that category, too, depending on one’s view of Matthew Stafford. So rather than waiting until a draft in which they were forced to add a signal-caller, the Packers leapt at an opportunity to take someone they clearly admire. Love won’t be taking Rodgers’ job anytime soon. His role is to learn under a future Hall of Famer for a couple of years, and then take over or get traded for draft picks a la Jimmy Garoppolo should Rodgers still be productive. If he’s as good as the Packers think, annoying Rodgers and Packers fans in the short term would be worth the drama.MORE: Rodgers sees NFL mortality come into focus in loss to 49ersWhat does Green Bay see in Love? A potentially generational all-around passer who needs time to fine-tune his decision-making and accuracy. In other words, the kind of high-upside quarterback not always available at the back of the first round, where the Packers will likely be picking for the foreseeable future.  “He’s got more talent than any other passer in this entire draft.”Let’s go to the tape on @jordan3love. 🎥#PackersDraft | #GoPackGo📺: #NFLDraft on ABC, ESPN + NFLN pic.twitter.com/7MAKHtXvbz— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 24, 2020There is obviously a great deal of risk in selecting Love under these circumstances. The Utah State product needs tough skin to navigate media prodding and handle potentially cold treatment from Rodgers, who was iced by Favre when he joined the Packers. He also needs to be able to withstand a prolonged reserve role without stagnating.Green Bay’s front office is putting its reputation on the line. If Love flops, then its talent evaluators will forever be tagged as the ones who angered the best quarterback in franchise history for no reason. The best-case scenario, though, was apparently too sweet to pass up. To the Packers’ brass, it was worth the gamble. A possible franchise quarterback is always worth the gamble.last_img read more

UAAP: Kouame drops 33 as Ateneo crushes FEU for share of no. 1

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Blue Eagles played without suspended Thirdy Ravena and Mike and Matt Nieto, who are both down with dengue, but Angelo Kouame stepped up to help them tie Adamson at the top spot with 7-2 records.Kouame had a monster performance with 33 points and 27 rebounds, 14 of which came under the offensive glass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tamaraws, meanwhile, missed the services of Arvin Tolentino, who is serving a two-game ban, and slid to a third-place tie with La Salle at 5-4.Ateneo avenged their 63-60 first round loss to the Tamaraws. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Richard Escoto had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double for the Tamaraws. Both teams were still level after the first quarter at 16, but the Blue Eagles upped the pressure broke away, leading 34-22 heading into the break.FEU managed to string together a 6-0 run at the start of the fourth to trim the deficit to 14, 62-48, but the Blue Eagles powered through down the stretch and regained stability a 21-point lead, 77-56, after Kouame’s bucket with 2:27 remaining.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said the team just took what the FEU defense gave and that was to dump the ball inside to Kouame who had the space after the Tamaraws closed in on the Blue Eagles’ shooters.“We took advantage of the opportunity because FEU locked down on our shooters and that left Ange wide open for offensive rebounds,” said Arespacochaga. “Credit not only goes to Ange but also to our shootersAnton Asistio aided Ateneo’s offense with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic Despite the absence of its key cogs, Ateneo still dominated Far Eastern, 82-62, in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

GCB/Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket slated to host string of summer camps

first_imgThe Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Scotiabank under their Kiddy Cricket brand will tomorrow close one of their many cricket summer camps where they have sought to teach the game of cricket to the younger generation. At the same time, the two entities are gearing up to host several other cricket camps throughout the coast of Guyana.The first camp for the 2018 season began earlier this week at the Fort Wellington Secondary School Ground, where children of West Berbice were encouraged to be part of the interactive learning experience. On the East Coast of Demerara, another camp will conclude today at the Ogle Community Centre Ground.Further along the coast, three other camps will bowl off at the beginning of the new week. In West Demerara, the students will be taught at the Zeeburg Ground on West Coast, while the participants in Essequibo will have their chance to learn something new at the Imam Bacchus Ground on the Essequibo Coast. Both camps will run from August 13 to August 17.Each of the camps will run for a four-day period and will take on a school-like approach, being held between 09:00h and 15:00h.The GCB/Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Summer Camps are expected to target students between the ages of eight and fourteen, and will be primarily used to impart cricket knowledge, and its requisite discipline and commitment attributes to the said participants. The objective of the camp activity is to identify, encourage and begin to develop 40 talented players from each of the targeted district locations.last_img read more

Griezmann’s brace sinks Germany

first_img0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann netted a second half brace in the Stade de France as France came from behind to beat Germany in Paris. PHOTO/COURTESYPARIS, France, Oct 17- Antoine Griezmann hit a pair of second-half goals as world champions France came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday and cast further doubt on Joachim Loew’s future.Toni Kroos struck a 14th-minute penalty for Germany, but Griezmann engineered a rousing fightback in the first game between the nations at the Stade de France since the November 2015 friendly that was overshadowed by a series of terror attacks on the French capital. France coach Didier Deschamps fielded an almost identical team to the one that started the World Cup final, Presnel Kimpembe the lone exception in place of the injured Samuel Umtiti.Germany’s chastening 3-0 defeat by the Dutch on Saturday prompted Loew to make five changes, as he injected additional pace into the attack with the inclusions of Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.Kylian Mbappe’s electrifying speed was soon on display, but Hugo Lloris initially proved the far busier of the two goalkeepers as Germany sought to end a run of three competitive matches without a goal.Lloris, who missed last month’s opening 0-0 draw in Munich, was forced to hack clear early on when N’Golo Kante’s intervention sent the ball rolling towards his own goal.However, he was beaten on 14 minutes when Kroos struck from the spot after Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Kimpembe was penalised for a handball as he slid to block a Sane cross.Lloris guessed correctly and dived to his left although the Tottenham keeper could only help the ball into the corner of the net.Germany immediately threatened a second as Sane burst clear on the halfway line, but his pass for Timo Werner was pushed away from the RB Leipzig striker by an outstretched Lloris.France, unbeaten in 14 matches since a friendly loss to Colombia in March, were again indebted to Lloris when he scrambled a Matthias Ginter effort behind after a chance fell invintingly to the defender at a corner.– Griezmann steps up –Olivier Giroud lifted over a difficult chance from a Lucas Hernandez cross just before half-time, shortly after a teasing Griezmann delivery eluded a lunging Mbappe in the Germany box.A vastly improved France nearly equalised through Mbappe minutes into the second half, the teenager denied by Manuel Neuer’s left boot as he bore in on goal.Sane scuffed wide from a Nico Schulz cut-back, but France levelled on 62 minutes as Griezmann rose magnificently to head a driven Lucas Hernandez cross beyond a helpless Neuer.Gnabry, making first Germany appearance since Nov 2016, intercepted a risky Kimpembe pass and saw a rasping 25-yard strike fisted away by Lloris.But France were awarded a penalty of their own 10 minutes from time when Paul Pogba slipped in Blaise Matuidi, the Juventus midfielder upended by Mats Hummels as he tried to round Neuer.Griezmann smacked the resulting spot-kick past Neuer to condemn Germany to an alarming sixth defeat in their last 10 outings, and rule Loew’s side out of Nations League title contention.France, who top the section on seven points, take on the Netherlands in their final game on November 16 in Rotterdam, while Germany must beat the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen next month if they are to avoid relegation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

French Federation chief blocks path to Benzema return

first_img“It should also be said that we have a certain number of talented players in attack, and it is less of a problem than a few years ago.”The 29-year-old Real Madrid star has won 81 caps for his country but has not played since October 2015, when a scandal over a sex tape broke out with Benzema implicated.Benzema was one of a number of people accused of blackmailing his then international teammate Mathieu Valbuena — now with Turkish club Fenerbahce — over the tape.Benzema was placed under investigation for “complicity to and attempted blackmail”.After being left out of the France squad for Euro 2016, the striker accused the national coach Didier Deschamps of bowing “to pressure from a racist part of France”.But Deschamps has said that not selecting Benzema was better for the “balance” and “harmony” of his squad.“As long as Didier Deschamps is coach, I have no chance of getting back into the France team,” Benzema said in an interview with Canal Plus last month.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has won 81 caps for his country but has not played since October 2015, when a scandal over a sex tape broke out with Benzema implicated © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSPARIS, France, Dec 6 – The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has effectively ruled out any prospect of a return to the national team for Karim Benzema ahead of next year’s World Cup.“You would need to be a bit blind or deaf to not understand that it will be difficult to select him, that seems unquestionable,” the FFF’s Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday.last_img read more

DONEGAL FISH FACTORY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 18 JOBS

first_imgThe closure of a fish factory in Killybegs has resulted in the loss of 18 jobs.KillybegsDonegal Fish Products is to close with some workers losing their posts after 30 years of service.The factory is closing after it was taken over by another company. Local TD Thomas Pringle has described the job losses as a huge blow to the area. DONEGAL FISH FACTORY CLOSES WITH LOSS OF 18 JOBS was last modified: January 30th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Donegal Fish ProductsKillybegsredundancieslast_img read more

PEOPLE HOSPITALISED AFTER BUS CRASHES

first_imgA number of people have been hospitalised after a crash between a minibus and a car in Glenswilly this morning.The crash happened just after 8.30am at Breenagh.A spokesman for the Garda Press Office said he did not believe any of the injuries are life-threatening. However five of those hurt in the crash have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital.The road in the area close to McFadden’s Garage has been closed but is due to re-open shortly.The Garda Press office said they believed it was a school minibus was involved but other reports say the minibus contained construction workers.However it has now been confirmed that a schoolbus was behind the accident but was NOT directly involved. It is understood those hurt were taken to hospital as a matter or precaution and their injuries are not understood to be serious.Gardai have asked people to remain vigilant and cautious on the roads following the cold snap in the past couple of days.The latest crash comes the morning after a man lost his life on the outskirts of Ballybofey last night just before 8pm.The man, named locally as 53 year old John O’Donnell, died when his van was in collision with a jeep. PEOPLE HOSPITALISED AFTER BUS CRASHES was last modified: November 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Breenaghbus crashglenswillylast_img read more

Hardik, 59 others booked for rioting

first_imgAhmedabad police on Monday booked the Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel and 59 others in a “rioting” case following a complaint by a local BJP councilor in Ramol area of the city. Mr. Hardik Patel and his supporters are accused of vandalising BJP councilor’s house in the city. Following this, the police arrested 11 people after filing an FIR. “They have filed a case against Hardik and others in connection with a complaint by a local BJP leader. This is meant to harass us because the BJP government is using the state machinery to break the agitation ahead of the assembly polls in Gujarat,” said Varun Patel, a media convener of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS). The Patel quota agitation leader, who is already facing two sedition cases in Ahmedabad and Surat and is currently out on bail, allegedly trespassed into the house of Paresh Patel, BJP’s municipal councilor in Vastral, in the city, at around 2 am along with 59 others, as per the complaint filed by Mr. Patel. According to the police, Mr. Hardik and his group were upset as one of their members, Kunal Patel, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly posting an objectionable message on the social media. An FIR was filed against Mr. Hardik and others under sections 147 (rioting), 142, 143, 149 (unlawful assembly), 435(mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage), 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The quota agitation, launched in 2015 to seek quota for the Patidar community, is spearheaded by the 23-year-old Hardik, who was earlier arrested and spent several months in jail before he was granted bail. His agitation had turned violent in August 2015 during which over a dozen persons were killed in police firing, forcing the state authorities to call in army to restore law and order situation in the state.last_img read more

$99 Pepper Tablet

first_imgBangalore-based Lakshmi Access Communications Systems has launched a $99, 4.3-inch Magnum Pepper Tablet PC based on Google’s Android operating system.“We have made it affordable, we have ensured it fits the pocket,” says Mahendraa Kumar Jain, the company’s managing director.The tablet features an 800-megahertz processor, 256 RAM, 4GB memory and works both on wireless Internet and 3G networks. Related Itemslast_img