Bart makes his marque

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Solicitor ‘super-exam’ may be too difficult, magic circle training chief warns

first_imgUp to half of students could fail the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) resulting in ‘huge reputational risk’ for City firms, a training specialist has warned. Patrick McCann, global head of learning at Linklaters, told the Gazette that the fail rate of SQE1 – a series of multiple-choice papers testing legal knowledge – is likely to be higher than the fail rate of current legal training courses.He said: ‘The SRA is basing [SQE1] on the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme and that has something like a 50% fail rate. Currently the law degree fail rate is about 2% and the Legal Practice Course fail rate is about 10-20% – and for firms like Linklaters it’s 0-2%.’The first stage of the solicitors’ ‘super-exam’ will consist of 360 multiple-choice questions based on legal case studies, and students will have less than two minutes to answer each one.  McCann: high fail rate would seriously interfere with how City firms recruit graduatesMcCann, who is a qualified solicitor, said the questions were ‘frightening’ and that education experts had commented on their difficulty. He added that the majority of students had little experience of multiple-choice papers. A high fail rate would cause ‘all sorts of ructions’ for City firms, McCann said. ‘We recruit for spaces and if we’re left with spaces because our recruitment round doesn’t make it through that causes all sorts of problems. And the reputational risk if you’re the law firm that doesn’t get students through the exams is going to be huge.’Edward Sparrow, chairman of the City of London Law Society, added that SQE1 could reduce diversity at prestigious City firms.Citing Eton and Winchester College, he said: ‘The question will be who will get taught how to do multiple-choice questions – just as people are taught at certain schools how to do interviews.‘Then you’ll have the same problem you have now…because certain people, over a number of years, will be taught how to pass these exams and other people won’t.’SQE1 is due to be introduced in September 2021.last_img read more

Congresswoman Criticises Decision to Exclude Undocumented Caribbean Immigrants from 2020 Census…

first_imgA subsequent White House “Fact Sheet,” said that Trump is “issuing a memorandum clarifying that illegal aliens are not to be included for the purpose of apportionment of representatives following the 2020 Census. A year ago, in light of a joint lawsuit by James and other states’ attorneys general, the US Supreme Court ruled against Trump in prohibiting him from adding a citizenship question to the census on the grounds that its apparent reasoning “seems to have been contrived.” “Allowing illegal aliens to be counted for the purpose of apportionment could also create perverse incentives – such as potentially rewarding states that encourage violations of federal immigration law – that would undermine our system of government,” the statement said, adding “President Trump will never allow our democracy to be eroded by giving congressional representation to illegal aliens when the Constitution does not require it”. “Instead of following the dictates of our foundational legal document, this administration has instead chosen to rely upon the judgement of an impeached president, who has already been credibly accused of violating the law in order to secure his hold on power. They said that the executive order would prevent millions of residents from being counted when allocating the number of congressional seats each state would receive based on the census. “This follows the president’s order directing the federal government to collect the information needed to ensure that accurate citizenship data is compiled in connection with the census,” it said, noting that “giving congressional representation and political influence to illegal aliens – people who have blatantly disregarded our laws – would be a perversion of our democratic principles. “In a desperate attempt to further stack the electoral deck in his favour in blatant disregard of our Constitutional history, 45 has made yet another naked attempt to suppress the response rate for the census,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC). NEW YORK – Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has strongly condemned United States President Donald J. Trump’s executive order directing the federal government not to count undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants when allocating congressional districts based on the 2020 Census. CMC The Congresswoman said that “we should see this powerless piece of paper for what it is: a campaign stunt aimed directly at his base of deplorables clinging to the last vestiges of white supremacy in America.” New York Attorney General Letitia James vowed to sue the president again if he does not rescind his “illegal presidential memorandum. “Unless they plan on arguing that the undocumented fall into the category of ‘all other persons’ worthy of a 3/5th count – a similarly reprehensible and callously racist position in line with their past actions – they do not have a leg to stand on in any court of law,” Clarke said. “The executive order in question holds no real legal weight, as it completely flies in the face of centuries of practice and jurisprudence mandating that all people be counted. Since then, the Trump administration has been seeking to gather information on illegal immigrants via different ways, such as driver’s licenses files. In the Executive Order, Trump wrote “I have accordingly determined that respect for the law and protection of the integrity of the democratic process warrant the exclusion of illegal aliens (immigrants) from the apportionment base, to the extent feasible and to the maximum extent of the president’s discretion under the law.” “We beat the president before in court, and we’ll challenge him once again on the census,” she added. “We will continue to lead this fight, because we will not allow the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies to tip the balance of power in the nation.” “No one ceases to be a person because they lack documentation,” said James in a statement shortly after Trump issued the executive order. “Under the law, every person residing in the US during the census, regardless of status, must be counted. Political pundits and legal analysts have characterized Trump’s latest move as a clear political ploy aimed at aiding Republicans in violation of the US Constitution. “The Constitution clearly states that the enumeration process must include ‘the whole number of free persons’, meaning all people within the country must be counted,” added Clarke, the representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York.last_img read more

New 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS on the Way

first_imgA new 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is one the way. Triumph released a teaser video. The new bike will be Euro 5 compliant and will feature new updates.center_img It’s confirmed: A new 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS is one the way.As with the impending launch of new models, Triumph released a teaser video of the new Street Triple RS. Test mules had also been spotted a number of months earlier.The video shows a heart-pounding run up to a corner while being accompanied by the triple’s distinctive and awesome soundtrack.What we know is the new bike’s engine will be Euro 5 compliant but what we don’t know is what state of tune the engine will take on. As in our earlier report, the exhaust collector will house two catalytic converters.There’s much speculation (hope, actually) that it’ll be fitted with some of the stuff from, or at least learned, from Triumph’s role as the sole engine supplier to the World Moto2 Championship. The current engine produces 121hp and 77.3Nm of torque. Will we see a hike to 135 horses? Please, please, please!There will surely be updates in other areas, too.The twin headlamps will take on a new look, there may be slight changes to the swingarm, and there’s a big chance that the instrument cluster will feature GoPro control a la the Scrambler 1200 XE.The Street Triple RS remains this writer’s favourite all-time bike, so it’s interesting how the new bike will turn out on October 7th.–Ads–last_img read more

Holy Name Uses Furious Fourth Quarter Rally to Defeat Bay Village 20-17

first_imgThe Following Game Recap is brought to you by Mullins Construction at VILLAGE, Ohio – The 1-2 Bay Village Rockets played host to the 1-2 Holy Name Green Wave tonight in the kickoff to the Great Lakes Conference season. It was a wild finish that saw Holy Name Quarterback Joe Carter lead a furious fourth quarter rally to give Holy Name the thrilling 20-17 victory.The Green Wave trailed 17-7 as the fourth quarter began, and then Joe Carter took matters into his own hands. Leading two touchdown drives to give the Green Wave the lead for good. A late drive came up just shy by Bay Village and Holy Name captured the 20-17 victory.Joe Carter, who finished with 283 yards, on 19 of 40 passing, with two touchdowns had all day to throw with little pressure. Carter had this to say following the game, “In the first half we were inside the Bay 25 three times and only came away with 7 points. We knew we could score on them and have the formula to beat them. My line gave me a ton of time and my wide receivers made great plays. It was a team effort and a great win. This is a spark plug, and we need to keep going.”Carter had plenty of help in the backfield as well. Running back Marques Thompson ran for 77 yards on 23 carries. Wide out Andreus Harhalos found his way open all night including the game winning catch. It has been a season of transition for Bay Village this year, as star running back Nick Best graduated and left for Ohio State after last season. Head Coach Ron Rutt talked a little bit about it, “We just try to come on out and do our thing. We pride ourselves on our execution offensively and also our defensive line technique. We try to go out and play our best and see where the chips fall. Sean Chambers has been doing a nice job at fullback for us as well. Running back Trey Psota has also really stepped it up. ”Even with Nick Best gone, Bay Village still showed a strong running game tonight. Trey Psota ran for 151 yards on 19 carries, and also had a score. Sean Chambers carried the ball 21 times for 83 yards and a touchdown as well.It was a tight battle in the first quarter as it ended scoreless after several punts from both teams. Holy Name Quarterback Joe Carter got the offense moving midway through the second quarter however and they began the scoring when a Holy Name first and goal from the 7, turned into a 4th and 29 after two penalties and stops in the backfield. Joe Carter then converted the 4th and 29 for the TD toss to Andreus Harhalos.Some excellent running by Trey Psota on the very next drive from Bay Village, allowed the Rockets to march down the field. Gains of 21, 10 and 6 sparked the drive. It would result in a 27 Yard Field Goal by Cade Gergye to make the score 7-3 at the half.A 49 yard punt by Jared Riess of Bay Village pinned Holy Name at their own one after the opening drive of the third quarter. The field position game then began and wound up in the favor of Bay Village. The Rockets would start in great field position on their next possession and it resulted in a 7 yard Sean Chambers touchdown. This score gave the Rockets their first lead of the game at 10-7.Bay Village kept the momentum after taking the lead, forcing a 3 and out of Holy Name. On their next drive, Bay Village drove back down the field and punched it in on a Trey Psota 2 yard touchdown scamper giving the Rockets the 17-7 lead.Holy Name quarterback Joe Carter would hook up with Andreus Harhalos and two long connections to get the Green Wave into scoring position on the following drive. A few plays later, it was Colin Costanzo running it in from the 3 yard line to make it 17-14 Bay Village with just under ten minutes left in the game.Joe Carter remained red hot, and drove the Green Wave down the field again on the following drive. He had little pressure and with all day to pass the ball, he hit Andreus Harhalos over and over again. He finally connected with Harhalos from 19 yards out to give the Green Wave back the lead at 20-17. Harhalos made a tippy toe catch in the corner of the endzone to score.Bay Village would turn it over on their very next play from scrimmage as Holy Name intercepted Connor Shell. This gave Holy Name a chance to put the game away. The Rockets would deny them with four straight stops at the goal line, to give them a chance at a potential 99 yard game winning drive. They would get all the way to the Holy Name 34 yard line in thrilling fashion, before fumbling it away to lose the game.Next week, Bay Village travels to Rocky River while Holy Name hosts Normandy High School.Score by quarterBay Village 0-3-7-7 = 17Holy Name 0-7-0-13 = 20Scoring SummaryHoly Name – 29 Yard Touchdown pass, Carter to Harholos. 3:53 Second Quarter. XP GoodBay Village – 27 Yard Field Goal Cade Gergye. 1:48 Second QuarterBay Village – 7 Yard Touchdown Run – Chambers. 5:59 Third Quarter. XP GoodBay Village – 2 Yard Touchdown Run – Psota. 10:46 Fourth Quarter. XP GoodHoly Name – 3 Yard Touchdown Run – Costanzo 9:13 Fourth Quarter. XP GoodHoly Name – 19 Yard Touchdown Pass – Carter to Harhalos. 5:23 Fourth Quarter. XP No Good Vince McKee Related TopicsBay RocketsBay VillageHoly Namelast_img read more

UWF Men’s Soccer Shutouts Rollins 2-0

first_imgUWF Men’s Soccer Shutouts Rollins 2-0 Share PENSACOLA, Fla. –The University of West Florida men’s soccer team shutout South Region rival Rollins College 2-0 Friday night to improve to 4-0-1 on the season. Seniors Matt Williams (Pensacola, Fla./North Florida) and Rafael Segal (Rishon Lezion, Israel/Mercer County CC) found the back of the net for Argos in their third shutout victory of the season. The Tars dominated the opening minutes of the game as they attempted nine shots within the first 15 minutes of play. They Argos regained control of the game just inside the 26 minute mark as Segal found Williams on a through ball infront of the box for his first goal of the season. The Argos would ride a 1-0 lead going into halftime despite being outshot 16-4 in the first half. Segal once again would become a factor in the second half. On a loose ball infront of Rollins keeper Aaron Rokeach, Segal found the back of the net to give the Argos a 2-0 lead with less than ten minutes to play. Argos keeper Thomas Olmstead (Lake City, Fla./Troy) played a solid game as he rack up nine saves on the night. The Tars outshot the Argos 23-12 despite being outshot 8-7 in the second half. The Argos remain at home this weekend as they host Florida Southern College this Sunday at 3:00pm CT at the UWF Soccer Complex. For more information on Argonaut athletics fans can keep up with the action Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Sempat Vakum 2 Tahun, Stasiun Kertosono Kembali Beroperasi Sejak 2015

first_imgBahkan kereta api Rapih Dhoho harus memutar lokomotifnya di Stasiun Baron atau Sukmoro dan rute KRD Kertosono di perpendek hingga Stasiun Jombang saja. Hingga akhirnya pada 1 April 2015, Stasiun Kertosono kembali melayani penumpang. Penumpang yang naik turun dari stasiun ini pun tak hanya dari Kertosono saja melainkan dari luar kecamatan.Sebelum seperti saat ini pada tahun 1960 hingga 1980, Stasiun Kertosono merupakan stasiun kereta api kelas I atau besar. Stasiun ini didesain sebagai persimpangan jalur Madiun-Surabaya-Kediri-Blitar. Pada pembangunannya, jalur percabangan memang sengaja dibangun di seberang sungai agar menghemat biaya dengan tidak membangun dua buah jembatan. Percabangan ini dibuat simetris sehingga percabangan tersebut dikenal dengan sebutan “Simetri Kertosono”, meskipun letaknya sudah masuk wilayah Kabupaten Jombang.Dipo yang ada di Stasiun Kertososo sendoro berfungsi sebagai bengkel perawatan lokomotif serta gerbong-gerbong kereta. Pada masa lalu, lokomotif yang dirawat masih menggunakan uap. Stasiun ini memiliki tiga bangunan menara pengawas yang dulunya disebut Sign-Huis atau rumah sinyal yang letaknya di ujung timur, barat dan persimpangan rel arah Blitar/Kediri dekat sungai Brantas, tetapi bagunan-bangunan itu kini sudah dibongkar.Telekomunikasi antar stasiun saat itu masih menggunakan telepon dan telegraph. Stasiun Kertosono juga memiliki jalur kereta lori yang disebut warga sekitar motik. Rel ini menghubungkan stasiun dengan pabrik gula Lestari untuk mengangkut limbah gula yang akan dikirim dan didaur ulang.Baca juga: Stasiun Labuan di Medan, Jalur Pertama Perkeretaapian Sumatera UtaraJalur lori tersebut hingga kini masih bisa terlihat di depan Stasiun Kertosono sekarang. Tak hanya itu banyak gerbong barang, tangki minyak dan gerbong penumpang yang selalu mangkal di stasiun ini. Karena stasiun ini juga merupakan jalur distribusi barang dan minyak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedBukan Bahan Masakan, “Kemiri” Adalah Nama Stasiun Peninggalan Belanda21/02/2019In “Darat”Inilah Daftar Stasiun Tersibuk di Indonesia07/03/2017In “Darat”Stasiun Labuan, Pernah Jadi Stasiun di Paling Ujung Barat Pulau Jawa30/01/2019In “Darat” (Kekunan) Stasiun Kertosono yang berada di Banaran, Kertosono, Nganjuk, Jawa Timur merupakan stasiun kereta api kelas besar tipe B. Berada di ketinggian +43 mdpl ini masuk dalam Daerah Operasional (Daop) VII Madiun dan terletak di paling timur kabupaten Nganjuk. Memiliki tujuh jalur dengan jalur 1 sebagai sepur lurus, Stasiun Kertosono sendiri ternyata hanya mengoperasikan jalur 1-5 dan menggunakan sistem persinyalan elektrik.Baca juga: Sempat Jadi Tempat Persusulan Kereta, Stasiun Wojo Direaktivasi Untuk Transit Kereta BandaraDirangkum dari berbagai laman sumber, stasiun ini juga dilengkapi dengan sub dipo lokomotif dan pada tahun 2013-2014 lalu, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) sempat memberlakukan kebijakan setiap kereta hanya bisa melintas langsung di Stasiun Kertosono ini. Hal tersebut dilakukan untuk mensterilkan stasiun dari pengamen dan pedagang asongan.last_img read more

Economist Says Alaska Must Focus LNG Development or Miss Out

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Comparing Alaska’s LNG climate to American automakers in the 1970’s, one economist says the state is backing itself into a corner by pursuing two competing pipeline projects. In a white paper released this week, Thorning says buyers need to have confidence that the AK LNG Project will be exporting gas within the next 8-10 years. To rebuild investor confidence, Thorning says Alaska should return to the original plan, the $45-65 billion giga-pipeline and liquefaction facility known as the AK LNG Project. Dr. Thorning: “The urgency for Alaska, as I see it, is to get something going so you can begin to get customer interest, because I’m fearful that you’re going to miss the window of opportunity.” Other countries, like Qatar, Australia and Canada, are already considering how to build their capacity as the global market develops.center_img Dr. Margo Thorning, senior vice president and chief economist with free-market think tank American Council for Capital Formation, says some Alaskan leaders need a “wake up call,” or other projects will seize control of the market the way Japanese car manufactures overtook Ford, GM and Chrysler. Dr. Thorning: “In my view, as an economist, it’s kind of urgent for Alaska to get its plan aligned, get the Governor and the companies working together and move ahead, because you may lose your opportunity, and Alaska has not very many other ways to generate a good source of income up here.” To read Dr. Thorning’s full report, click here.last_img read more

SEC rankings: Ole Miss moves up

first_imgColumnist Dave Ammenheuser's weekly viewer's guide to the SEC football season.Columnist Dave Ammenheuser’s weekly viewer’s guide to the SEC football season.Interactive graphic Ranking the 14 SEC teams after three weeks of actionMississippi defensive back Kailo Moore, left, breaks up a pass intended for Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, right, during the second half last Saturday in Tuscaloosa.Mississippi defensive back Kailo Moore, left, breaks up a pass intended for Alabama wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, right, during the second half last Saturday in Tuscaloosa.In all our infinite wisdom, those that cover SEC football had a hard time picking between Alabama and Auburn as the favorite in the Western Conference during the preseason.One-quarter of the way through the regular season, however, Ole Miss has established itself as the best in the SEC West … and also best in the entire conference.The Rebels’ victory at Alabama made a statement. They were good enough to go up 43-24 midway through the fourth quarter and resilient enough to hold off a late Crimson Tide rally and finish the victory.As for Auburn, the Tigers have issues at quarterback and with a defense that is not playing up to expectations with Will Muschamp now directing that unit. One week after managing to escape an upset bid by Jacksonville State, the Tigers were no match for LSU.The balance of power in the SEC remains in the West. But that division has been shuffled.No. 14Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1)Commodores quarterback Johnny McCrary put up big numbers and probably gained some confidence in a strong performance against Austin Peay, but things will change this week with a trip to Ole Miss.Only five of McCrary’s 33 passes fell incomplete against Austin Peay’s overmatched defense. His 84.8 completion percentage is the fourth-best by an SEC quarterback with at least 30 attempts. Florida’s Tim Tebow holds the record at 88.6.In addition to 368 passing yards (seventh-best in school history), McCrary also ran for 41 yards and another touchdown. More importantly, he avoided mistakes and turnovers in the red zone that plagued the Vanderbilt offense in two losses.Of course, the level of competition changes dramatically this week when the Commodores make their first road trip of the season to Ole Miss, which is coming off a huge win at Alabama.Next up: Ole Miss, at OxfordNo. 13South Carolina (1-2, 0-2)These are tough days for the artist formerly known as the Head Ball Coach.When Georgia blitzed South Carolina last Saturday, it marked the first time the Gamecocks lost their first two SEC games since 2008. And it wasn’t even close.“We got clobbered,” Spurrier said.Yes, they did.Former walk-on Perry Orth started his first college game after Connor Mitch suffered a sprained shoulder a week earlier against Kentucky. Orth scored on a bootleg late in the first half to give South Carolina a 17-10 lead but things faded afterward.Orth finished just 6-of-17 passing for 66 yards. Freshman Lorenzo Nunez played quite a bit at quarterback and was used largely as a runner.Right now, none of the Gamecocks’ options at quarterback look very appealing.Next up: Central Florida, at ColumbiaNo. 12Kentucky (2-1, 0-1)After breaking a 22-game road losing streak with a victory at South Carolina the previous Saturday, the Wildcats wanted to make a statement by snapping a longer losing streak against Florida.But that streak continued.Kentucky’s offense never got untracked against Florida’s fast, physical defense. Junior quarterback Patrick Towles was sacked six times and intercepted twice. He completed just 8 of 24 passes for 126 yards.Towles had been sacked only twice in two previous games this season.“Patrick has done some very good things,” said Kentucky coach Mark Stoops. “I’m not going to throw Patrick under the bus. … Florida was very disruptive defensively. There were some issues. We knew that going into the game.”Credit Kentucky’s defense for holding up its end of the bargain.Next up: Missouri, at LexingtonNo. 11Arkansas (1-2, 0-0)Since arriving as Razorbacks coach, Bret Bielema has tried to bring some confidence and swagger to the program by saying what’s on his mind.Sometimes it works. Sometimes his words come back to haunt him.Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury took offense to comments made by Bielema during a summer convention in front of Texas high school coaches. At the convention, Bielema suggested that high school programs not run so much of the spread offense.Kingsbury is a big believer in the fast-paced, spread offense, and used it to his advantage in Texas Tech’s 35-24 win at Arkansas.“Unfortunately, we lost to a good football team,” Bielema said.With the Razorbacks hitting conference play this week, they’re about to compare notes with some other good football teams.Next up: Texas A&M, at Arlington, TexasNo. 10Tennessee (2-1, 0-0)A week after the Vols’ passing offense struggled in a double-overtime loss to Oklahoma, Josh Dobbs worked out the kinks by completing 12 of his first 13 passes as Tennessee mauled outmanned Western Carolina.UT went into the game with the mindset of getting Dobbs and the receivers off to a fast start. It worked.“We wanted to get him going early,” said Vols coach Butch Jones. “I thought Josh did a good job of managing the game and making good decisions with the football.”UT threw on four of its first five plays against Western Carolina, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Preston Williams.The Vols also found out a new way to get the ball into the hands of Alvin Kamara, who had a punt return for a touchdown. A week earlier, Kamara did not get the expected number of touches in the Oklahoma game.Next up: Florida, at Gainesville.No. 9Florida (3-0, 1-0)Jim McElwain didn’t inherit a great deal of offensive talent when he took over as Florida’s head coach.Where defensive talent is concerned, it’s a different matter.The Gators registered six quarterback sacks and two interceptions in a 14-9 win at Kentucky, extending their winning streak over the Wildcats to 29 games, the longest active winning streak over an opponent in the nation.“The defense obviously stepped up and played really good,” McElwain said. “… These guys were into this game and played their hearts out. I’m awfully proud of them.”Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who missed the East Carolina game a week earlier with a leg injury, had an interception and 53-yard return that set up quarterback Will Grier’s 1-yard touchdown keeper.Next up: Tennessee, at GainesvilleNo. 8Missouri (3-0, 0-0)It’s becoming clearer by the game that the Tigers are going to have to win ugly.Through three games, they’ve done exactly that. Their 9-6 squeaker over UConn was more survival than victory.Missouri sealed the win when Anthony Sherrils intercepted a pass on a fake field goal — a bad fake field goal — with under a minute left.UConn telegraphed the fake and Sherrils was there to pick off a pass intended for a tight end that had released off the line at the snap of the ball.With the Tigers entering a stretch of six straight SEC games, they need to find some offense in a hurry. Quarterback Maty Mauk completed 14 of 22 passes for 145 yards with an interception.“We can’t come out sluggish,” he said. “You can drive all you want and put up yards but if you’re not scoring points, that’s what it comes down to.”Next up: Kentucky, at LexingtonNo. 7Mississippi State (2-1, 0-1)The numbers just keep piling up for Dak Prescott.In the Bulldogs 62-13 squashing of outmanned Northwestern State, Prescott became the school’s all-time leader in passing yardage. He now has 6,382 yards, moving ahead of Wayne Madkin’s previous mark of 6,336.“It’s all cool,” Prescott said. “I really don’t think about the records I’ve broken or what it really means. We’ve still got a long year to go.”While he was throwing for 227 yards and two touchdowns, Prescott also ran for 54 yards, including a 42-yarder before halftime that set up a touchdown.“He’s a program-changing player,” said State coach Dan Mullen. “And I say that not just in what he does on the field, but also off the field. … We have a player that is a national household name.”Next up: Auburn, at Auburn.No. 6Auburn (2-1, 0-1)At the outset of the season, many proclaimed Jeremy Johnson as one of the rising stars even though he lacked experience as Auburn’s quarterback.After three games, including the Tigers’ 45-21 disaster at LSU, Johnson’s starting status has been called into question. His performance at Tiger Stadium produced just 100 passing yards and 141 yards in total offense.With coach Gus Malzahn saying the staff “is going to evaluate everything,” Johnson is certainly under the microscope.Although Malzahn insists he is able to adapt his offense to fit a talented quarterback’s skill set, it is clear that Johnson’s unwillingness to run is holding the Tigers back. Malzahn is at his best as a play-caller when the quarterback is a significant running threat.Interestingly, one of the highlights for Auburn was Johnson’s 65-yard touchdown bolt early in the second half.Next up: Mississippi State, at AuburnNo. 5Alabama (2-1, 0-1)Yes, the Crimson Tide has been in this position before.But it remains to be seen if this Alabama team will respond with the same resolve as last year’s edition.After a to Ole Miss in 2014, the Tide went on a roll and eventually earned the top seed in the four-team College Football Playoff field. This team certainly has the talent and experience but the second straight loss to the Rebels exposed some shortcomings.The Tide defense gave up too many big plays. The offense, while productive at times, has been guilty of gaffes and mistakes.“We’ve been in this situation before and it’s going to be up to us how we respond to it,” said Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones. “… The season’s not over. This is one game. It doesn’t define our season.”Or it could.Next up: Louisiana-Monroe, at TuscaloosaNo. 4Texas A&M (3-0, 0-0)So much for the idea that Kyle Allen’s status as the Aggies’ go-to quarterback is unclear.In a 44-27 win over Nevada, Allen accounted for five touchdowns — four passing and one running. Beyond that, it marked the first time this season he has played the entire first half without giving way to freshman Kyler Murray.That seems to be an indication the A&M coaching staff has confidence in Allen, moving forward.Meanwhile, the Aggies’ defense was a bit spotty. Nevada scored back-to-back touchdowns late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to edge within 41-27 and then recovered an onside kick.But that’s when sophomore defensive end Myles Garrett made back-to-back sacks on second and third down, taking Nevada out of field goal range and forcing a punt.Next up: Arkansas, at Arlington, TexasNo. 3Georgia (3-0, 2-0)Just when concerns began to surface about the Bulldogs’ quarterback play, Greyson Lambert threw only one incompletion in 25 pass attempts in a 52-20 rout of South Carolina.For the record, the only incompletion came when Lambert overthrew a pass in the back of the end zone late in the first quarter. Otherwise, he was right on target and the Dawgs were in total control.Lambert completed his final 20 passes, breaking the school record of 19 straight by Mike Bobo in the 1998 Outback Bowl.“It feels good for our team to come out here and have a performance like that,” Lambert said.The passing attack took some of the pressure off star tailback Nick Chubb, who still ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns.Next up: Southern, at AthensNo. 2LSU (2-0, 1-0)With a 228-yard, three-touchdown performance in LSU’s assault of Auburn, Leonard Fournette has vaulted to the head of the Heisman Trophy class in everybody’s mind — except his own.“At the end of the day it’s not about the Heisman. It’s not about me. It’s about us,” he said. “It’s not just me every day busing my tail, going 100. They do it with me so I would like to share a championship with them.”In two games, Fournette has run 46 times for 386 yards (an 8.4-yard average) and six touchdowns.It also helps that quarterback Brandon Harris showed he can loosen up defenses with a decent passing game. Harris also ran for 66 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn.Fournette’s statistics likely would be even more gaudy if he had played a third game. However, LSU’s opener against McNeese State was canceled due to weather. That game lasted less than five minutes before storms gathered. All the stats from that game were erased.Next up: Syracuse, at SyracuseNo. 1Ole Miss (3-0, 1-0)A lot of people were surprised that Ole Miss could go to Bryant-Denny Stadium and beat Alabama.From what Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said, none of those disbelievers were in the Ole Miss locker room.“We certainly think we’re at a point now where it’s not a shock,” Freeze said. “I still say it would be an upset in most people’s eyes to do it here. I don’t think it surprises the people in our locker room.”Freeze’s pregame message to his team: “You’re good enough to win.”The Rebels certainly benefitted from Alabama’s five turnovers but credit Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly rebounding from an ineffective first half to deliver a number of big plays after intermission.All told, 305 of Kelly’s 341 passing yards came in the second half.Next up: Vanderbilt, at OxfordReach David Climer at 615-259-8020 and on Twitter @DavidClimer.last_img read more