Wellington Police Notes: Friday, Aug. 28 – Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015: Friday, August 28, 2015•12:13 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block N. B, Wellington.•9:41 a.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 1000 block W. 8th, Wellington.•11:54 a.m. Officers took a report of an unattended death in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•1:47 p.m. Kaycia R. Hatfield, 26, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with forgery, theft and conspiracy.•6:38 p.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault in the 1100 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.•7:15 p.m. Lana L. Young, 52, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated assault.Saturday, August 29, 2015•1:59 a.m. Officers investigated driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to yield at a stop sign in the 100 block W. 12th, Wellington.•2:16 a.m. Thomas Well, 37, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failure to yield at a stop sign.•5:14 a.m. Officers investigated aggravated criminal sodomy in the 1200 block N. Poplar, Wellington by known suspect.•7:47 a.m. Dominique L. Vargas, 18, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated criminal sodomy.•9:06 a.m. Officers investigated domestic battery in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington by known subject(s).•10:15 a.m. Officers investigated making false information in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by unknown suspect(s).•3:58 p.m. Officers took a report of cruelty to animals in the 1900 block N. Madison Lane, Wellington by known owner.•4:24 p.m. Officers investigated criminal trespass and theft in the 400 block N. Park, Wellington.•7:43 p.m. Moriah N. Stallbaumer, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective brakelights.•7:50 p.m. William S. Plummer, 28, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•8:33 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1100 block W. Lincoln, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Donny A. Bryant, 66, Wellington and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Gary W. Clements, Wellington.•9:20 p.m. Derek E. Hurley, 20, Wellington was arrested and confined on four Kay County Bench Warrants and one Kansas Department of Corrections Absconder Warrant.Sunday, August 30, 2015•2:09 a.m. Jed S. Massoth, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•2:55 a.m. No report.             •4:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 400 block N. Park, Wellington.•11:02 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute in the 100 block S. Tyler, Rd, Wellington by known subject(s).•11:04 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended in the 500 block N. Plum, Wellington.•11:52 a.m. Heather B. Meredith, 41, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended.•11:52 a.m. Heather B. Meredith, 41, Wellington was arrested on a City of Iola Bench Warrant for failure to appear for driving while license is suspended.•2:20 p.m. Officers investigated aggravated assault, domestic battery and obstruction of law enforcement officers by known suspect.•2:29 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington which was returned to owner.•3:36 p.m. Karlyss K. DeBuhr,  52, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with aggravated assault, domestic battery and obstruction of law enforcement officers.•9:38 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block S. H, Wellington.•9:52 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 100 block W. 12th, Wellington.last_img read more

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Pembina Pipeline buys Kinder Morgan Canada

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:PPL, TSX:KML) CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation will buy Kinder Morgan Canada and the Cochin Pipeline for $4.35 billion.Upon closing of the deal with Kinder Morgan Inc., Pembina says it will increase is monthly dividend by a penny per share to 21 cents.The Cochin pipeline runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.- Advertisement -The deal also includes an Edmonton storage and terminal business and Vancouver Wharves, a bulk storage and export-import business.Pembina is offering 0.3068 of a Pembina share per Kinder Morgan Canada share and class B unit. The acquisition is valued at approximately $2.3 billion including the assumption of Kinder Morgan Canada’s preferred shares and outstanding net debt.In addition, Pembina is paying roughly $2.05 billion in cash for Kinder Morgan Cochin LLC, which holds Cochin US.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Half-time: Huddersfield 0 Brentford 0

first_imgBrentford weathered an early storm to go in at half-time level at the John Smith’s Stadium.Huddersfield started brightly, with former Wolves winger Rajiv van la Parra a regular threat.He fired straight at Brentford’s debutant keeper Dan Bentley early on and also shot over the bar three times.Joe Lolley also dragged an effort past the far post as Huddersfield showed a big improvement on the 5-1 home defeat by the Bees on the final day of last season.Brentford tightened up as the half wore on – Scott Hogan had their only real chance after a pass from Lewis Macleod, but Danny Ward made a save.Bentley, one of four summer signings in the Bees’ starting line-up, denied Lolley and held Jack Payne’s effort to keep his side level.Huddersfield: Ward; Lowe, Hudson, Schindler, Smith; Mooy, Hogg; Van La Parra, Payne, Lolley; Kachunga.Subs: Coleman, Cranie, Paurevic, Hefele, Stankovic, Palmer, Scannell.Brentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Dean, Elder; McEachran, Woods; Sawyers, Kerschbaumer, Macleod; Hogan.Subs from: Bonham, Yennaris, Field, Holldack, McCormack, Saunders, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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The Deets: Antonio Brown tweeted his way out of the NFL

first_imgI love Twitter. As someone with an unhealthy need to express my opinions publicly, I probably like it a bit too much.And I’ve certainly posted some things — the hottest of hot takes and the sassiest of clapbacks— that could get me in hot water with my employers in the past.In recent years, though, I’d like to think that I’ve figured out that you can’t win in Twitter or any other social media.But you can lose on them. Big.Antonio Brown is proving that point right now.The …last_img read more

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Kimberley goes for gold

first_imgIt is gold nuggets such as this one that will be transformed into jewellery for lucrative overseas markets. (Image: Dorling Kindersley) An exhibit of a replica of the famous Centenary diamond at the Big Hole of Kimberley. (Image: Graeme Williams, MediaClub) Kimberley is one of the world’s major diamond mining centres. (Image: De Beers) Janine ErasmusKimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape province, is home to the huge open-pit diamond mine known as the Big Hole, one of the largest hand-dug holes on earth. Now this town, a hub of the global diamond industry, is about to become a major player in gold jewellery manufacturing with the construction of a R100-million (approximately $14-million) factory.The initiative falls under the government’s Minerals Beneficiation Strategy, which is controlled by the national Department of Minerals and Energy (DME). This strategy aims to encourage greater value-added processing that transforms all minerals mined in South Africa and the Southern Africa Development Community into more refined end products.Known as Gold Chain Technology, the project was launched in May 2008 to help escalate production of the precious metal, and to create employment opportunities in the jewellery manufacturing sector.The project focuses on the production of gold and silver chains for overseas markets, with an eye on the lucrative American market. “It is expected that in four years time an estimated 300 people will be employed and the factory will process a substantial tonnage of gold and silver jewellery,” said Northern Cape premier Dipuo Peters, speaking at the Gold Chain launch. It is expected that the total retail value of Gold Chain products will approach R1-billion annually within five years.According to the office of the Premier, the jewellery factory’s output will mainly target overseas markets, and the US in particular. The annual global demand for gold products is over 2 800 tons, and the biggest markets are located in India, the US and China.Gold Chain Technology has been established as a black-owned jewellery manufacturer with its base in Kimberley. Gold Chain’s structure includes a black-owned company and a community trust, who together command a 24% share, as well as international partners, Q Quality International Limited with a 51% stake, and Italian jewellery manufacturing company Solandra, which owns 25%. The international partners will train local artisans to the standards expected of a world-class jewellery manufacturer, as well as facilitate access to international markets.The Johannesburg-based development finance institution known as the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has assisted with funding of Gold Chain. “This is a key opportunity for facilitating empowerment in the jewellery manufacturing sector, while continuing regional development among the poorest communities in this country,” said Abel Malinga of the IDC’s mining strategic business unit.Mineral beneficiation to increaseIn a related move, the newly launched State Diamond Trader has been set up to purchase 10% of all diamonds produced in South Africa and sell them to local diamond cutters and polishers. The DME-owned entity was formed to create jobs by lowering barriers to entry into the diamond industry for small or previously disadvantaged traders, boosting local beneficiation in the industry, and particularly to make the precious stones available to smaller cutting and polishing outfits.“It is government’s policy that South Africa learns ways and means of adding value to our minerals so that we can realise the same benefits that are enjoyed by the developed world,” said Minister of Minerals and Energy Buyelwa Sonjica at the launch of the State Diamond Trader in February 2008. “It is for this reason that the Department of Minerals and Energy saw the need to establish the State Diamond Trader with a view to ensuring that our rough diamonds are shared equitably and beneficiated locally.”Diamdel, the diamond trading division of global diamond giant De Beers, is assisting the new entity with technical and intellectual property aspects. It is not yet clear whether the 10% rule will apply to South Africa’s other natural mineral resources such as gold and platinum.Transformation is also part of the strategy, with development incentives and assistance to finance for marginalised and smaller traders, as well as security with delivery of raw materials.As the third-largest producer of diamonds worldwide, South Africa produces diamonds worth about $1.4 billion (R10 billion) each year, contributing to a total world market for uncut stones of about $13,4 billion annually. According to the IDC the local industry struggles with a constant shortage of rough diamonds and idle processing capacity, in spite of South Africa’s extensive production output.The Diamond Board says the number of jobs in cutting and polishing dropped from over 2 000 in 2003 to about 1 800 in 2004, then increased in 2005 to 2 050, and slumped again to 1 900 in 2006.Gold mining a cornerstone of the economyGold brings more foreign revenue into South Africa than any other resource, contributing 27.4% to the economy. The gold-mining industry also provides jobs for more than half of South Africa’s mine labour force.South Africa’s main gold-producing area, the Witwatersrand basin in Gauteng, has been mined for more than 100 years and even after some 41 000 tons of the precious metal has been taken from the ground it is still considered to be the world’s greatest unmined source of gold. The country’s major gold-producing companies are AngloGold, Gold Fields, Harmony and Durban Roodepoort Deep.Until 2007 South Africa was the world’s foremost gold producer, at which point China overtook it. South Africa’s mines have undergone restructuring and cost-cutting exercises in recent years, as the extreme depth of many of them also means that they have the highest production costs in the industry. Increased productivity has been targeted as a key to boosting the rate of production, and the DME has set up several interventions in order to achieve this goal.Kimberley, a diamond rush townThe diamond rush in Kimberley produced vast wealth and success, but also much heartbreak. It all started in 1866 when Erasmus Jacobs found a small white diamond on the farm De Kalk, situated on the banks on the Orange River. A few years later diamond deposits were discovered on the farm Vooruitzig, which belonged to the De Beers brothers. A mere year later a mining town with over 50 000 inhabitants had sprung up around the excavation known as the Big Hole, which had yielded 2 722 kg of diamonds by the time it was closed in 1914.The town received its name in 1873 in honour of John Wodehouse, the first Earl of Kimberley and the British Secretary of State for the colonies at the time. It wasn’t long before Kimberley had developed into a substantial town, where previously there were only tents. In 1882 it became the first town in the southern hemisphere to install electric streetlights. South Africa’s first stock exchange was established here in 1891, and in 1904 the country’s first electric tram took to the rails.Two giants of diamond mining emerged from the thousands who tried their luck – Cecil John Rhodes and Barney Bernato, rivals for dominance in Kimberley. In 1880 Barnato founded the Barnato Diamond Mining Company, while Rhodes established De Beers in the same year.Eventually Rhodes outmanoeuvred Barnato, who was forced into a merger with his adversary. De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited was established in 1888, with Rhodes as its founding chairman and Barnato, FS Philipson-Stow, Alfred Beit and Rhodes as the major shareholders. The company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1893. Today it operates in 25 countries and is active in all spheres of diamond mining, including open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea. It is controlled by mining giant Anglo American with 45%, Central Investments DBI with 45%, and the Debswana Diamond Company which owns 10%. Botswana-based Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the government of Botswana, is the world’s leading producer of diamonds by value.Kimberley came under siege from the Boers during the South African War of 1899 to 1902. The siege lasted 124 days, during which telephone lines were cut and women and children were sent down into the mines for protection. The British re-claimed Kimberley in February 1900 following a spectacular gallop into the town by the British cavalry under General John French, first Earl of Ypres. The Battle of Magersfontein was fought in 1899 near Kimberley, and is considered to be one of the war’s most significant defeats for the British.Useful linksKimberleyThe Big HoleThe Siege of KimberleyDepartment of Minerals and EnergyNorthern Cape provincial governmentNorthern Cape TourismIndustrial Development CorporationDe BeersAnglo AmericanSouthern Africa Development Communitylast_img read more

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New Type of Database Gets High-Profile Funding

first_imgThere is a thing and there are ways to describe a thing. But why stop there?FluidInfo is a startup company that has built a new information architecture that positions databases as an open-ended way to describe the world, with access by anyone to add entirely new fields of data to describe a given phenomenon and open to sorting by any combination of parameters. The company announced today that after years of development, it has found a home and some incredibly high-profile investors to back it. Expect this company to go from confusing obscurity to one of the most talked about back-end startups on the web.What it DoesFluidInfo’s primary product FluidDB is described as “a hosted database with the heart of a wiki.” Founder Dr. Terry Jones has said “we’re living in the shadow of archetictural decisions made decades ago” and believes that, as his product’s About page articulates simply: “A new information architecture could be the basis for a new class of applications. It could provide freedom and flexibility to all applications, and these advantages could be passed on to users.”So FluidDB is something that will live under the hood of other web applications. There’s something about it that brings Twitter Annotations to mind: these are technologies that are focused on exploding the number of ways that we can describe any given thing, and thus the number of things we can do with that data. It’s a little bit challenging to describe, but try this explanation out for size:FluidDB is a single web of things providing a no-questions-asked writable social object to represent each and every thing. Using a flexible underlying representation of information and a new model of control, it allows users and applications to work with information without constraint. That includes dynamically organizing, sharing, combining and augmenting information, and searching in ways that have previously not been possible. It also allows users to choose exactly which information to share with whom, with separate controls for reading and writing.The challenge will come in building effective interfaces that let end-users leverage the power of this paradigm. The project brings to mind Freebase, a project that has raised far more money, aimed to blow the world of data wide open, but has fallen short of its wildest expectations largely due to a shortage of usability. Who will build interfaces for FluidInfo? The most likely candidates will be other startup companies backed by FluidInfo’s new investors. That’s an impressive group.FluidInfo’s BackingBlogger Robert Scoble called FluidInfo “an unfundable, worldchanging startup” 18 months ago.Apparently it’s not so unfundable anymore. Tech guru Esther Dyson had already put in money, and today the company announced that it’s raised $800,000 more from Betaworks (investors in Twitter, Tweetdeck, Tumblr, Superfeedr and more), IAVentures (all about Big Data), RRE Ventures (possibly NYC’s most respected startup investors, has backed Betaworks itself as well), Lerer Ventures (another knock-out portfolio), Chris Dixon and the Founder Collective, Joshua Schacter (creator of Delicious), Andrew Rasiej (founder of the Personal Democracy Forum) and others. That’s an incredible set of investors and will no doubt lead to some great introductions to hot startups all over the web who might make use of FluidDB.What do you think? Is this as revolutionary as it looks? How can you foresee it being used to power a new model of applications? marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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It’s Too Little Too Late

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now By the time you need to have nurtured your dream client and earned the right to compete for their business, it’s too late to start nurturing. By the time you recognize the need to create value before claiming it, nurturing can’t help you.By the time your pipeline is too poor to produce the results you need, it’s too late to do anything about it. By the time you recognize that you need to prospect, prospecting can’t help you.By the time you needed to have gained a serious understanding of your clients business to build a solution, it’s too late to glean the insights that would have allowed you to build the right solution. By the time you present, it’s too late to look for insights.By the time you need to have built consensus around you and your solution, it’s too late to garner the votes you need. By the time you need the votes, asking for the votes can’t help you.By the time you are negotiating over price, it’s too late to start creating value. By the time you decided to push back on value, it’s too late to start establishing it. You needed to agree on the value created before that point.The natural laws on the universe are always on display and at work in sales. You can’t reap what you haven’t sown. There’s no playing catch up. It’s too little too late. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you need to do today.Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. If you did the work you should have done yesterday, that worked out fine for you. But if you didn’t, there’s a high price to pay.last_img read more

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Instant Recap: Oklahoma State Survives Scare in Manhattan 43-37

first_imgAfter giving up an 11-play methodical drive with zero pass attempts from the Kansas State Wildcats on the opening possession of the game, Oklahoma State seemed to be out-manned in the running game on defense all day — but still found a way to overcome the mismatch.The Cats took advantage of a fast start to race ahead to a 13-0 lead, but strong play from Mason Rudolph and his receiving corps. sparked a resurgence with two straight scores to put the good guys ahead, 14-13 with 14:00 left to play in the second quarter. Jhajuan Seales was active, Chris Carson made several impressive appearances in the running and passing game, but it was the play of Blake Jarwin that helped OSU in the most surprising way. Going into the half, Jarwin lead OSU in receiving with 2 receptions for 96 yards and a TD — where he finished the day and notched a career high.The Cowboys secured a 21-16 lead at the half, and took the ball the first out of the gate in the second half. But the offense sputtered in the third quarter and was littered by miscues; first, a muffed punt by Barry J. Sanders; then, a pick-six thrown by Mason Rudolph that handed K-State the lead. And to add to the disastrous third, Oklahoma State had a punt blocked that gave the Cats field position in favorable territory along with the momentum.Kansas State capitalized on the turnover and, on the ensuing offensive possession, marched down for a rushing touchdown to take a commanding 30-21 lead.But the Cowboys weren’t done yet, as they responded with a score of their own to bring it to 30-28, and battled back and forth offensively late into the fourth. It was Junkyard James Washington who blew the game wide open with a monstrous 82-yard reception to put them within two with 7:45 to play in the fourth. Ohhhhhhh boy. pic.twitter.com/HLW8PyzeUE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 5, 2016After a much needed stop late in the fourth, the Cowboys took over possession on offense with around 6:00 left on the clock, and drained it all the way down on a 3:39 second drive that netted OSU 8 points — first on a powerful Chris Carson touchdown run that was capped by a Jalen McCleskey duck that somehow landed in the hands of Rennie Childs to convert the two-point conversion and put them up by six.K-State took over possession and marched all the way down the field to the four-yard line with less than 10 seconds to go, but an OFFENSIVE pass interference call backed the Cats up 15 yards and on the final play of the game, Kansas State’s pass attempt to the end zone was picked off by Jordan Sterns. Pokes now move to 7-2 with Texas Tech coming to town next weekend. 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.last_img read more

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Mike Gundy on Baylor Rumors: Players Don’t Give it a Second Thought

first_imgWhile 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. After a whirlwind of rumors that surrounded his coaching future earlier this week, Mike Gundy announced himself as “fully committed to Oklahoma State” during the Alamo Bowl introductory press conference in San Antonio Thursday.On Friday, members of the local media caught up with the twelfth-year head coach in his office in Stillwater.Gundy was asked if he ever addressed the situation with the team.“No, you know that’s interesting. I talked about this a little bit down in San Antonio. They know me really well and they know that if there is ever anything that they need, information, that I’m going to give it to them first. And they have never come to me about any of those situations or things that they hear, just from the relationship that I have with them. So, I don’t really see the need to address it and I don’t think they give it a second thought to be honest with you.”Whether or not the players gave it a second thought or not, it seems like Gundy will remain in Stillwater for at least the near future. That’s an important message to send as the coaching staff wraps up a big week of recruiting.last_img read more

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Ateman’s Return Built On Devastation, Fed By Determination

first_imgWhile 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. Marcell Ateman was not at practice Wednesday, and he wasn’t there last week either. He didn’t break another foot, at least nobody thinks so. He isn’t skipping. In fact, he is attending.Class, that is. Instead of running routes and learning concepts on Wednesday afternoons, he has class until 4 p.m. But that is nothing compared to what he has gone through to play in 2017.Ateman broke his foot during the summer last year before what would have been his senior season. He didn’t play in a game, and coach Mike Gundy put his unused redshirt on him to give Ateman another year of eligibility. Gundy, quarterback Mason Rudolph and receivers coach Kasey Dunn said he hasn’t been wasting it.Ateman suffered the injury this past summer during a workout with Rudolph and former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden. The 6-foot-4 receiver took one bad cut, and he went down, Rudolph said; it was similar to how he broke his foot two seasons ago.Rudolph said he and Ateman are good friends. They were one recruiting class away (Ateman class of ’13, Rudolph class of ’14) from spending every year of college together. Watching from the sideline in sweatpants and a jersey with no pads underneath was “rough,” for Ateman, Rudolph said.“It’s a freak deal, but he handled it well,” Rudolph said. “He worked his butt off. He’s back in great shape, running well and catching the ball.”But he hasn’t only been working his butt off in the gym or on the field. Dunn said Ateman took advantage of not playing or being at practice by working on his education.“Most of the times, guys will go out and screw things up,” Dunn said. “Their academics will slide. For him, it was quite the opposite. He ended up getting over a 3.0 GPA.”Before the injury, Ateman was getting ready to break out for one of the best seasons by an OSU receiver in recent years, Dunn said. He said he expected Ateman to be Rudolph’s go-to guy in a group of receivers that included James Washington, Jalen McCleskey, Jhajuan Seales and Chris Lacy.“The kid busted his ass, and he was ready for 2016,” Dunn said. “For him, it was just a devastating blow, and for us, too, because I told several people I thought he might have the biggest year in our receiving core. James is a talented guy, but Marcell was killing it.”Ateman was trying not to waste one of his four years at OSU, which is something Gundy said he habitually preaches. Many try to find the easiest and fastest way out, but Gundy said his players’ opportunity is not one to be squandered even if a season-ending injury is suffered.“You’re essentially setting yourself up for the rest of your life, and (Ateman) bought into that, so he’s doing very well in the classroom,” Gundy said.Gundy said it took Ateman about a year to understand and accept the culture. He is one of 13 redshirt seniors on the Cowboys’ roster. Gundy said he has matured and become a positive influence on some of the younger guys.Dunn said that was clear by how he worked to get back. He said it would have been easy to let himself go, forget about football and move on while the horde of touted receivers behind him picked up the slack.That’s not Ateman, though, Dunn said. Not anymore.Dunn said he was surprised by that. Ateman was geared up for the 2016 season, Dunn said. He saw the work Ateman was putting in to improve on a breakout year in 2015, in which he had 766 yards and five touchdown grabs.“I’m telling you, a lot of guys could shut it down,” Dunn said. “For as hard as he worked, a lot of guys would have shut it down in that situation, and he didn’t do it. He completely flipped the switch.”Rudolph said all of this has worked out to the team’s benefit. A lot of OSU fans probably got chills when Gundy announced Ateman’s redshirt, knowing he would be part of a group that looked like this:James WashingtonTyron JohnsonJalen McCleskeyChris LacyTylan WallaceDillon StonerTyrell AlexanderObi Obialo+ Marcell Ateman“We’re all seniors together, him, myself, James, Lacy,” Rudolph said. “So God had a plan for that, I think.”That said, it’s not as easy as many have made it seem to be, Rudolph said. The Cowboys won’t start any games this coming year with points already on the board because of how talented the offense is. There won’t be any handicap for their opponents.Rudolph still has to throw passes on target; receivers still have to catch those passes, and somebody has to get into the end zone, he said. And on top of that, everyone is making sure to let Rudolph know when they’re open, even when they’re not, he said.“I’m blessed to have a great group of receivers, a great group of weapons to throw the ball to and just trying to spread it around right now,” he said. “They are a competitive group of guys. They want the ball in their hands.”Last year, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said they might start using two or three balls to make sure all the receivers are getting their touches. This year, they would probably have to use four or five, but Dunn said all the guys are fine with the usual one ball.“We’re not just gonna force feed it to 28,” he said. “We’re not just gonna force feed it to 15 or 1 or whatever. It’s just gonna be whatever’s available, and I don’t think the guys have any issue with that. It’s a really good group of kids.”That said, throwing it Ateman’s way will be easiest though. Rudolph said when a play breaks down and he knows his 6-4 receiver is matched against a 5-10 corner, he knows where he is going with the ball.And No. 3 will be ready, Dunn said. He will have had about 14 months to prepare.“You ask our DBs and they’ll tell you that he’s probably the quickest and hardest off the line vs. press coverage,” Dunn said. “You very rarely see him get jammed, so then you couple that with being 6-4, 6-5, 225 pounds and strong as hell, and it’s hard to cover him.”last_img read more

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