Drug giant lists on JSE

first_imgAdcock Ingram is one of the leadingmanufacturers of ARV’s in South Africa. The launch of new medication productsis on the pipeline with millions spent onresearch and development.Khanyi MagubanePharmaceutical giant Adcock Ingram has debuted on the JSE stock exchange amid glittery promises to continue pumping money into the health and medicines sector in South Africa.The drug company listed at 9am on 25 August, 2008, to a healthy share price of R35 (US$4.5). Approximately 172.6 million ordinary shares of the pharmaceutical company were listed on the Main Board at the JSE.Adcock Ingram produces medicines such as the popular Panado painkillers and flu remedy, Corenza Para-C.The listing comes after consumer goods conglomerate, Tiger Brands, unbundled its shareholding in the company. Adcock Ingram’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jonathan Louw, says the move will allow the two companies to focus on their strengths, “The healthcare business (Adcock Ingram) was not a strategic fit to Tiger Brands.”The company is now said to be valued at about R6-billion ($784-million) after it gained its independence from Tiger Brands. It currently occupies 11.3% share of the private drug industry.Commenting on the listing, Louw expressed the company’s excitement at the opportunity to expand its business, “The unbundling and subsequent listing of Adcock presents us with opportunities that will enable us to drive our vision of being recognised as a leading, world-class branded healthcare company.“We look forward to pursuing organic growth opportunities and acquisitions in selected markets, developing exportable competencies, and implementing meaningful transformation within the business.”Growing the brandAfter Aspen pharmaceuticals, Adcock Ingram is currently South Africa’s second-largest supplier of HI virus anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. The company announced that it intends on spending R100-million ($13-million) to upgrade its tablet and capsule capacity at its ARV plant in Johannesburg.Louw said Adcock expected South Africa’s initiative to combat HIV/Aids to be advantageous for the company and provide growth opportunities. The government, criticised for its slow response on HIV, is reportedly planning to spend millions on the rollout of ARV drugs.The company is also looking further afield. Adcock has announced its intentions to make acquisitions abroad.The firm intends on investing approximately R140-million ($18-million) in its Indian endeavours based in Bangalore, which produce tablets and capsules. They are also exploring opportunities in other parts of the world. “We will look beyond South Africa into the rest of Africa. We might look internationally,” Louw said.Ultimately, the company is aiming at spending a staggering R850-million ($110-million) over the next three years. This will also include upgrading and expanding its existing facilities, as well as building a high-volume liquids manufacturing plant in South Africa between 2009 and 2010.In November 2007, Adcock Ingram announced a R600-million ($78-million) planned black economic empowerment equity deal in a bid to bring back its “edge” into the market. Although a black player has not been named, the company has said that after listing on the stock exchange, it has plans to work on the equity deal.Helping SA get healthyAdcock Ingram’s Pharmaceutical division holds the number one position in over the counter (OTC) medicines and the number two spot in prescription generics.Its hospital supply division is the leading supplier of hospital and critical care products in South African healthcare institutions. This includes products used for renal dialysis and hospital accessories.In the spirit of expanding the company, Adcock has plans to introduce a new line of products across all therapeutic areas.The company recently launched an anti-retroviral drug portfolio, researched and developed in its World Health Organisation approved research and development facility.The humble beginningsThe listing of Adcock Ingram on the JSE marks a milestone in the company’s history. Now recognised as one of the leading players in the pharmaceutical industry, the drug company started from very humble beginnings over a century ago as just a small pharmacy in Krugersdorp, in the northwestern region of South Africa.The company has since grown to provide prescription, generic and OTC products. With its vision to adding value to life, the company still sees itself as a growing entity, with the aim of being recognised as a leading world-class branded healthcare company.The company provides an extensive portfolio of brand and generic medicines in the following health disciplines – cardiovascular, central nervous system, dermatology, diabetes, ear, nose and eye preparations, feminine health and analgesics.It also has a strong presence of OTC products. According to the company, every second OTC brand sold in South Africa is an Adcock Ingram product. It provides therapeutic products for coughs, colds and flu analgesics.A social responsibilityWith a constant critical need of funding in the healthcare sector, Adcock Ingram has made it its duty to support health-related organisations in need as part of its social responsibility programme.In June 2006, its community service division, Unite 4 Health, donated R4-million ($520 000) to the Red Cross Children’s hospital in Cape Town. This is the only specialist hospital dedicated to treating children on the African continent. The money contributed to the building of a new operating theatre complex, which has increased surgical procedures by 25%.The building of the theatre complex – eight in total, has been planned in phases to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the theatres. The current theatres will remain in use until the new wing has been constructed. The theatres will then move to the new wing whilst the existing floor receives a full refurbishment. It’s expected that the new complex will officially open in June 2009.“In addition to providing better working conditions for our surgical teams, upgrading and modernising the theatres will improve the role operating theatres play as an important training and research platform,” says Nicky Bishop, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.“Most importantly [the theatre complex] will allow Red Cross to function more effectively and efficiently. This will have a very positive impact on surgical outcomes in particular and on children’s health in general.”At the hospital, the Africa-specific research on children’s diseases and HIV/Aids, not only improves the health of children, but it also provides doctors and nurses with hands-on training in the hospital environment.In Johannesburg, Adcock Ingram has been active in helping to improve the quality of healthcare in Soweto.Its Heart of Soweto initiative involved over 15 000 local residents, who took part in various projects, which formed part of a study aimed at tracking the incidence of cardiovascular disease in a developing-world scenario.The study, the largest of its kind in Africa, was launched in January 2006 and Unite 4 Health committed R2-million ($250 000) in financial assistance. Led by Prof Karen Sliwa, head of the Soweto cardiovascular research unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, it also included working partnerships with experts from Australia and the United Kingdom.The Heart of Soweto project and Unite 4 Health have also been instrumental in refurbishing the cardiology unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.Unite 4 Health has helped with the realisation of a women’s ward at the Soweto Hospice, with the donation of R1-million ($130 000). The Hospice caters for HIV/Aids patients and also provides support for home-based care giving. Unite 4 Health also supports a number of smaller NGOs on an ongoing basis.Related storiesHIV in South Africa stabilisingHealthcare in South AfricaUseful linksAdcock IngramAdcock Ingram Unite 4 HealthJSE Limited Red Cross Children’s’ HospitalDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

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LimeWire Closes Online Store, Ends Plans for Legal Music Subscription Service

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It appears as though a recent court decision forcing LimeWire to halt its P2P services is having a ripple effect to other parts of the company, as All Things Digital reports the site is closing its online music store at the end of the year and is abandoning its plans for a legal music download service.The news wasn’t good for LimeWire back in October when a U.S. District Court judge issued an injunction, forcing the P2P filesharing site to close down both the website and its client. And arguably, things went from bad to worse when a figure named MetaPirate took advantage of the open-source code for the client and recreated a Pirate Edition of LimeWire, causing both the RIAA as well as LimeWire to scramble to track him down. Those meddling kids.But according to Peter Kafka, other parts of the company are now closing shop as well. The home page of the LimeWire store announces that it’s no longer accepting customers. And the company has told vendors that the store will close on Dec. 31. Kafka surmises that the company is trying to eliminate some of its remaining assets before the court decides early next year exactly how much it owes the music industry for copyright violations.The company had long indicated it planned to launch a music subscription service, but those plans now seem unlikely as well. Considering such a project would require licensing agreements with the very businesses that have sought to shut LimeWire down, that’s not really a surprise. Once the world’s most-installed filesharing application, this looks to really be the end of LimeWire. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#p2p#web last_img read more

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Admitting marijuana use may help Adrian D’Souza’s case

first_imgIt’s not often that hockey players test positive for banned substances. Adrian D’Souza’s dope flunk, therefore, comes as news with the former India custodian testing positive for marijuana.Adrian tested positive during the World Series Hockey (WSH) and now faces sanctions ranging from a mere warning to a two-year ban.Marijuana being a specified substance does not attract provisional suspension and the Mumbai Marines skipper will now have to wait for the result of his ‘B’ sample test before he faces the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has stringent laws to nab athletes found guilty of anti-doping violations but Adrian will do well just to establish how the banned substance entered his body.Besides, Adrian will also have to establish that the substance he took was not intended to enhance his performance during the WSH, which remains an unsanctioned tournament as far as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is concerned.Article 10.4 of the WADA code makes it clear that in the case of an athlete testing positive for a specified substance, the first violation could attract a minimum of a reprimand to a maximum of two years of ineligibility.If Adrian admits taking marijuana, he may get away with a suspension of just three months or may be even less, depending on the arguments he comes up with before the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.However, there have been cases in the past when athletes have denied taking such recreational drugs right through the anti-doping hearings, as was the case with Pune FC footballer Nishant Mehra who was handed a two-year suspension upheld by the appeals panel.advertisementThe amount of banned substance (28.7ng/ ml) found in Adrian’s sample is also surprising and what is amazing is that the substance was taken in the middle of a tournament, raising doubts over the seriousness of the athlete towards the game.WSH not being a sanctioned tournament, there were doubts over the result management of the samples.However, the Sports Ministry recognises the Indian Hockey Federation, under whose aegis the tournament was being run, and therefore Adrian, in all probability, will have to face the anti-doping disciplinary panel.last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisis

first_imgArsenal Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs to help Emery’s injury crisisby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Rob Holding’s injury earlier this month, Arsenal will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a new centre-back this – on that note, here’s a look at four centre-backs the Gunners could sign come January:Gary CahillGary Cahill is yet to start a Premier League game this season having been handed just 21 minutes of playing time by Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri. Strangely enough, despite evidently not being part of Sarri’s plans, Cahill still remains the club’s official captain – most probably in a bid to avoid any sort of disruptions in the dressing room’s harmony.Cahill is 33-years-old, and whilst that may mean he isn’t an ideal centre-half for a club of Arsenal’s stature – his experience could prove to be vital for the Gunners should they make a move for him after all. Despite not being in Sarri’s plans, he remains a top-class defender capable of doing a great job when called upon.Video courtesy of CFCVideosIINathan AkeEver since his move from Chelsea to Bournemouth, Nathan Ake has proven to be one of the best young defenders in the Premier League. Boasting of good pace and passing ability as exemplified by his 81% pass completion rate this season, Ake would be an excellent addition to Arsenal’s defensive set-up.Of course, his performances have not gone unnoticed by Arsenal’s rivals with Spurs, Manchester United and Ake’s former club Chelsea apparently keen on signing the 23-year-old. Video Courtesy of Top ScoreEric BaillyEric Bailly’s debut season at Old Trafford was one to remember. He was undoubtedly Manchester United’s best defender last season, often battling it out with strikers of all sizes and keeping things tidy at the back for the Red Devils.He’s been unable to replicate that form this season having been sidelined by Jose Mourinho who only recently got relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager.With the January transfer window coming up, what would have been termed an impossible move last season could be quite possible considering Bailly’s current standing in the Manchester United squad. Bailly’s got plenty of talent that Unai Emery could work with plus he’s got top-level experience having played in important games for United. Video Courtesy of HNFootballNico ElvediSwiss youngster Nico Elveidi has enjoyed a great season at Borussia Monchengladbach so far having started 14 of the club’s league games.Gladbach currently sit 3rd on the Bundesliga table three points adrift of Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, who also happen to share the same defensive record with Gladbach having let in just 18 goals this term, the joint-second least amount of goals conceded in the first-half of the Bundesliga season.Elvedi is a strong ball-playing defender as evidenced by his 91.1% pass success rate – he’s also quite good in the air as he currently averages 2.6 won per 90 minutes.He’d be an excellent addition to Unai Emery’s back three considering he’s good at distributing the ball. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Richa who stood 4th in ISC made Deputy Commissioner of South-East Div for 6 hrs

first_imgKolkata: Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Rajesh Kumar felicitated Richa Singh who has secured 99.25% marks in the ISC Examination that was declared on Tuesday and stood fourth in the country. She is from GD Birla School, Ranikuthi. She is the daughter of Rajesh Kumar Singh, Additional Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Gariahat police station. The CP made Richa the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of South-East Division (SED) for a few hours.On Tuesday, CP came to know about Richa’s success and called up Rajesh. Later he told that Kolkata Police will felicitate her for her performance in the examination. Apart from the felicitation, the CP also instructed DC SED, Kalyan Mukhopadhyay to make Richa DC for a few hours. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAs per the instruction on Wednesday morning, Richa was taken to Lalbazar where she was felicitated by the Commissioner of Police. Later, she went to meet Mukhopadhyay where Richa was given her charge as DC SED. Following the hand-over process, she went to inspect some police stations where all the personnel saluted her. Coincidentally, Gariahat police station comes under the jurisdiction of SED and thus Richa became her father’s boss for six hours. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to Rajesh, Richa did not study for long hours everyday. During school days, she used to study for three-four hours. But on her leave days, Richa studied for almost eight hours. During leisure time, she used to read books and listen to music. Richa stated that she had no private tutor. Rajesh and his wife used to help her along with Richa’s school teachers. “I expected to get around 97%. But I did not expect that I will stand fourth in the country by securing more than 99% marks, said Richa. She also stated that in future she wants to join the administrative service through UPSC. But before that, she wishes to pursue her higher studies till PhD. “Me and my wife have never pressurised her about anything. She will do whatever she wants to do,” said Rajesh.last_img read more

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Derrick Rose Giving Away 400000 In Scholarships I Hope

In the last week alone, there have been two NBA stars who’ve done something major for young students.After LeBron James opened his “I Promise” school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio a few days ago, Derrick Rose launched a new scholarship program called “The Rose Scholars,” where he’ll be giving away more than $400,000 in tuition money.Instagram“Through ‘The Rose Scholars’ program, I hope to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them,” said Rose in a statement. “Investing in school-age youth has long been a passion of mine, and I am proud to continue to help children pursue higher education as a means to better themselves and their communities.”Trying to better one’s community is a big part of the scholarship program since recipients will have to be “civic-minded and demonstrate a willingness to lead” in order to win.On top of that, applicants will have to submit a 600-word essay and upload a photo or video on social media that explains just how they led in the past.Those interested will also need to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average with at least a 1230 SAT score. The program is only open to high school sophomore, juniors and seniors. As far as the grand prize, the winner will get $200,000 of tuition money, and $25,000 of it will be paid each semester for four years. Second and third place winners will get a one-time tuition payment of $20,000 to be paid in the semester of fall 2018.This isn’t the first time the Minnesota Timberwolf has given back to the youth. In 2014 he donated $1 million to a Chicago based charity called After School Matters, an organization that links teenagers with apprenticeships.The deadline to submit applications for “The Rose Scholars” is September 30, 2018, and the winners will be announced on Oct. 15. read more

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New century of Ohio State mens tennis dawns

The Ohio State’s men’s tennis team’s first match of the spring season ushered in a new century of tennis at OSU Wednesday, and it has players and coaches reflecting on the history and future of the program. Founded in 1912, the men’s tennis team is in its 101st season. The seven-time Big Ten regular season champions begin the year on a 128-game winning streak at home, and have lost one of the last 57 road games. “Everyone wants to beat you and some guys come in here like we should have recruited them instead,” said coach Ty Tucker. Tucker, a former OSU student, left Columbus after his junior year in 1992 to play tennis professionally. Twelve years later, he was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame. He has since been awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year the past six years in a row. During the 2006 season, OSU became known as one of the premier tennis teams in the nation. Two record-breaking Buckeyes, Ross Wilson and Scott Green, were the first doubles team in the history of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor All-American National Championship to win consecutive indoor titles. “We want to be a strong doubles team,” Tucker said. “Hopefully, come May, we’ll be there.” But an experienced coaching staff has not always guided the men’s tennis team. For two seasons, the Buckeyes had no coach at all. Between 1918 and 1919, OSU went 12-5 without a coach, posting its highest winning percentage at the time. The team went through three more coaches before settling on Herman Wirthwein in 1925. Wirthwein stayed with OSU for 33 years and remains the longest standing coach in program history. He also had one of the worst coaching records in Buckeye tennis, 117-147-3. The team has been strong leading up to a notable 100th season.  As the program celebrated the anniversary last year, the tone has been set for the next century. “No one wants to let the streak go,” said redshirt junior Devin McCarthy. “Everyone’s under pressure and they don’t want to be that guy that lets everyone down.” McCarthy said he and the others look up to the seniors that just graduated and try to guide the younger players to play their best. With a solid foundation, the Buckeyes hope the next chapter will bring continued success and their first NCAA national title. “In the last four years I’ve been here, we’ve been close,” said senior Steven Williams. “It would mean a lot to the coaching staff.” The dreams of achieving national recognition in the NCAA tournament might not be far off. OSU has a group of young players who have received numerous accolades at the conference and national levels, led recently by sophomore Blaz Rola, who is the No. 2-ranked singles player in the country. The combination of Rola and senior Chase Buchanan has baffled opponents for the last year. The pair is the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the nation. “It’s a good feeling knowing everyone wants to beat you,” Williams said. “We’ve gotten used to it and use it to as fuel  to practice harder.” Tucker said his goals for the team at this point include getting good grades, fighting for every point and “just trying to win.” The men’s tennis team continued its home winning streak by defeating Butler, 7-0, in a double-header at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon. OSU followed that with a second victory on Wednesday night against Xavier. The Buckeyes won, 2-0. The team will now prepare for Mississippi State, which will visit Columbus, Ohio, at noon Sunday. read more

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Ohio State footballs Jordan Hall still nursing injury academic issues

Ohio State rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall was absent again Tuesday when the Buckeyes adorned full pads for their sixth spring football practice of the season. While Hall is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this spring, coach Urban Meyer indicated Tuesday that Hall is also dealing with academic issues off the field. “I think Jordan loves the game of football, but he’s got to take care of his business, too, and I trust he will,” Meyer said. The Buckeyes who were healthy and available Tuesday participated in a two-hour, full-contact practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the third practice of the season open to the media. Standing out on defense One of the highlights of Tuesday’s practice came during goal-line drills, when rising redshirt senior safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown stuffed rising sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn just outside of the end zone on a simulated fourth-down situation. Meyer said he hopes Brown develops into “a Reid Fragel,” an example Meyer has used on multiple occasions this year to describe players who he hopes will emerge to have breakout seasons. “I’m hoping he’s going to step it up,” Meyer said of Brown. “He hasn’t done a whole lot around here. He’s a nice kid with some talent.” Orhian Johnson’s departure following his senior season leaves an opening for playing time in the secondary behind the Buckeyes’ two starting safeties, rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett and rising senior Christian Bryant. Brown, however, said he is trying not to get too caught up in worrying about his playing time next season. “I’m trying to do everything I can possible,” Brown said. “I just want to work hard … I just want to do whatever I can for the team.” While Brown impressed Meyer on Tuesday, safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said Brown still has a long way to go in his development. “I think he’s got to step out of his comfort zone, and that’s what we’re trying to push him to do,” Withers said. “I don’t think he had a very good scrimmage last Saturday.” Rising sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, rising sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington, rising sophomore defensive end Noah Spence and rising junior defensive Michael Bennett were additional players Meyer praised Tuesday for stepping up for the Buckeyes’ defense this spring. More injuries In addition to Hall being away from practice, a few players left practice early Tuesday. Rising junior wide receiver Evan Spencer suffered a stinger, rising sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt sprained his ankle and rising sophomore linebacker Josh Perry suffered an asthma attack. Meyer said all three of these issues are “nothing major.” No joke: Chris Rock joins OSU football Chris Rock, a former Michigan defensive lineman who happens to share his name with a famous comedian, has joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. A product of St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Rock redshirted for the Wolverines in 2011 but left the team in May 2012. He enrolled at OSU in August and will be a redshirt sophomore in terms of eligibility next fall. Rock wears No. 91 for the Buckeyes. Quarterback development Asked whether there is a noticeable difference in the development of rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller this spring, Meyer’s reply was “not enough.” “He’s doing good,” Meyer said. “Not great, but he’s doing very good. His quarterback development is behind a little bit. As a player, it’s not. He’s a good player.” With Miller firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, the Buckeyes tested their depth Tuesday. Rising redshirt senior back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton received some work with the first-team offense, while rising redshirt freshman Cardale Jones worked with the second-team offense. Meyer expressed concern about Jones’ performance Tuesday. “He wasn’t very good,” Meyer said. “We got to knock the rust off him and get him ready to play a little bit.” Running back depth The Buckeyes also tested their depth at running back behind rising senior starter Carlos Hyde on Tuesday, with Dunn and rising redshirt junior Rod Smith splitting most of the day’s repetitions. “I couldn’t tell you who our backup is right now,” Meyer said. “They’re both battling pretty good.” On the NCAA Tournament While Meyer’s focus might be on winning the next national championship in college football, he has been paying attention to March Madness as well. Meyer was asked about who he will be rooting for on Friday night when Florida, where he coached football from 2005-2010 and won two national championships, plays Florida Gulf Coast, where his daughter is a student and plays volleyball, in the Sweet 16 game. Meyer replied that he is “always a Gator,” adding that his daughter might attend the game. “It’s incredible for that school,” Meyer said of Florida Gulf Coast. “They’re good. I watched them the other day. That’s not like smoke and mirrors. They got really good players. That’s going to be a good game.” read more

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Football Three takeaways from Ohio States 523 win over Rutgers

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) catches the ball with his left hand in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter a dominant win over Oregon State in the season opener, Ohio State did not seem to slow down, defeating Rutgers 52-3 in the first Big Ten game of the season. Here are three takeaways that the Buckeyes have heading into their Week 3 matchup against TCU. Quarterback room remains extremely accurateRedshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins did not seem to have much room to improve after his first collegiate start against the Beavers, throwing 313 passing yards and five touchdowns in the season opener. However, in a consistently rainy environment that was not well suited for passing, the quarterback thrived. Haskins completed 20 of 23 pass attempts for 233 yards and four touchdowns, including two touchdown passes to redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, a 16-yard pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Parris Campbell and a 9-yard score to redshirt sophomore tight end Luke Farrell. Following in the footsteps of former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, who thrived in high-accuracy, short-yardage pass plays, Haskins has utilized accuracy in many of the same ways, running what offensive coordinator Ryan Day refers to as “the Ohio State offense”. Through two games, Haskins, averaging 13 yards per completion, comparable to the 12.72 yards per completion Barrett had last season, is completing 79.2 percent of pass attempts. To compare, Barrett got nowhere close to the 70 percent mark, completing a career high 64.7 percent of pass attempts last season. When Haskins left the game, that trend of accurate quarterbacks did not stop. Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell completed each of his 10 pass attempts for 121 yards, throwing his first collegiate touchdown, a 51-yard pass to redshirt senior receiver Terry McLaurin. For an Ohio State offense trying to live and die by the word “tempo,” high accuracy is vital in keeping any offense moving. Haskins and Martell have shown they are the right quarterbacks for the job, at least for the first two weeks of the season. Running back rotation continues to stay consistent Neither redshirt junior Mike Weber nor sophomore J.K. Dobbins led Ohio State in rushing against Rutgers. That was Martell, who rushed for 95 yards on eight carries, scoring his first collegiate rushing touchdown.  Prior to Martell entering the game, Dobbins and Weber continued to share the ball, splitting series in the first half of the win. After Weber found the majority of the success against Oregon State, Dobbins took control against Rutgers, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries, scoring his first touchdown of the year on a 2-yard rush in the second quarter. Dobbins was also utilized in the passing game, Targeted twice for 18 yards. Weber, on the other hand, could not find consistent success. Despite finding big holes in the first quarter, recording 31 rushing yards on his first four carries, Weber was not looked to carry the ball for much of the rest of the game, touching the ball four more times in the remainder of the game, adding no more yards to his total. Overall, the running game was, again, successful for the Ohio State offense. It likely does not matter which back succeeds as long as one of them does. This rotation has seemed to work well in the first two games of the season. Fuller returns to the back part of Ohio State’s defenseIt was obvious to see the impact the Ohio State defensive line made in Saturday’s win over Rutgers. With junior Nick Bosa and sophomore Chase Young on either side, the unit dominated the Rutgers offense, recording six tackles for loss and three sacks, as well as three quarterback hits. Before the game even started, the main storyline was not on the secondary. It was on Jordan Fuller. The junior safety missed the season opener against Oregon State because of a hamstring injury and Ohio State struggled in the second level of the defense, allowing two touchdown runs of over 75 yards and a consistency in the short-yardage passing game when the defensive line could not get to the quarterback. With Fuller returning against Rutgers, his presence was felt in the secondary. When the defensive line allowed the quarterback to throw, Fuller showed what he could do, recording three tackles, including two solo tackles. He also made an acrobatic broken up pass, launching himself in front of the defender to take away any opportunity of a first down. As a whole, the Ohio State pass defense did not have any trouble stopping the Rutgers pass game, as both freshman quarterback Artur Sitkowski and redshirt senior Giovanni Rescigno combined to complete 11 of 30 pass attempts for 65 yards, throwing two interceptions, one to redshirt junior cornerback Kendall Sheffield and another to redshirt freshman Shaun Wade, both the first of their college career. The Ohio State defensive line will continue to set the tone for the Ohio State secondary, but the secondary, with the return of Fuller, looked much better than it did in the season opener. read more

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