Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the third-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will most likely be the starter for the Jets. (Daily Trojan file photo)Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets for the Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions on Sept. 10, according to the NFL Network. He is the youngest quarterback to start a season opener in NFL history, at 21 years and 97 days old. Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, coming off a successful career at USC. In 2016, he led the Trojans to a nine-game win streak and a legendary Rose Bowl victory against Penn State. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold pulled off a 52-49 win to claim the title surrounded by current Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II and Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. In his two years at USC, he threw for a total of 7,229 yards and 57 touchdowns. He constantly struggled with turnovers but could still manage to pull off the win. Darnold’s USC career ended with a disappointing Cotton Bowl appearance where the Trojans were defeated 24-7 by Ohio State.When the NFL Draft rolled around, there was a high probability of Darnold going as the No. 1 pick to the Cleveland Browns; but the Browns went with Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield instead. The Jets took Darnold to become their next franchise player, and he was immediately placed in the New York spotlight to impress the coaches over the summer. “He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there, and the game isn’t too big for him,” Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates told ESPN after preseason Week 3. “The stage isn’t too big for him. Really, when the lights come on, he gets better.”Darnold came out in the first two preseason games ready to show off his talent. In Week 1 of the preseason against the Atlanta Falcons, he led the team to a 17-0 win by throwing 96 yards and completing 13-of-18 passes. He topped off his debut by throwing his first NFL touchdown. Preseason Week 2 was less of a show, as Darnold compiled only 62 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. The rookie put up a 64.4 percent completion rate for 244 yards with two total touchdowns in preseason so far. Darnold has always had a calming presence on the field and an impressive ability to make reads, both areas in which he impressed the Jets staff. Darnold’s preseason starts were strong hints that he would take the starting spot, but it became obvious when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and his staff expect to make the decision official after Thursday, when the Jets play the Philadelphia Eagles in their final preseason game.
The head of the Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reconfirmed the organization’s commitment to social and economic development in West Africa.Speaking yesterday at the opening of a two-day workshop on the establishment of the National Platform for Disaster and Risk Reduction in Liberia, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim said ECOWAS will encourage and promote national platforms integrating disaster risk reduction, emergency response and climate change adaptation in the sub-region.The workshop is organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs-National Disaster Relief Commission, with support from ECOWAS and the United Nation Development Program (UNDP).Mr. Ibrahim said the rationale for establishing and strengthening national platforms in West Africa is based on the need to make substantial progress in implementing the ECOWAS Policy for disaster risk reduction in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the African Regional Programme.According to him, there should be increased commitment and engagement by all ECOWAS member states to required more and effective partnerships between countries under the coordination of the commission for building a stronger, more systematic and coherent sub-regional effort to support national disaster reduction activities in the sub-region.Mr. Ibrahim disclosed that disasters caused by natural and man-made events amount to limitation on development and the achievement of the goals of human security and welfare.In West Africa, he said, the occurrence of natural and man-made disasters over the last three decades has continued to threaten the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).To minimize these negative impacts and to attain the strategic objectives of ECOWAS, the policy for Disaster Risk Reduction was developed and adopted by authorities and head of state at the thirty first ordinary summit in Ouagadougou on January 19th 2007, he declared.For his part, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly acknowledged ECOWAS and said that the national platforms on disasters management are issues that African region needs to respond to.Minister Dukuly recalled that those who have lived in Monrovia for the past 25 years will not deny that “we have more than climate change here.”Monrovia, he said, never hardly got flooded but today everywhere is being flooded. This also the case in all of the counties.According to him, climate change is not a science fiction but it is real and is incumbent upon us to act quickly to this disaster.Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla Gadegbeku Williams, said climate change is an evitable phenomenon which “we must watch closely and, at all times, be prepared to formulate and apply appropriate solutions for the control of our environment.””Today, we have gathered to establish a national platform which would reduce the risk of disaster in the wake of imminent climate change which is taking place in Liberia. Such change often affects poor people who eventually become internally displaced and there is need to find a durable solution to their plight,” Madam Williams declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)