‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison

first_imgTARIQ MAHMOOD,—/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — John Walker Lindh was released from prison Thursday after more than 17 years behind bars on charges of providing support to terrorists, a case that captivated Americans and earned him the nickname of the “American Taliban.” Lindh, 38, was the first prisoner brought into a U.S. courtroom to face charges in the War on Terror, following the Sept. 11 attacks. His release comes 2 1/2 years before the completion of his 20-year sentence, which the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons said in a statement is attributed to Lindh’s “good conduct” during his time in prison. On Thursday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted the convicted terrorist’s release after a “relatively short sentence.” “I understand he is still threatening the United States of America and still committed to the very jihad that he engaged in that killed a great American and there is something deeply troubling about that,” Pompeo said in an interview on Fox and Friends.Lindh is expected to reside in northern Virginia, outside Washington, and is said by multiple sources to still be radicalized with extremist beliefs.The conditions of Lindh’s release include a demand that he go through mental health counseling, that he not communicate or espouse extremist views and there are several restrictions related to his internet use — including a stipulation that he can only communicate online in English. But Lindh’s release is still not without controversy. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., released a joint statement Tuesday expressing concern over his release and demanding more information on steps that will be taken to ensure Lindh is not a threat to public safety. “Our highest priority is keeping America safe, secure and free,” they said in the statement. “To that end, we must consider the security and safety implications for our citizens and communities who will receive individuals like John Walker Lindh who continue to openly call for extremist violence.” Shelby had previously said in April that President Donald Trump had told him he opposed Lindh not serving his full sentence, but it’s unclear whether Trump plans to weigh in publicly on the matter. The Department of Justice’s public affairs office did not respond to a request for comment.According to court documents filed in 2002, the government said that Lindh crossed the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan to fight with the Taliban. Lindh stayed in Osama bin Laden’s guest house — eventually meeting and “thanking” the leader of the terrorist organization, court documents said. He trained with 20 other Taliban fighters at a camp in Afghanistan on “weapons, orienteering, navigation, explosives and battlefield combat, which included the use of shoulder weapons, pistols, and rocket-propelled grenades, and the construction of Molotov cocktails,” court documents said.According to court documents, Lindh “swore allegiance to jihad,” and stayed with the Taliban despite knowing that bin Laden carried out the attacks on Sept. 11. He was captured by Northern Alliance fighters after the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. CIA paramilitary officer Johnny “Mike” Spann, 34, was killed in a Taliban prisoner uprising, shortly after questioning the captured Lindh. He was initially charged with conspiracy in Spann’s murder, but those charges were dropped as part of an eventual plea bargain. Spann’s father, Johnny Spann, told ABC News in an interview on Sunday that he objects to Lindh getting out three years early for good behavior.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New Marine Task Force to Use New Platform in Central America

first_imgLt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. It’s good that there is still staff in our country who feel the pain of other people Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. Paxton said the demand for SPMAGTF-South was tied to the successful creation of Marine crisis response task forces for Africa and the Middle East in recent years, joking that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Because of finite resources, he said, the task force would be different and smaller than the other response units, but fine-tuned to the needs of the region. At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “We are committed to tailoring some type of task force, and they are training right now, that would be able to do those missions that Gen. Kelly needs, primarily building partnership capacity … and some counter-narcotics, counter drug mission capability,” Paxton said. “We’re committed to provide that to him.” While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-South (SPMAGTF South), a unit comprising about 250 Marines to be headquartered at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, will answer a range of needs ranging from partner nation training to humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions. It’s set to become active in June. According to current planning, the task force will be active between June and November before redeploying to the United States until the following spring. Its work will augment that of small Marine detachments already in the region, including a civil affairs team in Belize, and security cooperation teams in Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and Guatemala. While plans now call for use of just the Spearhead, another vessel — the Burlington — could also be stationed in the 4th Fleet region sometime prior to fiscal year 2017, pending a final decision, Soria said. By Dialogo March 18, 2015 “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” At a Washington, D.C. event in late February, Assistant Commandant Gen. John “Jay” Paxton said the new land-based unit may also make use of new Navy platforms designed to fill gaps in amphibious shipping. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Ignacio Soria, chief plans officer, G-5 for Marine Forces South, confirmed that task force Marines were set to be transported on the JHSV Spearhead, the first in its class. “It literally lifts the Marines from port to port in the [area],” he said. Lt. Col. Soria said the task force, which will send small detachments of Marines to locations throughout Central America, highlights the primary purpose of the JHSV: intra-theater lift. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. A new Marine task force set to become active in Central America in time for hurricane season will use a new seabasing platform — the joint high-speed vessel (JHSV) — to transport troops around the region. SPMAGTF South will also be equipped with four CH-53E Super Stallion Helicopters when activated, said Capt. Armando Daviu, a spokesman for MARFORSOUTH. The Marine units that will send personnel to the task force have not yet been identified, he said, but they are expected to come primarily from II Marine Expeditionary Force, headquartered in North Carolina. “We’re going to work with the Navy to see if there are single ship steamers that are available. We’ll look at alternate platforms … JHSVs and things like that,” Paxton said. “We’re working through not only the demand signal and the mission sets that [U.S. Southern Command Commander Gen. John Kelly] has but their capability and that of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” It’s not the first time Marines will make use of the JHSV in theater. The Spearhead provided transportation to Marines from Camp Lejeune’s 8th Engineer Support Battalion from May to October of last year in support of Southern Partnership Station 2014, according to a March report from the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned. The vessel, which divides its time between SOUTHCOM, Europe, and Africa, has also been used by other Marine detachments in the region. “It is planned right now,” he said. “The only thing that would derail that is if for some reason there was some emergent need that required Fleet Forces Command or Military Sealift Command to divert the mission.” last_img read more

WV GIRDS FOR POLIO RETURN: DOH Region 6 to boost routine immunization

first_imgHealth secretary Francisco Duque III remindthe public to practice good personal hygiene, wash their hands regularly, usetoilets, drink safe water, and cook food thoroughly./PN While polio has no cure, it can be preventedthrough vaccination, stressed Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH Region 6 medical officer. Poliovirus was also detected in water samplesfrom sewage in Manila and waterways in Davao as part of the regularenvironmental surveillance. The first dose is given when the baby is atleast six weeks old; second dose when the baby at least 10 weeks old; and thirddose when the baby at least 14 weeks old. “Ang DOHnagapasalig nga ang ini nga bakuna safekag epektibo,” said Reyes. According to the DOH, one polio case wasconfirmed in a three-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur. Aside from the confirmedcase, a suspected case of acute flaccid paralysis is awaiting confirmation. DOH confirmed on Thursday the re-emergence ofpolio in the country, 19 years after the World Health Organization (WHO)declared the Philippines polio-free in 2000. The National Capital Region is one of theidentified regions with a high-risk of re-infection due to a number of factorsincluding low polio vaccination coverage coupled with poor surveillance ofpolio symptoms, ongoing practice of open defecation, and poor sanitarypractices in communities. ILOILO City – Though Western Visayas is notclassified a “high risk” area for the reemergence of the highly infectious viral disease poliomyelitis,the Department of Health (DOH) will be strengthening its routine immunizationprogram in the region. The samples were tested by the ResearchInstitute for Tropical Medicine and verified by the Japan National Institutefor Infectious Diseases and the United States Centers for the Disease Controland Prevention. Polio mainly affects young children. The virus is transmitted byperson-to-person spread mainly through the fecal-oral route or, lessfrequently, by a common vehicle (such as contaminated water or food) andmultiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system andcan cause paralysis. Initial symptoms of polio include fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting,stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. DOH, in close coordination with localgovernment units and concerned national agencies, and with the support of WHO,the United Nations Children’s Fund and other partners, is preparing a rapidresponse to the polio outbreak. “The oral polio vaccine (OPV) is freelyadministered to babies in health centers.Ang ini nga bakuna indi masakit kay ginapatulo lang sa baba sang bata,” saidReyes. According to DOH, a single confirmed poliocase of vaccine-derived polio virus type 2 (VDPV2) or two positiveenvironmental samples that are genetically linked isolated in two differentlocations is already considered an epidemic in a polio-free country. In 2018, DOH identified 12 out of the 17regions in the country as high-risk areas for polio reemergence. This includes a series of synchronized oralpolio vaccinations to protect every child under the age of five years in theareas at risk beginning October 2019. DOH is also working with partners tostrengthen environment and acute flaccid paralysis (the sudden onset of muscleweakness or paralysis of the upper and lower extremities) surveillancethroughout the country to detect polio virus. For the routine immunization, Reyes said,three primary doses of polio vaccine are given to babies. last_img read more

Chris Paul returns as Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3

first_imgThe Los Angeles Clippers did a good job to win one of two games of their Western Conference semifinals series at Houston without Chris Paul, who missed those games with a strained left hamstring.Paul was back in the fold for Game 3 on Friday at Staples Center, though on restricted minutes.The way this crazy postseason has gone, with the Clippers winning three times on the road — including Monday’s Game 1 without Paul — and losing twice at home to San Antonio in the first round, that didn’t assure a Clippers victory.There was more craziness in this one, in the form of a crazy-good performance by Austin Rivers. He scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Fifteen of those points came in the final 4:07 of the third quarter that took the Clippers from a six-point lead to a 23-point advantage heading into the fourth as the Clippers walloped the Rockets 124-99. The Clippers took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 on Sunday at Staples Center.Rivers scored those 15 third-quarter points on terrific drives to the basket, and even dropped in a 24-foot 3-pointer. The Clippers finished that quarter on an 18-0 run. That onslaught was extended to 23-0 and a 104-76 lead at the outset of the fourth, the last three points of the run coming on a 28-foot 3-pointer by Rivers.The crowd chanted, “Austin Rivers, Austin Rivers.” He was given an ovation when he was replaced by Paul not quite two minutes into the quarter.The Clippers led by as many as 32 points.Speaking of Paul, he played 23 minutes and scored 12 points while dishing out seven assists. J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 31 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Blake Griffin had 22 points and 14 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 12 points. James Harden led Houston with 23 points, Dwight Howard had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Terry scored 13.Terry showed his frustration when, with eight minutes to play and his team down by 29 points, he pushed an unsuspecting Griffin in the back. Terry was ejected.Paul missed his first two shots of the game and ended up shooting 3 of 9 in the first half, but he did have six assists during those initial 24 minutes of action.Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke prior to tipoff about how he was going to restrict Paul’s minutes by what he was seeing on the floor.“A lot of it will be visually, but we will restrict his minutes for sure,” said Rivers, who previously said he didn’t want to take any chances with Paul’s hamstring injury because he had one during his playing days. “He had a good workout yesterday. We really pushed him in some of the things that he had to do in pick-and-roll and stuff like that.“He looked good, but it is not the game. No matter what you do, it is never the game. So early on I will still watch.”Rivers said he wasn’t as cool with playing Paul as the training staff was.“This is one of those injuries that scare the hell out of me,” he said. “I think our trainers are more comfortable with it, but it is a hamstring. The good thing is he felt pretty good (Thursday) without adrenaline and he wanted to play. Today, obviously with adrenaline, he will be even better.”The Clippers led by just two points at 24-22 and then went on a 9-2 run to finish the first quarter with a 33-24 lead.Struggling Spencer Hawes, the forgotten man, got some playing time in the first quarter after Griffin took his second foul with 5:35 left in the period and had to take a seat. Hawes took one shot in the quarter and sank an 18-footer. He also had a couple of rebounds and two assists.Hawes was brought back in the second quarter to do some Hack-a-Dwight work on Howard.Los Angeles led by as many as 12 points several times in the second quarter, the first time at 46-34 when Redick made three consecutive free throws.With the Clippers leading 50-43, Houston’s Terrence Jones was called for a flagrant 1 foul when he raked Matt Barnes across the face as he was going up for a shot. Barnes made both free throws, the Clippers retained possession and Griffin was eventually credited with a 19-foot basket when Howard was called for goaltending. The Clippers at that point led 54-43.But the Rockets had to feel good going into the halftime break when Harden made a 15-footer at the buzzer to get his team within 64-57.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

FCPF boosts National Toshaos Council for REDD+ Readiness

first_imgThe Natural Resources Ministry, through the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) project, conducted a consultancy programme last month with the intention of strengthening the National Toshaos Council (NTC).The event was a three-day familiarisation workshop, which concluded on February 28, at the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Multiplex Building at Kingston, Georgetown and featured 20 elected executive members of the NTC.Present at the workshop was FCPF’s project assistant, Michelle Astwood, who stated that the 21-month consultancy will improve the organisational, governance and financial capabilities of the Council as well as other related stakeholder organisations.Astwood also reiterated that special emphasis was being placed by the FCPF to(From left to right) GFC’s Chairman Jocelyn Dow, FCPF’s Project Assistant Michelle Astwood and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s Coordinator Jude Da Silva, addressing the gathering at the workshopinvolve women in the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Readiness Process. She also urged the NTC to extend its support for the forthcoming activities.Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) Chairman Jocelyn Dow stated that the NTC’s role was to ensure the availability of local content in international-led sustainable development programmes and policies such as the FCPF-REDD+, which she guaranteed the GFC would support.Additionally, the NTC’s Chairman, Joel Fredericks addressed the gathering, stating that the Toshaos were contented that the much-anticipated project has commenced, and they were all eager to support it.An outcome of the project will be the provision of financial assistance for office rental and the appointment of three permanent staff for the NTC’s secretariat.The FCPF Readiness Process aims at preparing the NTC and other stakeholders to be involved and make valid contributions towards the national programme for REDD+.last_img read more

Report suggests EPA, Corps exceeding authority on WOTUS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released a report detailing examples of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to expand their jurisdiction over U.S. waters beyond Congressional intent. The report is the result of the majority staff’s investigation into how EPA and the Corps are interpreting and implementing their authority under the Clean Water Act.Although the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered a nationwide stay on enforcement of EPA’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, the report demonstrates that EPA is, in fact, enforcing the rule and expanding its jurisdiction.“When Congress passed the Clean Water Act, their intention was to create balanced, practical policies to protect America’s water resources. NCGA supports the goals of the Clean Water Act, and we remain committed to working with the EPA and other stakeholders to protect our water resources,” said Chip Bowling, National Corn Growers Association president. “But this report suggests that EPA is trying to expand its authority unlawfully and demonstrates that the Waters of the U.S. rule does not work. The rule does not provide farmers with the clarity and certainty they need.“That’s why we are asking Congress to once again take up S. 1140, a bill that would allow the EPA, the Corps, farmers, and others to collaborate on a better WOTUS rule that makes sense for everyone. Let’s work together on a new rule that gives farmers the certainty they need while protecting America’s water resources.”In 2015, 11 Senators wrote to the EPA and the Corps that they reserved the right to support efforts to revise the WOTUS rule, should EPA enforcement erode traditional exemptions.Click here for the full report.last_img read more

9 days agoSheffield Utd boss Wilder hails strength of Arsenal squad

first_imgSheffield Utd boss Wilder hails strength of Arsenal squadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United boss Chris Wilder knows they face a huge test against Arsenal on Monday.Wilder was speaking at his pre-match press conference this morning ahead of Monday night’s game.He said: “If you look through their team, they don’t get to where they are by being bang average.“Even players like David Luiz and the captain of Switzerland [Granit Xhaka]. The Premier League player of the month [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]… Lacazette looks like being fit and available, and they spent £60m on a winger in the summer [Pepe]. “It’s elite football and they’ve also got some players not even getting in the squad who are quite tasty, too!” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Be brave and shave Bluey Day

first_imgDonations from this event will be allocated to the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. Donations to this fund are used to purchase equipment that helps to enhance comfort, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.Monies the Foundation receives also ensures that both long term and emergent needs of the hospital are met as medical staff work on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer at the hospital.The foundation’s desire is to have a complete set of equipment here in FSJ, so patients do not have to endure the extra stress of travel and allowing patients to stay close to home where they can receive the support of their friends and family.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The FSJ Hospital Foundation is hosting the Bluey Day Fundraiser where participants collect pledges from the community and then shave their heads.People wanting to show their support for cancer patients, survivors, or remember those lost to cancer can participate by visiting the FSJ Hospital Foundation or registering HERE Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 2 pm, the FSJ Hospital Foundation welcomes the community to come and watch the family-friendly event as there will be henna and prizes.last_img read more

Ronaldo wins the 2013 FIFA Ballon Dor

first_imgRabat – During gala at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland, Ronaldo was awarded the 2013 Ballon D’or. The Portuguese international has garnered more votes than his rivals, Frank Ribéry and Leo Messi, for the prestigious trophy. Real Madrid ace, thus, lifts the Ballon d’Or for the second time in his career after his first award in 2008. With this triumph, Ronaldo ended what has been the finest season of his professional career with 69 goals scored during 2013.On Sunday, Spanish newspaper Marca had revealed that the winner of this year’s edition would be Real Madrid’s Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, adding that the 28-year-old has known he is the winner of the FIFA Ballon D’Or since last week. This explains why he said earlier that he would attend the gala and why he invited his close family members to see him crowned as the best player of the year. Ronaldo was joined by his girlfriend model Irina Shayak, his agent Jorge Mendes, as well as Florentino Pérez, Emilio Butragueno, Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos, who was chosen in the FIFA 2013 dream team of the year, along with Brazilian Thiago Silva, Dani Alvez, Philip Lam, Frank Ribery, Anders Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Byaern Munich goal-keeper Manuel Neuer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer reacts to a call on the sideline during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer appeared at his weekly press conference to offer reflection on the Buckeyes’ 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday and the quarterback position, as well as peer ahead to his team’s forthcoming game against Illinois.Here are three notes from Meyer’s time at the podium.The quarterback spotAs many expected, Meyer quickly addressed the issues at quarterback. His explanation was simple.“(J.T. Barrett will) be the starter unless he does not have a good week of practice or something,” Meyer said.The redshirt sophomore was suspended for Saturday’s game against Minnesota after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Redshirt junior Cardale Jones filled in and played decently, throwing for 187 yards and a score while rushing for 65 more yards and the game-clinching touchdown.Meyer didn’t discount Jones’ performance though, praising the Cleveland native for his efforts while emphasizing that through all the criticism, he still is 11-0 as a starter in scarlet and gray.But like always, the coach said determining a quarterback is a difficult thing.“It’s never an easy call because one guy had his 11th win, 250 all-purpose yards,” Meyer said. “(Jones) made some good plays for us and is invested in our program. It’s never easy.”Even with Jones’ contributions, Meyer said the almost-sure move back to Barrett is the proper decision for OSU.“I think it’s the right thing at this time,” he said.ChampionsAfter a stifling effort that held Minnesota to just 33 rushing yards, six players alongside the OSU defensive line received champion grades.Redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill, who are tasked with filling in for the injured Tommy Schutt at defensive tackle, received champion efforts. Neither player recorded a tackle, but they put pressure on the interior of Minnesota’s offensive line all night.Junior Joey Bosa graded out after registering three tackles, one of which was for a six-yard loss, and two quarterback hurries. Meyer said Bosa is as disruptive as any player he has been around.Opposite Bosa at defensive end, redshirt sophomore Tyquan Lewis had himself a day against the Golden Gophers, prompting a champion grade.The Tarboro, North Carolina, native had four tackles in OSU’s first four defensive series. Lewis finished the game with seven overall tackles and did a nice job setting an edge all game long.Redshirt freshman Sam Hubbard concluded the champion grades for the defensive line after picking up three tackles and a sack.Redshirt junior safety Vonn Bell was co-defensive player of the game along with redshirt sophomore Darron Lee. Bell had 10 tackles and arguably the game’s biggest play with his 16-yard interception return for a touchdown for the game’s first points.Lee was all over the field on Saturday, accounting for five tackles and two quarterback hurries.Offensively, it wasn’t the most electric performance from the Buckeyes, but seven players still received champion grades, including three pass catchers.Redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall caught two passes for 56 yards, including a 44-yarder that set up OSU’s trip to the red zone.“(Marshall and Thomas) are playing a very high level for us and blocking and making plays,” Meyer said.Tight end Nick Vannett caught his first pass since the Indiana game on Oct. 3. The redshirt senior had two grabs for 12 yards, while also continuing with his strong blocking efforts.Left guard Billy Price also picked up a champion grade. The redshirt sophomore has been solid all season long in both pass protection and run blocking.Offensive players of the game were junior running back Ezekiel Elliott and redshirt junior right guard Pat Elflein. Elliott was able to extend his streak of games with over 100 yards rushing to 14 after running for 121 yards and a touchdown through the holes that Elflein opened up.Beyond the play of Price and Elflein, Meyer said the offensive line is as consistent as any offensive line he has coached in Columbus.‘Best in America’Meyer had high praise for Marshall throughout his press conference.The third-year sophomore was instrumental in setting up the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown after corralling a 44-yard deep pass from Jones before being brought down at the Minnesota 15-yard line.Marshall doesn’t just contribute in the passing game though. The Middletown, Ohio, native has been a major contributor on punt returns and in perimeter blocking.Meyer has long stressed this season that without elite perimeter blocking, Elliott cannot be nearly as effective in the run game. Marshall has engaged in key blocks all season long, including a crucial one on Elliott’s 15-yard touchdown on Saturday.“He’s blocking, he’s our best blocker,” Meyer said. “He’s obviously a very aggressive punt returner that’s worked very hard on that. He’s one of the best punt returners in America right now.”With injuries piling up in the receiving corps, it’s clear that OSU has found a bright spot in Marshall.“He’s one of our best players right now. He’s one of our best practice players,” Meyer said. “He’s a leader for us. He’s doing a lot of unselfish things that most people don’t see.” read more