Plants Use Quantum Mechanics to Harvest Light

first_imgIn a News and Views item in Nature Sept. 16,1 Graham R. Fleming (UC Berkeley) and Gregory R. Scholes (U Toronto) explain how the light-harvesting centers of plant photosynthetic organs take advantage of quantum mechanics to focus energy on their reaction centers. Their illustration shows a chromophore diagram from a photosynthetic bacterium. Understanding energy transfer at the quantum level in plants has solved some “long-standing mysteries” of photosynthesis, they say:Paradoxically, for instance, it has emerged that the same interactions that produce perfectly efficient energy transport also allow photosynthetic organisms to construct molecular safety valves that dissipate excess excitation energy that would otherwise cause irreversible damage. Furthermore, this work has shown how photosynthetic systems exploit energetic disorder to improve spectral coverage, and reduce energy mismatches to make the system exceedingly robust against thermal and structural variations. (Emphasis added.)1Fleming and Scholes, “Physical chemistry: Quantum mechanics for plants,” Nature 431, 256 – 257 (16 September 2004); doi:10.1038/431256a.I struggled with basic QM at the university. Don’t tell me a bacterium figured out graduate-level quantum mechanical engineering on its own. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Misunderstood’ Terrence Romeo putting issues behind as he starts new journey with San Miguel

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Jimmy Alapag excited to help San Miguel in whatever capacity READ: Jarencio, Romeo insist all is well after heated argument But Romeo insists that the public doesn’t know the whole truth about this tumultuous stretch in his PBA career.“People only know me through what you guys write and put out, and they don’t know what’s happening behind the scenes,” said Romeo. “And I won’t act the way people perceive me because I know myself better than them.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I think the lesson I can get from my previous teams is I have to choose who my real friends are,” said Romeo in Filipino. “Because in the world of PBA players, you can’t immediately say who are the sincere people, and you all saw what happened in my previous teams.”READ: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“If I have my wrongs, I think they weren’t that bad but we just have to move on. We just have to be happy, I’m happy for them and if they’re not happy for me I will be happy for myself.”San Miguel acquired Romeo via trade that sent bench players Brian Heruela and David Semerad, and a 2020 first round pick to TNT.Romeo was also traded away by his first club GlobalPort earlier in the year after he and head coach Pido Jarencio had some public run-ins. He also allegedly went AWOL for several days before TNT shipped him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Romeo, who made his first appearance with the team on Thursday since being traded last month, is aware he doesn’t have the richest of histories in the few years he’s been in the league.READ: Leo Austria expects Terrence Romeo to rally behind Beermen’s causeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionDespite being a generational talent in his position, Romeo had trouble with his former teams NorthPort and TNT after getting involved in several controversies with the two clubs.This, Romeo said, made him more mature towards the people he associates with. Terrence Romeo talks to reporters as he attends his first practice with San Miguel.MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel team governor Robert Non gave a simple yet powerful statement when he formally introduced the polarizing Terrence Romeo to his new team on Thursday at Acropolis Clubhouse.Non described Romeo as “the most misunderstood player” in the league when he introducing the three-time scoring champion to the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Vision 2030 Essay Competition Winners Selected

first_imgSix students and two schools will walk away with trophies and other attractive prizes won in the recently held Vision 2030 Jamaica Secretariat’s Essay Competition, during the awards presentation ceremony slated for January 30 at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), New Kingston.Communications Specialist at the Secretariat, which falls under the PIOJ, Carmen Miller, told JIS News that the winners will each receive tablet computers along with Vision 2030 memorabilia packages, while the two schools with the first place entries will each get a trophy.Ms. Miller explained that the essay competition formed part of the Secretariat’s efforts to heighten awareness, knowledge and understanding, particularly among youngsters, of the country’s first long-term National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. The Plan seeks to position Jamaica to attain developed country status by 2030 and in the process, make it the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business. She said the competition, which was launched last October, was open to youngsters in both private and public institutions and was divided into two age groups, targeting youngsters age 10 to 14 years, and 15 to 19 years.The youngsters in the first category (Category I) were required to write an essay between 1,000 and 1,500 words in length on any one of two topics: “How Can I Contribute To Making Jamaica The Place of Choice to Live, Work, Raise Families, and Do Business by the Year 2030” or “From What You Know About Jamaica’s Vision for the Year 2030, Discuss How It Will Help You Achieve Your Personal Ambitions”.The second category of entrants (Category II), were asked to compose an essay, 2,000 to 2,500 words in length, on any one of the following topics: “What are the Benefits of the Country having a Long-Term Plan such as Vision 2030 Jamaica?” or “The Values and Attitudes of Individuals and the Society, as a whole, will play an Integral Role in the achievement of Vision 2030 Jamaica”.Over 70 entries were received from students in several parishes, with a significant number coming from Kingston and St. Andrew, St. James, Trelawny, and Clarendon. Ms. Miller said the winners were selected in December by a panel of judges, comprising representatives of the Curriculum Unit of the Ministry of Education, whom she said endorsed the initiative, and the PIOJ.Scoring, she advised, was based on comprehension of the subject, creativity, originality and organisation of the composition, among other areas. Ms. Miller said the quality of the submissions reflected many of the students’ understanding of Vision 2030 Jamaica.“We are pleased that that our objective of getting more students to understand Vision 2030 Jamaica, by doing research, by taking time to read about it, by discussing it with their teachers, and also getting the teachers involved in assisting the students was achieved,” she stated.Going forward, Ms. Miller said a jingle and poster competitions, incorporating the wider public are among the plans for the year.Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, is slated to be guest speaker at what is expected to be a grand affair.last_img read more

Canadian politicians welcome opportunity to host World Cup games

first_imgTORONTO – The chance to co-host the 2026 World Cup is an opportunity to put Canada on the world stage, politicians said Wednesday after soccer’s international governing body voted in favour of a joint North American bid for the event.Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton are all candidates cities for games at the tournament that will be hosted by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s an opportunity to bring the world together and highlight how well things work between Canada, Mexico and the United States,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said of the bid approved by FIFA, which came amid complex trade negotiations between the countries.Toronto’s mayor noted that Canada had little chance of hosting the international soccer tournament on its own, but will now reap the benefits resulting from its participation in the joint bid.“It really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity,” John Tory said. “This is a good investment for tourism, a good investment for sports, a good investment to put Toronto on the map.”FIFA will select up to 16 host cities from the 23 candidates proposed in the North American bid. Canadian officials have said they will push to have games played in all three of their host cities.Tory said co-hosting would cost Toronto an estimated $30 million, which would be split between the three levels of government, but he did not provide an estimated dollar value for the expected return on investment.A spokesman for Ontario’s incoming premier said Doug Ford is looking forward to the prospect of hosting games in the province, but did not respond to questions about funding.Federal Minister of Sport Kirsty Duncan touted the benefits of hosting the games.“This opportunity will allow the government of Canada to continue playing a crucial role in the development and success of athletes at an international level,” she said in a statement.“Moreover, this event will potentially provide Canadian athletes the opportunity to play on home soil, allow Canada’s soccer communities to grow and inspire our next generation of athletes.”Duncan noted that the federal government has pledged up to $5 million to support planning around the event.Meanwhile, Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said she is thrilled the joint bid was successful.“It’s excellent news,” she told the city’s executive committee on Wednesday. “I’m very enthusiastic and soccer fans, and sports fans in general and everyday citizens are very favourable to this announcement. They see great potential.”In Edmonton, Mayor Don Iveson’s excitement was tempered with realism. He noted more has to happen before the Alberta capital makes the cut of host cities by 2020.“Overall we scored solidly in the bid and we know we have the best stadium in the country to host soccer,” he said.Iveson said host cities need between about $30 to $50 million to cover transportation and security costs and other improvement, and that he is looking for provincial money to help support that bid.Canada failed in its lone previous World Cup bid — to host the 1986 tournament after Colombia pulled out as host. That remains the only World Cup the Canadian men have ever qualified for.Mexico has twice hosted the World Cup, in 1970 and 1986. The U.S. hosted in 1994.last_img read more

Radio Show Talks To Stars About Making A Difference

first_imgFor celebrities, philanthropy offers a chance to give back to society by opening their hearts and wallets. But who are some of the nation’s most charitable stars and what are their favorite causes?WIOD and WSBR radio personality Keith Singer’s new radio segment Making a Difference, offers high profile guests who are giving back to their communities an open mic to discuss their philanthropy and charitable involvement.Among his recent guests – Opera Singer Andrea Bocelli, Actor {celebrityChazz Palminteri}, Former NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, Former NFL Quarterback Randall Cunningham, Actor Patrick Dempsey, the late Comedienne Joan Rivers and Philanthropist Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Best Buddies International.During the month of February, join Singer for a series of exclusive interviews with top celebrities who have made an indelible mark on the entertainment and media landscape. On his special radio segment Making a Difference, Keith will feature interviews with legendary Media Personality & Emmy and Peabody award winning host Larry King, (a media innovator in his prime). King will discuss two charities he supports, The Larry King Cardiac Foundation established in 1988 after King’s quintuple bypass heart surgery and the Catskill Resort Museum Project.On February 22nd at 10:45 am on 610 WIOD, Singer interviewed Actor and Impersonator Kevin Pollak (A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects), who is performing with Comedian Richard Lewis (Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO), February 27th at a Catskill Resort Museum Fundraiser. The event, at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, is being billed as “A Hilarious Night of Comedy.” Proceeds support the Catskill Resort Museum Project, a 501c3 organization.On Monday February 23, on 740 WSBR, Actor Chazz Palminteri (The Usual Suspects, The Bronx Tale) discusses his charity The Child Reach Foundation as well as his Play, A Bronx Tale which debuts at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, in South Florida on February 26th.And rounding out the February interviews on Making A Difference, is retired NBA pro Shane Battier, who shares details about the charity near and dearest to his heart, The Battier Take Charge Foundation. Airdate TBA.Keith Singer hosts the radio show Prosper With Keith Singer on 610 #WIOD & WSBR Radio and is the owner of Singer Wealth Management, a full service money management firm in Boca Raton.Learn more about Keith Singer and Making a Difference here.last_img read more

TVA announces solar installations being built for Facebook

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee and Alabama will get their largest solar power projects yet, to supply a Facebook data centre with 100 per cent renewable energy.Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority announced an agreement with two developers to build the electricity providers.John Bradley, TVA’s senior vice-president of Economic Development, said Friday that First Solar in Colbert County, Alabama and NextEra Energy Resources in Lincoln County, Tennessee, will produce 377 megawatts between them to supply Facebook’s data centre in Huntsville, Alabama.Doug Perry, TVA vice-president of Commercial Energy Solutions, says the federal utility plans on investing $8 billion in renewable energy over the next 20 years.last_img read more

201516 NBA Preview The Wizards And The Wasteland Of 500

There was a time when Ramon Sessions could shoot, pass and score well enough to offset some of his incompetence on defense. Sadly, those days are long gone. CARMELO calls for Sessions to not only play ruinous defense, but also to significantly hurt his team on offense when in the game. The result is a negative wins above replacement projection, drifting toward zero (presumably when teams realize how awful Sessions is). It wasn’t long ago that Nene was one of the game’s premier big men. That time is over. He never could stay healthy, even in his prime, so the relatively low number of minutes CARMELO projects for Nene isn’t a surprise. But his lack of per-minute offensive effectiveness is a recent development, fueled in part by drastic downgrades in shooting efficiency and foul-drawing, to go with worsening rates of offensive rebounding and turnovers. What started as a slightly negative trend upon his arrival in Washington has become a legitimate concern, and CARMELO thinks 2015-16 will be the final season in which Nene’s defensive skills outweigh his disintegrating offense. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Washington certainly has the top-end young talent to someday move beyond .500 land. Our long-term forecast1Judging from CARMELO-projected wins above replacement over the next six seasons. ranks three Wizards among the top 100 NBA players in projected future value: John Wall (10th), Bradley Beal (20th) and Otto Porter Jr. (77th). But for now, the Wiz are biding their time in the middle of the NBA pack — and that may not be as bad a strategy as it once seemed, particularly in the perennially weak Eastern Conference.You can find projections for all the Wizards (and the rest of the NBA) in our interactive, but here’s what CARMELO thinks about Washington’s key players in 2015-16: For two years running, the Washington Wizards have epitomized a “solid team,” averaging 45 wins with a pair of second-round playoff exits. It used to be argued — including by yours truly — that such status was undesirable, since those kinds of teams seldom find a springboard to greater things. In fact, teams stuck around .500 get doubly punished in the NBA: They have little chance of winning a title, yet are also unlikely to acquire a franchise player in the draft.But the unexpected rise of clubs such as the Atlanta Hawks, who last season won 60 games after years spent posting near-.500 records, gives hope to others trying to build from the middle. And for what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO thinks the middle is exactly where the Wizards will be again. (I do mean “exactly,” too — our projections call for them to finish 41-41 in 2015-16.) Having moved past the knee injury that cost him half the 2012-13 season, John Wall keeps getting better and better. Three years ago, the improvement was on offense; seemingly all at once, Wall boosted his assist rate, slashed his turnovers and started shooting more efficiently, all despite carrying a bigger offensive burden. Then, last season, Wall transformed into one of the league’s best defensive point guards, without sacrificing his offensive output. As a result, CARMELO thinks Wall will be a top 10 NBA player over the next six seasons — though it also bears mentioning that his top comps tended to produce only a few more great seasons before entering long and steady declines. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews The 3-and-D wing is an underrated species of NBA player — or at least it was until very recently. But even among that group, Jared Dudley is often overlooked. Sure, Dudley seldom scores, shoots almost nothing but jumpers, doesn’t rebound and wasn’t obviously good on defense until last season (his only campaign spent with the defensive-minded Bucks). But CARMELO thinks those solid defensive metrics were mostly legit, which gives Dudley real 3-and-D value when combined with his tendency to let fly from downtown on offense. Then again, CARMELO also links Dudley to a bunch of guys whose offensive skills eroded not long after they turned 30. CARMELO giveth, and CARMELO taketh away. After a breakout 2014-15 campaign, what can Bradley Beal do for an encore? Quite a bit, if you ask CARMELO. Our projections see Beal continuing to develop his offensive game, cranking out a steady stream of 5-WAR seasons2For reference’s sake, think of a player roughly as valuable as Greg Monroe, Ty Lawson or Luol Deng was last season. for the foreseeable future. What might keep Beal from reaching the truly elite class of wings, though, is his defense — as was the case with many of his top comparables, Beal hasn’t convinced CARMELO that he can ever be much more than an average contributor at that end of the court. Somewhat quietly, Marcin Gortat has ranked among the NBA’s top 10 or so centers over the past five seasons. What’s driving his value? Mainly it’s an unusual combination of durability, rebounding, defense and efficient finishing around the basket. But it’s no coincidence that many of his comps are relics of a bygone age of big men — Gortat plays the way most centers did a generation ago. And at age 31, he’s reached the stage of his career at which those players started to deteriorate. Don’t be surprised if Washington needs to search for Gortat’s successor soon. It’s to Kris Humphries’s credit that he turned around what had been a sub-replacement-level career through six NBA seasons and has become a functional NBA player in the five years since. He has plenty of limitations — particularly on offense — and his presence as one of Washington’s key bench players speaks volumes about the Wizards’ overall lack of depth, but he can be counted on to grab rebounds, play decent defense and stretch the floor a little with the threat of mid-range jumpers. After a completely dreadful rookie season in 2013-14, Otto Porter Jr. was one of the NBA’s most-improved players last season. CARMELO thinks he can build on those gains and maintain an above-average level of play for many years to come, even if he never really provides much in the way of scoring punch. Porter’s a great argument for why versatility is so important in a wing prospect: When the ability to create shots doesn’t translate to the pros, a well-rounded game can provide a nice fallback. In Porter’s case, he does enough positive things on defense and the glass to compensate for a microscopic assist percentage and comparatively small usage rate. read more

Ohio State track to honor Jesse Owens in last home meet of

Frequent trips to the trio of recreational facilities on campus with Jesse Owens in the title might have led students to forget the significance behind the man who not only left a legacy at Ohio State, but across the United States and the world. This weekend, the OSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams will compete in the Jesse Owens Track Classic, an event that holds a special meaning to the Buckeyes. “This is one of the biggest meets for us,” said senior sprinter Thomas Murdaugh. “It’s something that we all look forward to because it is the Jesse Owens Classic, and to be able to run at the meet dedicated to the greatest athlete of all-time, it’s always a big deal for us.” Owens gained international fame when he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics during the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. The Jesse Owens Award was named after him to honor his career, and is the highest accolade in U.S. track and field, awarded to the year’s best track and field athlete. But before Owens was an Olympic hero and international track and field icon, he was an OSU student. Owens enrolled at OSU in October of 1933 at the age of 20. In addition to track and classes, he worked part-time as a freight elevator operator at the State House to help pay his tuition. OSU did not offer Owens a scholarship. During the 1930’s, the U.S. was in a state of racial tension, and the OSU community was no exception. Owens was not permitted to live on campus with the white students because of his race; he instead resided off campus with several other African-American students. No restaurant along High Street would serve African-Americans, and when Owens traveled with the team, he often had to eat in separate restaurants. Despite facing segregation and setbacks, Owens proved to be one of the greatest athletes in the history of OSU and the world. On May 25, 1935, during the Big Ten Finals in Ann Arbor, Mich., in what some call the greatest single-day performance in athletic history, Owens accomplished in 45 minutes what some athletes never achieve their entire career: three world records and a tie for a fourth. Men’s interim coach Ed Beathea said the Buckeyes strive to exemplify the university Owens once competed for and think the meet named in his honor is important for his team. “I think this weekend … should remind us of how significant Jesse Owens was and his performances were to track and field, to Ohio State and to the country,” Beathea said. “I think you always feel like you want to go out there and make sure you’re prepared to run your best, and that your efforts are everything that you have, so that you’re a good representation of the place where Jesse Owens ran.” Owens’ life off the track consisted of several business and personal ventures, including travels to India, Philippines, Malaysia and The Ivory Coast, where he lead running clinics and promoted economic and political freedoms of the U.S. Owens was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974, and two years later President Gerald Ford presented Owens with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government according to OSU archives. Owens died March 31, 1980, at the age of 66. In April 2011, OSU unveiled a statue of Owens at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in honor of achievements. Women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said Owen’s life can send a message not only to athletes, but to all who are inspired by Owen’s story. “I think that he represents the epitome of greatness in track and field; as a human being, his humanity, his unselfishness and as well as his major accomplishments in his track and field. So we are all inspired by Jesse Owens. For our young people to run in the Jesse Owens relays, I think it gives them an opportunity to remember the challenges that he had, as well as how great he became despite challenges,” Dennis said. “I think that’s what we really have to do in athletics is that we have to continue to do our best, no matter what the challenge is that each of us individually face.” The Jesse Owens Classic will kick off competition Friday in the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 4 p.m. with the women’s javelin and men’s discus. The meet will continue Saturday with events starting at 10:30 a.m. Men’s coach Robert Gary has left the university according to an OSU spokesperson. Beathea will coach the team in his place. read more

Football Tate Martell will not transfer views himself as Ohio States future

PASADENA, Calif. — Redshirt freshman quarterback Tate Martell remembers the quarterback room when offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day first arrived, the four quarterbacks Ohio State had on its roster to choose from: J.T. Barrett, Joe Burrow, Dwayne Haskins and himself. After Barrett left, Martell used both Haskins and Burrow as examples, saying the latter spent one summer with LSU and became its starting quarterback for the 2018 season after his development with the Buckeyes. “It just kind of shows what we had and still have in our quarterback room,” Martell said. Martell believes, like the other three quarterbacks in that particular room, no matter whether it was for Ohio State or not, it’s his turn to add to the legacy of that room after his two seasons of development. Martell said Sunday he will not transfer from Ohio State, even with rumors swirling around the Buckeyes obtaining former five-star quarterback Justin Fields, who announced he would transfer after his first season at Georgia. Day, the incoming Ohio State head coach, would not confirm the speculation, saying the interest level to play at Ohio State, with the help of the performances Haskins has had this season, is as high as he thinks it has ever been. But, to put it simply, Martell is not scared of losing the starting job to Fields. “Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put in a single second into this program?” Martell said. “I put two years of literally working my ass off into something that I have been waiting for and dreaming of having my whole life. To just run away from somebody who hasn’t put a single second into workouts anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance.” Martell is not naive. If Haskins departs, there will be one spot in the Ohio State quarterback room for the taking, one alongside Martell, freshman Matthew Baldwin and junior Chris Chugunov. But Martell also knows what situation that particular quarterback, whether its Fields or now, is coming into. “Somebody has to come in and it’s going to take awhile for them to learn the offense. I’m just telling you, it’s not easy. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you’ve done,” Martell said. “Coach Day brings an NFL-level playbook to our offense and it’s difficult. It’s not something that you can just walk in and three months in, you think that, ‘I’m rolling now.’ It’s not that easy, I promise you.” Many thought, with Martell’s resume coming into Ohio State, starting three seasons at quarterback for Bishop Gorman, going 15-0 as the Gatorade National Player of the Year as a senior, that it would be easy for him to leave, eager to get on the field at the collegiate level as quickly as possible. Martell is that competitor, saying that he wants to get on the field, to show what he can do with the Ohio State offense. However, he said his want and drive to play quarterback for Ohio State, to play for his teammates overpowered all of that. “There’s been times where I’ve had to look at it like how long am I actually going to sit here and wait around before I go and get my chance, but at the end of the day, I had to sit there and the reason why I have never left this school after everything I have done and all the work that I have put in is because I love my teammates,” Martell said. “My whole team knows that. That’s why I am still here at this point because there are probably a ton of other schools I could be staring for right now, just look like what Joe did.” Day understands what Martell has gone through this season, but that he has taken advantage of the opportunities he has been given. “I think he’s been very good. I think he understands the game plan like he always does.” Day said. “It’s hard when you’re not playing to constantly do a good job preparing. Even though you’re not getting on the field. It can be frustrating at times, but he’s done an excellent job this year.” While Day served as the interim head coach and head coach Urban Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, Martell said that was when he began to rotate with the first-team offense, getting some time to mold into what he expects to be next season. And through this, a confidence and a relationship between a quarterback and his position coach continued to grow. “I don’t think there is any doubt that coach Day has a pretty good level of confidence in me,” Martell said. “Coach Day knows what I can do and has seen how far I have come. he has a lot of confidence in me and I have obviously a ton of trust in him. He’s a great coach.” Day’s philosophy as an offensive coordinator and as an incoming head coach has been to match the identity of the offense of the offense with the best qualities of the personnel of the players utilized. Expecting to be at the helm of this offense, Martell said he does not expect much to be changed, saying a lot of the aspects of the passing game and the zone read will remain like it was with Haskins. Martell was actually pleased with the run-pass option Ohio State ran with Haskins, something he said he had been able to grow from. “We are reading the linebackers this year which I was actually really happy about because that’s one thing I had to work on which I have gotten really good at now is the R.P.O. blocking up front, throwing off a backer, which I have gotten really good at just through this year because that’s what we have done with Dwayne,” Martell said. “Now I feel comfortable doing pretty much anything in our offense.” The zone-read offense and run-pass option is something Martell said he has been comfortable with, something that comes naturally: To use his athleticism to go and make plays, something he said will return to the Ohio State offense. Martell has shown that in some cases this season, playing in three of the first four games for Ohio State, completing all 10 of his pass attempts against Rutgers on Sept. 8 for 121 yards, adding 95 yards on the ground and scoring two touchdowns. But, even with glimpses of what Martell could do, he thinks opponents have not scratched the surface of what he has the potential to do. “Just going in there, running a couple plays and not really having the ability to show everything that I want, it’s difficult that I had to do that. But I told coach Day and coach Meyer that I would do anything for this team. I told them that in the middle of the year, I said, ‘Whatever this team needs, I’ll go do it,’” Martell said. “But now, at this point, when I go out there, I am going to go out there and put on a show.” Martell has viewed himself as an underdog his entire life, but he has significant goals for himself while at Ohio State. At this point, none of them are for individual stardom: it’s winning games, it’s a national championship. Those are the goals Ohio State has as well. For the team to get to that point, Martell feels like he should be behind center, not Fields. And if Haskins leaves, that’s what he thinks will happen. “I will,” Martell said when asked if he will be the starting quarterback next fall. “I am 100 percent sure on that.” read more