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Clemson’s Derion Kendrick Thriving After Move From WR To CB

first_imgJustyn Ross celebrates with Clemson teammates including Derion Kendrick after touchdown.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with teammates after scoring a 52-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)When Derion Kendrick arrived at Clemson, he was listed as an ‘athlete’ but the recruiting services. And he was an elite one at that.The former five-star player was ranked No. 26 overall in the class. He began his career at wide receiver, after excelling there in high school, but has switched sides.Kendrick is now at cornerback for the Tigers, and just a few weeks into the move he may very well lock up a starting job. Right now, the coaching staff says he’d be penciled in there.Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said as much when asked about Derion Kendrick recently.From The Charlotte Observer:“If you said name the starters today, you’re picking two, he’s one of those two starters today,” Venables said. “When that decision was made, really he’s just taken off. Very natural, got great instincts, very tough, competitive, incredible transitional movement… He’s still learning a lot of the nuances and intricacies of what we do. But it comes very easy to him.”Cornerback A.J. Terrell returns as one of the team’s starters from last year’s national championship-winning Tigers club.Kendrick is vying for the other job, along with Kyler McMichael, Mario Goodrich and LeAnthony Williams. As of today, he has the upper hand.While many guys might prefer playing offense, Kendrick doesn’t seem to mind the switch, even after a solid 15 catch, 210 yard season as a freshman:“I’m going to go hard at whatever I do… I don’t really have a preference. As long as I’m on the field it doesn’t really matter,” Kendrick said. “The biggest thing to learn is just the basics of the whole defense, that’s it. I really knew everything about corner and stuff from high school, so it really comes natural.”If he continues to develop there, Clemson is going to be even more dangerous than we may have already assumed. Surprise, surprise.[The Charlotte Observer]last_img read more

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Chinas financial news magazine says celebrity TV reporter taken away by prosecutors

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China’s financial news magazine says celebrity TV reporter taken away by prosecutors by The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2014 6:28 am MDT BEIJING, China – A top business journalist at China’s state broadcaster was taken away by prosecutors, abruptly absent from his nightly newscast he was anchoring, China’s financial news magazine Caixin reported Saturday.The sudden removal of celebrity journalist Rui Chenggang came less than two months after his boss was detained on suspicion of taking bribes during an ongoing investigation into high-level corruption at China’s biggest state-run network.Quoting an unnamed insider, Caixin.com said on its website that prosecutors took Rui away directly from the workplace without notifying the news program. Caixin said Rui had been scheduled to appear on the nightly newscast Friday, and his absence was conspicuous, as a second microphone remained on the set. The show is usually anchored by two people.In May, CCTV’s financial news director Guo Zhenxi was detained. A few months earlier, a former CCTV vice-president also has come under corruption investigation.Rui has interviewed many world leaders and business magnates and is known for his nationalistic streak. He has more than 10 million followers on his Twitter-like microblog page.In 2007, he protested the presence of a Starbucks shop at Beijing’s Forbidden City and helped start a grassroots movement that eventually kicked the U.S. brand out of the historic site.He raised eyebrows in 2009 when he claimed he could represent the entire Asia at a news conference for President Barack Obama.Rui is believed to be close to Guo. In a 2009 profile of Rui in the New York Times, Guo praised Rui as “our star anchor” and said that his newscast was, for the first time, “examining the health of the nation with a television program.” read more