NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN has named the most “exciting” player in college football heading into the upcoming 2019 regular season.It is not the quarterback from Clemson or Alabama. Or the quarterback from Ohio State or Oklahoma or Georgia.It’s the wide receiver from Purdue.ESPN has named Boilermakers WR Rondale Moore the country’s most “exciting” player as we approach the season. It’s hard to argue with this:1. Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue: Maybe the most talented player Purdue has had since Drew Brees, Moore was a monster last year. As a freshman, Moore was the Paul Hornung Award recipient as the nation’s most versatile player, breaking the single-season school record for all-purpose yards (2,215) and the school record for most all-purpose yards in a game (313). He tied the school record for most 100-yard receiving games (seven), and caught 11 or more passes in a game six times. He had 1,471 yards of total offense (113.2 per game) and 744 return yards last year with 14 total touchdowns. Of his nation-leading 114 catches last year, 51 went for first downs, and he led the nation with 907 yards after the catch (7.96 per catch).Moore is coming off a brilliant freshman season, in which he caught 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.The former four-star recruit had his best game in Purdue’s biggest win of the season, catching 12 passes for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns in the upset win against Ohio State.What does Moore have in store for his sophomore year? We can’t wait to find out.
As the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs opened its forty-sixth session in Vienna today, Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), introduced a mid-term progress report which examines whether the international community is on track to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.The Commission is the central UN policy-making body dealing with drug-related issues. This year’s session, set to run through 17 April, will feature a ministerial segment, marking the first five-year milestone for Member States to review their achievements and the commitments made in 1998 at the twentieth special session of the General Assembly on the international drug problem. During that summit in New York, more than 150 countries promised to achieve significant and measurable results to reduce the illicit supply and demand for drugs by 2008.Introducing his report to the Commission today, Mr. Costa said that in recent years, efforts to reduce abuse of illicit drugs have shown signs of progress. Based on reports from governments – and for this year’s session, 117 governments have submitted responses to an UNODC biennial questionnaire – the action plans and measures adopted in 1998 served as a catalyst for action in implementation of the international drug control treaties.Mr. Costa said that, in recent years, a large number of governments have incorporated demand reduction into their strategies to deal with drugs, and have also launched information campaigns on drugs. “Now they see their national efforts integrated in – and supported by – the global strategy against illicit drugs,” he said.Citing “encouraging progress towards still distant goals,” Mr. Costa emphasized the positive experiences in four major elements of the international drug policy – overall drug control policies, demand reduction, supply reduction and international cooperation. Here, he urged governments to work together in the fight against drugs, warning, “Otherwise, problems are only pushed around, from one country to another, in a zero-sum game.”During its deliberations, the Commission will also discuss new challenges encountered in recent years, including the dramatic increase in injecting drug use-related HIV/AIDS cases – especially along drug trafficking routes – as well as the worldwide spread of synthetic drugs.