Ganther transforms from goat to hero, scores 3 TDs

first_imgLAS VEGAS — A week earlier, Quinton Ganther was the goat, or at least one of them, after he fumbled into the end zone, ending a late Ute rally in a home loss to San Diego State.In Saturday’s 42-32 win over UNLV, Ganther was the man after scoring three touchdowns, two on long runs, and piling up 155 yards rushing and catching a pair of passes for 66 yards.”Quinton had a big night and we need him to do that,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.Afterward as he stood outside in the warm Nevada air without a shirt on, Ganther was trying to direct most of the attention toward the Ute line and receivers who made blocks downfield to help spring him.”It was great blocking on the perimeter and on the offensive line,” Ganther said. “I give them all the credit. They sprung me and I just opened it up. That’s all I had to do because everyone else did the rest.”Ganther showed some serious speed down the left sideline in front of the Utah bench on both of his touchdown runs. Both plays were options from Brian Johnson and once be got the ball he outran the Rebel defenders.The first long run, covering 63 yards, came midway through the third quarter with the Utes leading 28-13. Ganther took a pitch from quarterback Brian Johnson on the option around the left end and sprinted up the sideline virtually untouched.Later in the quarter after UNLV cut the lead to 35-20, Ganther got loose for a 40-yard run, almost retracing his steps down the east sideline.”It was same plays, same results,” said Ganther. “Brian made a good read. You’ve got John Madsen blocking down field, Derrek Richards blocking and Brent Casteel blocking. When you get guys like that blocking downfield, that’s how you get the big runs.”Ganther is known as a bruising, bowling ball-type back who gets it done between the tackles. But press box observers were impressed with how he turned on the jets and outran everyone to the end zone.When asked if he was surprised by Ganther’s display of speed, Johnson said no.”He’s got great acceleration and a great burst and he knows how to finish a run,” Johnson said. “I’m not surprised at all. He’s a very talented running back and he just did his job tonight.”In the first half, the Utes went to their passing game often as Johnson found John Madsen with a pair of scoring strikes. A 26-yard run by Ganther helped set up the second score, which put Utah ahead for good.On Utah’s next drive, Ganther got loose out of the backfield and caught a 27-yard third-down pass from Johnson. He capped the drive with a one-yard run off left tackle to make it 21-13.A flair pass to Ganther on Utah’s first drive of the second half nearly resulted in a touchdown as the play covered 39 yards before Ganther was tackled on the 4-yard line. On the next play, Johnson hit Brent Casteel with a four-yard TD pass. “Quinton was huge,” said Johnson “He made the big plays tonight and also caught the ball well tonight and did a good job running between the tackles. Quinton is the complete back.” Related E-mail: sor@desnews.comcenter_img Utes down UNLV to halt loss streaklast_img read more

ASA Submits 2009 Policy Priorities To Obama Administration

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted a document outlining its 2009 policy priorities to the Obama Administration ahead of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States on January 20, 2009. By developing and advocating soybean farmer top policy priorities to the incoming Obama Administration, ASA continues its rich tradition of working in the best interest of U.S. soybean farmers.”ASA looks forward to working closely with the Obama Administration to achieve these policy priorities, which not only make sense for soybean farmers, but also benefit our entire country through reduced dependence on foreign oil, job creation, increased U.S. exports and a modernized infrastructure system,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.Highlights of ASA’s priorities as submitted to the Obama Administration are as follows:Biodiesel: ASA’s top policy priority for 2009 is long-term enactment of the biodiesel tax credit before it expires on December 31, 2009. The biodiesel tax incentive and Bioenergy Program payments make U.S. biodiesel producers more competitive with petroleum-based diesel and with biodiesel imports, which benefit from foreign government subsidies. Biodiesel production reduces U.S. dependence on foreign oil while creating jobs and demand for homegrown renewable soybean oil.2008 Farm Bill Implementation: ASA supports maintaining an effective safety net for soybean producers to protect against declines in commodity prices and farm income that are beyond their control. ASA strongly supports the 2008 Farm Bill and opposes reopening it through its expiration in 2012. ASA also supports funding to upgrade the Farm Service Agency computer system, which is outdated and is causing problems in service delivery.Under the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, ASA supports regulations for biodiesel that pay on all gallons, not just incremental production.International Trade: U.S. soybean producers depend on export markets for soybeans, soybean meal and oil, and livestock products for 50 percent of their annual production. ASA strongly supports renewal of Presidential Trade Promotion Authority as soon as possible.ASA supports Congressional passage as soon as possible of the Colombia, South Korea and Panama Free Trade Agreements (FTA). Regarding future FTA negotiations, ASA believes the Obama Administration should select countries that offer significant opportunities for increased U.S. agricultural exports in general, and exports of soybeans and livestock products in particular.Regarding the Doha Round of World Trade Organization negotiations, ASA will accept restrictions on U.S. domestic support provided there is comparable expansion of meaningful market access for soybean and livestock products in key developing country markets. Unless significant and commercially meaningful increases in market access are obtained and the trade distorting effects of Differential Export Taxes are eliminated in an agreement, ASA believes that no agreement is better than a bad agreement.Agricultural Biotechnology and Productivity: ASA strongly supports agricultural biotechnology as one of the most effective means for increasing yields, aiding in conservation efforts, improving quality traits and reducing production costs. ASA urges the Administration to address slow or non-functioning import approval systems in foreign countries that could negatively affect U.S. soy exports, including working toward improvements in approval systems in the European Union, China and South Korea.Biobased Preferred Product and Labeling Program Implementation: ASA has championed implementation of the biobased label and the criteria for attaining the label to help distinguish true biobased products and pull them into the market. ASA supports acceleration of the implementation of the BioPreferred Procurement Program so that more products are approved as eligible. ASA supports enactment of a tax credit for biobased products.Climate Change: Soybean farmers recognize that opportunities exist for growers under climate change legislation, through providing offsets and participation in carbon credit markets. ASA will not support emissions caps or additional regulations for agriculture under climate change legislation or regulations.Transportation: ASA is encouraged that President-elect Obama recognizes the multiple benefits to be realized from infrastructure investment. We strongly support funding for upgrade of locks and dams in economic stimulus legislation and/or Energy and Water appropriations bills. For rail, we encourage rail and/or investment incentives for rail infrastructure and appropriate policies to address rail rates and service issues.The full text of ASA’s submission may be found here.The document will be posted and made available for public comment on the Administration’s “Seat at the Table” website at read more