These Foods Are Seducing You, But They Shouldn’t Be Your Only…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: Ava Waits is a Nutrition Mentor Certain foods are seducing you each day, by triggering the pleasure center in your brain.One of my teachers, Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is the author of Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings–And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally. He writes:“Certain foods appear to stimulate the release of opiate chemicals within the brain. These are chemical cousins of morphine and heroin. They are not as strong as illegal drugs, but appear to be strong enough to keep us coming back, especially when we are stressed, tire, angry, or alone. Not every food does this. The groups that do are sugar (and sugar-fat mixtures, such as butter cookies, as well as foods that produce sugar rapidly), chocolate, cheese, and meat.It appears that they actually stimulate the brain in such a way that it is easy to get hooked and tough to break free, even if you find yourself gaining weight or lapsing into health problems.”So we’re being seduced, and the seduction is very real if you are about to spend Valentine’s Day unsatisfied in relationships, overworked, and frustrated by the state of your health. It’s easy to turn to comforting and addicting food when pieces of your life are unbalanced.Here are ideas to make these seductive foods a better date. I won’t ask you to painfully give up the relationship that you have with these foods. Simply upgrade the ingredients, keep whole vegetables and grains in your diet, and infuse your meals with an enjoyment factor. Put intention behind how you present these foods to yourself.1. Sugar ~ Currently, the sweetener I most recommend is coconut syrup, which is the sap from coconut tree blossoms. It’s high in Vitamin C, and has a brown sugar flavor. Some agave syrup brands are blended with corn syrup, so I stay away from agave at this point. Raw honey is another great sweetener.2. Chocolate ~ Choose a raw chocolate bar, instead of the processed and sugared bar you’ll find in most stores. Raw chocolate is high in serotonin and tryptophan, which defend against stress. It also has high amounts of fiber, iron and Vitamin C. Try a chocolate truffle on a beautiful small plate, served with a cup of tea.3. Cheese ~ Choose organic dairy, since chemicals from conventional dairy production become concentrated in milk. I gave up cow dairy several years ago, because I kept getting sore throats, colds, and coughs. It turns out that goat and sheep dairy work well in my body, so I’ve switched to dairy products from these smaller animals. Cheese is a side dish, not a main course. When I crave cheese, I’ll melt a couple pieces into a corn tortilla on a stove top pan and eat it when it is still melted. You can also create a gorgeous arrangement of cut vegetables, gluten-free crackers and just a few small slices of cheese on the side.4. Meat ~ If you consume meat products, find a local meat farm and support them. When you buy from a local farm, you can be sure of humane animal practices. You also get to step back in time, and instead of meat suffocating in plastic, your cut will be handed to you in classic butcher paper.Holidays are meant to be fun and exciting. I will be eating organic dark chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and I plan to thoroughly enjoy it. Food is not the only path to happiness and health though, and that’s why you can’t rely on these seductive foods to stay happy. The rest of your life must be in balance. If you’ve felt melancholy at some point this winter, a little lost, heavy, groggy or dull, you’ll want to keep an eye out for a new opportunity I will be announcing shortly. It’s all about luscious eating, enjoyment, and bringing the perfect opportunities into your life.© 2011 Ava Waits~~~~~~~~~~~~Ava Waits is a Nutrition Mentor and Global Nutrition Concierge™ at She helps her clients to embrace a European attitude toward food, where meals become a pleasure to prepare, and health becomes a priority. If you’d like to sample her gentle and enjoyable approach to nutrition, please visit her website for more tips, recipes and videos.last_img read more

Questions Raised About Permanency of ‘Temporary Lights’ on Branch Avenue

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – A Monmouth County plan to replace one of the bridges on Seven Bridges Road calls for the temporary installation of traffic lights at two Branch Avenue intersections. And that’s a problem for many who live in the immediate area.Monmouth County Engin­eer Joseph Ettore appeared at the Borough Council meeting Monday, May 7, to explain the $2.7 million project, expected to begin in July, and the need for the traffic lights during its six-month duration.While none of the residents disputed the need for the work on Seven Bridges Road, what worries them, many said, was what the new signals would mean for traffic in their neighborhood. They also questioned whether the signals would become permanent.One light will be located at Branch Avenue and White Road and the now blinking light at Branch Avenue and Rumson Road will be operated as a standard traffic signal.Molly Gearty said she and her family purchased their Branch Avenue home in 2008, “because we saw Little Silver as a good place to raise our family.“Now I’m going to be stuck with idling traffic,” Gearty said, noting that auto exhaust has been shown to be a contributor to such maladies as asthma and other conditions.“People move here for their children,” she said, “and I’m not happy with what’s going to happen to mine.”William Heine, Monmouth County public information officer, said last week, that County Bridge S-27 on Seven Bridges Road is an aging timber structure spanning Little Silver Creek, in the vicinity of Little Silver Point Road.Plans call for the old timber structure to be dismantled and a new concrete span to be erected there.The aging, existing bridge is “structurally deficient,” Heine said.“That doesn’t mean it’s going to fall,” he said. “It means it doesn’t meet current design standards.”The new bridge will be wider with 12-foot lanes, 3-foot shoulders and a 6-foot pedestrian walkway on the bridge’s westerly side.A pedestrian span will be available during construction, Heine said.County officials have awarded the $2.7 million project to Lucas Brothers, Inc. Marlboro, which has begun pre-construction work, includ­ing relocating utility poles and equipment.During construction some temporary lane closures are expected for the project, slated to begin following the July 4 holiday.Both signals will initially be blinking lights to allow drivers to become accustomed to them and then they will be switched to the standard red-yellow-green combination.The new lights, Ettore said during the council session, are intended for public safety and better traffic flow on busy Branch Avenue during the construction.The state Department of Transportation Trust Fund will be funding the project, according to Heine and Ettore.“I can live with a temporary light,” said Branch Avenue resident Jon Sisco, who then asked Ettore, “Where do we stand with its permanency?”Tod Sizer, who also lives on Branch, said, “There are two dozen families here today,” who share his concern. “The concern I have is the plans that you have been trying to ram down our throat for 25 years,” that of a multi-lane, lighted intersection.“This is a signal detour route,” Ettore responded, adding that there are no plans at this time to keep the lights past the project completion.The governing body would have a say as to whether the lights should remain when the construction ends. After that, the decision would be with the county Board of Freeholders, as Seven Bridges Road comes under county jurisdiction, Ettore said.Mayor Robert Neff Jr. told the audience the council has not had any discussion about keeping the signals. “We’re not going to try to slip anything passed anybody here. That I can assure you.”“My professional opinion,” Ettore said, is “a traffic signal is needed at Branch and Rumson. That has been my opinion for 20 years,” he said.Police Captain Gary LaBruno said the neighborhood is a high-traffic area and a problematic one for safety concerns. Branch Avenue serves as an alternative to state Highway 35, which runs parallel.“Those two lights were needed 10 years ago,” LaBruno said. “Those two intersections are not safe.”As many as 40,000 vehicles travel Branch Avenue during a given week, he said.LaBruno and Chief Daniel Shaffery stressed the department has not made a determination about whether the lights need to be kept. “We’re data driven,” Shaffery said, “and the data’s not in. No decision has been made.”The project first came up about six years ago with Ettore and other county and local officials conducting public input sessions, according to the engineer. The project was delayed because of state Department of Environ­men­tal Protection considerations that stalled approvals, LaBruno said.“This one seems like it’s been percolating for a while and snuck up on us,” with the recent announcement of a go-ahead, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. said.“We understand this is an issue that’s not going to disappear,” Neff said. “And we’ll be looking at it over the next six months.”last_img read more

Team South Africa profile: Burry Stander

first_img12 June 2012South African cross-country mountain bike star Burry Stander has one overriding goal for 2012: a place on the podium at the London Olympic Games.To help him achieve this, Stander has taken a different approach to his racing this year and is using scientific analysis and support from the South African Sports Science Institute in Cape Town.The partnership between Stander and his coach, Doctor Jeroen Swart, an experienced cycling coach and former top mountain bike racer, started in 2011 and is relatively new, but the results have been very encouraging.Besides the Olympics, Stander’s focus for 2012 is the Absa Cape Epic – mark that one off as a success after he recorded a dominating victory with Christoph Sauser – and the RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup.‘Everything else is secondary’In his own words, though: “My main goal for 2012 is the London Olympics. Everything else is secondary.”Last year, he admitted, was a disappointing one, but the changes he has made for 2012 are paying off. So far, apart from the win in the Epic, Stander’s achievements in 2012 have been highlighted by a second place finish in the UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg in front of a vocal home crowd.Afterwards, he wrote on his blog: “This weekend was nothing short of spectacular – the organisation, atmosphere and support next to the track was amazing. I had some great prep coming into the event and was super motivated to do well.”Stander placed a strong fourth in Houffalize, Belgium at the second World Cup stop, even though it took place a mere two weeks after the very strenuous Absa Cape Epic.Gold medal contendersIn round three, at Nove Mesto na Morave in the Czech Republic, he was back on the podium, trailing only Nino Schurter and Jaroslav Kulhavy, whom most would peg as the strongest contenders for the Olympic gold medal.Round four, at La Bresse in France, earlier this month, did not go to plan, as Stander explained on his blog: “I managed to get over the first climb in fifth and felt good as we set up for the first downhill. This, however, would be where my weekend took a turn.“I got rammed from behind and pushed off the track. Stunned, at first. it took a while for me to get back up to the trail, and once I got going I realized my front tyre had come off the rim. So I rolled down to the technical zone and changed a wheel.“Once I restarted I was pretty much last. I had to reset my goals for the day and just focus on scoring some points.”Ultimately, Stander finished 24th, which, given his misfortune, was not a bad result as he had been around 120th position when he crashed. In some ways, this result says more about his ability than his other top finishes.Far from a pipe dreamClearly, though, his three earlier results are more accurate reflections of his form. They indicate that his wish to medal in the London Olympics is far from a pipe dream. It’s a distinct possibility.Stander was able to train on the course that will be used for the London Olympics in April and deemed it a “worthwhile trip”.World number one Jaroslav Kulhavy is one of his team-mates at Team Specialized Racing and having two of the world’s premier cross-country riders training together can only be good for improving their standards and challenging their limits.SuccessesStander has experience of success on the world’s biggest stages, with his victory in the under-23 cross country at the 2009 UCI World Championships being one of the highlights of his career.In 2008, the South African star placed 15th at the Beijing Olympics. Four years later, he will enter the London Olympics as a far better rider.Consider that since 2008 he has won the World Championships under-23 title, placed third in men’s elite cross-country at the 2010 World Championships, and lifted the Absa Cape Epic title in 2011 and 2012.Given those past successes and his present form, Burry Stander deserves far greater consideration as a potential Olympic medal winner, especially from South African Olympic team supporters.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2017 Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council Conference

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council Annual Conference will be held Feb. 3, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ohio Department of Agriculture in Reynoldsburg.The program theme is “High quality forages.” The keynote speaker will be Kim Cassida, Forage Extension Specialist at Michigan State University, who will discuss “Managing grass-legume mixtures” based on extensive research and experience in Michigan and her prior work in West Virginia. She and Jeff McCutcheon (OSU Extension, Southeast Region Director) will discuss “High energy pasture for grass-finished Beef” and two Ohio producers, Bill Lawhon of Knox County and Jeff Ramseyer of Wayne County will expand on that topic by discussing how they utilize annual and perennial forages in their grass-based beef operations.Lin Karcher, a dairy producer in Meigs County, will discuss the transition to grass-based dairy production. Don and Megan Burgess of Hancock County will discuss how sheep breed affects utilization of annual forages in their operation. Todd Hager of Allen County will discuss his commercial hay operation that includes baling cover crops within grain crop rotations and reprocessing big square bales of alfalfa into small squares prior to marketing. A six-state evaluation of reduced lignin alfalfa will be discussed by Angie Parker (Ohio State University Graduate Research Assistant) and Mark Sulc and Dave Barker (The Ohio State University) will provide a research update on several projects including optimizing animal intake on tall fescue pastures, revising potato leafhopper thresholds for leafhopper-resistant alfalfa and alfalfa-grass mixtures, and effects of different harvest schedules on alfalfa-grass mixtures.Details of the program and a registration form will be available at will be due by Jan. 27, 2017. For more information contact Gary Wilson at [email protected] and (419) 348-3500, or Mark Sulc at [email protected] and (614) 292-9084.last_img read more

Using Big Data To Solve Social Discovery’s Relevance Problem

first_imgTags:#social networking Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img johann schleier smith Guest author Johann Schleier-Smith is co-founder and CTO of Tagged, a social-media site designed to connect people of like mind who don’t already know each other.The desire to connect with people is part of being human, with countless generations of networking and matchmaking predating our modern online world.And yet the science behind making connections is far from being conventional wisdom. Compared to traditional social networks, social-discovery products face a unique challenge in needing to do more than simply connect folks who are already friends. Every social site faces this issue, and each one has its own ways of solving it. At Tagged, our “secret sauce” – hard-won learnings and critical insights for social discovery – has five guiding principles:1. Seek Deep Understanding Of The CustomerIt’s easy for analytically minded people working on big data sets to focus on average performance metrics or other statistical measures. Analyzing the individual member’s experience, often proves fruitful for insights, ideas and improvements.Mathematical tools are fantastic for generalizing or classifying behavior, but there’s tremendous value in recognizing that each person is unique. To be successful, social media must be attentive to what individuals, through their descriptions and actions, show they really want or need.2. Seek Mutual CompatibilityThe best matches happen when two members want to connect with each other. The goal is to measure how members interact, and how conversations start, rather than simply measuring one-way interest.Is a great profile picture important? Yes, it’s been proven. However, there are deeper facets of interaction that play a large role in compatibility.3. Combine Off-The-Shelf Algorithms And Proprietary TechniquesWe use a variety of textbook classification models (Naive Bayes, Support Vector Machines, Decision Trees), as well as regression techniques (logistic regression and others), with inputs including basic profile information such as age, gender, or location.However, as members interact with others, we incorporate personal patterns into the models. Tagged also bases algorithms on large-scale social-graph structure, an approach that has been surprisingly effective.4. Test Rigorously And ExtensivelyLike any large-scale social network, Tagged makes billions of match recommendations each month. It’s critical to carefully compute statistical error measures, even when benefitting from large data volumes that quickly shrink sampling errors.5. Seek Deep Understanding Of AlgorithmsSometimes one can make quick progress by applying techniques that work elsewhere. However, sustained progress or innovation requires full understanding of why each mathematical tool works. Social discovery demands a thorough understanding of each tool’s strengths and weaknesses. And that’s just scratching the surface. This five-point standard only alludes to the nature of the work required, but you get the idea of what it takes to figure out and perfect social discovery and the science of personal connection.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

KL banking on KLFA Stadium renovation completion

first_imgSuper League City Boys banking on stadium renovation completion to draw KL-ites back in 2018 MSL Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:45 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Adnan Ikshan, Kuala Lumpur, 2017 Kuala Lumpur The City Boys Facebook Super League Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur v Sabah Premier League Only 1,347 fans turned up to the match that saw Kuala Lumpur promoted to the Super League, although the match had been made a free-entrance event. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter Although Kuala Lumpur defeated Sabah 2-0 in their Premier League match on Tuesday, to secure promotion to the 2018 Super League, one aspect proved a blight on that evening.Despite the match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium having been made a free-entrance event, only 1,347 fans turned up to the match.However when asked by Goal following the match, club chairman Datuk Seri Adnan Ikshan disagreed that there were not many fans, and he is convinced that a bigger crowd will attend their matches next season, when they can use their home ground the KLFA Stadium again. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “From what I’ve noticed, any teams that fail to play well will be shunned by their fans. Praise God, we have a sizable crowd tonight, and it’s not easy to draw over a thousand fans.”The city residents are busy with work and Selayang is a little out of the way from the city centre. God willing, we’ll move back to Cheras next season, and that venue will be more accessible to the fans,” explained Adnan.The 18,000-capacity KLFA Stadium in Cheras had been under renovation for the past three years or so, and the club that represent Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur have since shared Selayang with a number of teams in all three of Malaysia’s football pyramid. Initially the renovation works had been set to be completed in the middle of this year with the venue scheduled as one of the venues for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games football competition in August, but the deadline was then extended to the end of 2017.Speaking on the success of gaining promotion itself, Adnan remarked that he is particularly proud of the team’s success this time around, as their previous Super League promotion, back in 2010 only happened because of the shutting down of then top-tier sides Kuala Muda Naza and UPB-MyTeam.”I want to thank everyone who has been involved, because we have not been promoted (to the Super League) on merit for around 14 years.”We were in the top tier in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons, but that was as replacement for teams that have withdrawn. This time it is an achievement.”We hope the city residents realise this and will return to the stadium next season,” he noted.The City Boys now have one league match left to go; away to JDT II. A win will see them lift the league title.last_img read more

Video: Georgia Releases “A Call To Action” Video Ahead Of Spring Game

first_imgUniversity of Georgia stands during a football game.Georgia’s first-year head coach Kirby Smart is set to show off his team for the the first time in front of the home crowd Saturday afternoon at the spring game. With so much excitement surrounding the program, it’s worth taking a moment to appreciate how UGA got here. So, to make sure fans are all caught up, Georgia posted this awesome “A Call To Action” video to its official Vimeo page to highlight the Bulldogs’ short journey under Smart.Georgia’s spring game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.last_img

Whistler Film Festival Taps Industry Veteran Julie Di Cresce

first_imgWhistler, B.C. (August 29, 2018) – With 13 weeks until its 18th edition, the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) has hired Toronto-based industry veteran Julie Di Cresce as its new Director of Industry Programming. Di Cresce will oversee all of the industry, project development and talent programs associated with the Whistler Film Festival and Summit. She takes over from Angie Nolan, who has been part of WFF since its inception and worked on the industry programming team since 2004. Di Cresce will be on-site taking meetings for the festival during the Toronto International Film Festival.“We’re excited to have Julie join our team as Director of Industry Programming, and are confident that her experience, passion for storytelling and creative and market instincts will serve to elevate our industry programming and talent development programs,” says Shauna Hardy Mishaw, Whistler FIlm Festival Executive Director.Di Cresce brings over a decade of experience in broadcast programming and production to the role and is passionate about storytelling. She is currently the Program Advisor for the NSI Totally Television program and most recently taught screenwriting at the Humber School of Media Studies. She holds an MA in Film from York University and a Cinema Specialist from the University of Toronto. Twitter Advertisement She was Head of Development for Two in Hand Media (the production arm of Vanguarde Artists) and VP of TV Development for First Generation Films. Before moving into production she was the Director of Canadian Programming at Super Channel where she was responsible for honing their original programming strategy. She was production executive on commissioned projects such as SLASHER (Netflix) and VERSAILLES (Canal +). She also pre-licensed Canadian feature films such as TURBO KID (SXSW Audience Award Winner 2015) and pre-bought a robust slate of feature-length documentaries such as A SKYJACKER’S TALE and TOKYO IDOLS, which premiered at Sundance in 2017.Prior to joining Super Channel she held the post of Director of Original Programming for HBO Canada, where she managed a robust slate of series in development and was acting production executive on all prelicensed feature films and documentaries, as well as series greenlit into production, including titles such as GOON, PILLARS OF THE EARTH (Starz) and LESS THAN KIND.*From November 28th to December 2nd, the Whistler Film Festival will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition featuring fresh films, special guests, epic events, unique industry and talent programs, and time to play in North America’s premier mountain resort destination.The Whistler Film Festival is funded by the Government of Canada through Telefilm Canada, and by the Province of British Columbia and the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative, is supported by the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and the American Friends of Whistler, and is sponsored by Variety, Creative BC, Cineplex, Whistler Blackcomb, Tourism Whistler, RE/MAX Sea to Sky Real Estate, and the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler.The Whistler Film Festival Society is a charitable cultural organization dedicated to furthering the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent culminating with a must attend festival for artists, industry and audiences in Whistler. Find out more at DATESNOV. 28TH TO DEC. 2NDTO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Opinion Three position groups to keep an eye on during the Ohio

OSU then-redshirt senior Corey Smith (84) and then-sophomore Cam Burrows (16) face off during the 2015 Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe 2015 Ohio State football team came into the year with very few questions, riding a wave of consistency and experience. The same cannot be said for coach Urban Meyer’s 2016 squad heading into its annual spring game on Saturday.Most of the headlines surrounding the program this offseason centered around the nine players leaving early for the NFL draft, including defensive stalwart Joey Bosa and offensive playmakers Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas. Returning just six starters — three on offense, three on defense — from last year’s team that went 12-1, there are a lot of new faces at the top of the depth chart for the Buckeyes.Although most of these competitions won’t likely be settled until the final days of fall camp, here are a few position battles to watch for in the Scarlet and Gray scrimmage.Offensive lineBehind what might be considered the most intimidating front line in school history, “The Slobs” have a remodeled look in 2016. Redshirt senior Pat Elflein and redshirt junior Billy Price return up front for OSU. They’ll be looking to lead a group of unheralded, or perhaps even unheard of, Buckeyes who will try to fill sizable holes. Elflein is moving over to center from his previous stake at right guard, while Price is set to slide over from left guard to right.Junior Jamarco Jones is thought to be the replacement at left tackle for possible first-round pick Taylor Decker, who manned the position for the past three years. At 6-foot-5 and 310 pounds, the former U.S. Army All-American has not yet had a chance in the spotlight despite being ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle by 247Sports in his class.For the last two spots on the line, true sophomore Isaiah Prince, true freshman Michael Jordan, redshirt sophomore Demetrius Knox and redshirt junior Evan Lisle are all aiming to start on first-year offensive line coach Greg Studrawa’s front line.Prince was the first member of the 2015 recruiting class to lose his black stripe, granting him rights to practice with the team. Prince, Jordan, Knox and Lisle all were consensus top 100 players in their respective recruiting classes.Although it’s not a real game, the live action that the young offensive linemen will see should be valuable for Meyer to assess what the best five-man unit will be in the regular season. LinebackerOnly one member of Luke Fickell’s starting linebacker corps returns for the 2016 season. With two-year starters Darron Lee and Joshua Perry both gone, junior Raekwon McMillan — already named a team captain — mans the middle for the Buckeyes this season, while young, unproven talent is competing for the two outside linebacker positions.Two former Ohio Mr. Football candidates — Dante Booker, who won it in 2014, and Justin Hilliard, a finalist the year after — were highly touted recruits who haven’t had a chance yet to shine. Expect the two to consistently earn playing time all year, as Meyer has shown he likes to rotate a lot of bodies into the mix at linebacker. Booker, who had 22 tackles last season as a two-deep linebacker, is an early favorite over Hilliard to earn a starting job.The other linebacker who is expected to receive plenty of first-team reps is redshirt junior Chris Worley. Along with Booker in 2015, Worley played on the second group and recorded 17 tackles last season.Wide receiverLast season, Thomas was without a doubt the most talented pass catcher on the field. Now with Thomas, Jalin Marshall and Braxton Miller leaving empty spots, Meyer’s offense is desperately looking for someone from the inexperienced group of receivers to emerge.Returning from a broken leg last season against Indiana is redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith. However, as he only collected 25 receptions and 317 receiving yards in a year and a half with OSU, it’s worrisome for Meyer to count on Smith for big numbers this season.Also recovering from a season-ending leg injury, this one suffered in fall camp, Noah Brown has a much-anticipated 2016 campaign ahead considering all reports out of the 2015 camp were positive from Meyer and his team. At 6-foot-2, the 222-pound wideout has great size and control in the air. The redshirt sophomore is known as a physical receiver, which has been a staple in Meyer’s spread offense. If healthy enough to go, Brown will be a heavy favorite for a starting receiver position.Dontre Wilson is another member of the unit who could be looked to for big production in 2016. Yeah, remember this guy? Playing a lot his freshman campaign in 2013, the 5-foot-10 speedster from Texas enters his senior season with his career thus far been marred by injuries. Only at 180 pounds when he arrived on campus and now listed at 195 pounds, Wilson has one season to live up to the hype OSU fans had for him when he first entered the OSU facilities.Finally, if you’re going to watch one skill position player in Saturday’s game, look out for Austin Mack. The early-enrollee freshman has very impressive athleticism and knowledge of the position for a player who is just 18 years old. Mack is a U.S. Army All-American who showcased his skills impressively against future OSU talent in July at OSU’s Friday Night Lights high school showcase event. Don’t be surprised if Mack emerges as the standout in this year’s spring game. read more