Texas Players Praising Freshman QB Roschon Johnson For ‘Selfless’ Move To RB Amid Depth Issues

first_imgZach Shackelford and the Texas Longhorns offense in the huddle.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 13: Zach Shackelford #56 of the Texas Longhorns and Elijah Rodriguez #72 huddle before the game against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas football has plenty of talent entering the 2019 season, and a bona fide star quarterback in Sam Ehlinger. The running back position is a major issue due to injuries, though. Things have gotten so dire, that freshman quarterback Roschon Johnson is now playing emergency running back.Earlier in the week, Tom Heman said that the “level of concern is high” with the position. Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington are a talented duo that are ready to go against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but they are the only two scholarship backs healthy.Kirk Johnson is out with a clavicle injury, while Daniel Young has an ankle injury. Neither is on the Week 1 depth chart.Enter Roschon Johnson, a four-star member of Texas’ 2019 class and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the class.It doesn’t sound like there are any plans to make that position change a permanent thing, but right now he is the “break glass in case of emergency” option in the backfield. To his credit, it sounds like he has embraced the situation and is doing whatever he needs to help the team.His teammates certainly appreciate it. From 247Sports:“Pretty much just poured his heart out to us was like, ‘You know what, I’ll play any position,’” (OL Zach) Shackelford said. “Just a ton of respect for Roschon for doing that because it’s not easy to do — coming out of high school playing one position and switching to the other — but he’s going to do great things.”[…]“I think he’s done a tremendous job,” Ehlinger said. “I mean, what a selfless dude. To be moved to the running back position just for emergency cases and his work ethic hasn’t dropped at all. Obviously, he’s a freak athlete, he knows the offense really well and he always has a positive attitude about it. So I’ve been very proud of him.”Texas certainly hopes that Johnson can stay on the sideline over the next few weeks, but he deserves a ton of credit for stepping up and making himself available at a completely different position if necessary.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Domestic inquiries into extrajudicial killings insufficient UN expert stresses

3 June 2010An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for international inquiries into serious allegations of extrajudicial executions in cases where national probes have been insufficient, citing examples relating to the Gaza Strip and Sri Lanka. In many instances, domestic commissions of inquiry had only resulted in “comprehensive impunity,” Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said as he presented his annual report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council (HRC).“Overall, the track record of such inquiries is remarkably poor,” he added.In such cases, the international community will often need to insist that an international inquiry takes place where particularly serious allegations are made and where domestic practice has been “unconvincing.”To assert in such circumstances that matters should be left entirely to a domestic inquiry will generally be tantamount to an “abdication” on the part of the international community, said Mr. Alston, who cited the recent Israeli attack on the humanitarian flotilla headed for Gaza as one example of such a situation.Strongly condemning Israel’s actions, the Human Rights Council yesterday voted to send an independent, international probe into violations of international law resulting from Monday’s incident, which led to loss of life and injuries as well as the detention of activists and goods that were aboard the ships.“I believe that there is a compelling need for an objective and impartial international investigation to ascertain the facts and make recommendations,” said the Special Rapporteur.Mr. Alston also referred to the allegations that as many as 30,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka last year in the closing months of the conflict between Government forces and Tamil rebels and that grave violations of human rights and humanitarian law were committed.“In this case also there is a need for an independent international inquiry,” he said. “While the Council rejected this proposal a year ago, there is now a great deal of new evidence which would warrant effective action.”Mr. Alston also touched on the issues of targeted killings, noting that the practice poses a rapidly growing challenge to the international rule of law; police accountability; and election violence.In addition, he presented his reports on the situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Colombia, Brazil and the Central African Republic (CAR).Like all Special Rapporteurs, Mr. Alston reports to the 47-member Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. read more

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