Rams’ Van Jefferson: Scores first career touchdown

Jefferson caught his only target for a seven-yard touchdown during Monday’s 27-24 win over Tampa Bay. He only played four offensive snaps.

The rookie has played sparingly to this point of the season and has just six receptions for 67 yards and the lone score over the past five games. However, he’s only been targeted six times during the noted span, so Jefferson’s efficiency is notable. Additionally, he’s reinforced all the positive skills that have been attributed to him since being selected in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. While Jefferson’s depth role has him off the fantasy radar in most seasonal settings for now, he’s showing all the signs of developing into a quality receiver for years to come.

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Elite marine scientist named fellow in her field | East Jefferson community news

Slidell resident Laurie Jugan’s passion and effort as a marine scientist have earned her an award that highlights her as an elite member of her field.

The Marine Technology Society named her as a 2020 fellow, a lifetime achievement award given to members who have distinguished themselves in the field.

Jugan is president of the Gulf Coast section of the organization, an area that spans from Louisiana through the panhandle of Florida. She is the first woman from the section to receive the award.

Jugan has spent nearly 30 years connecting the latest technology advancements with the marine science industry to solve problems in waters around the globe but especially in the Gulf Coast.

She spent 25 years as an oceanographer, working for a small company that developed technology for underwater projects. In her position, she wrote proposals, managed contracts and supervised teams at Stennis Space Center and across the globe.

One project that she is especially proud of created software that helped divers see better underwater or stay protected by knowing where they shouldn’t venture. The tool became an instrumental technology for the U.S. Navy during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“Divers went into that area of the world, and we were able to keep them safe,” she said.

The software, developed for naval research at Stennis, is one example of “how much technology happens in our own backyard,” Jugan said.

Jugan is now an independent consultant supporting the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology, a nonprofit located at Stennis. Her technical roles include at-sea exercise direction and the creation of environmental products that assist the Naval Fleet in navigating global waters.

She said she loves making matches between the companies or entities that are developing technology and problems that need solving.

Many such connections have been made, she said, during the Marine Technology Society’s annual OCEANS conferences which brings together professionals in the marine science and technology field. She served three times as organizer for the OCEANS conference.

In 2009, she chaired the event, which was held in Biloxi, Mississippi, and brought more than 2,000 attendees and an economic impact of $3 million to the area, she said. The conference was slated to again be held in Biloxi in 2020, but in response to COVID-19 the meeting became a virtual event.

But she also saw the need to connect technology and projects on the Gulf Coast on a more regular basis. So, she co-founded the Oceans in Action workshops held annually since 2011. She helped to bring in the Advanced Naval Technology Enterprise as part of the workshop.

“Research is great, but an operational project is where that research goes into a tool that gets implemented and helps a mission. At Stennis, so many research tools go into missions. That is what Oceans in Action is about,” she said.

She said one outcome from Oceans in Action is that underwater drones are being used more in Gulf waters, and states across the Gulf Coast are working together to solve problems that are

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Justin Jefferson is Off to a Historic Start to His NFL Career

If there’s one silver lining that can be taken from the Vikings’ dreadful 40-23 loss to the Falcons on Sunday, it’s that rookie receiver Justin Jefferson had another huge day. The 21-year-old LSU product shined in the second half, continuing to establish himself as an emerging star in the NFL and a beacon of hope for this franchise.

Jefferson caught nine of 11 targets for 166 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 341 yards and three scores over his past two outings as U.S. Bank Stadium. Those happen to be the two biggest games by a rookie (in terms of receiving yards) over the past three seasons.

After a down week in Seattle (three catches for 23 yards), Jefferson got back to his big-play ways against the Falcons. He recorded gains of 49, 35, 19, 18, and 17 yards on the day. As usual, he did it an a variety of ways, winning on deep balls, intermediate routes, and short routes. Jefferson once again displayed his full repertoire: route-running, contested catches, speed, and YAC ability.

With his third 100-yard game of the season (all coming in the past four weeks), Jefferson has tied Hassan Jones and Sammy White for third among rookies in Vikings history. Only Anthony Carter (5) and Randy Moss (4) had more 100-yard receiving games as rookies, and Jefferson still has ten more games to play.

Jefferson is one of just four players in NFL history to surpass 100 receiving yards three times in their first six games.

Speaking of Moss, take a look at the leaders for receiving yards through a player’s first six games in Vikings history:

  1. Justin Jefferson: 537 (2020)
  2. Randy Moss: 527 (1998)
  3. Stefon Diggs: 506 (2015)

Not only is Jefferson on pace to break Moss’s Vikings rookie record of 1,313 receiving yards, he’s on pace to break the NFL record of 1,377 held by Anquan Boldin. With 537 yards in six games, Jefferson is on pace for 1,432.

Talk about a hot start. Jefferson’s play has made him one of the early frontrunners for the offensive rookie of the year award, along with quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert and fellow wideout CeeDee Lamb.

But Jefferson isn’t just putting up big numbers for a rookie. He’s currently third in the NFL in receiving yards, although he’ll likely fall to fifth or sixth after the two games on Monday. Jefferson’s two most recent performances at home are two of the four highest single-game receiving efforts in the league this year.

The Vikings are 1-5 and all but eliminated from playoff contention. It’s been a disastrous start to the 2020 season. But Jefferson at least provides a reason to keep watching and hope that brighter days are around the corner.

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