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Basic Elements of Technical Writing

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Technical writing is a specialised form of writing.

Its goal is to help readers use a technology or to understand a process, product or concept. Often these processes, products or concepts are complex, but need to be expressed in a much simpler, reader-friendly form.

So within the technical writing genre, you will find: technical reports, installation and maintenance manuals, proposals, white papers, on-line help, process standards, work instructions and procedures.

While each discipline has its specific requirements, some basic elements are common. But before looking at those, the most important thing a technical writer must consider is the audience.

Audience:

  • How familiar are readers with the subject and with the specialised terms and abbreviations you need to use?
  • What is the best way to explain those terms or shortened forms – footnotes, endnotes, glossary, table of abbreviations, appendix, links?
  • Do you need to accommodate secondary readers (e.g. the manager or financier who will make the decision about the proposal), and how will you do that?

Now for those all-important elements:

  1. Clarity – The logical flow of the document will help readers understand the content. It can be useful to ask someone who is not familiar with the topic to review your writing before you finalise it. Using headings, illustrations, graphs or tables can be useful – your aim is to make it as easy as possible for your readers to understand what you’ve written. Consider how the way the text sits on the page or screen – another clue to maximising clarity for your readers.
  2. Accuracy – The information and the interpretation of data that you present must be accurate. If it’s not, your readers will question the credibility of the content. Be careful to clearly differentiate between fact and opinion, and to accurately cite references to other works.
  3. Brevity – Strive to find the balance between the amount of information presented and the time needed to read the document. Remember that you can use an appendix or link to provide supplementary or background information. Consider using an illustration, table or graph rather than words to explain a concept – but remember, if you use a ‘visual’, don’t give a long written explanation.
  4. Sentence length – Generally, complex or unfamiliar concepts are best presented in shorter sentences. This will give readers time to digest small pieces of information before moving on to the next. While this can be difficult to achieve, try to aim for approximately 25 words per sentence. If you find you’ve written a series of long sentences, look for ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘however’ and similar words where you can break the sentence.
  5. Paragraphs – The age-old rule about one topic per paragraph is a useful guide. That doesn’t mean that you can have only one paragraph for each topic, but it does mean that having only one topic in each paragraph makes for clear, logical writing.
  6. Reader-centricity – You are writing for your readers. Make it as easy as possible for them to understand your work.

Keep these basic elements and other principles in mind as you undertake your technical writing tasks.

Choose the Best Content Writers

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Online business has emerged as a powerful business tool. This has increased the demand of content writers. The skill and expertise of Indian content writer should be harnessed by the business professionals around the world. There is great demand in outsourcing the work to Indian content writers. The articles written by Indian writers are giving good result with the targeted audience.

The content writing requires a lot more than just writing articles. Indian writers are dedicated in their work on the given field. They undergo a basic research in the relevant business before committing the articles. The articles they write contain compassion and allegiance to the business commitment. They are updated in the latest trends in the industry and work par excellence. The vocabulary and the style of trained writers in India are to be worth mentioning.

According to the nature of business the writers can be chosen. The expert writers in the field of interest can be assigned for your work. There will be a consistency in their work and they can certainly compete with the quality content writers all around the globe. Geographically specific search engine knowledge will be their additional quality. There was a widespread belief about the grammar mistakes in Indian content writers. This is a false belief as generally even the student community in India is giving more preference to English rather than their regional languages. The expert writers in India have an impossible hold in the English language. The Indian writers have amazing skill in article editing and they can provide you superior quality work within the stipulated time. The general awareness about the topic of interest and a good command over English language are the main requisite of a writer. The analysis of aptitude of writers in India and the time shift between countries are appealing the people to choose Indian content writers .

Strange But True: Pronunciation Similarities in Spanish and Japanese

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If you know anything about the history of Spain and Japan, you know that there are few similarities between their cultures and languages. Culturally, and linguistically, Spain has a major influence from ancient Rome as well as the long Moorish rule of the country.

By contrast Japan had its most powerful influences from Asia, mostly Korea and China. The different forms of Japanese writing have their roots in Chinese writing, although Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are linguistically completely different.

The Mandarin Chinese language is a good example of a language that is in a separate category than both Japanese and Spanish. Chinese uses a complex set of tones to communicate meaning. A good example is the word, “ma.” That word can mean anything from “mom” to “horse” to even a kind of “pronounced question mark” at the end of a sentence to indicate that you’re asking a question. There are 5 different ways (tones) that you can use to pronounce “ma,” and each tone would change the meaning of the word completely.

In contrast, Japanese and Spanish do not use such complex tones to change the meaning of words. Japanese and Spanish are, in that way, in a separate category than Mandarin Chinese and other tonal languages like Vietnamese and Thai.

We can also separate Japanese and Spanish from languages like English. When a person learns English as a second language, they often struggle with English pronunciation rules. English is not one of the languages where one can easily understand the pronunciation of a word just as it is written, and there are complicated rules to when things are pronounced in different ways.

By contrast, Spanish and Japanese have consistent pronunciation rules that make it possible to see the written word and know how to pronounce it. In Spanish, once you know the sounds of the Spanish alphabet and some straightforward pronunciation rules, you’re pretty much set to see and be able to pronounce Spanish words.

In Japanese, the language’s sounds are represented by a small number of Japanese characters called, Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) each of which represent a syllable in the language. If you master the sounds related to those small number of syllables, you can piece together the pronunciation of any Japanese word.

So at a high level, Japanese and Spanish share the characteristic that their written forms can be used to easily convey the pronunciation of words clearly and consistently. But even as we dig deeper into the pronunciation, we see more similarities between the two languages emerge.

The vowels in Spanish and Japanese are pronounced roughly the same. The “a” is pronounced as the “a” in father. In Spanish an example is “gracias” (thank you) and in Japanese an example is “asa” (morning). The “i” is pronounced as the “ee” in the English word “meet”. In Spanish an example is the word, “mi” (my) and the Japanese “ichi” (one). In both languages, the “u” is pronounced as the “oo” in “loot.” Examples are “umi” (sea) and “gustar” (to like) in Japanese and Spanish respectively. The “e” is pronounced as the “e” in “bed”. In Japanese it’s the initial sound of “ebi” (shrimp) and the initial sound of “el” (the) in Spanish. Finally, “o” is pronounced as the “o” in “hope”. In Spanish an example is “ocho” (eight) and in Japanese “otoko” (man).

The consonants in Spanish and Japanese are also roughly the same with some well-known exceptions like the Spanish and Japanese pronunciations of the “r”.

A Spanish word consists of a string of consonants and vowels which we can break up into syllables. The Spanish alphabet is used to piece together a word like “gustar,” which breaks up into basically two syllables, “gu-star”.

As mentioned before, Japanese pronunciation will break things up into the sounds of the Kana character syllables. Each Kana character will represent one sound in the word and can be written as such. Using one of the examples above, we could break up the Japanese pronunciation into individual Kana character sounds like this, “o-to-ko”.

So in both Spanish and Japanese, we have most consonants and vowels having basically the same pronunciation, a set of consistent pronunciation rules, and the fact that both languages are not tonal in nature. With these shared elements, we have the ingredients we need to have pronunciation intersections between the two languages.

There is at least one example where a word is pronounced roughly the same in both Spanish and Japanese. In Japanese it is a form of the verb, “kaerimasu” (to return, go home). In Spanish it’s a form of the verb, “callar” (to stop talking or to be quiet). In both languages the initial sounds of “ca” and “ka” are the same. The verbs simply have to change forms in order for them to sound the same.

In Japanese, a verb of the type “kaerimasu” changes into one the Japanese forms called the “-te form” like this, “kaette” (ka-eh-te). This verb form is used in sentences like “Chan-san wa Chuugoku ni kaette imasu” (Mr. Chan has returned to China).

In Spanish, a verb of the type “callar,” in an imperative conjugation (giving a command), results in the word, “callate” (Shut up). This can be used in a sentence like, “Callate la boca ” (Shut your mouth.)

Both of the words “kaette” and “callate” are in fact pronounced in a very similar way, owing to the effect that the “ae” combination has on “kaette” and the way some Spanish dialects pronounce the “ll”.

With stricter analysis, the similarities do start to break down, but the aim is not to prove that Spanish and Japanese share the exact same pronunciation, but only that there is a surprising amount of similarity based on the linguistic distance between the two languages.

There may even be other, better examples of this. If the reader knows of other such examples where Japanese and Spanish words share the same or very similar pronunciations of words, feel free to contact me at my website list at the end of this article.

In conclusion, it is indeed strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find similarities in spite of their linguistic roots on opposite sides of the planet.

It is strange but true that the languages of Japanese and Spanish can find pronunciation similarities in spite of a completely different linguistic history. Find out why this is the case and see an example.

The Pitfalls of Pseudonyms

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It is not ever so surprising when we found articles or any write-up and artwork with bylines or credit lines that turn out to be not the real creators. This typically occurs when we read literary pieces and black propaganda especially since they refer to powerful and preponderant people's transgressions. Such false names being used are more known to be pseudonyms.

Pseudonyms are frequently used when someone tries to hide his / her real identity. This is often applied by authors, artists, radicals and hackers. Actors, Bands, singers and other types of performers, at times, use stage names. Some people that donate cash and goods to others sometimes declare publicize themselves. Motives for using alias or pseudonyms vary but there are cases that it can be advantageous and damaging.

When you write numerous pieces with different genres, you can aloof yourself with your another self using pseudonyms. Meaning, if you write two articles that is completely with opposition and contradictoryizing ideas, you may not be scowled up for being a conflicting writer. A pen name can be useful since nobody, except from you, can identify the real author's personality. You can recreate yourself to be somebody else, that is how it becomes advantageous.

In the other hand, pseudonyms could also be disadvantageous in some other ways.

If you made something that you associated with a false name, you would not be highly praised for your work, since nobody will recognize that it is you who actually made it. If in case you are a writer for multiple conflicting articles, it would be more difficult to proclaim yourself as the one who hides after the false name.

You will not also be able to go to gatherings, book signings, art exhibits and press launches, which are often accessible only to famous people, if you are hiding behind a pseudonym.

But worst of all, you could be a victim of identity theft. Such is a crime wherein someone pretends to be another else by stealing the character. It is usually done in order to way in properties or get hold of acknowledgment and other advantages in that someone's name. If you are a person who uses aliases for your works, those who pinch identity might take advantage of it. Because you may not be known and recognized as the genuine you, posers could pretend that they are the ones who really made your work. In that case, the benefits that are supposedly for you would go to them.

Some example of people who uses pseudonyms are Lewis Carroll, an author, who is more known as Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson; actors Tony Curtis, Ted Danson and Kirk Douglas who are more commonly known as Edward Bridge Danson III, Bernard Schwartz and Issur Danielovitch Demsky respectively.

From famous people to ordinary citizens, pseudonyms are becoming more applied for different purposes. As what was mentioned earlier, there could only be two consequences when you use a false name and if you choose to, do not forget to remember it. And if you have several pseudonyms, make an effort to keep track of each and every one of them.

The Pitfalls of Pseudonyms

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It is not ever so surprising when we found articles or any write-up and artwork with bylines or credit lines that turn out to be not the real creators. This typically occurs when we read literary pieces and black propaganda especially since they refer to powerful and preponderant people's transgressions. Such false names being used are more known to be pseudonyms.

Pseudonyms are frequently used when someone tries to hide his / her real identity. This is often applied by authors, artists, radicals and hackers. Actors, Bands, singers and other types of performers, at times, use stage names. Some people that donate cash and goods to others sometimes declare publicize themselves. Motives for using alias or pseudonyms vary but there are cases that it can be advantageous and damaging.

When you write numerous pieces with different genres, you can aloof yourself with your another self using pseudonyms. Meaning, if you write two articles that is completely with opposition and contradictoryizing ideas, you may not be scowled up for being a conflicting writer. A pen name can be useful since nobody, except from you, can identify the real author's personality. You can recreate yourself to be somebody else, that is how it becomes advantageous.

In the other hand, pseudonyms could also be disadvantageous in some other ways.

If you made something that you associated with a false name, you would not be highly praised for your work, since nobody will recognize that it is you who actually made it. If in case you are a writer for multiple conflicting articles, it would be more difficult to proclaim yourself as the one who hides after the false name.

You will not also be able to go to gatherings, book signings, art exhibits and press launches, which are often accessible only to famous people, if you are hiding behind a pseudonym.

But worst of all, you could be a victim of identity theft. Such is a crime wherein someone pretends to be another else by stealing the character. It is usually done in order to way in properties or get hold of acknowledgment and other advantages in that someone's name. If you are a person who uses aliases for your works, those who pinch identity might take advantage of it. Because you may not be known and recognized as the genuine you, posers could pretend that they are the ones who really made your work. In that case, the benefits that are supposedly for you would go to them.

Some example of people who uses pseudonyms are Lewis Carroll, an author, who is more known as Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson; actors Tony Curtis, Ted Danson and Kirk Douglas who are more commonly known as Edward Bridge Danson III, Bernard Schwartz and Issur Danielovitch Demsky respectively.

From famous people to ordinary citizens, pseudonyms are becoming more applied for different purposes. As what was mentioned earlier, there could only be two consequences when you use a false name and if you choose to, do not forget to remember it. And if you have several pseudonyms, make an effort to keep track of each and every one of them.

Writers Learning to Learn

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Software like Photoshop, Excel, and Scrivener are great, but they can also be intimidating. Have you ever paid for a program and never use it? Learning something new can be scary. Many programs have help files, but often that’s not enough. Reading something and learning it are two different things. There are three types of learning. They are audio, visual, and hands-on. In this article, I will use Scrivener as my example.

When considering this software, I looked at the Scrivener website and studied the overviews and features section. Impressed enough to make the purchase and read the written tutorial, I was quickly overwhelmed. Note, at this point, I was only looking at buttons and icons.

Next, I went to Facebook and found a group called Scrivener Users. I prefer to hear from those who use the software, as opposed to those trying to sell me something. One advantage was now I could ask questions. Many people kept referring to the book Scrivener for… by Gwen Hernandez, so I purchased that. The book was excellent. Occasionally, I would click on an icon to verify the features listed underneath.

Being a photographer for 40+ years, I relate to all things visual. Therefore, the next logical step was YouTube. Although they had dozens of tutorials most felt like a synopsis, a summary if you will.

I liked being able to see and hear what I was learning. But, I wanted to watch without being dependent on the internet. What I found was a website called udemy.com, which had several outstanding video tutorials. What I had missed to this point, was the hands-on approach. With the program now open, I found the pause button was my new best friend.

The class was reasonably priced and had excellent quality. It was also downloadable. With my slow internet speed, it did take a while (over 5 hours), but each of the 46 videos was downloaded to a folder on my desktop. Now, I could watch, practice, and hear the lessons all at the same time.

If you want to be a writer, you don’t just write when it’s convenient, you write every day. If you want to learn something new you don’t just read a manual and expect to know it all. You use different senses when you want to learn effectively, and you can also use a variety of resources.

Millions of writers write blogs and how-to books with the expectation you will comprehend the subject better. There are thousands of users on Facebook and other social media outlets, waiting to share information they have learned from experience. The key word being experience. You must jump right in and get your hands dirty. YouTube has videos on almost any subject you can imagine. You can find inexpensive courses online. In many cases, you can also find Pod Casts and audio CDs on your favorite subject.

The information age does not limit you to one medium. You’ve heard the phrase show don’t tell. This applies to learning as well as writing. Part of my learning process includes repetition. If I can listen or watch something multiple times, it tends to stay with me better. Some people can read something once and retain everything. I’m not one of those people. The more types of learning methods you employ, the better the odds you will retain the information. When getting your hands dirty doesn’t help and reading is not enough, try using more resources.

Fun Facts About South America

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DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Brazil has many famous actresses, some of them are: Gloria Pires, Fernanda Montenegro, Florionda Bolkan, Sonia Braga, Regina Duarte, Vera Fischer, Xuxa, and Bruna Lombardi.

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

Miss Universe pageant 1982 was held in Lima, Peru, where Karen Diane Baldwin of Canada won. The judges were: Cecely Tyson (actress), Mario Vargas Llosa (writer), Ron Duguay (sportsman), Franco Nero (actor), Carole Bouquet (actress), Dong Kingman (painter), Ira von Furstenberg (princess), David Coperfield (illusionist), David Merrick (theatrical producer), and Gladys Zender (Miss Peru and Miss Universe 1957).

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Quito, Ecuador's capital, is a city which reflects beautiful colonial architecture. It is surrounded by big mountains.

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"Evita" a film by British director Alan William Parker was inspired in the life of Maria Eva Duarte de Peron, who was first lady of Argentina in the past century.

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Oswaldo Guayasamin was one of the best painters in South America.He was born on July 6, 1919, in Quito, Ecuador.

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Colombia hosted the Pan American Games (1971).

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Gabriel Jose Garcia Marquez is one of the best writers in South America. He was born on March 6, 1928, in Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia.Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

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Rosalia Arteaga Serrano de Fernandez de Cordova had an ephemeral government. She became Ecuador's first female head of state for only two days in 1997.

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Brazil has had many famous athletes in the 20th century: Joao Carlos de Oliveira (track and field), Ana Mozer (volleyball), Edson Arantes do Nacimento (soccer), Djan Madruga (swimming), Maria Esther Bueno (tennis), Marcelo Ferreira (sailing), Hortencia Marcari Oliva (basketball), Gustavo Borges (swimming), Robson Caetano da Silva (track and field), Adhemar Ferreira (track and field), Marcia Fu Cunha (volleyball), Oscar Schmidt (basketball), Marcelo Negrao (volleyball), Joaquin Cruz (track and field), and Rogerio Sampaio (judo).

DID YOU KNOWN THAT …

UNESCO has declared Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (Bolivia), Rapa Nui National Park (Chile), Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary (Colombia), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Central Suriname Nature Reserve (Suriname) and Jesuit Missions of La Santisima Trinidad de Parana and Jesus de Tavarange (Paraguay) World Heritages Sites.

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The Colombian people have two idols: Shakira (singer) and Carlos Vives (singer) …

Make Your Content Material Free of Plagiarism With Free of Charge On-Line Plagiarism Finder

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Copying is a growing worm in the world of writing. It basically is the taking of writings from other sources and not acknowledging it. It is more or less copy paste and unlawful theft in other words. It is not the presentation of your unique thoughts and is not the original work as well.

In article writing, the authors do a lot of research that they usually are inclined to put the reviewed substance in their articles to give it a more professional appearance. Alternately, the content gets loaded with data but the originality lacks. The copied material is either altered nor twisted and offered as it is. This takes apart the purpose of article writing and results in straight plagiarism.

Here, the best way to detect the originality of your article and make it more authentic is to use the plagiarism software. This software is designed specifically to check the words used and to locate whenever the substance is plagiarized or originally from the writer.

It is recommended to use the plagiarism software often. The detector is user friendly. It basically checks the location of sites and sources. And this is done very easily and in extremely minimum time actually. The software operates very quickly and detects the source promptly.

You can download this software and be free of copying forever, as your writings will be automatically detected and you will be having all original work. However, the requirement is a lot in nowdays. individuals go for the easy way out and plagiarise material. But this leads to the reduced standard of writing and reduces the level of work of people.

Quality maintenance is particularly important in article writing and the plagiarism software gives you this chance and benefits the legitimacy of your work. The quality as well as the originality is maintained. Also the demand of the writer will increase sa result with the good quality of work and top article utilization.

You must spread the word around and support your fellow writers to check their work under the copy paste checker so that they can also benefit from this beneficial software. The more frequent use you make of this, the more original your work is. The largest advantage of using copying checker is that that it gives you confidence and consequentially you are liable to increase the habit of writing originally and imaginatively.

Thus, the plagiarism detector is a very useful and a very easy way of dealing with and tracing copied material in the different writing content specifically the articles.

Reasons Why Learning English is Important

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The English language has been the common language of the world for decades. It is now impossible to find a country where learning English has not become a norm. While there are some people who would like to stick with their native language and who would prefer not to learn English, the benefits of learning and mastering English goes beyond the four corners of one’s own country.

Whenever you wish to travel someplace, you have to communicate. If you don’t know the language of the country where you intend to go, just try speaking English and you would be understood right away. Now imagine yourself traveling to a country, and you don’t know how to speak English. The encounter with a foreigner would be a disaster if you don’t know how to explain or ask questions in English. In effect, if you have already learned English, talking to a foreigner would prove to be an easy time.

The majority of media publications including newspapers and magazines are in English. If you are hungry for information with regards to what is happening at the other side of the world, you can always acquire a newspaper and start reading. But when you started to read the first sentences, there were already some words which you didn’t understand, and instead of reading further, you just set aside the material and chose some other activity. Now, if you have learned English continuously and have become familiar with most English words, you could have finished the whole reading material and have gotten the information that you wanted.

Immigrants also need to learn English especially if they will be working at firms or other companies where English is the medium of communication. Instructions would be clearly understood, and therefore the room for error is minimized. At the same time, an immigrant who would try to explain himself to his boss and co-employees would be clearly understood if he could construct his ideas into a single coherent thought. This can only be achieved by learning English seriously.

For those immigrants who are in the process of looking for a job, a mastery of the English language would put them at a higher leverage compared to those who don’t. Considering that communication is an essential component in a workplace, persons who are able to communicate well using the English language would always have an advantage over others.

The English language plays an important role in all aspects of society, and therefore learning and mastering it would greatly give advantage to the person concerned.

Rashaad Penny Should Be an NFL First Round Draft Pick

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I recently researched the NFL draft prospects of San Diego State senior running back Rashaad Penny and was shocked by what I found. One writer thought Penny might be a fifth round pick or lower and criticized his speed and power. Others called him a “fringe player” at best. I watched Penny both last year and this year and I also had season tickets during Marshall Faulk’s three seasons at SDSU. They were both great college running backs, but Faulk was a number two overall NFL draft pick and had a Hall of Fame NFL career. Many people don’t think Penny is in the same conversation as Faulk, but Penny has accomplished some things during his college career that Faulk never did. To make my point that Penny should be a number one pick, let me first recount his accomplishments in college to make my case.

To begin with, Penny was NOT a starting running back until his senior season. That may seem like a knock, but the reason why is because the Aztecs number one back for several seasons was the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, Donnel Pumphrey. Despite that fact that he was the backup runner to Pumphrey in 2016, Penny still gained over 1,000 rushing while Pumphrey gained over 2,000 yards. No NCAA team had ever had both a 2,000 and 1,000 yard rusher on the same team before. Then this season the Aztecs became the only team to have to have two consecutive 2,000 rushing performances by two different players when Penny rushed for 2,295 yards. In his senior year Penny led the nation in rushing, total yards (2,974), and came in second in touchdowns (28). He won multiple honors for Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week as well as Special Teams POW. More honors have rolled in as he has been named to several All-American teams. Anyone can argue that Penny is not a great running back and I would go toe-to-toe with someone on that. However, if you try to argue that he’s not a great returner, don’t even start. Currently Penny is the co-holder for the most kickoff returns for a touchdown in NCAA history. He has seven overall (two this season) and the first time his head coach, Rocky Long, decided to use him as a punt returner Penny took that one to the house. Twice during his senior season Penny had a game when he scored three different ways. From short distance or 100 yards away, Penny finds a way to get into the end zone.

Penny’s last game in an Aztecs uniform came in the Armed Forces Bowl and he didn’t disappoint. Despite the fact that Army’s national leading running attack chewed up most of the clock, Penny made the most of his few chances. On his first official carry of the game he went 81 yards for a touchdown. After seven touches he broke that bowl game’s rushing record. After ten touches he surpassed over 200 yards rushing for the fifth straight time. On his 14th carry he collected his fourth touchdown of the game. However, one of his best plays was when he didn’t even touch the ball. On a short kickoff Penny’s teammate, Juwan Washington, was returning the kick when Penny flattened one of the Army’s finest with a devastating block. He continued to block another cadet into the end zone as Washington scored. Yeah, he can block.

Did I mention that he also caught two passes for TDs as well? Penny may not be ambidextrous, he just looks like it. In the game against Nevada he took a pitch going to his left, stopped, and started to throw a pass left-handed. The receiver was covered so he decided to run instead (for a TD). In the game against Air Force he was running a crossing route from left to right when his quarterback threw the ball high and behind Penny. He just reached back with his right hand and snared the ball one-handed. Yeah, he has great hands.

I wondered what the knock on Penny was and why he was projected to go so low in the draft. One evaluation didn’t even have him in the top 20 rated backs in college. The argument that most would present is competition. The Mountain West Conference had some teams that were terrible at stopping the run. Penny did play against two PAC-12 teams this season and had over 100 yards against both Arizona State and Stanford. However, in both Aztec losses this season Penny failed to rush for over 100 yards. The two sub-par performances were due to poor blocking as there was also bad pass protection in those games as well. In fact, the Aztecs offensive line was young and inexperienced as only one senior was a starter and he missed several games with an injury. I think that it’s actually a tribute to Penny that he gained over 2,000 yards with such an inexperienced line. One other thing: There were several games when Penny was pulled in the third or fourth quarter because the Aztecs were so far ahead. Coach Long doesn’t care about stats during the games. He just wants to win and keep his number one back fresh for the next game. An example would be the San Jose State game when the Aztecs rushed for over 500 yards as a team. Penny only touched the ball once in the second half, which resulted in a long touchdown run that put him over the 200 yard mark. By that time the Aztecs were ahead by 35 points so there was no need to use Penny any more. If he had got the majority of carries in the second half, he might have rushed for 300, maybe 400 yards or more, and got more Heisman attention.

Now to address some other criticisms of Penny: Speed and power. There have been several times this season when Penny broke into the clear and it was a footrace between him and some defensive back. No matter what kind of angle the defender took, Penny outran him to the end zone. During the entire season Penny was only caught from behind once on an ankle tackle in the last game of the regular season. On one kickoff return I thought he would pause and pick up the blocker that was in front of him, but he simply ran by him and the defenders who were nearby. As for Penny power, after some encouragement from his coaches, Penny started turning opposing players into pancakes as well as dragging a linebacker about ten yards on one play. He’s a bull who can fly and that’s a rare combo.

One of the main reasons I think Penny should be a number one pick is that he answers two needs at the same time. Any team that needs a running back and a kickoff returner can get a two-for-one deal and that makes him extremely valuable. Kick returning seems to be a lost art in the NFL as most teams struggle to get returns to the 25 yard line. Penny could change all that for some team next season.

I’ve seen a lot of football in my time and I’ve seen some great backs. I’ve seen LT play for the Chargers. I’ve seen Faulk play for the Aztecs. Penny is as good as those guys and may even be better because he returns kicks and they didn’t. Anyone who saw Penny’s performance against Nevada this season should be convinced of Penny’s potential greatness and how special he is. In that game he had a 70 yard TD run called back for a penalty. Even without that run Penny finished with over 200 yards rushing, over 400 total yards, two TDs on kick returns and four TDs overall. If Penny isn’t a first round pick in the 2018 NFL draft, then some team is going to get an absolute steal when they draft him. If he’s lucky enough to play for a team with a good offensive line, he could become the NFL’s next offensive rookie of the year.