As he was the #4 rated player at any position in the entire nation by Rivals.com, the whole of Missouri Nation let out a collective sigh of relief when heavily-recruited in-state player Sheldon Richardson chose the Tigers — barely — over Miami of Florida this past February.Now, though, those sighs of relief have turned into yet another round of anticipation. And, perhaps, another round of recruiting.According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Richardson failed to qualify academically and will attend a California junior college for the next two seasons in order to get his grades in order. In order to maximize his eligibility at Missouri, the paper reports, Richardson will redshirt this season before playing the College of the Sequoias in 2010.Richardson said he worked on this plan of attack with the Missouri football program, and has every intention of honoring his commitment to the university.”I’m not opening up my recruiting: It’s still Mizzou,” the defensive end/tight end told the paper. “It’s going to hold up. Me and (assistant coach Cornell) Ford and (head coach) Gary Pinkel and Coach (Curtis) Allen (in California) planned a year-and-a-half and then I’ll be back.”Of course, it’s very easy to say what one intends to do nearly two years from now. It’s quite another, however, to follow through on said actions.Especially when said player, when asked how close he was to signing with the Hurricanes this past February 4, told the reporter that it was “fifty-fifty. It was up in the air.”
Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.
Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.
“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”
Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.
You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season? Watch lists are being whittled.
The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior. The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.
The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).
The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten. The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).
Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah