Wazzu agronomy experiment goes horribly awry, charges result

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It should go without saying that never before in this great nation of ours has the American farmer been more underappreciated than they are at this time.

The latest example of The Man looking to keep the tillers of the land — and basements — down comes courtesy of the Seattle Times.

According to the paper, two Washington State football players are among four males facing charges after police discovered 38 plants being lovingly and meticulously cultivated in the basement of their rental house.  Of course, the plants were marijuana in nature and said product led to the sticky, so to speak, situation.

Backup linebacker Jamal Atofau and linebacker Andre Barrington, who is academically ineligible for the 2010 season, were arrested early Sunday morning and charged with a violation of the uniform controlled substance act.  The severity of the charges, the paper writes, will depend on the weight of the weed that was seized.

Police had been at the home to serve a search warrant on an unrelated matter when the quartet’s horticultural hobby was discovered, although the John Deere tractor sitting at the top of the basement steps* was likely a dead giveaway for the eagle-eyed cops.

“We’re in a college town, it’s not that unusual to find five or six plants growing in somebody’s individual bedroom,” police spokesman Chris Tennant said.

“Thirty-eight plants in a residence is quite a big deal for us.”

Atofau, who has played in five games this season, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by head coach Paul Wulff.  As Barrington is academically ineligible, he has not been suspended.

(*of course, that’s not true.  It was parked in the driveway, right next to the silo.)

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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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.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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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