Harvey Updyke

Auburn tree poisoning suspect alleges attack outside Opelika gas station


A story that was bizarre enough to begin with has taken an abrupt turn toward the plot of a really, really bad made-for-TV movie.

Shortly after Harvey Updyke‘s court appearance for his arrest for allegedly poisoning the Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner oaks, Updyke’s attorney appeared on Paul Finebaum‘s radio show for an interview.  And dropped the latest bizarre twist in the long-running Auburn-Alabama soap opera.

According to Glennon Threatt, his client was physically assaulted outside of an Opelika gas station shortly after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing this afternoon.  That’s right, the alleged tree attacker has now become the alleged victim.  Or, as Nashville radio host Clay Travis put it on Twitter: “Alabama = bat**** insane“.

Updyke claimed to a gas station employee that he was “jumped from behind the store”, and police who interviewed the Tide fan said he had a scratch on his forehead.

“Somewhere right outside of Opelika Harvey stopped at a gas station to get a drink and some gas, and when he got out of his car, it went black,” Threatt said on Finebaum’s show. “He woke up on the ground. He had been hit in the head with something. He wandered into the gas station in pain, and they directed him to a local emergency room.”

Threatt went on to claim that Updyke suffered facial bruises and a split brow, and that “he may have a slight concussion”.  Updyke has since been released from the emergency room, and the Opelika-Auburn police department is investigating his claims.

There’s no word yet on whether a female who goes by the name of “Lady Karma” was in the area at the time of the attack.

UPDATED 8:28 p.m. ET: The Hottest Auburn Blog on the Net (HABOTN) has posted a very interesting piece that casts some serious doubts on Updyke’s claims that he was attacked.  It’s worth a look, so click HERE.

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