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Arrested development: starting LB among pair of players dismissed by Ole Miss


Three days after being indefinitely suspended from Ole Miss following yet another off-field incident, linebacker Clarence Jackson and defensive lineman Delvin Jones have been permanently banished from the football program.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rebels head coach Houston Nutt announced Monday afternoon he has dismissed the bumbling duo from the program.

Jackson and Jones were both arrested early Friday morning and charged with public drunkenness, and were hit with a suspension later that day.

After D.T. Shackelford suffered what’s likely a season-ending knee injury during spring practice, Jackson took over at weakside linebacker and was listed as No. 1 on the most recent depth chart.  This was Jackson’s second arrest in less than a year; last September, he was hit with a burglary charge for allegedly stealing, among other things, a 46-inch flat-screen TV from a building that houses the school’s mathematics department.

Jackson played in four games as a true freshman last year.

Jones, a sophomore, played in just two games in 2010 before being one of two players suspended for the final two games of the year due to “bad freshman mistakes”.

UPDATED 2:39 p.m. ET: Here’s the statement from Nutt on the twin dismissals.

“Clarence Jackson and Delvin Jones have been dismissed from the Ole Miss football program for violation of team rules. I believe in trying to make a difference in a young man’s life, and second chances are a part of that. However, you reach a point where you can’t get through to them, and as a team, we have to move on. We wish them the absolute best and hope they are able to get their lives in order.”

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