Ohio State University quarterback and MVP Terrelle Pryor celebrates after his team defeated the University of Arkansas during the NCAA BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl football game in New Orleans

Terrelle Pryor’s career at Ohio State over


In news that’s hardly unexpected, but mildly surprising nonetheless, Terrelle Pryor‘s playing career at Ohio State has come to an end.

In a tweet from the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Doug Lesmerises, the Buckeyes quarterback has decided to end his football career at the school. Lesmerises cited Pryor’s attorney Larry James as his source for the information.

Pryor and athletic director (for now) Gene Smith later confirmed the decision via statements.

“In the best interest of my teammates, I have decided to forego my senior year of football at the Ohio State University,” Pryor said.

“We understand Terrelle’s decision and wish him well in this next phase of his life,” Smith said. “We hope he returns to The Ohio State University one day to finish his degree.”

Pryor has come under fire of late for potential NCAA violations and is the subject of an NCAA investigation into multiple vehicles he has driven throughout his three years in Columbus.  He had already been suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season following a separate investigation into impermissible benefits he had received from a Columbus tattoo parlor.

It’s unclear what his future holds, although seeking entry into the NFL’s July supplemental draft would seem to be one significant possibility.  At this point in time, however, Pryor’s undecided on the draft part of the equation.

He’ll take the next couple days to collect this thoughts,” James told the Plain Dealer. “Right now, when you reach closure, it’s very emotional.”

Interestingly, OSU interim head coach Luke Fickell’s statement on Pryor’s departure indicated that his now-former QB had already decided on a career in professional football.

“I was notified this evening that Terrelle has decided to pursue a professional career,” Fickell said. “I wish him the best in his pursuits.”

Pryor, who came to the school as the No. 1 recruit in the country in the Class of 2008, ends his stormy OSU career with a 31-4 mark as a starter, with a perfect 3-0 record against archrival Michigan, three Big Ten titles and two BcS bowl wins being his on-field legacy.  He ended up finishing five wins short Art Schlichter‘s school record for most career win’s by a QB at the school.

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

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”