In a period of just over seven months, Penn State’s Curtis Drake suffered broken bones in his lower left leg as a result of two separate incidents. The first one occurred last August and ultimately cost him the entire 2010 season. The second happened in late March of this year and forced him out of the remainder of spring practice, as well as casting doubt as to his availability for all or parts of the 2011 season.
A handful of weeks ahead of the start of summer camp, however, all the medical signs are pointing to a return sooner rather than later for the Nittany Lions wide receiver.
Speaking to the Patriot-News, Drake said that he could be medically cleared to participate shortly after the start of summer camp, with the obvious implication being he could/should be ready for the start of the 2011 regular season.
Barring any setbacks, of course, the thought of which Drake really isn’t in the mood to entertain.
“We’re not looking for any setbacks,” said Drake. “We’re just trying to take as much time as possible to heal and then go from there. I probably won’t do anything until camp starts.”
As a true freshman in 2009, Drake caught eight passes for 98 yards, and also threw a touchdown pass.
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