Tyler Bray

UT QB Bray out at least four weeks


As it turns out, Tyler Bray‘s sideline diagnosis was dead-nuts accurate.

Both the Knoxville News Sentinel and CBS Sports.com‘s Tony Barnhart are reporting that X-rays have confirmed the Tennessee starting quarterback suffered a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand in the loss to Georgia Saturday.  As a result, Bray will be sidelined for at least the next four weeks.

Bray is expected to see a specialist in the near future and an MRI could change the timeline for a return, although it’s not expected he’d be able to come back any earlier than a month.  Based on the initial prognosis, it appears the earliest Bray could return would be Nov. 12 against Arkansas, meaning he would miss SEC games against LSU, Alabama and South Carolina as well as a non-conference game against Middle Tennessee State.

The school has yet to comment on Bray’s status.

With Bray sidelined, the starting duties will likely fall to Matt Simms.  The senior started the first eight games of the 2010 season before being replaced by Bray.

UPDATED 5:11 p.m. ET: UT has confirmed the reports that Bray suffered a broken thumb, although they write in the release that the expected recovery time is six weeks.  If that timeline comes to fruition, Bray would not return until the regular-season finale against Kentucky.

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