Looks like we know who the first member of Urban Meyer‘s staff at Ohio State will be — at least officially.
Ohio State confirmed to the Associated Press Friday that Iowa State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tom Herman will join the Buckeyes in the same role. Herman will stay with the Cyclones through their Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers.
“To work with and for Coach Meyer is an exciting opportunity for me,” Herman said in a release. “I am really looking forward to working with him and learning about his offensive systems. And to be able to coach with him at The Ohio State University is simply a dream come true.”
Herman has been with Iowa State for the past three years under Paul Rhoads. Prior to his time in Ames, Herman was the OC/QB coach at Rice.
“We wish Tom and his family all the best,” Rhoads said in his own statement. “Tom has made significant contributions as our offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. We appreciate the work he has done developing all our quarterbacks.”
It’s important to note that Ohio State has sought, and received, a special waiver from the NCAA that allows it to have two coaching staffs at the same time. Interim coach Luke Fickell and his group will still prepare for and coach the Gator Bowl against Meyer’s old team, Florida, while Meyer and any new coaches will focus exclusively on recruiting.
Pretty sweet deal.
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