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Crist’s decision between Badgers, Jayhawks imminent?


For those waiting on pins and needles for the where and when of Dayne Crist‘s transfer decision, you shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

According to the South Bend Tribune, the former Notre Dame quarterback is making a previously reported visit to Wisconsin that began Thursday morning.  Following that visit, the Tribune writes that Crist is expected to choose between the Badgers and Kansas “before the weekend.”

Crist visited the Jayhawks earlier this week, as well as taking a trip to Div. 1-A (FCS) Delaware.  The latter program is apparently out of the mix as Crist has whittled his transfer to-do list down to two.

In addition to Crist’s visit to Lawrence, new KU head coach Charlie Weis — who recruited Crist to the Irish when he was the head coach — returned the favor, showing up in South Bend Wednesday to continue his recruiting pitch.  KU has been the prohibitive favorite to land Crist almost as soon as Weis was officially named as the Jayhawks’ new head coach exactly a week ago today.

Earlier this month, Irish head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that Crist had asked for and been granted a release from his ND scholarship in order to transfer and use his final season of eligibility at another football program.  In addition to the aforementioned schools, Utah and San Diego State had also been listed as potential transfer destinations.

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