At least for the spring, the Colorado quarterback floor is all Connor Wood‘s.
Expected to compete with the Texas transfer for the starting job, Nick Hirschman will instead be rehabbing yet another foot injury as the Buffs announced Wednesday that the sophomore broke a metatarsal bone in his right foot over the weekend. And just how did Hirschman suffer this latest injury? According to the school, “while walking and apparently misstepping.”
The release stated that Hirschman left Colorado Wednesday for his home in Los Gatos, Calif., and is scheduled to undergo surgery later this week. The procedure and subsequent rehab will keep him out for all of spring practice.
Hirschman spent most of the offseason recovering from a pair of surgeries for a broken metatarsal in his left foot. He had already been somewhat questionable for this spring due to the first injury.
With Hirschman out for the foreseeable future — there’s no word on what if any impact this latest procedure will have on his availability for the start of summer camp — the first-team offense will be in Wood’s hands this spring. Wood, ranked as a four-star player and the No. 3 pro-style QB in the country by Rivals.com in 2010, transferred to the Buffs from the Longhorns last August and sat out the season to satisfy NCAA bylaws.
The only other QBs on the Buffs’ roster for the spring are a pair of redshirt freshmen — redshirt freshman John Schrock and Stevie Joe Dorman. Schrock spent last season as the No. 3 QB behind Hirschman and starter Tyler Hansen.
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