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Boston College abruptly dismisses all-time leading rusher


Yep, that’s exactly what the Boston College football program needs at this point in time.

Coming off an injury-stunted 2011 campaign in which he still managed to become the school’s all-time leading rusher, running back Montel Harris has unexpectedly been permanently dismissed from the Eagles.  BC announced the stunning development via a press release, and attributed the dismissal to a repeated violation of team rules.

“We are grateful for his contributions the past four seasons and will support him in completing his degree requirements and in his future pursuits,” a portion of head coach Frank Spaziani‘s statement read.

Suffice to say, the release did not specify what team rules Harris repeatedly violated.

Harris missed the 2010 regular season finale and BC’s bowl loss to Nevada with a knee injury, then missed the first three games of the 2011 season after undergoing surgery in August.  He returned for two games, breaking the school’s career rushing mark in an early October loss to Wake Forest.

He missed the remaining seven games of his senior season last year, but in December was granted a medical hardship waiver that gave him another season of eligibility.

After being initially cleared to participate in spring practice this year, he was shut down for the remainder of the sessions when he complained of soreness following the first practice.

It’s unclear what kind of football future Harris may have, although attempting to make himself available for the NFL’s July supplemental draft is certainly a possibility.

Derrick Knight had held the school record of 3,725 yards since 2003 before Harris’ 108 yards in what turned out to be his final game as an Eagle gave him 3,735 for his career.  Harris was 868 yards shy of breaking the ACC’s all-time rushing standard set by North Carolina State’s Ted Brown in the late 70s.

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