Wisconsin’s quarterback depth was an issue during spring practice. As it turns out, that will likely carry over into the 2012 season.
Coach Bret Bielema confirmed Wednesday that QBs Jon Budmayr and Bart Houston are both expected to miss the fall with hip and shoulder injuries, respectively. Budmayr had been dealing with a nerve issue in the elbow of his throwing arm, an injury that caused him to miss all of last season, but now needs hip surgery.
“So the chances of him being involved next year are slim to none,” Bielema said.
Houston, a highly-touted recruit in the Badgers’ 2012 signing class, had shoulder surgery this offseason. Though Bielema previously said he expected his new QB to be available (but limited) for fall camp, Houston now has a spring 2013 prognosis.
The injuries leave the Badgers with three healthy QBs: Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien, Joe Brennan and walk-on Joel Stave. Backup Curt Phillips is still recovering from knee surgery. Suffice to say, the pressure’s going to be on O’Brien to stay healthy for Wisconsin this fall*.
(*yeah, I know what Bielema said about O’Brien not being promised the starting job. Pfft…)
(Hat tip: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
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