Auburn Trees Poisoned

Updated: Updyke’s lawyer denies a confession from his client


The first day of Harvey Updyke’s trial for his alleged involvement in poisoning the oak trees at Toomer’s Corner began with jury selection.

Turns out, Updyke may not need a jury of his peers to decide his fate as it appears the Alabama fan has unofficially confessed to his crime.

Speaking to Andrew Yawn of The Auburn Plainsman this afternoon, Updyke, in a rather shocking move, basically admitted to poisoning the trees.

Did I do it? Yes,” Updyke said outside of an elevator on the second floor of the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika.

“They’re going to find me guilty… it’s a done deal,” Updyke said. “I don’t think I’m going to get a fair trial.”


Officially, Updyke has pleaded not guilty to several counts of desecration of a venerated object, first-degree criminal mischief and unlawful damage or vandalism of a crop facility. His attorney, Everett Wess, says he was not aware of Updyke’s alleged “confession.” Updyke said he thought if Wess knew of the supposed confession, he would drop him.

Additionally, Updyke’s health has apparently been in decline for some time. He told the Plainsman he’s lost over 60 pounds since his arrest last year and is taking 18 different medications.

“I guarantee he won’t last the trial without something happening,” Updyke’s wife, Elva, said.

Updated: 6/20 12:25 p.m.: Updyke’s attorney, as one would expect, has denied that his client “admitted” to poisoning the trees at Toomer’s Corner.

“There were other reporters around from ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX,, AP, major, major media outlets, and all of you were swarming in the courtroom, the lawyers were around the courtroom, and we think it’s kind of odd that a student reporter from Auburn University was able to get this story when all these major media outlets have been here the entire time,” Wess said.“No one saw this reporter getting this information from Updyke.”

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