Just over a week after it was confirmed that he would “not be allowed to return to the team,” ex-Auburn defensive back Jonathan Rose is closing in on a new collegiate destination.
Speaking to the Omaha World-Herald, Rose’s father, Charles, said that a decision on a new school from his son is expected in the next couple of days. The dad stated that “[h]is chances of going to Nebraska are pretty good,” although he refused to divulge the names of any other teams that are in the running for his son’s secondary services.
The elder Rose went on to add that the presence of new Cornhuskers defensive backs coach Terry Joseph has greatly enhanced NU’s chances. Joseph recruited Rose during his time as an assistant at Tennessee, and that relationship led the player to reach out to the first-year NU assistant after parting ways with the Tigers.
The reason Rose wasn’t permitted to return to the AU football program after being sent home by head coach Gene Chizik hasn’t been revealed, although his former high school coach flatly stated that it had “nothing to do with grades or anything that deals with the police or anything like that.”
As a true freshman, Rose played in nine games last season. Rose was a four-star member of AU’s 2011 recruiting class, rated as the No. 7 safety in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Alabama according to Rivals.com.
Regardless of which FBS program Rose lands, he will have to sit out the 2012 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
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
D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.
Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program. A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.
The unnamed, however, now has a name.
According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”
Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.
No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.
“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”