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Joe Southwick officially named Boise State’s starting QB


As of a week ago, Boise State looked to have its new starting quarterback to replace Kellen Moore. In a four-player race, junior Joe Southwick was all but officially given the title.

When we make the decision, we’ll tell everybody,” coach Chris Petersen said. “You guys know as much as I do how (Southwick) did. You saw what I saw. There’s some good stuff, but we’ve got to go put the tape on and analyze everything.”

Considering everything analyzed; officially, Southwick has been named the Broncos’ starter for next week’s game against Michigan State.

Petersen announced the decision on Sunday.

“It feels great,” Southwick said. “To finally be named a starter, it’s a great privilege. There’s been a great line of quarterbacks here for a long time. To be one of those guys next in line is a great privilege and a lot of responsibility.”

“It’s a great opportunity for Joe. We’re really excited for him. He’s been here going on four years now. He knows our system very well. He’s prepared really hard,” Petersen added. “And he’s really earned this opportunity. He just needs to now go out and play and be the player that he knows he can be.”

Southwick was Moore’s primary backup last season, connecting on 23-of-30 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore Grant Hedrick begins the season as the backup and redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea is the third-string QB.

Southwick will be playing opposite Michigan State quarterback Andrew Maxwell, who is also making his first start. More directly, though, Southwick will begin the season against one of the most-hyped defenses in the nation led by defensive end William Gholston.

Not exactly a cupcake for Southwick, who measures in at 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds, and the 17 new starters that make up Boise State’s 2012 team.

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