Ahead of its first-ever game in the SEC, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson gave Georgia a cornucopia of bulletin-board material, scoffing at what he called the Bulldogs’ “Big Ten… old man” style of football.
The defensive end punctuated those remarks with a warning to the entire conference: “If we execute, nobody in (the SEC) can touch us. Period.”
Needless to say, those words caught the attention of UGA. And his football program as well.
Scheduled to meet with the media Monday, Richardson was instead muzzled by Mizzou, with a team spokesperson stating that the player had “earned himself a vacation.”
Head coach Gary Pinkel said the situation with Richardson’s comments was handled internally, while also acknowledging that UGA will use the words as an extra set of motivators heading into the game this weekend.
“Well, you know we certainly want to say the right things, do the right things,” Pinkel said. “I think he just got carried away a little bit, but I handled that internally. …
“Without question I think anybody looks for things. We want to say the appropriate things. He felt sorry for saying it, he just got excited. He’s got great respect for Georgia, as I do. We’ll learn the lessons and move on.”
Georgia will travel to Missouri Saturday night for a game scheduled to kick off at 7:45 ET.
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