Michigan v Notre Dame

Did Hoke consider pulling Denard after pick-apalooza? ‘No’


In all of the highs and lows Denard Robinson has been through in his three-plus seasons as Michigan’s starting quarterback, arguably the lowest point came in the second quarter of the Wolverines’ loss to Notre Dame.

With just over 11 minutes left in the first half, Robinson threw his first pick of the game.  As it turned out, Shoelaces was just getting started as the his next three pass attempts were picked by the Irish as well, meaning the senior last four passes of the half went to the team wearing colors that didn’t match Michigan’s.

With Robinson struggling, and with unproven redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy standing on the sidelines, was head coach Brady Hoke tempted to pull the long-time starter?  “No,” succinctly said Hoke, who went on to explain the thought process behind the decision to stick with Robinson.

“We always try and go to the next play. You have to,” Hoke said according to AnnArbor.com. “The guy has done a pretty good job being a quarterback at Michigan … Just better decision-making, and move forward.

“What are you going to do, sit there and talk about each one of them? You’ve got to move forward.”

To his credit, Robinson took the blame for what he termed “the worst game of my career.”

“Bad passes,” Robinson said. “Just bad passes.”

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