Even as Temple was stunning USF in a nine-point win on the field Saturday, an early-season starter along the defensive line was dealing with a rather significant issue off of it.
First reported by FOX29 in Philadelphia, defensive tackle Kamal Johnson (pictured, No. 93) was arrested Saturday and charged with kidnapping as well as multiple related charges. The other charges, NBCPhiladelphia reported, include unlawful restraint, simple assault, false imprisonment, and reckless endangerment of another person.
The alleged female victim was the girlfriend of the player. The incident that led to the arrest occurred Sept. 27 after Johnson had allegedly pushed his way into the woman’s apartment and is described in the police report thusly:
Police say Johnson knocked on her door and when the woman answered, he forced his way inside. Johnson allegedly pulled the woman out of her apartment and forced her down the stairs to his apartment. Investigators say he then pushed her onto a chair and punched her in the back. Johnson then threw her onto the floor and she hit her head, according to police.
Investigators say the woman asked to leave and Johnson refused. Police say Johnson he then held the woman against her will for 3 ½ hours. Johnson accused the woman of cheating on him, according to investigators.
Police say the woman suffered a head contusion and cuts to her arms and neck. The woman told police that Johnson abused her in the past.
Johnson remains jailed in lieu of a $25,000 bond. The school has yet to comment on the situation.
The junior had started the first two games of the season and has played in a total of three..
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