As Rutgers prepares for a game that will go a long way in determining the Big East’s 2012 champion, the Scarlet Knights may be without its top offensive weapon. Or they may not. One of the two.
Running back Jawan Jamison suffered a sprained ankle in the third quarter of last Saturday’s win over Army and left the game. While he ultimately returned to the game, Jamison has been very limited during practice this week due to the injury.
Following Thursday’s practice, head coach Kyle Flood said there was a 75-percent chance the back plays against Cincinnati Saturday.
“I don’t know if it’s 100 percent just yet,” Flood said. “I’ve seen these kind of things go both ways. It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t react well to it, it wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t react well to what he did today. But we’re a little more optimistic after today.”
Flood added that, if the game were today, Jamison would be a no-go.
Jamison currently leads Rutgers in rushing with 953 yards; the Scarlet Knights have rushed for just 1,173 as a team. He’s also third on the team in receiving yards (304).
If Rutgers wins its last three games, the Scarlet Knights would claim their first-ever Big East title. A loss this weekend to the Bearcats would leave three teams with one loss in conference play — Rutgers, Cincinnati and Louisville.
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