It hasn’t quite been the senior season Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson would have liked to have, but he could still have the opportunity to see the field this Saturday against Iowa — senior day.
Robinson’s sat out the past two and a half games with a nerve injury in his throwing arm. While it’s not clear if he’ll start against the Hawkeyes this weekend, Wolverines coach Brady Hoke has a plan. Speaking Thursday on a radio show, Hoke said he would consider sending Robinson out on the field for one play if he’s unable to start.
“That would be something I would think about,” Hoke said. “The seniors and the guys and the people who are truly Michigan fans, I think they understand the significance he’s had.
“To be honest with you, we’ve got 22 guys who’ve done a tremendous job for Michigan, and have been through some tough times, been through a transition, and they’ve responded, in my opinion, in a very positive manner. It’s really a day about all of them.”
It would be a tremendous gesture. Robinson’s had his ups and downs in Ann Arbor, but he’s always represented his university well. If he can’t start, here’s hoping he’ll get one snap.
(Hat tip: Detroit News)
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