Taquan Mizzell

Five-star Virginia commit arrested during official visit


Suffice to say, it hasn’t been a good day off the field for high-profile football recruits.

Earlier today, reports surfaced that one of the top running backs in the Class of 2014 had, in essence, lied about taking an official visit to Notre Dame.  Now, one of the top players in the Class of 2013 may be wishing a visit he did actually take was a figment of his imagination instead.

According to multiple media outlets, 19-year-old Taquan Mizzell was arrested by Charlottesville police very early Sunday morning and charged with underage possession of alcohol.  The Washington Post writes that “[a]n officer spotted Mizzell, 19, standing in the middle of the street trying to kick a moving vehicle, Lt. Ronnie Roberts said, before determining Mizzell had been drinking.”

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. local time as Mizzell was on the backside of a visit to Virginia.  Mizell had committed to the Cavaliers in August of last year and was taking an official visit to the school.

As Mizell has not yet signed his National Letter of Intent, UVa. coaches are not permitted to comment on the situation.

Rivals.com ranks the five-star Virginia Beach product as the No. 1 all-purpose running back in the country and the No. 29 player at any position in the country.  He’s also rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Virginia.

Mizell is the first five-star commitment of the Mike London era, and the first for the football program since Eugene Monroe in 2005.

(Photo credit: Virginia Beach Bayside High School)

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