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Dallas Cowboys make Derek Dooley hire official


And now it’s officially official.

Nine days after multiple media outlets reported that Derek Dooley was set to be hired by the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL club confirmed as much Monday evening by announcing Dooley as the newest member of Jason Garrett‘s coaching staff.  As expected, Dooley will handle the Cowboys’ wide receivers.

The NFL club confirmed that Dooley interviewed with Garrett two weeks ago in Mobile, Ala., during the run-up to the Senior Bowl.

Garrett and Dooley served on Nick Saban‘s Miami Dolphins coaching staff from 2005-06.  That was Dooley’s first and only job at the NFL level.

The son of Georgia coaching legend Vince DooleyDooley was fired in mid-November after three seasons as Tennessee’s head coach.  Taking over in the wake of the final years of the Phillip Fulmer era and Lane Kiffin‘s one-year carpetbag misadventure, Dooley finished his three seasons with the Vols at 15-21 overall and an abysmal 4-19 in SEC play.  He had previously been the head coach at Louisiana Tech.

Dooley had been set to serve as a recruiting analyst for ESPNU’s National Signing Day coverage Wednesday, although its unclear if this move would preclude him from taking part in one his favorite days of the year.

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