Half a decade after being dumped as a head coach and four years after wandering to the pro ranks, a Prince has returned to the collegiate game.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed speculation that had been growing in recent weeks by naming Ron Prince as Kyle Flood‘s offensive coordinator. Prince will replace Dave Brock, who was named head coach at Delaware last month.
Prince had spent the past three years at the NFL level, serving as an assistant offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2010-11) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). Prior to that, however, Prince’s coaching experience was strictly at the collegiate level.
Most notably, Prince was Kansas State’s head coach from 2006-08. After compiling a 17-20 mark, Prince was fired in November of 2008 and spent a year as special teams coordinator at Virginia the following season.
The Scarlet Knights job will be Prince’s first as a coordinator since spending five years at Virginia (2001-05). In fact, that was the only time during his coaching career he’s held the title of coordinator.
In addition to Prince’s hiring, Flood announced that Dave Cohen has been promoted to defensive coordinator. Cohen, who last season oversaw linebackers, takes the place of Robb Smith. Smith left the RU coordinator job for a spot on Greg Schiano‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching staff.
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