Just a few days after losing its offensive coordinator to the NFL, Michigan State has reportedly found a replacement. And, if the rumored move comes to fruition, it will likely elicit chuckles — and defensive coordinator fist pumps — across the B1G landscape.
Both coachingsearch.com and footballscoop.com tweeted Wednesday morning that Jim Bollman has been hired as the Spartans’ new coordinator. Bollman would come to East Lansing from Purdue and would replace Dan Roushar, who left the Spartans earlier this month to coach running backs with the New Orleans Saints.
Bollman was hired by the Boilermakers just a little over a month ago as offensive line coach.
The school has declined to comment on the reports, although an official announcement could be forthcoming as early as today.
While at one point it was thought the program would stay in-house for Roushar’s replacement, the connection between Bollman and MSU head coach Mark Dantonio makes such a hire “sensible” on at least a personal level. Both coaches were on Nick Saban‘s Michigan State staff (1995-97 for Bollman) and on Jim Tressel‘s Ohio State staff (2001-2003 for Dantonio).
Bollman served as Tressel’s offensive coordinator even as The Vest retained play-calling duties. After Tressel’s unceremonious dismissal in May of 2011, Bollman retained his coordinator title and added play-calling responsibility under interim head coach Luke Fickell. Suffice to say, that experiment was the subject of much scrutiny and scorn.
Not retained by new head coach Urban Meyer, Bollman spent the 2012 season as Boston College’s line coach.
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