An ACL injury in the first game of the season resulted in Tulsa wide receiver Bryan Burnham missing almost the entire 2012 campaign. Unfortunately for him, he won’t have an opportunity to return to the field. TU announced on Tuesday that Burnham was denied a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
Burnham also missed the 2008 season because of an illness and spent the 2010 season playing defense.
“We’re disappointed with this ruling and after consultation with Bryan’s family the decision has been made to file an appeal,” said coach Bill Blankenship. “It’s unfortunate that Bryan lost the 2012 season due to an ACL injury after just one game and the 2008 season due to illness, where his health was of utmost concern to the coaching staff.”
Burnham was the Golden Hurricane’s leading receiver in 2011 with 54 receptions for 850 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a then-team leading nine receptions for 90 yards this year before sustaining the knee injury in September. He finishes his career with 63 receptions for 940 yards.
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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.
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