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Friday morning one-liners

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Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…

— Anyone in the mood for a video highlight clip of Barry Sanders as a high school running back?
(WARNING! SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!!! Yes, he was as bad-ass in high school as he was at Oklahoma State and in the NFL.)

— Notre Dame is taking a peek into enhancing its storied stadium.

— UNLV is considering — for a large financial guarantee — moving a 2013 home game against Arizona to the Wildcats’ home-state turf of Glendale.

— “The sky is the limit” for über-talented Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson. Auburn cornerbacks thriving in Ellis Johnson‘s 4-2-5 scheme after spring practices.

— “Just watching him on the field during practice makes me fired up, because I’m not the only one sweating out there,” Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, regarding new defensive line coach Ron Burton.

— Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney is “really excited” about Notre Dame’s partial football membership in the ACC.

— San Diego State has reinstated two of the four players held out of spring practice due to a variety of issues.

— Syracuse safety Durell Eskridge underwent surgery to repair a fractured wrist and torn ligament in a ring finger.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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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