Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— Jon Solomon of al.com lists the five things you should be looking for as the SEC kicks off its annual spring meetings Tuesday.
— The Oklahoma athletic department is doing yeoman’s work in helping out their tornado-ravaged state.
— Former Tide assistant Jeff Stoutland, on working on Chip Kelly‘s Philadelphia Eagles staff: “[T]his stuff is no different than what I was teaching at Alabama.”
— Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher does an extensive Q&A with the Tallahassee Democrat.
— Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee claims that very new Auburn receiver has the opportunity to contribute in 2013.
— Darrell Hazell‘s boss says the first-year Purdue head coach has faced several challenges since his hiring, and met them all.
— The Deseret News writes that Utah State’s move to the Mountain West means the Aggies finally have a real place of its own.
— Lingering injuries end the playing career of Ball State tight end David Schneider.
— Former Florida wide receiver Reidel Anthony is training a future Gator who plays the same position.
— Offensive line and wide receiver have become West Virginia’s top priorities on the 2014 recruiting trail.
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