Expected to play a significant role in Georgia’s defense from the start, Reggie Wilkinson will instead be facing a heavy dose of rehab, apparently.
As relayed by Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph, the cornerback suffered what’s reportedly a significant and potentially season-ending knee injury. There was no word on how Wilkinson suffered the injury, although one report states that it occurred during offseason workouts with the team.
While UGA has yet to publicly address the health issue, a tweet from the defensive back seems to indicate that he may have suffered an injury to his ACL.
“Minor setback for a major comeback. #RG3 type-ish,” the tweet read, referring to former Baylor and current Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a torn ACL and LCL last December.
Additionally, one of Wilkinson’s teammates, wide receiver Michael Bennett, confirmed the worst on his Twitter account.
“Y’all pray for @ReggieWilkerson as he goes into ACL surgery tomorrow,” the receiver tweeted Thursday evening. “You gonna come back stronger than ever my man!”
Again, there’s been no official word from the university.
Wilkinson was an early enrollee as part of the Bulldogs’ 2013 recruiting class and participated in spring practice. With starting defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons set to serve a one-game suspension, the Telegraph writes, “Wilkinson was a prime candidate to start at the nickel-back role, a critical spot against Clemson.”
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