Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— After a year that “was not very smooth” family-wise, a calmer Urban Meyer is getting set to embark on his second season at Ohio State.
— Commissioner Mike Aresco tells the Orlando Sentinel that UCF-USF rivalry will be a cornerstone of the newly-minted American Athletic Conference.
— Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee hopes Butch Jones will boost student attendance, but Vols fighting nationwide ticket trend.
— AnnArbor.com: Michigan to implement dynamic pricing for 2013 single-game football tickets.
— A year and a half removed from meaningful football action due to injury, Wyoming’s Uso Olive is “itching to play.”
— Touted Michigan State quarterback signee Damion Terry would be fine with taking a redshirt for his true freshman season.
— Three 2013 signees not eligible to participate in Cal’s summer bridge academic session, although they can become eligible by the time summer camp kicks off in early August.
— The Russell Wilson Passing Academy is in the midst of a stop in Madison.
— College Football Hall of Famer and former BYU quarterback Marc Wilson talks about his days in Provo, including the seven-touchdown performance in his first-ever collegiate start.
— Rivals.com‘s No. 1 defensive tackle in the Class of 2014, Andrew Brown, verbally committed to Virginia.
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