Meandering our way through the offseason, a single one-liner at a time…
— As if he ever needed to be even more bad ass, Bo Jackson makes his return to the college football video game world and he’s similarly dominant to his old Tecmo Bowl days.
— Not only will Bobby Bowden return to the field that bears his name this season, he’s returning to Florida State in an official capacity: as a fundraiser, for which he will be paid $250,000 annually.
— For whatever reason, just two of the 10 Big 12 teams are bringing quarterbacks to the conference’s media days this month.
— Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is selling “dream job” to potential recruits.
— In combating negative recruiting, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio encourages prospects to find the truth.
— Salt Lake Tribune: In its first year, the Pac-12 Networks pretty much pulled off a miracle.
— Nevada received a $2.45 million distribution check from the Mountain West, nearly double of what they used to receive from the WAC.
— PennLive.com: Matt McGloin‘s transformation was part of Penn State’s recruiting pitch to Michael O’Connor.
— After learning he qualified academically, four-star linebacker James Hearns has signed with Louisville and will play in 2013.
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