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Manziel one of 34 QBs on this year’s O’Brien watch list


Stuffed in the middle of the frenzy of SEC Media Days is the release of the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to college football’s best quarterback.

As it so happens, the player answering a slew of questions right now, Johnny Manziel, is on this year’s preseason watch list. He’s also the reigning winner of the trophy.

Some notable signal callers on this year’s O’Brien watch list include Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Marcus Mariota (Oregon) and A.J. McCarron (Alabama). The SEC leads all conferences with seven players on the list, followed by the Pac-12 with five and the ACC with four.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

David Ash, Texas
Blake Bortles, UCF
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Rakeem Cato, Marshall
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
David Fales, San Jose State
James Franklin, Missouri
Devin Gardner, Michigan
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL)
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Casey Pachall, TCU
Keith Price, Washington
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Tyler Russell, Mississippi State
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
Keith Wenning, Ball State

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

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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