With the start of summer camp a little over three weeks away, Texas has revealed that a trio of starters won’t be able to fully participate at the beginning of the sessions.
In a release, UT announced that wide receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley along with cornerback Quandre Diggs will be limited during the first part of camp due to recent medical procedures. Diggs and Shipley underwent surgery on what the program described as lingering hip injuries, while Davis underwent hernia surgery recently.
All three players are expected to be at full speed for the season opener against New Mexico State Aug. 31.
Shipley and Davis are listed as starters heading into summer camp after finishing first and second, respectively, in receptions last season. Diggs is a preseason All-Big 12 first-team selection.
In addition to those three, safety Josh Turner will be limited for the start of camp due to a hip procedure as well. Turner is the No. 2 free safety on the most recent depth chart.
The news wasn’t all bad on the injury front as three other starters — defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (right shoulder/pectoral muscle), offensive tackle Josh Cochran (lower left leg) and guard Trey Hopkins (lower left leg) — have been released to return to full participation.
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