It had been kept on the down low for the past couple of months, but in early May, Florida State tight end Nick O’Leary was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident in Tallahassee.
O’Leary, the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus, was not seriously hurt in the incident. However, a video of the accident obtained by the good guys at TomahawkNation shows that O’Leary very well could have sustained life-threatening injuries.
Below is the video of the incident. Please use caution when watching, as it is quite graphic.
Ho. Ly. Crap.
And it’s not just that O’Leary wasn’t seriously hurt, it’s that he got up and walked away after reportedly sliding 75-100 feet. O’Leary, who caught 21 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012, was still sent to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the car was cited with causing the wreck as they did not establish a right of way.
Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher briefly addressed O’Leary’s accident during ACC Kickoff meetings, saying “he wrecked that daggone scooter and was banged up for about a month, that knucklehead.”
Yeah, that knucklehead. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pick my jaw up off the floor.
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