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Two more arrests made in vandalism of Howard’s Rock


Nearly two months after an arrest was made in connection to the vandalism of Howard’s Rock, police have doubled up on the number suspected of defacing the iconic monument.

In a press release, Clemson University police announced that it has made a pair of arrests: 46-year-old Michael J. Rogers and 17-year-old Alden James Gainey.  Both of the individuals are from North Carolina.

Rogers is the father of Micah Rogers, the 19-year-old who was arrested in late June.

Both the elder Rogers, reportedly the president and CEO of a masonry company, and Gainey were each charged with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice.  The younger Rogers allegedly involved was charged with one felony count of malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000 and one misdemeanor count of trespassing.

The two men appeared before a Pickens County Magistrate today, and each was released on a personal recognizance bond of $7,500.

In mid-June, Clemson officials confirmed that Howard’s Rock had been vandalized days earlier, with a release from the school stating that “[a] small portion of The Rock was broken off of its pedestal after vandals broke the casing that protects the artifact.”

And, for those who are curious, below are the mugshots of the two most recently arrested and charged:

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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