Andre McDonald

Gophers WR suspended for rest of camp


Minnesota has already lost one of its top returning wide receivers when Devin Crawford-Tufts decided to give up football in favor of track.  Now, the Gophers may or may not have lost another returning wideout due to an entirely different reason.

Following practice Saturday, head coach Jerry Kill revealed that Andre McDonald has been suspended for the remainder of summer camp.  The reason, of course, is violating unspecified team rules.

“We have a team policy that you have to follow,” Kill said. “Right now, he’s not able to practice. That’s where we’re at right now. He’s not going to be practicing the rest of camp.”

The suspension, which may bleed into the 2013 season, is the latest bump in the road for the talented receiver.  In late December McDonald was suspended for the Gophers’ Alamo Bowl appearance, again for what was only described as violating team rules.  He then missed all of spring practice for “personal reasons,” returning to the Gophers a couple of weeks before the start of summer camp.

McDonald was a three-star member of the Gophers’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 player in the state of Minnesota that year.  Plagued by a minor heart problem early in the year, McDonald played in eight games his true freshman season.  He caught 10 passes for 121 yards before his suspension.

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