Last season, Andrew Buie led West Virginia in rushing. The running back won’t, however, get the chance to repeat that feat.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday that the decision has been made to redshirt Buie for the 2013 season so the player can develop “mentally and physically.”
“He’s just going to develop mentally and physically and we’re going to leave it at that,” Holgorsen said. “He’s not going to play this year. He’s going to redshirt and I fully expect him to be ready to roll in the spring.”
Buie had been behind four other WVU teammates in the running back pecking order, with Holgorsen stating there was nothing else to the decision to sit the back for the season than the talent ahead of him. One of the players ahead of Buie, Charles Sims, transferred in from Houston while another is a true freshman.
Another transfer, Pittsburgh’s Rushel Shell, will sit out the 2013 season and be eligible in 2014.
Buie led all Mountaineers with 851 yards rushing last season and tied for the team lead with seven rushing touchdowns.
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