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UCLA WR dies after being hit by vehicle


Unfortunately, there’s extremely tragic and sad news coming out of Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.

According to the Daily Bruin, UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale died early Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle.  The redshirt freshman walk-on was a pedestrian when he was struck at 1:27 a.m. PST.

No details of what led to the 20-year-old Pasquale’s death have been released, although the San Clemente Times reported the following:

A spokesperson from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department indicated there were two vehicles driving in tandem down the road. One was able to avoid Pasquale, 20, whose body was found in the road, but the second was not able to avoid him and struck him. Investigation is ongoing as to why he might have been in the road.

Deputies responding to the call indicated they did not believe alcohol was a factor with the drivers. Records indicated that a call reporting the accident came in at 1:27 a.m.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office posted the following on its website Sunday:

Nicholas Pasquale

The school has yet to release a statement or confirm the sad news regarding Pasquale.  Unfortunately, Pasquale’s high school coach confirmed that his former player died.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Pasquale’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and anyone else impacted by his way-too-early.

(Photo credit: UCLA athletics)

UPDATED 5:49 p.m. ET: What’s below is from UCLA football’s official Twitter feed.  RIP.

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