While there’s nothing definitive as of yet, it appears Ohio State could… maybe… possibly have its starting quarterback on the field for Game 3 of the 2013 season.
Heisman hopeful Braxton Miller suffered a lower-leg injury toward the end of the first offensive possession of the Buckeyes’ blowout win over San Diego State yesterday. Carted off the field for further examination, it was subsequently reported that Miller had suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Head coach Urban Meyer told the media following the win that, following “a long discussion on the sidelines” with medical personnel, he felt the three-year starter could’ve gone back in the game but “decided it was best not to.” As for his prospects of playing on the road against Cal Saturday?
“I think there’s a chance he’ll be ready next week,” Meyer said.
It likely won’t be until midweek, at the earliest, that any type of decision on Miller’s availability will be made.
Based on how Miller’s replacement played against the Aztecs, though, the Buckeyes have somewhat of a cushion as far as rushing the starter back onto the field. During his three-plus quarters of time on the field, senior Kenny Guiton passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing 83 yards while adding another score on the ground.
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