As expected, Ole Miss won’t have one of its top defensive backs when it takes on a reeling Texas squad this weekend.
Head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed Wednesday that cornerback Charles Sawyer will not travel with his teammates when the Rebels head to Austin for its matchup with the Longhorns. The senior was arrested shortly after Ole Miss’ win this past Saturday and charged with driving under the influence.
It was not specified by Freeze whether Sawyer didn’t make the trip because of the drunk-driving arrest or a health issue. A shoulder injury limited him in the season opener against Vanderbilt and kept him out of this past weekend’s game against Southeast Missouri.
Freeze has said that the corner will be facing discipline from the team as a result of the incident.
Over the past two seasons, Sawyer has started all 25 games for the Rebels.
It wasn’t all negative on the personnel front for Ole Miss, however, as Freeze stated that wide receiver Vince Sanders will likely make his 2013 debut Saturday. Sanders, who was the Rebels’ second-leading receiver last season, suffered a broken colarbone early on in summer camp.
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