Tennessee v Oregon

Heisman candidate stats update


Here’s what the top Heisman candidates did on Saturday:

Marcus Mariota, Oregon — Mariota completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions, plus 27 yards rushing on six carries with another score as Oregon whipped Tennessee, 59-14.

AJ McCarron, Alabama — McCarron went 20 of 29 for a career-high 334 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in Alabama’s 49-42 win at Texas A&M.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville — Bridgewater threw for 250 yards and one touchdown on 16 of 28 passing. He also rushed for 35 yards on six carries as Louisville beat rival Kentucky, 27-14.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — The defending Heisman winner went 28 of 39 for 464 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions and 98 rushing yards in a 49-42 loss to Alabama.

Brett Hundley, UCLA — Hundley was 16 of 24 for 294 yards with three touchdowns and one interception plus 61 rushing yards as UCLA came from behind to beat Nebraska in Lincoln, 41-21.

Jameis Winston, Florida State — Winston continued his hot streak by hitting on 15 of 17 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns with one pick. He also ran for a touchdown.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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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