A very scary scene that developed on the field at LaVell Edwards Stadium late Saturday night has ended with some very good news, relatively speaking.
BYU running back Jamaal Williams was laid out and motionless for several minutes following a collision with a Utah defender. Williams’ facemask was removed by medical personnel and he was ultimately immobilized on a back board and transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Prior to the end of the broadcast of the Utes’ win, it was reported that Williams had movement in all of his extremities.
BYU updated Williams’ condition Sunday afternoon, with a press release stating that Williams suffered a concussion and severe stinger as a result of the collision. He was discharged from the hospital and is doing well according to the school.
Ahead of a Friday night game against Middle Tennessee, BYU wrote in the release that “[t]he status for his return will be based on day-to-day progression and continued improvement throughout the week.”
Williams is the Cougars’ leading rusher, entering the game Saturday the as the nation’s No. 3 rusher at 163.3 yards per game. He is currently 10th at 126 ypg.
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