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UCF making statement vs Gamecocks


Central Florida is doing their best to make a bit of a statement, leading South Carolina 10-0 at halftime. Think Louisville is paying attention to this one? They should be, because Central Florida may be the biggest threat to the Cardinals this season. After winning at Penn State two weeks ago and the way they are playing against South Carolina, Central Florida is certainly showing they have what it takes to play some good football.

UCF quarterback Blake Bortles has been effective in leading the offense and exploiting some holes in the middle of the field. Running back Storm Johnson has ben having some success as well. The Knights marched right down field on the game’s opening possession and capped it with a touchdown run by Johnson, but the story has really been UCF’s defense, shutting out the Gamecocks with an aggressive style. The Gamecocks lost starting quarterback Connor Shaw in the first half to a sprained right shoulder. He is done for the day. Dylan Thompson has taken over at quarterback.

There was also another example of just how poorly executed the new targeting rule can be.

Brison Williams was penalized and ejected for a targeting in the second quarter. Per NCAA policy, the penalty was reviewed by the video official to determine if the ejection was warranted or not. In this case, it was not and Williams was allowed to remain in the game. Of course, while the ejection can be overturned the 15-yard penalty yardage was not. This was just the latest example of a rule designed to provide more safety for players being absolutely ridiculous in its impact on the game.

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