Despite the fact it hasn’t played in 10 days, Boise State is still feeling the effects of its last game against Southern Miss at the end of last month.
Chief among the bad news is running back Aaron Baltazar, who Chris Petersen confirmed Monday suffered a torn ACL in the non-conference game. The true freshman will undergo season-ending surgery, but will not be eligible for a medical redshirt as he had played in five games in 2013.
Baltazar is currently second on the team with 234 yards and tied for second with two rushing touchdowns.
According to the Idaho Statesman, Jack Fields will slide into the No. 2 role vacated by Baltazar and will be the primary backup to leading rusher Jay Ajayi. The sophomore is fourth on the team and third among backs with 91 yards rushing.
“We’ve got some guys there, we do,” Petersen said according to the Statesman. “we’ve been saying from day one you need more than one or two guys at that position.”
In addition to Baltazar, Petersen acknowledged that safety and special teams ace Ebo Makinde suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the same game and will be lost for the season as well. As Makinde is a senior, his career at Boise is over.
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