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Tommy Rees says he will start for Notre Dame


After being cleared to practice on Tuesday, Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees already has his eyes set on staying in the starting line-up as the Irish prepare for a road game at Air Force.

“Absolutely,” Rees said Wednesday, when asked if he was going to start this weekend.

Rees left Notre Dame’s win against USC with a neck strain, but appeared to be in good shape as The Chicago Tribune‘s Brian Hamilton reported Wednesday.

“Going out there and practicing, it was good to be back out there with the guys,” Rees said, according to Hamilton. “I feel good right now and I’m going to continue to feel better throughout he week.”

Rees has been serviceable for Notre Dame this season despite some concerns about his consistency heading in to the season following the loss of Everett Golson. Rees has had his highs and lows, the story of his career at Notre Dame. He has completed 53 percent of his passes for 1,660 yards and 15 touchdowns and has been intercepted six times through seven games, which averages out to two touchdowns and an interception per game. Rees is going to lead the offense to some scores, but he is almost always due for a turnover. But those are just averages and some fun with numbers. In reality, Rees has had more good games than bad, but the bad games have gotten ugly at times.

Notre Dame has made it work for the most part this season. Rees has struggled against Notre Dame’s top two opponents this season, combing for five of his interceptions in two games against Michigan and Oklahoma.

Rees completed 14 of 21 pass attempts for 166 yards and two touchdowns without throwing a pick in Notre Dame’s 14-10 victory over USC last Saturday in South Bend, Indiana.

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