Fresh off his team’s victory over Idaho on Saturday, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher took the time to give some support to embattled Florida coach Will Muschamp.
“Will’s a heck of a football coach and a good guy,” Fisher said. “You have injuries and things that go on. You can’t judge a person on one season. Will’s a heck of a football coach. He’s a great friend, but he’s a heck of a football coach. I’ve coached with him. He does a great job at Florida. I’ll guarantee you this: They’ll be ready to play when we go down there next week. I know that.”
The two coached together at Auburn in the mid-1990s and at LSU in the early-2000s, so perhaps Fisher’s support is to be expected. But there’s no doubt that the last thing the Seminoles want right now is for the Gators to have a healthy program, especially with FSU on the verge of dominating recruiting in the Sunshine State. So maybe it’s in Fisher’s best interest for Muschamp to remain in Gainesville.
Besides, Muschamp has had three seasons at Florida. He was 7-6 in his first year, 11-2 last year and it looks like he’ll finish 4-8 this year.
Seems to me like the one outlier in this record is 2012. So, maybe Fisher is right that you can’t judge Muschamp on one year. It’s just that the year in question should be 2012, not 2013.
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