UPDATED 11:24 a.m. ET: Georgia confirmed very late Sunday morning that Aaron Murray has indeed suffered a torn ACL. Because swelling in the knee was minimal, Murray will undergo surgery this week as opposed to waiting the normal 10-14 days.
Needless to say, Murray’s season and collegiate career have come to an end.
Pardon my French, but dammit all.
Unfortunately, the rumors and speculation that have been swirling around the seriousness of the injury suffered by good-guy Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray Saturday night appear to be painfully true. Tweets surfaced from numerous Georgia beat writers late Sunday morning that Murray’s mom had taken to social media to announce that her son suffered a torn ACL in the win over Kentucky and will undergo surgery early this coming week to repair the damage.
While Murray did not confirm his mother’s “report,” he did intimate on Twitter that the injury he suffered late in the first half was at least mildly serious.
As of yet, UGA has not confirmed the extent of Murray’s injury. If it is indeed an ACL, it would mark the end of a prolific and record-breaking career for Murray between the hedges.
The senior holds nearly every major Bulldog single-season and career passing marks as well of a handful of SEC records. He was also the proverbial Iron Man, starting each of the past 52 games at quarterback for UGA. Provided the speculation is accurate, that streak will come to an end and put Hutson Mason under center for the regular-season finale against Georgia Tech and the team’s bowl game.
Mason would become the first player not named “Aaron Murray” to start at quarterback for the Bulldogs since the Dec. 28, 2009, Independence Bowl (Joe Cox).
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