Texas wide receiver/running back Daje Johnson will play in Saturday’s regular season finale at Baylor, coach Mack Brown said Monday. Johnson was suspended for Texas’ Thanksgiving game against Texas Tech for a violation of team rules.
Johnson will return to his primary role as a kick and punt returner. On kickoffs, Johnson’s averaging 19 yards per return with no touchdowns; he’s returned one punt for a touchdown and is averaging about 11 yards per return.
Johnson also has 121 yards on 22 carries and 168 yards on 22 receptions this season. Outside of back-to-back seven-catch games in November, he hasn’t made much of an impact for the ‘Horns offense this year — but Texas will need all the help it can get to beat Baylor Saturday in Waco.
A Texas win, coupled with an Oklahoma State loss, would net Brown his first Big 12 title since 2009. Oklahoma State controls its own destiny, needing a win over Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game to win the Big 12. If Oklahoma pulls off the upset in Stillwater, the winner of Baylor/Texas will win the conference championship.
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