Troy Douglas

Cyclones assistant confirms he’s leaving for Pitt

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Confirming speculation that began to surface Monday, Troy Douglas is indeed leaving the Iowa State coaching staff.

In a conversation with the Ames Tribune, Douglas confirmed that he has accepted an offer to join the coaching staff at Pittsburgh.  Douglas stated that he informed ISU head coach Paul Rhoads of his decision Tuesday morning, which came a day after reports had the Panthers offering him the job.

“My family really liked the area her,” Douglas said of Ames. “It was exactly what people said it was going to be. It’s a great spot. The people and players are great and the Big 12 Conference is a great league. …

“That is what was tough. Professionally, I think it’s the best thing for me and my family.”

Douglas has spent the past three seasons as the Cyclones secondary coach.  He’s expected to have the same job with the Panthers.

Douglas’ departures means five ISU assistants who were on Rhoads’ 2013 staff won’t be in 2014.  Offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham and with running backs coach Kenith Pope were fired in early December — Messingham was replaced by former Kansas head coach Mark Mangino — while tight ends coach Bill Bleil was named offensive coordinator at Rhode Island.  Tragically, defensive line Curtis Bray passed away in mid-January at the age of 43.

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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