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Ryan Williams, favorite to succeed Stephen Morris, to be a dad


When Miami takes the field to start the 2014 season, Ryan Williams will have more important things to worry about, at least off the field, than (possibly) starting at quarterback for the Hurricanes.

Following practice Sunday, it was revealed that Williams and his wife of two years, Deanna, are expecting their first child.  The due date for their baby boy is Aug. 5, right around the time the ‘Canes will begin summer camp ahead of the opener against Louisville Sept. 1.

The best part about the story?  The Williams’ order of notifying those close to them of the impending arrival.

“Is that not crazy?”Ryan’s mother Jayne said in regards to her son informing offensive coordinator James Coley first. “You go tell your football coach before you tell your parents. Football first. We’re second.

The new member of the household aside, Williams is regarded as the favorite to take over for Stephen Morris under center.  Thus far, head coach Al Golden seems impressed with what he’s seen from the presumptive frontrunner.

He’s doing good,” Golden said according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Some of it’s unfair. The defense won the majority of those third-down periods because you can’t stop many penetrators without pads and the defense is playing fast right now. We’ve got some guys on the o-line that have to learn quick, but that will be good.

“Ryan is seeing it really well. He’s stepping up real well. I’m really excited about the way he’s throwing the ball down the middle of the field. That’s what I’m really excited about.”

Williams, who transferred to The U from Memphis in 2011 and has played in nine games the past two seasons, and redshirt freshman Kevin Olsen are the two viewed as the most likely to succeed Morris.  Brad Kaaya, a four-star 2014 signee rated as the No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the country, is expected to be a part of the competition when he arrives this summer.

Prior to leaving the Tigers, Williams started 10 games for the U0fM in 2010.  His experience advantage could be the deciding factor in the quarterback competition.

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

Report: Duke Williams injured Auburn teammate with punch in ‘bar rampage’

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  D'haquille Williams #1 of the Auburn Tigers misses a touchdown catch in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Iron Bowl at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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D’haquille Williams may have some additional explaining to do to NFL personnel if another report is accurate.

Monday night, Auburn announced that the star wide receiver had been dismissed from Gus Malzahn‘s football program.  A day later, reports surfaced that Williams’ dismissal came after he went on a weekend “bar rampage” following one of his friends getting the heave-ho from a local drinking establishment over a dress-code issue. It was alleged that Williams had punched a pair of security guards, a bartender’s assistant and an unnamed patron of the bar.

The unnamed, however, now has a name.

According to the ABC affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., and a citing a source close to the AU program, Tigers center Xavier Dampeer‘s jaw was on the receiving end of one of Williams’ alleged punches. The website wrote that “Dampeer has been treated and released from East Alabama Medical Center, according to a worker at the hospital.”

Malzahn was asked Tuesday if any other Tiger players were involved in the incident. “I’m not going to get into any details,” the coach said according to al.com.

No charges have been filed in connection to the incident.

“We cannot file charges until the injured person(s) comes forward,” Auburn police chief Paul Register told the television station. “Unless an officer personally sees a fight, no arrests can be made.”