When it was first reported late last month that Cody Sokol would be transferring from Iowa, it was thought that either Ball State or Louisiana Tech could be a potential destination.
As it turns, the thought when it came to the latter was absolutely correct.
While Tech has yet to announce his addition, Sokol (pictured, No. 19) confirmed to BleedTechBlue.com that he has decided to transfer to the Bulldogs. As the quarterback will graduate from Iowa in May, he will be eligible to play for Tech immediately in 2014.
For Sokol, the opportunity to compete for a starting job on a roster low on experience was the deciding factor.
“That’s all I could ask for, is an opportunity to go down there and be the starter,” Sokol told the Rivals.com website. “That was my biggest thing I was looking at was playing time. I see a big hole in their offense at that (quarterback) position and am willing to fill it for a year. They said they have some good quarterbacks on their roster, the biggest thing is they haven’t matured yet. I feel like I bring a veteran role to Louisiana Tech.”
In addition to Tech and Ball State, Sokol stated that he had received interest from Hawaii, New Mexico State, North Texas, South Alabama and Wake Forest.
Sokol spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College before joining the Hawkeyes as a three-star JUCO recruit in 2012. After redshirting that first season, Sokol competed with Jake Rudock and C.J. Beathard for the starting job in 2013, which was ultimately won by the former.
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