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Friend saved Hoosier receiver from drowning


Were it not for an act of heroism, Indiana football could very well be mourning the loss of one of its own instead of praying for a full recovery.

Isaac Griffith had been on spring break in Florida the past few days with friends, including teammates Nick Stoner and Ty Smith, when the wide receiver got caught up in a rip current.  One of the friends, Mitch McCune, noticed Griffith was in serious distress — McCune was also caught up in the rip tide — and went to his aid, ultimately getting the player to shore.  At that point, McCune performed CPR on Griffith until emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene.

McCune said his friend was non-responsive when he was pulled out of the water.  The Indiana Daily Student wrote that Griffith “had a pulse but was unconscious” and that “[h]is breathing was reportedly short and sporadic.”

“Me and Isaac got pulled farther out than everyone else, so we were having trouble,” McCune told the Associated Press in a telephone interview. “He was drowning and I grabbed him and got him to shore. It was tough.”

The last update on Griffith was that he was in a critical but stable condition in a medically-induced coma in the ICU at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  The good news is that a CAT scan came back normal.

According to an incident report from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, all four of the young men — Griffith, McCune, Stoner and Smith — had consumed alcohol prior to the incident, which was reported at 7:31 p.m. ET Monday.  McCune denied that aspect of the report, telling the AP, “I don’t know how that started.”

Griffith was a three-star member of the Hoosiers’ 2013 recruiting class coming out of high school in Fort Wayne., Ind.  He took a redshirt his true freshman season.

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