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DE Jordan Allen set to transfer from LSU

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For the second time in less than a week, it appears LSU is losing a player on the defensive side of the ball to transfer.

While the school has yet to confirm it, defensive end Jordan Allen told that he has been granted permission to speak to other schools about a transfer.  Because he would be a graduate transfer, he would be permitted to play immediately and use his final season of eligibility at an FBS program.

Allen told the website that he’s been granted permission to talk to any team not in the SEC and not on LSU’s non-conference schedule this year.  The Tigers’ out-of-conference games this season are Wisconsin, Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico State.

The defensive lineman is uncertain to where he will transfer, but did mention he’s been in contact with Louisiana-Lafayette.

Interestingly, Allen’s decision to transfer has nothing to do with football.  Instead, it’s related to academics — specifically, the fact that he couldn’t get into grad school at LSU after receiving his bachelor’s degree.

“Schooling is a big thing,” Allen told the website. “If I’m going to be in school taking classes, I don’t want to be pursuing something that I don’t know the end to – which is what I feel like I’m doing right now as far as the classes that I’m taking right now. It’s not really the classes, but it’s the path I’m on, I don’t really know what it is.”

Allen, who had been participating in spring practice, entered the 2013 season as a starting end before losing that job.  He ultimately played in all 13 games for the Tigers after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury.

A four-star member of LSU’s 2010 recruiting class, Allen was rated as the No. 10 strongside end in the country coming out of high school in West Monroe, Louisiana.

(Tip O’ the Cap: New Orleans Times-Picayune)

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