There may be no better snack in the middle of the summer than a nice batch of ice cream in a bowl or in a cone. Fans of Maryland will get to have a specially designed Big Ten flavor to consume on July 1 as part of a celebration. More on that in a minute.
Maryland will officially become a member of the Big Ten on July 1, 2014 (as will Rutgers). Plans for the celebration are still coming but The Baltimore Sun provided a preview of some of the plans in store for the university, ranging from the official launch of an advertising campaign to special events such as a Big Ten Night at Nationals Park, home of baseball’s Washington Nationals. Fans of the New York Yankees may have already noticed Big Ten advertising during baseball games behind home plate. The Big Ten will participate in the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium starting in the 2014 season (plus that whole Rutgers and New York City market thing).
The Baltimore Sun also reports Maryland has a special ice cream flavor coming that will be unveiled on campus on July 1. That seems fitting considering the dairy states in the conference’s foot print and Penn State is known for their ice cream. So what kind of flavors could Maryland have in the mixing bowl? Perhaps a crab-flavored ice cream?
Maryland will be place din the Big Ten’s east division. Rutgers will join them along with Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and Indiana.
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