Pittsburgh may have lost a defensive player to transfer earlier in the week, but the Panthers have gained one on the other side of the ball as well.
Jameel Poteat confirmed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he has decided to join the Pitt football program after transferring in from Stony Brook. Poteat, the nephew of former Pitt standout and current Panther assistant Hank Poteat, committed to Pitt in 2010 but opted to sign with Cincinnati after Dave Wannstedt was fired.
In retrospect, the player regrets his change of heart.
“I wish I would have stayed [with Pitt] three years ago,” Poteat, who will be a walk-on, said. “But everything happens for a reason. …
“I felt like [this] was the offense I need to be in. I need to go back. I really thank the coaches for bringing me in.”
Coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Penn., Poteat was a four-star member of the Bearcats’ 2011 recruiting and was rated as the No. 15 running back in the country. At UC, Poteat ran for 227 yards before transferring to Stony Brook.
After sitting out the 2014 season — barring a successful appeal for a medical hardship waiver — Poteat will have one year of eligibility remaining.
(Photo credit: Cincinnati athletics)
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