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Beaver backup ‘backer arrested on no-show warrant

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An incident that occurred 10 months has come back to bite Caleb Saulo on his backside.

Back in July of last year, the Oregon State linebacker was charged with stealing a bicycle and was ultimately sentenced to, among other things, 10 days on a work crew.  The only problem?  Saulo didn’t complete the full 10 days because he was allegedly a bad boy on what was supposed to be the final day of his court-mandated work detail.

From the Corvallis Gazette-Times:

According to documents, Saulo “completed nine days of work crew and … was sent home with no credit on his last day of work crew for intentionally damaging a tree on the courthouse lawn with a shovel.”

That triggered the issuance of, the Gazette-Times writes, “a show-cause motion for Saulo to explain why he didn’t complete his work crew obligation.” Saulo blew off the hearing related to the show-cause motion late last month, resulting in a warrant for his arrest being issued. The warrant was served Tuesday and the player was arrested for failure to appear.

Saulo denied that he didn’t complete the work detail and was subsequently released from jail.

The Oregonian reports the football program is aware of the latest legal development involving Saulo.

Saulo, a two-star member of OSU’s 2012 recruiting class, played in 12 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.  He is listed as a No. 2 outside linebacker on the Beavers’ most recent depth chart.

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