Earlier this offseason, it was reported that former Georgia defensive back Josh Harvey-Clemons would be transferring to Louisville. The Cardinals also reportedly had an interest in former Alabama offensive lineman Chad Lindsay before he opted for Ohio State.
Apparently, former Arkansas and current UofL head coach Bobby Petrino is not finished wooing other former SEC players who looking to transfer.
According to Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com, Shaq Wiggins (pictured) and Ja’Quay Williams are both visiting Louisville tonight as each looks to find a future football home. The former was a starting cornerback at Georgia while the latter was a talented young wide receiver at Texas A&M.
Both players announced transfers earlier this month, and both left their respective programs in good standing. UGA head coach Mark Richt stated that, after conversations with Wiggins, they both felt “a fresh start is what he believes is in his best interest” while an uncle of Williams intimated that homesickness may have played a role in his nephew’s departure.
Williams grew up in Tyrone, Ga., which is roughly 860 miles from College Station. Louisville is nearly half that distance (440 miles) from his hometown.
Both Wiggins and Williams were four-star members of their respective recruiting classes in 2013. Each will also have to sit out the 2014 season, unless they dropped down to the FCS level. Each would then have three years of eligibility at the FBS level remaining beginning in 2015.
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