One of the highest-rated members of South Carolina’s recruiting class a couple of years ago has decided to part ways with the football program, 247Sports.com is reporting.
According to the recruiting website, wide receiver Jody Fuller has decided to transfer from the Gamecocks to another institution to continue his playing career. Among the schools mentioned are East Carolina and Appalachian State.
No reason for the decision to move on was given, although “search for more playing time” would be a good place to start.
Fuller was a four-star member of the Gamecocks’ 2012 recruiting class, rated as the No. 37 receiver in the country and the No. 8 player at any position in the state of North Carolina. Only two players in USC’s class that year were rated higher than Fuller: All-SEC running back Mike Davis and starting wide receiver Shaq Roland.
After redshirting as a true freshman, Fuller played in just one game and totaled a single catch in 2013.
Fuller is the second Gamecocks receiver to leave the program in the past couple of months. In mid-March, Kwinton Smith transferred out to an unknown destination.
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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.
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