While Georgia head coach Mark Richt is working through some headaches with his roster this offseason, he is also adding an option in the receiving game. Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus has completed his transfer from NC State and will join Georgia in time to begin summer workouts in Athens. 247 Sports was the first to report the transfer news.
“They are moving quick,” Hegedus said to 247 Sports. “I thought I was going to move in over the weekend, and they informed me I had class tomorrow.” Yep, that would be moving quickly. Better yet, Hegedus had a hardship waiver approved by the NCAA, making him eligible to play this fall for Georgia.
There is more to the story too. Hegedus always had his eye on Georgia, dating back to when he had to accept an offer from NC State. Hegedus told 247 Sports he waited as long as he could before officially accepting a scholarship offer from NC State because he was waiting for an offer from Georgia to come along. It never did, but perhaps this is the opportunity he was waiting for all along.
“My heart has always been at Georgia,” he said. “I wanted a chance to come back home and play for the home state and to play in this offense they run.”
Hegedus will join Georgia as a non-scholarship player but intends to work hard to earn one as soon as one may become available. Hegedus appeared in seven games for NC State in 2013. He caught one pass for a loss of one yard. In 2012 Hegedus was responsible for 116 yards and one touchdown on nine receptions.
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