LSU running back Hill leaps over Alabama defensive back Perry for a first down during their NCAA football game in Baton Rouge

Ex-LSU RB Jeremy Hill shows off Tiger Stadium back tat


Yeah, chalk this post up to “it’s the offseason and how many days again until the start of the new season?”

That said, Jeremy Hill, one of the most talented — and troubled — to ever play running back at LSU, was selected in the second round (55th overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the May NFL draft after leaving the Bayou Bengals early.  Hill has gone on to sign his rookie contract and commence his professional career, but hasn’t forgotten from where he came.

Nor will he ever be able to forget from where he came.

And by “ever” I mean:

Yes, folks, that’s a tattoo of Jeremy Hill in his LSU uniform and a tiger standing in front of Tiger Stadium.  Out of the many questions I have — “how the hell much did that cost?” and “how the hell is there enough time to do that?” chief among them — one stands out: why in the name of the Mad Hatter are there helicopters hovering above Tiger Stadium in the tat?

Somebody needs to get that question answered post haste because it’s going to bother me to no end until it’s resolved.

Oh, and to answer my question up top: 45.  45 long, long, long days until the official start of the 2014 college football season.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

Kwazel Bertrand, Jacobi Owens
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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