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A&M lineman: starting QB to be named this week

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For those wondering just who will replace Johnny Football under center in College Station, your wait could — could — be close to coming to an end.

While Kevin Sumlin and his Texas A&M coaching staff have been very tight-lipped about just who, sophomore Kenny Hill or true freshman Kyle Allen, have the edge in the quarterback battle or even when a decision will be made, Mike Matthews says the end is nigh.  Said the starting center after Tuesday’s practice, “We’re going to find out this week who is going to be the the starter.”

While Matthews, the younger brother of former A&M All-American and 2014 first-round NFL draft pick Jake Matthews, gave away the timeline — it had been thought in early August a starter would be named by the middle of the month — he wasn’t about to tip his hand as to who the favorite might be.

“For me, it doesn’t make a difference,” the player said. “I know both of those guys, they can both have big playmaking ability. They’re both competing and doing a really good job. In the past scrimmage they both played really well… but I know whoever starts I have full faith in them.”

For what it’s worth, Sumlin and the offensive coaches could make a decision this week and not release it to the public.

It’s believed that Hill holds a slight edge over Allen, although again it’s difficult to ascertain given how the head coach has held his quarterback cards so close to the vest.  From the Dallas Morning News:

In recent video from Texas A&M, Hill was seen running the first-team offense and started with the first-team on consecutive days last week.

Hill showed flashes last season that lead some to believe he could, like Johnny Manziel two years ago, be successful and productive right out of the gate. Allen comes in with the high-profile pedigree, a five-star member of the Aggies’ 2014 recruiting class rated as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 7 player at any position.

The Aggies will open the 2014 season on the road in Columbia against South Carolina Aug. 28.

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