Leonard Fournette‘s not the only one protecting himself from catastrophic injury as he heads into what’s expected to be his final season of college football.
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Deshaun Watson confirmed that, to the surprise of no one, he has a pair of multi-million-dollar insurance policies that will protect him against either a “debilitating, career-ending injury’ or a loss of draft value due to medical/health concerns. In confirming the insurance news, Watson used it as an opportunity to take a shot at what he described as the “lazy” dual-threat/running quarterback “code word” attached to him by some, which he takes as insinuating he’s not a high-level thrower of the football as well as being dangerous in the running game.
I got an insurance policy this offseason. It pays $10 million for a debilitating, career-ending injury and $5 million for loss of value in the draft. (Note: After this interview, Watson and Clemson settled on a policy that pays $5 million for injury and $5 million for loss of draft value, rather than 10/5.) Those insurance companies are smart; they do their homework, right? They’re not giving that policy to someone who doesn’t project to throw the football in the NFL.
For comparison’s sake, the LSU running back, the Heisman front-runner according to many heading into the 2016 season, has policies that would reportedly “cover him for $10 million in total disability in the event of a career-ending injury and $10 million for circumstances that would lead to him falling from his projected NFL draft spot.”
Watson, a Heisman finalist in 2015, is expected to be one of the Top Five players elected in the 2017 NFL draft. Fournette’s draft value is viewed being in the same neighborhood.
Clemson, like LSU, has picked up the tab for the insurance policies, which is permitted under NCAA bylaws. The typical policy will run between $6,000 to $10,000 per $1 million of coverage.
LSU will be without safety Ed Paris for the rest of the season, head coach Ed Orgeron said Monday. Paris suffered a “significant” knee injury during practice last week, for which he has already undergone surgery.
“He’s always around here and smiling and making sure everybody knows he’s good,” cornerback Donte Jackson told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “He wants us to know that he’s all right and that we should just keep playing. He’s always in (the film room). He gets treatment and then he’s right in there and tries to watch practice a little before he has to get his next treatment.”
Paris is a senior, which means it’s possible he has played his final game as a Tiger. However, Oregeron believes he could seek and receive a medical redshirt to return in 2018.
“Ed’s going to be out for the season,” Orgeron said. “Just went through an operation, and hopefully we can redshirt him and get him back for next year.”
A native of Arlington, Texas, Paris split at safety with Grant Deplit.
Paris has played in 40 career games, with two starts.
In October of 2014, it was confirmed that LSU and Miami would open the 2018 college football season against each other. Nearly three years later, we have a date and time to go along with it.
It was announced Tuesday that the Tigers and Hurricanes will meet Sunday, Sept. 2, of next year at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET. It was originally scheduled to be played the day before.
That matchup will be broadcast on ABC.
The opener will mark just the 12th meeting ever between the football programs, and the first since 2013. This will also serve as the third-ever regular-season meeting between the ACC and SEC squads, with the last one coming way back in 1988.
The Tigers will be playing just their second game ever on a Sunday. They last did so in 2002 against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
I don’t even know if bubble-wrapping Maryland quarterbacks would help at this point.
This past Saturday afternoon, Kasim Hill went down with what appeared to be a very serious-looking injury to his right leg in the first quarter of the loss to UCF. Three days later, it was confirmed that the true freshman has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Hill is the second Terrapins quarterback to suffer such a fate the first four weeks of the season. In the second half of Maryland’s season-opening 51-41 upset of Texas, Tyrrell Pigrome went down with what was later diagnosed as a torn ACL, ending his 2017 season as well.
Unfortunately for the Terps, the injuries, ACLs in particular, haven’t been limited to just those two of late.
Hill will be replaced in the starting lineup by No. 3 quarterback Max Bortenschlager, who started one game last season for the Terps. After replacing Hill, Bortenschlager completed 15-of-26 passes for 132 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 38-10 loss to the Knights. Prior to that, he had attempted just two passes this season, completing one of them for four yards.
There were many who thought Nebraska’s now-former athletic director was disconnected from the university’s deep football history. With today’s move, the athletic department has made a 180-degree turn.
NU announced Tuesday afternoon that Dave Rimington has been named as the interim athletic director. Rimington replaces Shawn Eichorst, who was dismissed late last week after nearly five years on the job.
Rimington was one of the greatest college football centers in history, and, in 1981 and 1982 for the Cornhuskers, became the only player to win back-to-back Outland Trophy Awards. In 2000, the Rimington Trophy was established to honor the most outstanding center in college football.
In 1997, he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I’m so pleased that we could count on Dave Rimington, who is a Husker through and through, to answer our call to lend his administrative expertise and unwavering support for Nebraska Athletics during this key time of transition,” chancellor Ronnie Green said in a statement. “I am confident that Dave will provide exceptional leadership as we move forward in our search for a new, permanent director of athletics.”
“I am humbled and grateful to accept this responsibility,” Rimington, one of 17 former ‘Huskers with their jerseys retired, said. “I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes at Nebraska, which is a truly special place that has had a profound impact on my life and the lives of countless others.”
Rimington is currently the president of the New York-based Boomer Esiason Foundation, but will be taking a sabbatical from those duties.