Notre Dame’s not the only Power Five program that woke up this morning with players on the wrong side of the law.
According to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle, Josh Walker was arrested late Friday night as the result of an incident involving a family member. The Texas A&M junior linebacker was still being held in the Brazos County Detention Center on charges of assault causing bodily injury to a family member and interfering with emergency requested for assistance.
The family member involved was Walker’s girlfriend.
The football program is aware of the development, and have indefinitely suspended Walker.
The past two seasons, Walker has started five games for the Aggies, with four of those starts coming as a true freshman in 2014. All told, he’s played in 21 games at A&M.
Walker was a four-star 2014 recruit.
Justin Dunning‘s knees just may not be cut out for the game of football.
Thursday, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed that Dunning had sustained another torn ACL and would miss the entire 2016 season. This marks the third ACL tear for the defensive back.
Dunning’s 2015 season was cut short because of one, while he sustained his first one during his junior year of high school. Both of those were to his left knee; the most recent one occurred in his right knee.
“It’s really unfortunate,” Sumlin said. “I sat down and talked to him today. Everybody is frustrated. He’s frustrated, and he’s such a good person you want great things to happen for him, but that’s another setback for him.”
Dunning played in 11 games as a true freshman last season, being credited with 20 tackles and intercepting one pass. Where the 6-4, 225-pound safety mark was really made was on special teams as he led the Aggies with 13 tackles.
The Manning Award released its 30-member Watch List on Monday, in case you needed reminding which quarterbacks were the best in college football. The Manning separates itself from the Davey O’Brien and Unitas quarterback awards — and, more often than not, the Heisman and Maxwell, too — by taking bowl performances into account before handing out its trophy.
“We once again have a great group of quarterbacks returning to college football this fall,” said Archie Manning in a statement. “While this Watch List has many of the best returning players, we look forward to making midseason additions as teams settle on definite starters and as young players step up and make names for themselves. I’m really looking forward to getting the season rolling to see which guys will rise to the top and become Manning Award finalists.”
The Watch List includes:
- Tommy Armstrong, Nebraska
- J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
- C.J. Beathard, Iowa
- Jake Browning, Washington
- Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee
- Dane Evans, Tulsa
- Luke Falk, Washington State
- Quinton Flowers, South Florida
- Skyler Howard, West Virginia
- Lamar Jackson, Louisville
- Brad Kaaya, Miami
- Chad Kelly, Ole Miss
- Trevor Knight, Texas A&M
- Taylor Lamb, Appalachian State
- Wes Lunt, Illinois
- Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
- Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
- Nick Mullens, Southern Miss
- Kent Myers, Utah State
- Josh Rosen, UCLA
- Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
- Cooper Rush, Central Michigan
- Seth Russell, Baylor
- Brett Rypien, Boise State
- Brandon Silvers, Troy
- Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee
- Zach Terrell, Western Michigan
- Phillip Walker, Temple
- Deshaun Watson, Clemson
As far as snubs go, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and/or Malik Zaire feel like pretty big ones. If you’re the type to get upset about preseason watch lists, that is. (Which you shouldn’t be.)
The Manning Award will announce its midseason Watch List additions — which either Kizer or Zaire will be — on Oct. 12, its 10 finalists on Nov. 30, and its winner on Jan. 11.
Watson will attempt to become the first repeat winner in the 12-year history of the award. Previous winners (Matt Leinart, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston) are 0-for-4 in their attempts to repeat.
For depth purposes, it appears fortuitous Texas moved a quarterback to wide receiver recently.
UT officials confirmed Wednesday that DeAndre McNeal has been suspended by head coach Charlie Strong. The only reason given was a violation of unspecified team rules.
Two days later, 247Sports.com is reporting that the receiver has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer. As part of the release, McNeal will be barred from transferring to another Big 12 program as well as 2016 opponents Notre Dame, UTEP and Cal.
Texas A&M and UCLA were finalists for McNeal last year, and will get consideration again this time around. He will have to sit out the 2016 season if he moves on to another FBS program.
McNeal was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 44 player at any position in the state of Texas. Instead of contributing immediately as a true freshman as he intimated to the media, McNeal played sparingly in 2015.
In limited action — he played more on special teams than offense — McNeal didn’t catch a pass. His only statistical contributions were a nine-yard run and a special teams tackle.
Back in February, four other teams had, per Bovada.lv, better odds to win the 2016 College Football Playoff than LSU. Six months later, and less than a month before the start of a new season, the Tigers lag behind just one.
Currently, Alabama, 7/1 in February, is listed as Bovada‘s favorite at 6/1. Right behind them is SEC West rival LSU at 7/1 and 2016 playoff runnerup Clemson at 17/2.
Ohio State, Bovada‘s wagering favorite earlier this year, has seen its odds grow longer at 9/1. Those are the same odds hated rival Michigan (15/2 in February) is getting from the gambling website.
Houston (66/1) and Boise State (150/1) are the only Group of Five teams listed. BYU (250/1) as a football independent (for now?) is also included.
Below are the updated odds for the 2016 College Football Playoff championship, again courtesy of Bovada.lv: