Just as the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker was edging ever so close to double digits, it’s time yet again to reset it to double zeroes.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reported Wednesday night that LSU linebacker Tyler Taylor was arrested in late May in connection to the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop in early January. Taylor, who is alleged to have been the getaway driver in the botched caper, is facing charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, party to a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.
All three of those charges, when/if they are officially filed, would be considered felonies. The Advocate wrote that “Taylor has not yet been charged by the district attorney’s office and a court date has not been set.”
It’s alleged that four individuals — three men and a juvenile — broke into the pawn shop in the early morning hours on Jan. 8 and stole eight shotguns, three rifles and a semi-automatic rifle. As for Taylor’s involvement? From the police report:
Taylor did not get out of the vehicle and assist in breaking into the pawn shop, but did drive all parties to the location and drove all parties away after the burglary had been committed. Taylor, when spoke to, chose not to speak to law enforcement and wanted to seek legal representation.
As a result of the off-field incident, LSU, which just learned of the arrest Wednesday, has indefinitely suspended Taylor. The true sophomore had been practicing with the Tigers since they opened summer camp this past weekend.
The Buford, Ga., native was a four-star member of LSU’s 2017 recruiting class. Taylor played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting five of those contests at middle linebacker. He was credited with 32 tackles his first season in Baton Rouge, and has been expected to take on an expanded role in his second year with the Tigers.
Utah and head coach Kyle Whittingham have been busy making some plans for surprise scholarship announcements. The latest recipient of a surprise scholarship? Mason Woodward, who had the luxury of receiving the good news from his wife.
The setup for the announcement had the athletic training staff line up on the field as Utah’s football practice was going on. Each member of the staff introduced themselves to the team, with Woodward’s wife, who was disguised as a trainer, being the last staff member to be introduced. She then delivers the news to Woodward, a senior running back.
Woodward walked on at Utah in 2016 and has played at both running back and on special teams. Special teams are where Woodward has spent most of his playing time on the Utes. He redshirted in 2016 and has appeared in games each of the past two seasons.
Utah previously surprised Malik Haynes with a scholarship using a pizza delivery to deliver the news.
Another starting quarterback position in the ACC is settled. Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson will continue to put the ball in the hands of Jamie Newman when the 2019 season begins next week for the Demon Deacons. Clawson made the announcement Sunday after practice.
“We made a decision today that Jamie Newman is going to be the starting quarterback,” Clawson said, according to Demon Deacon Digest. “That’s the direction we’re going with it moving forward. They both played well. There’s the old adage that if you have two, you have none. In the case of Wake Forest in 2019, we really do have two good quarterbacks.”
Newman got into a comfort zone leading the Wake Forest offense in the second half of last season when he started the final four games of the year in place of an injured Sam Hartman. He ended the season with 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions in six appearances. The bulk of that production came in the final month of the season.
As a freshman, Hartman appeared in nine games for Wake Forest last season, in which he passed for 1,984 yards and 19 touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Maryland has been dealt with a number of significant injuries in recent years that have made life difficult for any offensive identity. Before the 2019 season begins with a new head coach, Mike Locksley had some unfortunate news to share regarding one of his quarterbacks this weekend. Max Bortenschlager suffered a stress fracture in his foot or leg that will force him to miss the next eight weeks, according to the Terps head coach.
Being out for eight weeks would mean Bortenschlager’s return would come as early as Oct. 12 for a road game at Purdue, or a home game against Indiana the following week. Bortenschlager would be unavailable for games against Howard (Aug. 31), Syracuse (Sept. 7), Temple (Sept. 14), Penn State (Sept. 27) and Rutgers (Oct. 5).
Losing quarterback depth is never a good thing, although it should be noted Bortenschlager was likely going to be providing depth at the bottom of the depth chart for Maryland at the quarterback position. The starting job is expected to be awarded to Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson before the start of the season, although Locksley is keeping the competition ongoing with Jackson and Tyrrel Pigrome.
Bortenschlager appeared in four games last season but did not record any offensive stats (he did record a tackle, however). In 2017, Bortenschlager appeared in 11 games and completed 121 of 233 pass attempts for 1,313 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. He also recorded a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Another starting quarterback decision has been made. Nevada is moving on with redshirt freshman Carson Strong, according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium via Twitter. Former Florida State quarterback Malik Henrey will be the backup quarterback.
Strong appeared in one game for the Wolfpack last season, in which he didn’t throw a single pass but did rush for four yards. The former three-star recruit was a part of Nevada’s Class of 2018.
Henry walked on at Nevada in January after two seasons at Independence Community College in Kansas, which was featured on “Last Chance U” on Netflix. Henry landed at the JUCO program after leaving the Florida State program.