Malcolm Perry has dazzled throughout his career at the academy but the quarterback’s final two games in a Navy uniform certainly closed out his historic career in unforgettable fashion.
The senior added another record-breaking outing under his belt on New Year’s Eve, helping setup a late trick play that eventually led to a Bijan Nichols chipshot field goal that allowed the Midshipmen to beat Kansas State 20-17 in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.
Perry, while not quite as productive as he was against Army earlier in the month, was still phenomenal running the option to near perfection on Tuesday evening in his home state — running for 213 yards and completing 5-of-7 passes for 57 more yards and a touchdown. The triggerman naturally helped milk the clock quite a bit and had his decision making on point during the game as he set an FBS single-season mark for rushing yards as a quarterback.
Tailback C.J. Williams was also heavily involved in the offensive effort as well, rushing for 34 yards on two carries but mostly earning acclaim for his terrific, well, passing. Facing 4th and short from midfield, he pulled off a trick play for the ages as he rolled and launched the ball 41 yards into the waiting hands of Chance Warren. That put the team right on the doorstep and allowed Nichols, who had missed an attempt the drive before, to knock through the game-winner.
The heroics from the troops spoiled what had been a phenomenal game-tying drive from the Wildcats just prior. Skylar Thompson was an efficient 10-of-14 passing for 124 yards and scored a short touchdown off a keeper as well. K-State was somehow in the game throughout despite just 170 yards of total offense, taking advantage of an early Phillip Brooks 66 yard punt return.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough in the end as the Big 12 remains winless this postseason so far (dropping to 0-4 after the KSU result) with two underdogs still left to play in Texas and Baylor. That end result doesn’t take away from what still has been a successful season in the Little Apple for new head coach Chris Klieman however, who has done a great job taking over for a legendary predecessor and leading the team to eight wins.
That surge under a new coach still pales compared to the kind of turnaround his opposite number engineered however. Not only did Ken Niumatalolo help resurrect Perry’s career in his final year in Annapolis, but the bowl win meant a complete turnaround from 3-10 last year to 11-2 in 2019 — just the second time in school history with as many wins.
Fabien Lovett spent the first portion of the Egg Bowl rivalry on the Mississippi State side. Now, he’s headed to the other. Reportedly.
Lovett was one of a handful of individuals offended by a Mike Leach tweet earlier this offseason. The MSU defensive lineman subsequently became the first of five Bulldogs to enter the NCAA transfer database in the past two months or so. A couple of weeks later, Lovett tweeted that he would be transferring to Florida State.
Monday, however, it was reported that Lovett Will Likely become the latest MSU player to find a new home as the lineman has flipped to the Ole Miss side of the Egg Bowl rivalry. Whispers have been growing of later the Lovett could be headed to Oxford.
Thus far, none of the schools involved or the player have confirmed anything.
If it comes to fruition, Lovett would be the second MSU player in less than a week to switch Egg Bowl sides. Friday, defensive back Jarrian Jones announced that he is committed to Ole Miss.
It’s thought that Lovett would have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves to another FBS program. However, he is expected to file an appeal for an immediate eligibility waiver. It’s believed that he will use the Leach tweet as the basis for his appeal.
Lovett was a three-star 2018 signee. He was rated as the No. 7 player regardless of position in the state of Mississippi.
The past two seasons, Lovett appeared in 15 games. 13 of those appearances came in 2019. A year ago, the defensive end was credited with 19 tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and a sack.
Because he appeared in four or fewer games in 2018, Lovett was able to take a redshirt for that season. Depending on how the waiver appeal turns out, Lovett would have either three years of eligibility starting in 2020 or two starting in 2021.
For those keeping score at home? Leach’s Bulldogs and Lane Kiffin‘s Rebels will next meet Nov. 26. In Oxford.
The sports world, including college football, has essentially screeched to a halt as countries around the world battle the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there’s a dearth of college football news as spring practices have all but been canceled at every level of the sport. And there’s even some concern that the health issue could have an impact on the 2020 college football campaign.
In that vein, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.
So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on May 27, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.
(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section. Mailbag, maybe?)
THE HEADLINE: Report: Bru McCoy re-transferring from Texas back to USC
THE SYNOPSIS: The five-star 2019 prospect signed with USC. Then transferred to Texas. Then moved back to the Trojans.
THE HEADLINE: Proposed California amendment would cap coaches salaries at $200,000
THE SYNOPSIS: LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL…
THE HEADLINE: WATCH: FCS player paralyzed in 2015 game vs. Georgia walks
THE SYNOPSIS: Southern’s Devon Gales is such an inspirational story.
THE HEADLINE: Art Briles’ daughter calls firing ‘outrageous’ and ‘disgusting’ in Facebook post
THE SYNOPSIS: Oddly enough, outrageous and disgusting described the scandal that cost her father his job at Baylor.
THE HEADLINE: Amidst controversy, Dabo Swinney cancels planned appearance
THE SYNOPSIS: The Clemson coach was caught up in an LGBT kerfuffle.
THE HEADLINE: Bill Hancock says CFB Playoff not expanding past four teams
THE SYNOPSIS: Six years later, momentum is building for expansion.
THE HEADLINE: Michigan commit burns Buckeyes recruiting literature
THE SYNOPSIS: The Greatest Rivalry In All Of Sports knows no offseason.
THE HEADLINE: Spurrier On Tebow & The NFL: ‘He’ll Do Super’
THE SYNOPSIS: Was the Ol’ Ball Coach correct? Let’s go to the Tale of the Statistical Tape:
COMPLETION PERCENTAGE: 47.9
PASSING YARDS: 2,422
PASSING TOUCHDOWNS: 17
YARDS PER ATTEMPT: 6.7
PASSER RATING: 75.3
There will be a very familiar face in the Middle Tennessee State football building when the Conference USA school reconvenes.
Memorial Day, Middle Tennessee State announced that Shane Tucker has been added to the extended football staff. Specifically, Tucker will serve as a graduate assistant for Rick Stockstill. Tucker will work on the offensive side of the ball for the Blue Raiders.
From 2013-2017, Tucker was a running back at MTSU. And a wide receiver as well.
In 39 appearances, Tucker started 17 of those games. He started contests in 2013 (three), 2014 (two), 2015 (four) and 2017 (eight). The Memphis native’s 2016 season ended before it started because of an offseason injury.
During his time in Murfreesboro, Tucker ran for 1,162 yards and 15 touchdowns on 271 carries. He also caught 67 passed for 869 yards and another seven touchdowns.
In 2014, Tucker earned honorable mention All-Conference USA honors. As a fifth-year senior in 2017, he was named a permanent captain.
Middle Tennessee State is coming off a 4-8 2019 football campaign. That was the program’s worst record since going 2-10 in 2011. MTSU also saw its school-record streak of bowl appearances end at four in a row.
One of the players Tucker Will Likely work with? Martell Pettaway. The West Virginia running back transferred to the Conference USA school in January.
Georgia State is mourning the loss of a member of its football family.
Sunday, Georgia State announced the passing of former Panther football player Gerald Howse. Howse was just 28.
According to one report, Howse was found dead at his home in Cookeville, Tenn. A cause of death has not yet been released.
From GSU’s release:
Howse, from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Siegel High School, lettered at running back for the Panthers in 2013-14 after transferring from NE Oklahoma A&M.
After graduating with his degree in sociology, he entered the coaching profession, beginning with stints at Oklahoma Baptist (2015) and NE Oklahoma A&M (2016-19). He was honored as the NJCAA Top Assistant Coach in 2017.
In January of 2020, Howse was named as the running backs coach at Tennessee Tech of the FCS. The football program’s head coach, Dewayne Alexander, released a statement addressing his assistant’s passing as well.
Gerald was a first-class young man. He was highly thought of by so many people. His coaches at Siegel High School – Greg Wyatt and David Watson – always brought him up whenever we had positions come open. He displayed a very positive attitude. He was a man of character who lived out faith, family and football. He was so close to his family – his mom, dad and sister – that it was one of the biggest reasons he came here to Tennessee Tech: coach in the area, be back in Middle Tennessee and be close to his family. He was an outstanding coach and a man every coach would want on his staff. Gerald made a huge impact on our players in the short time he was here. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, as well as the Tennessee Tech football family. Anytime you lose a staff member, it affects a lot of people.