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Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list includes 2018 finalist Shea Patterson, Jalen Hurts, Justin Herbert

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And now for a quarterback award watch list that won’t include a certain starting quarterback form Clemson or Alabama. The Johnny Unitas Foundation has released the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to college football’s top senior or fourth-year quarterback. This year’s watch list includes some recognizable names such as Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

Former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was named the winner of the award in 2018. Just one finalist for the 2018 award is on the watch list this season. Michigan’s Shea Patterson is that player (UCF’s McKenzie Milton was a finalist last year but is not expected to play this season despite still being at UCF as he recovers from his season-ending injury from late in 2018).

Other past winners include Deshaun Watson (2016), Marcus Mariota (2014), Andrew Luck (2011), Matt Ryan (2007), Eli Manning (2003), Carson Palmer (2002) and Peyton Manning (1997).

2019 Golden Arm Award Watch List Presented by A. O. Smith

  • Jack Abraham, Southern Mississippi
  • Blake Barnett, University of South Florida
  • Woody Barrett, Kent State
  • Jake Bentley, University of South Carolina
  • Anthony Brown, Boston College
  • Kelly Bryant, Missouri
  • Joe Burrow, LSU
  • Stephen Buckshot Calvert, Liberty
  • Marcus Childers, Northern Illinois
  • K.J. Costello, Stanford Unversity
  • Jacob Eason, Washington University
  • Caleb Evans, University of Louisiana Monroe
  • Mason Fine, North Texas
  • Feleipe Franks, University of Florida
  • Mitchell Guadagni, Toledo
  • Jarrett Guarantano, University of Tennessee
  • Gage Gubrud, Washington State University
  • Quentin Harris, Duke University
  • Justin Herbert, University of Oregon
  • Kelvin Hopkins, Jr., Army
  • Tyler Huntley, University of Utah
  • Jalen Hurts, University of Oklahoma
  • Josh Jackson, University of Maryland
  • D’Eriq King, Houston
  • Brian Lewerke, Michigan State University
  • Jordan Love, Utah State University
  • Jake Luton, Oregon State University
  • Cole McDonald, University of Hawaii
  • Justin McMillan, Tulane
  • Steven Montez, University of Colorado
  • James Morgan, FIU
  • Riley Neal, Vanderbilt University
  • Kato Nelson, Akron
  • Shea Patterson, University of Michigan
  • Bryce Perkins, University of Virginia
  • Malcolm Perry, Navy
  • Peyton Ramsey, Indiana University
  • Armani Rogers, UNLV
  • Nathan Rourke, Ohio
  • Anthony Russo, Temple University
  • J’Mar Smith, Louisiana Tech
  • Nate Stanley, University of Iowa
  • Dillon Sterling-Cole, Arizona State University
  • Khalil Tate, University of Arizona
  • Zac Thomas, Appalachian State University
  • Skylar Thompson, Kansas State
  • Brady White, University of Memphis
  • Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Wimbush, University of Central Florida

FIU the expected landing spot for dismissed Georgia WR Jeremiah Holloman

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You can now make it four Power Five transfers Butch Davis has brought to Florida International this offseason.

According to SB Nation, and “[b]arring any unforeseen circumstances,” Jeremiah Holloman is expected to transfer to FIU and continue his collegiate playing career with the Panthers.  At the moment, it’s not known with 100-percent certainty if the wide receiver will be eligible to play for the Conference USA school in 2019, although he’s expected to be sidelined for the upcoming season.

In late June, amidst an investigation into allegations of an alleged assault involving a female in the spring of 2018, Georgia announced that Holloman had been dismissed from Kirby Smart‘s football program.  Less than a week later, an UGA official confirmed that Holloman had placed his name into the NCAA transfer database.

“Jeremiah Holloman no longer represents the University of Georgia football program,” a statement from the head coach confirming the wide receiver’s dismissal began. “We expect every member of our team to uphold the highest standards and values of the University of Georgia and Georgia football. It is disappointing when this does not happen.”

The incident in question reportedly was after Georgia’s spring game in 2018, with the alleged victim claimed she was choked by Holloman during an argument. As the police report indicated, Holloman was restrained by his brother, but Holloman allegedly punched the alleged victim in the face. The alleged victim received stitches for her wounds but did not initially reveal the true cause of the injury. Holloman reportedly told police the unidentified female sent him threatening messages suggesting someone would get him.

This past season as a sophomore, Holloman was third on the Bulldogs in touchdown receptions (five), fourth in receiving yards (418) and fifth in receptions (24).  His 17.4 yards per catch was also tops on the team.

In addition to Holloman, FIU has added transfers from Arkansas (linebacker Alexy Jean-Baptiste, running back Maleek Williams) and Iowa (defensive back Josh Turner).  It was confirmed last week that Turner has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver that will allow him to play in 2019.  Like Holloman, both of the former Razorbacks will have to sit out the upcoming campaign before suiting up for the Panthers in 2020.

Iowa transfer Josh Turner granted immediate eligibility at FIU

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The NCAA has flipped its eligibility coin yet again, and this time it’s landed on benefitting both a player and his new football program.

Josh Turner announced in late November that he would “be transferring from the University of Iowa for other opportunities.” As it turned out, the other opportunity was at Florida International as the defensive back was one of three Power Five transfers added to the Conference USA school’s roster in mid-January.

At the time, it was thought that Turner would have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules; as it turns out, that won’t be the case as Turner’s appeal for an immediate-eligibility waiver has been approved by the NCAA.

Including this season, Turner will have three years of eligibility he can use with the Panthers.

“That was an enormous bonus,” Butch Davis said earlier this week of the waiver being granted. “He’s a great fit for us. He has speed and skills.”

Turner was a three-star member of Iowa’s 2017 recruiting class. After redshirting as a true freshman, Turner appeared in all 12 regular-season games this past year.

FIU shakes off slow start, leads Toledo at halftime of Bahamas Bowl

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If nothing else, it’s warm.

Thanks in very large part to FIU’s major gaffe to start the game, Toledo (7-5) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.  After an FIU (8-4) touchdown cut the lead to three early in the second, Toledo was driving deep in FIU’s territory when their own gaffe, a Bryant Koback fumble inside the five-yard line, cost them what would’ve been a near-certain touchdown. It also ultimately cost them seven points as FIU turned around and drove 96 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.

Add it all up, and the Panthers headed into halftime with a 14-10 lead in what thus far has been a mostly listless — and sparsely-attended — Makers Wanted Bowl in the Bahamas.

In replacing James Morgan (school-record 26 touchdown passes), Christian Alexander struggled early on in the passing game but then came on late, finishing the half 8-of-16 passing for 93 yards.  Alexander connected with Sterling Palmer on a 36-yard touchdown pass that gave the Panthers their first lead of the game  On that scoring drive, Alexander also ripped off a huge 41-yard run that flipped field position in a significant way.

After forcing a punt on the ensuing possession,

Alexander’s Toledo counterpart, Eli Peters, meanwhile, completed nine of his 18 passes for 127 yards.  The Rockets’ rushing offense couldn’t muster much, gaining just 33 yards on 16 carries.

Were it not for the first few seconds of the game, Toledo could’ve found itself in an even bigger hole at the half.  FIU received the opening kickoff, albeit very briefly as it turned out as Bryce Singleton looked utterly confused in fielding the ball and ultimately fumbled it over to Toledo inside the five-yard line.

Appalachian State extends Scott Satterfield’s contract through 2021

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Appalachian State rewarded head coach Scott Satterfield with a contract extension this week, with the formal approval of the board of trustees making it official. Appalachian State’s contract extension for Satterfield keeps him under the contract through the 2021 season.

“Scott Satterfield continues to take App State football to new heights,” Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said in a released statement. “In four seasons at App State, he has orchestrated one of the most successful transitions to FBS football and continues to build App State football for long-term sustainable success on a national level. Under Scott’s leadership, our football program is 27-5 over the last 32 games, which ranks among the nation’s best.”

Appalachian State shared the Sun Belt Conference championship with Arkansas State last season (the teams had identical conference records and did not play head-to-head for a tiebreaker), and the Mountaineers finished in second place in the Sun Belt with a 7-1 record in 2015 (trailing only undefeated Arkansas State). Appalachian State also finished in third place in the Sun Belt in 2015, their first year in the conference, but were ineligible for postseason play despite a record of 7-5 due to playing in a transition year after making the move up from the FCS. Appalachian State started their first year in the FBS with a 1-5 record that included a home loss to FCS Liberty, but the program then went on a run to close out the season on a six-game winning streak.

Satterfield is pretty much Mr. Appalachain State. The 44-year old coach from Hillsborough, North Carolina got his coaching career underway at Appalachian State in 1998 a few short years after wrapping up his college career with the program as a quarterback. Satterfield played and coached for legendary Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore and was a part of the coaching staff with the program when the former FCS juggernaut upset Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2007. Satterfield held various assistant coaching roles with the Mountaineers from 1998 through 2008, including wide receivers coach, running backs coach, and quarterbacks coach. He took an opportunity to coach Toledo in 2009 as part of the staff led by former Toledo coach Tim Beckman. After one year with the MAC program, Satterfield headed south to take on the role of offensive coordinator at FIU under former FIU head coach Mario Cristobal, where he worked with wide receiver T.Y. Hilton.

After two seasons at FIU, Satterfield returned home to Appalachian State to be the program’s offensive coordinator in 2012, and he took on the role of head coach the following season for his first head coaching opportunity. Under Satterfield, Appalachian State has completed the transition from the FCS to the FBS as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. In three seasons in the Sun Belt, Appalachian State has played in, and won, two bowl games and had no worse than a seven-win season. Appalachian State has gone 28-10 in its first three years in the Sun Belt.

“Appalachian is home and it continues to be a dream realized to be the head coach at my alma mater, a place at which I have spent most of my life,” Satterfield said in a  statement. If he continues to produce wins at Appalachian State, his name will begin to float around in the rumor mill during coaching carousel season, which is why the contract extension is a comforting piece of news for Appalachian State for now.