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Brian Kelly says Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet (broken collarbone) is ‘good, he can play’ vs. New Mexico

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I’m thinking this would likely qualify as somewhat of a medical bonus for the Notre Dame football program.

When Cole Kmet went down with a broken collarbone in mid-August, it was thought that the tight end could miss up to 10 weeks of action.  Instead, less than five weeks later, Kmet has been medically cleared and will be available to play for Notre Dame in its Week 3 matchup with New Mexico.

After catching 15 passes for 162 yards last season, the 6-6, 255-pound Kmet was projected as the Fighting Irish’s starting tight end prior to the injury.

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

Seven Mountain West games will air on Facebook this season

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The past two years, a social media behemoth has been the home of a handful of Mountain West Conference games. This week, it’s been confirmed that nascent tradition will continue into a third season.

Through a partnership with Stadium, Facebook will air seven games this coming season involving schools from the MWC, the conference announced Monday. The first four matchups will feature MWC schools in non-conference action; the last three will be conference affairs.

San Diego State is the only league member that will play in two Facebook games.

Below is the complete schedule:

Earlier this offseason, Conference USA announced that 10 of its 2019 football games will air on NFL Network as Group of Five leagues look to any and all means of exposure for its member institutions.

Tony Sanchez makes hire to replace UNLV assistant awaiting heart transplant

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And just like that, Tony Sanchez‘s UNLV coaching staff is whole yet again.

As he awaits a heart transplant, it was confirmed in mid-July that offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Barney Cotton would not be coaching for the Rebels in 2019. At the same time, it was confirmed that offensive line coach Garin Justice would take over Cotton’s coordinating responsibilities.

Late last week, Sanchez filled the other hole on his staff as Ronnie Regula was named as the football program’s new tight ends coach. The addition is a return home for Regula as he spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as a graduate assistant with the football program.

This will also mark Regula’s first on-field role at the FBS level.

“We’re excited to bring Ronnie back into the Rebel family,” said Sanchez in a statement provided by the school. “He did a tremendous job here as a graduate assistant and worked on both sides of the ball, including offensive line and the tight ends. He’s a perfect fit to help us make a seamless transition with the staff changes.”

Regula left UNLV in January of this year after he was named tight ends/fullbacks coach at Lafayette College.

Police rule crash that killed ex-Tide RB Altee Tenpenny accidental

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Last week, former Alabama running back Altee Tenpenny was killed in a one-car accident in Mississippi on his way home to Arkansas.  The accident came shortly after he was arrested on a firearm charge and parted ways with his third college football program in less than a year, leading some to speculate that the former highly-touted recruit meant to harm himself.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol, al.com reported, has ruled that the crash that killed the 20-year-old Tenpenny was accidental.  An investigation determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were involved in the 6 p.m. ET crash, although it’s believed Tenpenny was traveling above the posted speed limit of 55 mph; the website notes that “accident investigators typically do not determine speed in one-vehicle accidents.”

The wreck began with Tenpenny colliding with a traffic sign and ended with his vehicle hitting a utility pole, ejecting him from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead a short time later at a Greenville, Miss., hospital.

In a story posted earlier this week on al.com — I’d highly, highly recommend reading the entire piece HERE — Tenpenny’s family and friends were of the belief that he fell asleep at the wheel “[a]fter crying over the phone during his long car ride home.” Those same individuals believed Tenpenny “was a person determined to fix his life” at the time of the crash.

“On the day my son died, I sent him a text,” Derek Tenpenny said in a eulogy at the funeral. “I was angry about what I had read in the papers, but I always wanted to keep it open. I said, ‘Son, football and college, this ain’t working. I don’t know what it is that you’re running from, but you need to come home so we can fix it.’

“And Altee texted me back. My son texted me back. Instantly. Y’all don’t understand. When you spend years texting and calling, and you don’t get nothing — a minute after I sent my text, my son texted me back. And he said, ‘Yes, sir. When can we meet?'”

Said Tenpenny’s high school coach, Brad Bolding, “He wanted help. He knew he was out of control. He owned up to things. He always did.”