Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, the 2016 recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, speaks after the ceremony Friday night at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor & The Grand. (Video by Karl Merton Ferron)
Clemson's Watson wins Golden Arm Award
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award on Tuesday. He will receive the award Friday in a ceremony from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor and The Grand. Proceeds from the award help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which financially assists underprivileged and deserving young scholar-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky. Watson led the Tigers to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday with a 42-35 victory over Virginia Tech. He was 23-for-34 for 288 yards and three touchdown passes, and added a team best 85 yards rushing on 17 carries and scored twice. For the season, Watson has completed 329 of 487 passes for 3,914 yards and a Clemson-record 37 touchdowns this season. He ranks fourth in the nation in completions, fifth in touchdown passes and eighth in completion percentage and eighth in total offense. Candidates for the Golden Arm Award — which has been presented at the end of each college football season since 1987 — must be college seniors or fourth-year juniors on schedule to graduate with their class. Watson, a junior in eligibility, will receive his undergraduate degree Dec. 15. In addition to the accomplishments on the field, candidates are judged on their character, citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.
Tiwian Kendley scored a game-high 40 points to power host Morgan State (3-6) to an 85-82 victory over Manhattan (2-7) in double overtime. Kendley went 12-for-23 from the field, including 5-for-13 beyond the 3-point arc and 11-for-13 from the line. He forced overtime by hitting with a made 3-pointer with one second left in regulation. He also went 2-for-2 from the line with one second left in the second overtime. Calvin Crawford went 1-for-2 from the line with 16 seconds left in the second overtime to give Morgan State an 83-82 lead. The victory ended a four-game losing streak.
Navy football: The Midshipmen will wear Under Armour-designed "Beat Army" uniforms for the Army-Navy game Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium. The uniforms are inspired by those that Navy wore during the 1963 season, when the Midshipmen went 9-2, including a win in the Army-Navy game. The 1963 uniforms were yellow with a gold helmet, and the 2016 version pays homage to the color while adding a futuristic twist. ... Ken Niumatalolo was named the American Football Coaches Association Region 1 Coach of the Year and is one of five finalists for the AFCA National Coach of the Year. The other four region winners were Nick Saban of Alabama, P.J. Fleck of Western Michigan, Dana Holgorsen of West Virginia and Mike MacIntyre of Colorado.
More football: Bert Jones, who starred at LSU before quarterbacking the Colts to three AFC East championships in the 1970s, was inducted in New York into the College Football Hall of Fame along with 15 other players and coaches, including former Ravens cornerback and safety Rod Woodson (Purdue) and former Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham (Nevada-Las Vegas).
Men's soccer: CCBC-Catonsville named Phil Saunders (UMBC, Perry Hall) coach, replacing Patrick Corbett, who recently resigned after two seasons. Saunders takes over a team that went 5-10-2 in 2016 and included 15 freshmen. Saunders most recently coached the Baltimore Kings, a semipro team in its inaugural season. He played professionally in 2014 and 2015 in the Icelandic First Division for Bi/Bolungarvik (2014-2015), then joined the Blast for the 2014-15 season.
Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (Maryland) was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Tuesday. Jackson will be eligible to return to the Colts' active roster Jan. 2, a day after the team's regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jackson also will miss games against the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders. The Colts (6-6) are tied for first place in the AFC South with the Houston Texans and Titans. Jackson leads the team with 78 tackles and a sack has one sack this season.
NFL: The New York Jets waived former Ravens wide receiver-kick returner Jeremy Ross and signed wide receiver Darius Jennings (Gilman) to the practice squad. Ross has been cut three times by the Jets this season; he averaged 20.4 yards on six kick returns Monday against the Colts.
A rare offensive outburst by the Orlando Magic overcame the biggest night of John Wall's career. Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his career-high 25 points in the first half and the Magic beat the Washington Wizards, 124-116, on Tuesday despite Wall's 52-point performance. The Magic were averaging 93.2 points and scored over 100 points in just five of their first 21 games but shot 52 percent en route to a third straight victory. Wall had the highest-scoring game of his career and kept Washington in it with 33 points in the second half as the Wizards cut the lead below 10 in the fourth quarter. The guard made 18 of 31 from the field and added eight assists.
More Wizards: The Washington Wizards assigned guard Sheldon McClellan to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. McClellan, who appeared in seven games, two starts, this season, averaged 4.6 points in 11 minutes per game.
Varsity soccer: Four area soccer standouts have been named All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Calvert Hall senior forward Ben Alexander and Archbishop Curley junior defender Nick Richardson made the boys list, and Archbishop Spalding senior defender Emily Roberts and Notre Dame Prep senior goalkeeper Ashley Gabor made the girls list. Alexander had 25 goals and six assists to lead the No. 1 Cardinals to their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference crown since 2003. Richardson is a three-year starter as a central defender who led the No. 2 Friars to their second straight MIAA A title game. Roberts was a four-year starter at sweeper for the No. 1 Cavaliers, who captured the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship. Gabor was a three-year standout in goal who led the Blazers to three straight IAAM A title games.
NHL: The Washington Capitals reassigned forward Paul Carey to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.