UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been named to another pre-season watch list today. This time, it’s the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List.
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
UCLA’s only Davey O’Brien Award winner was Troy Aikman in 1988. Josh Rosen was a semifinalist for the award last season.
Today’s watch list includes 30 of the nation’s best quarterbacks.
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 128 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award.
Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Thursday, November 10. From that list, the Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce the three finalists on Tuesday, November 22. The 2016 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be announced live Thursday, December 8 on The Home Depot College Football Awards. The 40th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, February 20, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The 2016 season marks the 10th year that fans will be invited to participate in the voting process on www.voteobrien.org. Results from the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote will be combined with the ballots from the Selection Committee. Fan voting, which accounts for five percent of the total balloting, will begin on Tuesday, September 6.