South Florida Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels and Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron have been named to the 2012 Davey O’Brien Watch List.
Daniels and McCarron is just one of 34 signal callers from around the country named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. The award is given to the nation’s best quarterback each year and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards show that will be held on Thursday, December 6th at the Disney Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
Daniels, who made significant progress in his second season under head coach Skip Holtz, passed for 2,585 passing yards. The Tallahassee native became a better protector of ball, throwing just seven interceptions after totaling 13 in 2010.
He has racked up 7,973 combined yards and he is 2,903 more yards away from breaking the conference’s top career mark in total offense that currently belongs to former USF quarterback Matt Grothe(10,875).
Quarterbacks from all 124 Division FBS schools are eligible for the Davey O’Brien Award until the field gets narrowed down to 16 semifinals on Monday, October 22nd. Three finalists will be announced on Monday, November 19th.
Fans can vote for Daniels , McCarron or any of their favorite quarterbacks during the selection process. There will be fan vote component in place starting September 4th on www.VoteO’Brien.org that counts as 5 percent during each round of voting. Fans can vote as often as once day.
The 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held February 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. The 2012 Davey O’Brien Watch List honorees include: Ryan Aplin-Arkansas State, Matt Barkley-USC, Tajh Boyd-Clemson, Tyler Bray-Tennessee, Teddy Bridgewater-Louisville, Alex Carder-Western Michigan, Derek Carr-Fresno State, B.J. Daniels-South Florida, Seth Doege-Texas Tech, Cody Fajardo-Nevada, James Franklin-Missouri, Mike Glennon-N. C. State, Landry Jones-Oklahoma, Collin Klein-Kansas State, EJ Manuel-Florida State, Taylor Martinez-Nebraska, AJ McCarron-Alabama, Braxton Miller-Ohio State, Aaron Murray-Georgia, Riley Nelson-BYU, Casey Pachall-TCU, Keith Price-Washington, Sean Renfree-Duke, Bryn Renner-North Carolina, Denard Robinson-Michigan, Nathan Scheelhaase-Illinois, Connor Shaw-South Carolina, Geno Smith-West Virginia, Trent Steelman-Army, Tyler Tettleton-Ohio, Logan Thomas-Virginia Tech, Jeff Tuel-Washington State, James Vandenberg-Iowa, and Tyler Wilson-Arkansas.