Voting Process & Fan Vote
The 2016 season marked the 10th year fans have participated in the voting for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The Fan Vote is combined with the voting from the Selection Committee, and ultimately counts as five percent during each round of voting process. Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best quarterback as often as once daily at VoteOBrien.org. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each voting round.
Selection Committee Voting
Members of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee are asked to vote for a NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback who embodies the attributes of football legend Davey O’Brien. As such, they are asked to evaluate each candidate on the criteria of his quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, character, reputation as a team player, leadership and sportsmanship. A list of the members of the Selection Committee is available here.
Watch List candidates are determined by a subset of the Selection Committee and approved by the Executive Committee. While it is an honor to be named to the Watch List, the winner of the Davey O’Brien Award does not have to have appeared on the list. The same subset of the Selection Committee votes weekly for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week, which is announced via weekly press releases from the beginning of the season until semifinalists are announced.
In the semifinalist voting round, each member of the Selection Committee selects their top 16 candidates from the ballot, which consists of all 128 FBS starting quarterbacks.
The finalist ballot is comprised of all 16 semifinalists. Each member of the Selection Committee will be asked to select his or her top three choices. The three finalists will be announced in late November, on ESPNU’s Nomination Special. The three candidates with the most votes will be submitted to the Davey O’Brien Executive Committee for approval.
The ballot is comprised of the three finalists. Selection Committee members will be asked to rank the finalists. The Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on ESPN in early December and will be honored at the Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner in February in Fort Worth, Texas.