FORT WORTH, Texas (July 16, 2019) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has revealed the 2019 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List today, a group that includes 30 of the nation’s top returning college quarterbacks.
Compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, this year’s list was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2019 college football season. All nominees are required to have previously started at least one game at their current institution.
Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award in 2018, is among the players on the watch list. Tagovailoa is joined by eight semifinalists from last year: Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Mason Fine of North Texas, Georgia’s Jake Fromm, Justin Herbert of Oregon, Houston’s D’Eriq King, Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, Utah State’s Jordan Love and Shea Patterson of Michigan.
The remaining members of the watch list include: Jake Bentley (South Carolina), Alan Bowman (Texas Tech), Charlie Brewer (Baylor), Joe Burrow (LSU), K.J. Costello (Stanford), J.T. Daniels (USC), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Feleipe Franks (Florida), Kelvin Hopkins Jr. (Army West Point), Adrian Martinez (Nebraska), Cole McDonald (Hawai’i) Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), Steven Montez (Colorado), James Morgan (FIU), Bryce Perkins (Virginia), Brock Purdy (Iowa State), Desmond Ridder (Cincinnati), Nathan Rourke (Ohio), Nate Stanley (Iowa), Khalil Tate (Arizona) and Zac Thomas (Appalachian State).
Fifteen seniors, nine juniors and six sophomores comprise the list. Among conferences, the SEC leads the way for the third straight season with a half-dozen selections. Other leagues with at least three members on the watch list are the Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (4) and Big Ten (3). Nearly half of the quarterbacks are products of either California (7) or Texas (6) high schools.
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. Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award. Quarterbacks from all NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible.
Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Wednesday, Nov. 13. From that list, the Foundation will announce the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 12, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.
The 2019 season marks the 13th year that fans will be invited to participate in the voting process on VoteOBrien.org. Results from the Davey O’Brien fan vote will be combined with the ballots from the selection committee.
The 43rd Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas.
2019 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List
Jake Bentley, South Carolina, Sr., 6-4, 220, Opelika, Ala.
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-1, 208, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas
Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Jr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas
Joe Burrow, LSU, Sr., 6-4, 216, The Plains, Ohio
K.J. Costello, Stanford, Sr., 6-5, 215, Coto de Caza, Calif.
J.T. Daniels, USC, So., 6-3, 210, Irvine, Calif.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Jr. 6-3, 235, Austin, Texas
Mason Fine, North Texas, Sr., 5-11, 190, Peggs, Okla.
Feleipe Franks, Florida, Jr., 6-6, 240, Crawfordville, Fla.
Jake Fromm, Georgia, Jr., 6-2, 220, Warner Robins, Ga.
Justin Herbert, Oregon, Sr., 6-6, 233, Eugene, Ore.
Kelvin Hopkins Jr., Army West Point, Sr., 5-10, 205, Charlotte, N.C.
D’Eriq King, Houston, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, So., 6-6, 215, Cartersville, Ga.
Jordan Love, Utah State, Jr., 6-4, 220, Bakersfield, Calif.
Adrian Martinez, Nebraska, So., 6-2, 220, Fresno, Calif.
Cole McDonald, Hawai’i, Jr., 6-4, 220, La Mirada, Calif.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Jr., 6-2, 217, San Antonio, Texas
Steven Montez, Colorado, Sr., 6-5, 230, El Paso, Texas
James Morgan, FIU, Sr., 6-4, 213, Green Bay, Wis.
Shea Patterson, Michigan, Sr., 6-4, 205, Shreveport, La.
Bryce Perkins, Virginia, Sr., 6-3, 215, Queen Creek, Ariz.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, So., 6-1, 210, Gilbert, Ariz.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, So., 6-4, 212, Louisville, Ky.
Nathan Rourke, Ohio, Sr., 6-2, 208, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nate Stanley, Iowa, Sr., 6-4, 243, Menomonie, Wis.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama, Jr., 6-1, 218, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Khalil Tate, Arizona, Sr., 6-2, 215, Inglewood, Calif.
Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, Jr., 6-1, 200, Trussville, Ala.
By Conference: SEC (6), Pac-12 (5), Big 12 (4), Big Ten (3), AAC (2), ACC (2), C-USA (2), MWC (2), Independent (2), MAC (1), Sun Belt (1).
By Class: Senior (15), Junior (9), Sophomore (6).
About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
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. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
Previous Davey O’Brien Award winners include: Jim McMahon (BYU, 1981), Todd Blackledge (Penn State, 1982), Steve Young (BYU, 1983), Doug Flutie (Boston College, 1984), Chuck Long (Iowa, 1985), Vinny Testaverde (Miami, 1986), Don McPherson (Syracuse, 1987), Troy Aikman (UCLA, 1988), Andre Ware (Houston, 1989), Ty Detmer (BYU, 1990-91), Gino Torretta (Miami, 1992), Charlie Ward (Florida State, 1993), Kerry Collins (Penn State, 1994), Danny Wuerffel (Florida, 1995-96), Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Michael Bishop (Kansas State, 1998), Joe Hamilton (Georgia Tech, 1999), Chris Weinke (Florida State, 2000), Eric Crouch (Nebraska, 2001), Brad Banks (Iowa, 2002), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04), Vince Young (Texas, 2005), Troy Smith (Ohio State, 2006), Tim Tebow (Florida, 2007), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma, 2008), Colt McCoy (Texas, 2009), Cam Newton (Auburn, 2010), Robert Griffin III (Baylor, 2011), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, 2012), Jameis Winston (Florida State, 2013), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, 2014), Deshaun Watson (Clemson, 2015-16), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, 2017) and Kyler Murray (Oklahoma, 2018).
About the National College Football Awards Association
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses college football’s most prestigious awards. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935. Visit ncfaa.org to learn more about the association.
The members of the NCFAA are unveiling their preseason watch lists over a two-week period this month. Sixteen of the association’s awards select a preseason watch list and the NCFAA has spearheaded a coordinated effort to promote each award’s preseason candidates. Following is the complete 2019 preseason watch list calendar:
Mon., July 15: Bednarik Award/Maxwell Award
Tues., July 16: Davey O’Brien Award
Wed., July 17: Doak Walker Award
Thurs., July 18: Biletnikoff Award
Fri., July 19: Mackey Award/Rimington Trophy
Mon., July 22: Paycom Jim Thorpe Award/Butkus Award
Tues., July 23: Outland Trophy pres. by NFID/Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Wed., July 24: Lou Groza Award/Ray Guy Award
Thurs., July 25: Paul Hornung Award/Wuerffel Trophy
Fri., July 26: Walter Camp Award
American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.