Davey O’Brien Foundation Finalizes Midseason Watch List

Davey O’Brien Foundation Finalizes Midseason Watch List

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 24, 2020) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the 61 players who comprise the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Midseason Watch List. The list consists of players from all 10 FBS conferences as well as football independents.

For inclusion on the Midseason Watch List, all players were either members of the Preseason Watch List and started at least one game or were honored as a Davey O’Brien Great 8 weekly performer during the first 12 weeks of the college football season.

The Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with 11 selections, followed by the Southeastern Conference (9), Big 12 (8) and Big Ten (7). Twenty-two sophomores, 17 seniors, 16 juniors and five freshmen comprise the list.

Next Tuesday (Dec. 1), the list will be pared down to an official Davey O’Brien Class of 2020 list. Those quarterbacks will be candidates for semifinalist voting by the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee and the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote. Players in the Class of 2020 will be chosen based on a point scoring model. Points are awarded to players for being named to the Preseason Watch List, Great 8 weekly lists and for being selected as the National Quarterback of the Week.

The Fan Vote is instituting a major change in its format in 2020. This year, fans will vote via three social media platforms—Instagram, Twitter and Facebook—and the top vote getter on each platform will receive the equivalent of two additional committee member ballots for that voting period. Voting for the semifinalists will be open from Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 6. The 16 semifinalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, Dec. 7.

The Davey O’Brien Foundation was created in 1977, and the National Quarterback Award, the oldest and most prestigious college quarterback award, was first issued in 1981. Over its time, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has given away 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.

In 1938, O’Brien, who was a star quarterback for TCU, became the first player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Award in the same year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.

 

2020 Official Midseason Watch List

Luke Anthony, Louisiana Tech, Sr., 6-1, 210, Dallas, Texas

Hank Bachmeier, Boise State, So., 6-1, 200, Murrieta, Calif.

Connor Bazelak, Missouri, Fr., 6-3, 215, Dayton, Ohio

Jason Bean, North Texas, So., 6-3, 189, Mansfield, Texas

Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia, Jr., 5-11, 190, Blackshear, Ga.

Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas

Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas

Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas

Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 219, Cincinnati, Ohio

Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.

K.J. Costello, Mississippi State, Sr., 6-5, 225, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 207, Grafton, Ohio

Malik Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, So., 6-3, 175, San Bernardino, Calif.

JT Daniels, Georgia, So., 6-3, 210, Irvine, Calif.

Max Duggan, TCU, So., 6-2, 201, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 225, Austin, Texas

Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan, So., 6-1, 215, Maryland Heights, Mo.

Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii

Frank Harris, UTSA, Jr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas

Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech, Jr., 6-4, 220, Greensboro, N.C.

Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.

Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 214, Jacksonville, Fla.

Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, So., 6-5, 226, Pittsburgh, Pa.

D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 202, Manvel, Texas

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.

Devin Leary, NC State, So., 6-1, 212, Sicklerville, N.J.

Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 184, Baton Rouge, La.

Rocky Lombardi, Michigan State, Jr., 6-4, 225, Clive, Iowa

Brady McBride, Texas State, So., 6-0, 204, Coppell, Texas

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Fr., 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.

Graham Mertz, Wisconsin, Fr., 6-3, 215, Overland Park, Kan.

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas

Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Jr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.

Bo Nix, Auburn, So., 6-2, 207, Pinson, Ala.

Asher O’Hara, Middle Tennessee, Jr., 6-0, 185, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, So., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Fla.

Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh, Sr., 6-2, 220, Oakhurst, N.J.

Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.

Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, Fr., 6-1, 205, Phoenix, Ariz.

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, So., 6-1, 199, Denton, Texas

Tyler Shough, Oregon, So., 6-5, 221, Chandler, Ariz.

Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech, Fr., 6-3, 215, Jacksonville, Fla.

Kedon Slovis, USC, So., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Zach Smith, Tulsa, Sr., 6-3, 227, Grandview, Texas

Nick Starkel, San Jose State, Sr., 6-3, 214, Argyle, Texas

Carson Strong, Nevada, So., 6-4, 215, Vacaville, Calif.

Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland, So., 5-11, 205, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-1, 210, Trussville, Ala.

Skylar Thompson, Kansas State, Sr., 6-2, 223, Independence, Mo.

Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas

Jordan Travis, Florida State, So., 6-1, 200, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Tyler Vitt, Texas State, Jr., 6-2, 205, San Antonio, Texas

Gunnar Watson, Troy, So., 6-3, 208, Butler, Ga.

Grant Wells, Marshall, Fr., 6-2, 210, Charleston, W.Va.

Brady White, Memphis, Sr., 6-3, 210, Santa Clarita, Calif.

Malik Willis, Liberty, Jr., 6-1, 215, Atlanta, Ga.

Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 210, Draper, Utah

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