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