2021 Watch List

Davey O’Brien Foundation Finalizes Midseason Watch List

The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the 60 players who comprise the 2021 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 are either active starting quarterbacks from the Preseason Watch List or were honored as a Davey O’Brien Great 8 weekly performer during the first seven weeks of the college football season.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, the list will be pared down to an official Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2021 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 QB Class of 2021 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 National Quarterback of the Week, as well as for their national rankings in key statistical areas.

For the second straight year, the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote will be done via three social media platforms—Instagram, Twitter and Facebook—and the top five vote getters on each platform will receive bonus committee ballots for that voting period. Voting for the semifinalists will be open from Tuesday, Oct. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 7. The 16 semifinalists are scheduled to be named on Monday, Nov. 8.

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.


2021 Official Midseason Watch List (60 Players)

Holton Ahlers, East Carolina

Brennan Armstrong, Virginia

Connor Bazelak, Missouri

Stetson Bennett, Georgia

Gerry Bohanon, Baylor

Anthony Brown, Oregon

Zach Calzada, Texas A&M

Jack Coan, Notre Dame

Sean Clifford, Penn State

Matt Corral, Ole Miss

Malik Cunningham, Louisville

Dustin Crum, Kent State

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State

Jayden de Laura, Washington State

Max Duggan, TCU

Kaleb Eleby, Western Michigan

Jake Haener, Fresno State

Jaren Hall, BYU

Frank Harris, UTSA

Sam Hartman, Wake Forest

Seth Henigan, Memphis

Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

Sam Howell, North Carolina

KJ Jefferson, Arkansas

Emory Jones, Florida

Devin Leary, NC State

Will Levis, Kentucky

Levi Lewis, Louisiana

Adrian Martinez, Nebraska

Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina

Tanner McKee, Stanford

Graham Mertz, Wisconsin

Tanner Mordecai, SMU

Tanner Morgan, Minnesota

Bo Nix, Auburn

Aidan O’Connell, Purdue

Michael Penix Jr., Indiana

N’Kosi Perry, Florida Atlantic

Spencer Petras, Iowa

Kenny Pickett, Pitt

Brock Purdy, Iowa State

Chris Reynolds, Charlotte

Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati

Cameron Rising, Utah

Will Rogers, Mississippi State

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State

Jeff Sims, Georgia Tech

Kedon Slovis, USC

Carson Strong, Nevada

C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

Casey Thompson, Texas

Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA

Payton Thorne, Michigan State

Jordan Travis, Florida State

D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson

Caleb Williams, Oklahoma

Grant Wells, Marshall

Malik Willis, Liberty

Bryce Young, Alabama

Bailey Zappe, Western Kentucky


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