FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 23, 2021) – Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Alabama’s Bryce Young have been selected as the three finalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. The trio was named after tabulating the results of the National Selection Committee’s ballots as well as social media fan votes courtesy of the Fan Vote.
All three of the quarterbacks are first-time finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award. Pickett is the first finalist for the Panthers since Dan Marino (1981, 1982). Ohio State (Troy Smith, 2006) and Alabama (Mac Jones, 2020) have each had previous winners. Finalists from the Buckeyes in the past decade include Justin Fields (2019), J.T. Barrett (2017) and Braxton Miller (2012), while the Crimson Tide has seen Tua Tagovailoa (2018) and A.J. McCarron (2013) represented in the top three.
On the year, Pickett has amassed 4,074 yards of offense and 40 total touchdowns while completing 286 of 426 passes (.671) and leading the Panthers to a 9-2 record and the No. 17 spot in the AFCA Coaches Poll. The senior from Oakhurst, N.J., ranks third nationally in total offense (370.4), tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (36), fifth in points responsible for (240), fifth in passing yards (3,857), eighth in passing efficiency (168.3) and eighth in total quarterback rating (81.6).
Stroud, a redshirt freshman, has guided the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record and a No. 2 ranking in the latest AP Poll. Overall, the native of Empire, Calif., is 246-for-346 while throwing 36 touchdowns versus five interceptions. He ranks first in the country in total QBR (90.7), second in passing efficiency (186.7), tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (36), fifth in total offense (346.8), tied for seventh in points responsible for (216), eighth in passing yards (3,468) and eighth in completion percentage (71.1).
Young has steered the Crimson Tide to a 10-1 record and the No. 2 ranking in the coaches poll by throwing for more than 3,500 yards with 38 touchdowns against three interceptions. The sophomore from Pasadena, Calif., is second in the NCAA in total QBR (88.7), tied for second in passing touchdowns (38), tied for second in points responsible for (244), third in passing efficiency rating (186.2), sixth in passing yards (3,584), sixth in completion percentage (71.7) and tied for 10th in total offense (327.1).
The 2021 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner will be announced live on Thursday, Dec. 9 on The Home Depot College Football Awards virtual show on ESPN.
The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote is now open for winner voting and will close at 7 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday, Nov. 30. To participate in the Fan Vote, fans must like the original Davey O’Brien Award post highlighting their favorite quarterback. The top vote getter on each of the award’s social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter—will receive bonus committee member ballots which will be added to the votes cast by the National Selection Committee.
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 Foundation has given away more than $1.2 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.
Remaining Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Timeline
Finalists Announced (Tuesday, Nov. 23)
Round 3 Fan Vote Open (Tuesday, Nov. 23-Tuesday, Nov. 30)
Selection Committee Vote Open (Sunday, Nov. 28-Wednesday, Dec. 1)
Winner Announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards (Thursday, Dec. 9)