In conjunction with the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), the Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced the following dates and procedures regarding the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award for the 2020 college football season.
For the first time, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award will feature a Midseason Watch List. The list, which will be revealed on Monday, Nov. 23, will include any active starting quarterback originally named to the Preseason Watch List as well as any player voted onto a weekly Davey O’Brien Great 8 list during the season’s first 12 weeks. Only members of the Midseason Watch List are eligible to be voted a semifinalist.
Once again, the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, which consists of notable college football media members across the country as well as all past Davey O’Brien Award recipients, will participate in each round of the voting process. In addition, the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote will help determine the award’s semifinalists, finalists and winner for the 14th consecutive year.
The Fan Vote will be 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 each receive the equivalent of two additional committee member ballots for that voting period.
The Fan Vote winners will be based on the highest number of likes for the specific quarterback’s graphic posted on the Davey O’Brien Award’s official social media accounts. The first two voting rounds will take place during one week—Week 13 (semifinalists), Week 14 (finalists). The winner round voting will occur during both Weeks 15 and 16. During each round of voting, the six Fan Vote ballots will account for eight percent of the vote, which is up from five percent in previous years.
The 2020 announcement dates are as follows: Midseason Watch List (Monday, Nov. 23), Semifinalists (Monday, Nov. 30), Finalists (Monday, Dec. 7 or Tuesday, Dec. 8) and Winner (TBD). Please note that all dates are subject to change pending any alterations to the football schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 Key Dates
Monday, Nov. 23
Midseason Watch List Announced
Tuesday, Nov. 24-Sunday, Nov. 29
Semifinalist Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Monday, Nov. 30
Semifinalists Announced (16 players)
Tuesday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 6
Finalist Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Monday, Dec. 7 or Tuesday, Dec. 8*
Finalists Announced (3 players)
*Announced jointly with ESPN
Tuesday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 20
Winner Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook