The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award kicks off its 2021 award season on Tuesday, July 20, with the announcement of the Preseason Watch List. The Midseason Watch List, which will be revealed on Monday, Oct. 18, 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 eight weeks. On, Monday, Oct. 25, the list will be pared down to an official Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2021. The members of the QB Class will be 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 15th consecutive year.
For the second straight 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. During each round of voting, the six Fan Vote ballots will account for eight percent of the vote.
The 2021 announcement dates are as follows: Midseason Watch List (Monday, Oct. 18), QB Class of 2021 (Monday, Oct. 25), Semifinalists (Monday, Nov. 8), Finalists (Monday, Nov. 22) and Winner (Thursday, Dec. 9).
2021 Key Dates
Tuesday, July 20 – Preseason Watch List Announced
Monday, Oct. 18 – Midseason Watch List Announced
Monday, Oct. 25 – QB Class of 2020 Announced
Monday, Oct. 25 – Sunday, Nov. 7 – Round 1 Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Monday, Nov. 8 – Semifinalists Announced (16 players)
Monday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 21 – Round 2 Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Monday, Nov. 22 – Finalists Announced (3 players)
Monday, Nov. 22 – Sunday, Dec. 5 – Round 3 Fan Vote Open on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
Thursday, Dec. 9 – Winner Announced