Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy recipient and winner of the 2008 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, joins Texas counterpart Colt McCoy among the prominent names on the 2009 O’Brien watch list.
McCoy, an O’Brien finalist and Heisman runner-up last season, joins Bradford and four other quarterbacks from the Big 12 on the 33-player watch list released today by members of the Davey O’Brien Foundation and the selection committee. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman winner and 2007 O’Brien recipient, also is on the watch list.
Other quarterbacks from the Big 12 on the pre-season watch list include Baylor’s Robert Griffin, Texas Tech’s Taylor Potts, Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson and Kansas’ Todd Reesing.
Watch list members with Texas connections include Houston quarterback Case Keenum; Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead, a transfer from Texas who played at Stephenville High School; and Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, a transfer from Michigan who played at Texarkana Texas High School.
Notable veteran quarterbacks on the watch list include Penn State’s Daryll Clark, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen, South Florida’s Matt Grothe, Brigham Young’s Max Hall, Illinois’ Juice Williams and Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner.
The list of candidates will be trimmed to a list of semifinalists on Oct. 26, with finalists announced Nov. 23. The winner will be announced Dec. 10, during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
The recipient will be honored at the O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 15, 2010 at the Fort Worth Club.
Below is a look at quarterbacks on the 2009 Davey O’Brien Award watch list:
2009 O’Brien Watch List:
Sam Bradford Oklahoma JR Big 12
Jarrett Brown West Virginia SR Big East
Daryll Clark Penn State SR Big Ten
Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame JR IND
Aaron Corp USC SO Pac-10
Robert Griffin Baylor SO Big 12
Matt Grothe South Florida SR Big East
Max Hall BYU SR MWC
Tim Hiller Western Michigan SR MAC
Jordan Jefferson LSU SO SEC
Colin Kaepernick Nevada JR WAC
Case Keenum Houston JR C-USA
Dan LeFevour Central Michigan SR MAC
Jake Locker Washington JR Pac-10
Ryan Mallett Arkansas SO SEC
Jeremiah Masoli Oregon JR Pac-10
Colt McCoy Texas SR Big 12
Kellen Moore Boise State SO WAC
Josh Nesbitt Georgia Tech JR ACC
Tony Pike Cincinnati SR Big East
Taylor Potts Texas Tech JR Big 12
Terrelle Pryor Ohio State SO Big Ten
Todd Reesing Kansas SR Big 12
Kevin Riley California JR Pac-10
Zac Robinson Oklahoma State SR Big 12
Riley Skinner Wake Forest SR ACC
Rusty Smith Florida Atlantic SR Sun Belt
Jevan Snead Ole Miss JR SEC
Tyrod Taylor Virginia Tech JR ACC
Tim Tebow Florida SR SEC
Adam Weber Minnesota JR Big Ten
Juice Williams Illinois SR Big Ten
Russell Wilson North Carolina State SO ACC
_ Jimmy Burch