Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, joined Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Alabama’s A.J. McCarron among the three finalists for the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
The finalists, announced Monday, will attend the live announcement of the winner during The Home Depot College Football Awards show, Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla. The recipient will be honored Feb. 17, 2014 during a dinner at the Fort Worth Club.
Manziel, the 2012 O’Brien winner, will be one of four A&M finalists for individual honors during ESPN’s Dec. 12 telecast. Also in the mix will be wide receiver Mike Evans (Biletnikoff Award), offensive tackle Jake Matthews (Outland Trophy) and punter Drew Kaser (Ray Guy Award). A&M has the most individual finalists of any FBS school.
Baylor offensive guard Cyril Richardson, a North Crowley graduate, joins Matthews and Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald among the Outland finalists. Texas kicker Anthony Fera is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back.
The same three finalists for the O’Brien Award (Manziel, Winston, McCarron) also are finalists for the 2013 Maxwell Award, given to the nation’s top overall player.
Heading into Saturday’s games, McCarron and Winston have their respective teams on pace to meet in the BCS National Championship Game. McCarron leads No. 1 Alabama (11-0) and Winston, who leads FBS players in passing efficiency (194.5 rating), oversees the offense for No. 2 Florida State (11-0). Manziel has thrown for 3,537 yards, rushed for 665 and accounted for 40 touchdowns this season for No. 21 A&M (8-3).
Below is a look at the lineup of awards finalists for ESPN’s Dec. 12 telecast:
THE HOME DEPOT COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS FINALISTS – (listed alphabetically)
Chuck Bednarik Award
College Defensive Player of the Year Anthony Barr (UCLA)Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh)C.J. Mosley (Alabama)
Nation’s Outstanding College Receiver Brandin Cooks (Oregon State)Mike Evans (Texas A&M)Sammy Watkins (Clemson)
Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award
Nation’s Outstanding Placekicker Roberto Aguayo (Florida State)Anthony Fera (Texas)Marvin Kloss (South Florida)
Ray Guy Award
College Punter of the Year Tom Hornsey (Memphis)Drew Kaser (Texas A&M)Cody Webster (Purdue)
College Player of the Year Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)AJ McCarron (Alabama)Jameis Winston (Florida State)
Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
Nation’s Best Quarterback Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)*AJ McCarron (Alabama)Jameis Winston (Florida State)
Nation’s Most Outstanding
Interior Lineman Aaron Donald (Pittsburgh)Jake Matthews (Texas A&M)Cyril Richardson (Baylor)
Jim Thorpe Award
Defensive Back Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State)Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State)Lamarcus Joyner (Florida State)
Doak Walker Award
Running Back Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona)Bishop Sankey (Washington)Andre Williams (Boston College)
_ Jimmy Burch