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Manziel one of 34 QBs on this year’s O’Brien watch list


Stuffed in the middle of the frenzy of SEC Media Days is the release of the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to college football’s best quarterback.

As it so happens, the player answering a slew of questions right now, Johnny Manziel, is on this year’s preseason watch list. He’s also the reigning winner of the trophy.

Some notable signal callers on this year’s O’Brien watch list include Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Marcus Mariota (Oregon) and A.J. McCarron (Alabama). The SEC leads all conferences with seven players on the list, followed by the Pac-12 with five and the ACC with four.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

David Ash, Texas
Blake Bortles, UCF
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette
Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe
Derek Carr, Fresno State
Rakeem Cato, Marshall
Cody Fajardo, Nevada
David Fales, San Jose State
James Franklin, Missouri
Devin Gardner, Michigan
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Brett Hundley, UCLA
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Braxton Miller, Ohio State
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL)
Aaron Murray, Georgia
Casey Pachall, TCU
Keith Price, Washington
Bryn Renner, North Carolina
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Tyler Russell, Mississippi State
Connor Shaw, South Carolina
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss
Keith Wenning, Ball State

Malzahn not ready to name Sean White Auburn’s starter vs. Kentucky just yet

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Auburn got back in the win column after two straight losses. While winning a game must have felt nice, head coach Gus Malzahn  is not prepared to say whether or not Sean White will be the team’s starting quarterback moving forward.

“I thought he competed; he did some good things,” Malzahn said after the game Saturday, per “We’ll take this thing week-to-week like we’ve been doing it. We’re starting to kind of get good answers to the questions that we needed.”

White replaced Jeremy Johnson at quarterback last week against Mississippi State. Johnson, a preseason Heisman favorite for some, struggled out of the gate of the season with six interceptions thrown and a lost fumble. That forced Malzahn to make a change at quarterback after a woeful performance against FCS Jacksonville State and a loss to LSU. White lost his first game as a starter against Mississippi State but the offense has been marginally better. White has yet to throw a touchdown pass in his first two starts.

Against San Jose State, White completed six of 10 pass attempts for 1087 yards. Auburn’s running game is what helped push the Tigers by the Spartans, with Peyton Barber scoring all five touchdowns in the 35-21 victory. Auburn’s next game is in two weeks against Kentucky, on Thursday, October 15 in Lexington.

Big changes in AP poll, but Ohio State still comfortable on top

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The Ohio State Buckeyes remain atop the AP Top 25 this week, but the Big 12’s top contenders have bumped Michigan State down two spots. No. 2 TCU picked up five first-place votes and managed to stay ahead of No. 3 Baylor despite the Bears getting 10 first-place votes.

No. 5 Utah picked up seven first-place votes and No. 9 Texas A&M received the last first-place vote available. The big mover in this week’s AP poll was No. 11 Florida, with the Gators jumping 14 spots in the poll after dismantling Ole Miss Saturday night. The Rebels dropped from No. 3 down to No. 14. No. 15 Notre Dame fell nine spots after losing at No. 6 Clemson. No. 19 Georgia also tumbled this week, down 11 spots after being blown out at home by Alabama. It was also a rough week for No. 20 UCLA, falling 13 spots after losing to Arizona State at home.

New teams in the AP poll this week include No. 22 Iowa, No. 24 Toledo and No. 25 Boise State. Iowa and Boise State also made appearances in the coaches poll earlier today, but Toledo did not. Memphis appears in the coach spill but is the third team in its own conference in the others receiving votes category, behind Houston and Temple. Memphis tied with division foe Navy in that category as well.

  1. Ohio State (38 first-place votes)
  2. TCU (5)
  3. Baylor (10)
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah (7)
  6. Clemson
  7. LSU
  8. Alabama
  9. Texas A&M (1)
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Florida State
  13. Northwestern
  14. Ole Miss
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Stanford
  17. USC
  18. Michigan
  19. Georgia
  20. UCLA
  21. Oklahoma State
  22. Iowa
  23. Cal
  24. Toledo
  25. Boise State