We’re well past watch list season in college football with the calendar turning to November, we are firmly on to semifinalist season.
While the Heisman Trophy is the gold standard when it comes to postseason honors in the sport, the Davey O’Brien Award given out to the best quarterback in the game is certainly still up there in terms of prestige. While voting for the latter has often gone in lockstep with the former, that’s not always the case as those such as Clemson’s Deshaun Watson have captured the award in the past.
This year, the competition to hold up the Davey O’Brien Award figures to be pretty stiff when all is said and done. The organization responsible for handing the trophy out in February (the winner will be announced on Dec. 6.) released their final cut of 16 semifinalists for the 2018 edition and let’s just say that it includes plenty of recognizable names and some of the best signal-callers in the country:
- Ian Book (Notre Dame)
- Mason Fine (North Texas)
- Ryan Finley (NC State)
- Jake Fromm (Georgia)
- Will Grier (West Virginia)
- Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
- Justin Herbert (Oregon)
- D’Eriq King (Houston)
- Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
- Jordan Love (Utah State)
- Marcus McMaryion (Fresno State)
- McKenzie Milton (UCF)
- Gardner Minshew (Washington State)
- Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
- Shea Patterson (Michigan)
- Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
Perhaps the most impressive note about the group is that the 16 teams of the quarterbacks above own a combined record of 124-17 (.879) this season — and a lot of those 17 losses were at the hands of others on this list.
Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield won the award last season.