FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation announced the 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List today. Representing the Mid-American Conference are Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder and Ohio's Tyler Tettleton.
Carder completed 299 of 445 passes last season for 3,434 yards and 28 touchdowns as he led the Broncos to a 7-6 overall record and an invite to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Purdue. Carder also led the MAC with an average of 335.2 yards of total offense per game.
Tettleton, completed 246 of 387 passes for 3,066 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Tettleton led the Bobcats to the MAC East Division Title and an 24-23 win over Utah State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, features 34 of the nation’s best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2012 college football season.
Seven 2011 semifinalists are included on the Watch List: Matt Barkley (USC), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Seth Doege (Texas Tech), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Keith Price (Washington), Denard Robinson (Michigan) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 124 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.