2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List Announced
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois; Tyler Tettleton, Ohio; and Keith Wenning, Ball State Represent the MAC
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation announced the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List today. Joining the list of quarterbacks from the MAC are Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, Tyler Tettleton from Ohio and Keith Wenning of Ball State.
Lynch proved his versatility last season becoming the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. Last season, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. a product of Mt. Carmel High School, Lynch led the Huskies to a 12-game winning streak, including a double overtime win over Kent State, and a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
Lynch, who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting last year, earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele's Magazine last season and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. NIU has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch for 2013 centered around the theme, "Jordan Lynch for 6," including a website, www.JordanLynchfor6.com.
Last season, Tettleton became the first Ohio quarterback to throw for 2,500 yards-or-more in back-to-back seasons. He finished the year by completing 62.1 percent of his passes (228-of-367) for 2,844 yards, 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Tettleton concluded the year by earning Co-Offensive Most Valuable Player honors at the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, leading the Bobcats to a convincing 45-14 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
Heading into the 2013 season, Tettleton currently holds nine Ohio University football career records, including the school standard for passing yards (6,274), most completions (504) and most touchdowns (46). He has also directed the Bobcats to back-to-back bowl victories.
Wenning was named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. Wenning enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior.
Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau.
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 2013 college football season.
The 2012 Davey O’Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State) join five 2012 semifinalists on the Watch List: Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O’Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2013 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The 37th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
2013 Davey O’Brien Watch List
David Ash, Texas, Big 12
Blake, Bortles, UCF, AAC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt
Kolton Browning, ULM, Sun Belt
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
Rakeem Cato, Marshall, C-USA
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC
David Fales, San Jose State, MWC
James Franklin, Missouri, SEC
Devin Gardner, Michigan, Big Ten
Kevin Hogan, Stanford, Pac-12
Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, MWC
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State, Pac-12
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC
Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten
AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), ACC
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12
Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC
Keenan Reynolds, Navy, Independent
Tyler Russell, Mississippi State, SEC
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss, SEC
Keith Wenning, Ball State, MAC
About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $890,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
The Davey O’Brien Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.