Davey O’Brien Award Finalists Announced


November 25, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation today announced the three finalists for the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®, presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback.

Johnny Manziel (So., Texas A&M), AJ McCarron (Sr., Alabama) and Jameis Winston (Fr., Florida State) were selected by the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The three Davey O’Brien finalists will be highlighted on ESPNU during The Home Depot College Football Awards Nomination Special airing Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 4:30 p.m. (CT). The 30-minute show, hosted by Anish Shroff, will include player interviews and analysis from Charles Arbuckle surrounding finalists for the Davey O’Brien Award and other members of the National College Football Awards Association.

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
The 2012 Davey O’Brien Award winner has improved his game in nearly every passing and total offense category in 2013. Through 11 games, the sophomore from Kerrville, Texas has thrown for 3,537 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 665 yards and eight scores. In just two seasons as a starter, Manziel has turned in the top three total offense performances in SEC history and currently leads the FBS in total offensive yards with 4,202.

AJ McCarron, Alabama
With a 36-2 career record, McCarron is currently the Alabama and Southeastern Conference leader in career winning percentage (.947). He also ranks No. 1 in Crimson Tide history in victories, passing yards (8,355) and touchdown passes (72) and is closing in on the school career completions record. The senior from Mobile, Ala. is also the SEC career leader in lowest interception ratio.

Jameis Winston, Florida State
In his debut season, Winston has already set the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman record for touchdown passes (32) and is closing in on the freshman single-season passing yards record. The Bessemer, Ala. native is averaging 9.45 yards per play, the second-highest average in the FBS, and has accounted for 35 of the Seminoles’ 80 touchdowns. He is the first quarterback in school history to lead the team to 40 or more points in 10 consecutive games.

Fans may now help determine which quarterback will win the coveted Davey O’Brien Award by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Dec. 8.

The 2013 Davey O’Brien Award Winner will be revealed on ESPN during The Home Depot College Football Awards airing live from the Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk at the Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:00 p.m. (CT). The 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb. 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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 nearly $900,000 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.

American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

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