Trio of quarterbacks on watch list for top signal caller

By: Staff
By: Staff

Wednesday July 18, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – Gamecock senior Connor Shaw ranks among 34 of the nation’s best under center that received a spot on the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List today.

Shaw comes into 2013 with a 17-3 record all-time as a starting quarterback, ranking as one of two Gamecocks in history with 3,000 yards passing and 1,000 rushing in a career, joining Jeff Grantz. Twice a 2013 SEC Offensive Player of the Week, Shaw and the Gamecocks posted an 11-2 record last season, with Shaw setting a school record with a 67.5 percent completion rate. The current South Carolina leader in career pass-completion percentage, the Flowery Branch, Ga., product also stands ninth in career pass completions (300) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (32).

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.

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia senior Aaron Murray has been named to the 2013 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List, according to an announcement from the Davey O’Brien Foundation on Wednesday.

This is the 37th year that the Davey O’Brien Award will be given to the nation’s top quarterback. The field will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on November 4. The Foundation and the selection committee will then announce three finalists on November 25.

The 2013 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on December 12. The Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held February 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Murray, a native of Tampa, Fla., is one of the nation's elite at his position. In 2012, Murray ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency at 174.82. He became the first Southeastern Conference quarterback in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons last year.

Clemson, SC—Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has been named one of 34 quarterbacks on the 2013 Davey O’Brien Watch List. Boyd has been one of 16 semifinalists for the award each of the last two years.

Boyd is one of four ACC quarterbacks on the list. The others are Stephen Morris of Miami (FL), Bryn Renner of North Carolina and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech. The 16 semifinalists for this year will be announced on November 4 and the three finalists on November 25. The winner will be named at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Orlando, FL on December 12.

Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson to an 11-2 record and number-nine final ranking in USA Today. He was named a first-team All-American quarterback according to the Football Coaches Association ahead of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.


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