The 2015 Davey O’Brien watch list for best QB


In a conglomerate of pre-season college football nominations being handed out, the Davey O’Brien Award features the smallest list of qualifiers, including a solo slot on Ohio State’s 3-quarterback depth chart (Cardale Jones).

The quarterbacks on the 2015 pre-season list include two finalists from 2014 (Dak Prescott and Trevone Boykin) and seven others, whose named appeared on the 2014 list, but weren’t finalists (Michigan State’s Connor Cook, Cal’s Jared Goff, BYU’s Taysom Hill, Southern Cal’s Cody Kessler, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The full list can be seen below:

Conference Breakdown of Potential O’Brien Suitors

4 – ACC, PAC-12
3 – American Athletic Conf., Big 10, SEC
2 – MAC

Courtesy of NBC Sports, below are CFB’s 2015 pre-season Davey O’Brien nominations (along with randomly-selected stats from 2014-15):
Note: players in bold represent my personal watch list for this season

Trevone Boykin (TCU, Senior)
301-of-492, 3,901 yards, 33 TD, 10 INT
152 carries, 707 yards, 8 TD

Connor Cook (Michigan State, Senior)
Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee, Junior)
Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky, Senior)
Blake Frohnapfel (UMass, Senior)

Jared Goff (California, Junior)
316-of-509, 3,973 yards, 35 TD, 7 INT

Christian Hackenberg (Penn State, Junior)
Taysom Hill (BYU, Senior)
Kevin Hogan (Stanford, Senior)
Jeremy Johnson (Auburn, Sophomore)

Cardale Jones (Ohio State, Junior)
56-of-92, 860 yards, 7 TD, 2 INT
72 carries, 296 yards, TD

Brad Kaaya (Miami, Sophomore)
Chuckie Keeton (Utah State, Senior)
Cody Kessler (USC, Senior)
Gunner Kiel (Cincinnati, Junior)
Fredi Knighten (Arkansas State, Junior)
Paxton Lynch (Memphis, Sophomore)

Dak Prescott (Mississippi State, Senior)
244-of-396, 3,449 yards, 27 TD, 11 INT
210 carries, 986 yards, 14 TD

Keenan Reynolds (Navy, Senior)
Anu Solomon (Arizona, Sophomore)
Zach Terrell (Western Michigan, Junior)
Justin Thomas (Georgia Tech, Junior)
Deshaun Watson (Clemson, Sophomore)

Marquise Williams (North Carolina, Senior)
270-of-428, 3,073 yards, 21 TD, 9 INT
193 carries, 783 yards, 13 TD

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports

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