Monday, October 29, 2007
The polls have closed, the votes have been tallied and the quarterbacks have been selected. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) today proudly announced its 2007 Semifinalist List, which features top quarterback talent from across the country.Thursday, October 18, 2007
Members of the 2007 O'Brien National Quarterback Award Semifinalist List:
· Todd Boeckman, Ohio State, JR
· Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, FR
· Colt Brennan, Hawai'i, SR
· Brian Brohm, Louisville, SR
· Shaun Carney, Air Force, SR
· Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State, JR
· Chase Daniel, Missouri, JR
· Dennis Dixon, Oregon, SR
· Graham Harrell, Texas Tech, JR
· Corey Leonard, Arkansas State, SO
· Todd Reesing, Kansas, SO
· Matt Ryan, Boston College, SR
· Tim Tebow, Florida, SO
· Pat White, West Virginia, JR
· Andre' Woodson, Kentucky, SR
When voting, the Selection Committee for The O'Brien is asked to evaluate each candidate on quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. The combination of votes from the Selection Committee and fan vote will determine the Finalists as well as the Winner this season, with 5% of the total vote coming from dedicated fans.
"The Semifinalist List confirms that being a player of strong character and leadership combined with talent and academics can translate into more than just wins on the field," said Danielle Moorman, executive director of the Davey O'Brien Foundation. "The O'Brien recognizes the diligence and commitment of these young men to their teams, their schools and the true spirit of the game."
This talented group of 15 quarterbacks will continue to jockey for position until the balloting for the three Finalists closes at noon Central Time on Sunday, Nov. 18. All Finalists will be in attendance in Orlando, Fla., where The O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec. 6.
Fans are able to vote for Semifinalist candidates once daily on The O'Brien's Web site, www.DaveyOBrien.com. The voting will continue throughout the Semifinalist and Finalist rounds until The O'Brien winner is announced, with 5% of the final tally coming directly from the Fan Vote.
A few people have heard the rumors of Mark Whipple taking the head coaching position at Pittsburgh next season. That buzz continues to grow with the poor state of Pitt football. But I'm hearing another school might be contacting Whipple: Syracuse. Whipple has coached his entire career in the northeast at New Haven, Brown and UMass. His recruiting is strong in NJ, NY, CT, and New England. His Pittsburgh Steelers ties could be key for expanding that recruiting base into PA. That shiny Super Bowl ring could be enough to bring in a few top players from PA.Sunday, October 14, 2007
Greetings all. If you listen carefully you'll hear a sound background...quite basey. That's the sound of of the playoff system drum starting to build up some volume and support. We saw it start last season when Florida, despite getting the BCS spot int he championship game, made it clear that they would consider a playoff system since they almost missed out on the BCS title game.
This year we are left with three unbeatens at the top, Ohio State, South Florida and Boston College. Arizona St.,
Kansas and Hawaii also remain unbeaten. Just looking at the top 3, it's not a stretch to say that odds are that 2 of those 3 teams could lose.
I have a feeling that this is the season that will lead to a demand for a playoff system...too many 1 loss teams are going to be left out of the mix.
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