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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
University of South
Carolina junior quarterback Connor Shaw is one of 34 candidates named to the
2012 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List announced today.
Shaw, a 6-1, 207-pounder from Flowery Brach, Ga., has won
eight of his nine career starts, while completing 66.1 percent of his passes
for 1,671 yards with 15 touchdowns while tossing just eight interceptions. An
excellent runner, Shaw has carried the ball 167 times for 690 yards with eight
scores, including one 100-yard performance.
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 2012 college football
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a
player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 124 NCAA Division
I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the
field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. The Foundation and
the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The
2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football
Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held
Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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 $850,000 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.