Each year, a watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. This is basically recognizing the top quarterback in the country. It's a prestigious award and that's why the Missouri Tigers have to be happy their guy, Blaine Gabbert, landed on the list.
Per the official release:
In addition to 2009 O'Brien Finalist Case Keenum (Sr., Houston), five 2009 semifinalists are included on the list: Matt Barkley (Jr., USC), Jacory Harris (Jr., Miami), Jake Locker (Sr., Washington), Kellen Moore (Jr., Boise State) and Ricky Stanzi (Sr., Iowa).
The 2010 O'Brien Watch List features 13 seniors, 13 juniors and four sophomores. The ACC and Big 12 lead all conferences with five candidates each on the list. The Pac-10 is represented by four players.
As far as winning the award goes, Gabbert has made the first cut. To win the award, the player
must be on the watch list does not have to be on the watch list.
The next cut down date is Oct. 25 when the finalists will be cut down to 16. On Nov. 22, three finalists will be announced and then the winner on Dec. 9.
Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune looks at where Gabbert ranks relative to the other quarterbacks on the list:
Among the watch list QBs, Gabbert ranked fourth last season in passing yards per game, tied for seventh in touchdown passes and 12th in efficiency rating.
For the complete list, click here.