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Collin Klein, Geno Smith named Davey O'Brien Award semi-finalists

Collin Klein and Geno Smith are among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein and West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith will be linked together all season for multiple awards, including the Heisman Trophy. On Tuesday, the two were named semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award. Sixteen semifinalists were named, including five from the Big 12: Klein, Smith, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Texas Tech's Seth Doege and Baylor's Nick Florence.

Klein's Heisman aspirations took a huge leap this past weekend when he led No. 4 Kansas State to a road win over the Smith and the Mountaineers. So far this season, Klein has passed for 1,397 yards with 10 touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing for 551 yards and 14 touchdowns. Against West Virginia alone, Klein passed for three touchdowns and rushed for four.

Even after two losses, Smith's numbers are absurd: 2,414 yards passing, 26 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Here's the complete list of the 16 Davey O'Brien semifinalists:

Matt Barkley, USC

Tajh Boyd, Clemson

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech

Seth Doege, Texas Tech

Nick Florence, Baylor

Landry Jones, Oklahoma

Collin Klein, Kansas State

EJ Manuel, Florida State

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

AJ McCarron, Alabama

Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Aaron Murray, Georgia

Denard Robinson, Michigan

Geno Smith, West Virginia