FOOTBALL: Chris Leak named to Davey O'Brien List

Florida quarterback Chris Leak was named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback as announced by the Davey O'Brien Foundation.

The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.

As a freshman in 2003, Leak played in all 13 games with nine starts. He has completed 190 of 320 career passes for 2,435 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a true freshman he had a 6-3 record as the starting quarterback, the highest winning percentage of any freshman QB in the country.

Semifinalists will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later in that month by the O'Brien National Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters, commentators and other members of the media. The winner of the 2004 O'Brien Award will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The winner will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2005, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

The 42 candidates on the watch list are:

Derek Anderson Sr Oregon State

Reggie Ball So Georgia Tech

Brock Berlin Sr Miami (Fla)

Jon Beutjer Sr Illinois

Timmy Chang Sr. Hawaii

Kellen Clemens Jr Oregon

Brodie Croyle Jr Alabama

Jay Cutler Jr Vanderbilt

Darian Durant Sr. North Carolina

Charlie Frye Sr Akron

Bruce Gradkowski Jr Toledo

David Greene Sr. Georgia

Gino Guidugli Sr Cincinnatti

Darrell Hackney Jr UAB

Josh Haldi Sr Northern Illinois

Scott Hall Jr North Texas

Stan Hill Sr Marshall

Matt Jones Sr Arkansas

Stefan LeFors Sr Louisville

Chris Leak So Florida

Matt Leinart Jr. USC

Matt LoVecchio Sr Indiana

James Kilian Sr Tulsa

Joel Klatt Jr Colorado

Kevin Kolb So Houston

Reggie McNeal Jr Texas A&M

Rasheed Marshall Sr West Virginia

Zack Mills Sr. Penn State

Kyle Orton Sr. Purdue

Dan Orlovsky Sr Connecticut

Brady Quinn So Notre Dame

Paul Pinegar Jr Fresno State

Bryan Randall Sr. Virginia Tech

Chris Rix Sr. Florida State

Aaron Rodgers Jr California

Alex Smith Jr Utah

Brad Smith Jr Missouri

Andrew Walter Sr. Arizona State

Jason White Sr Oklahoma

Charlie Whitehurst Jr. Clemson

Danny Wimprine Sr Memphis

Vince Young So Texas


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