FOOTBALL: Leak named to O'Brien watch list

Leak Selected To Preseason Watch List For 2005 Davey O'Brien Award FORT WORTH, TEXAS - For the second-straight season, University of Florida junior quarterback Chris Leak was named to the Watch List for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Thursday by the Davey O'Brien Foundation. The Watch List included 33 candidates for the award, which is presented annually to the nation's top college quarterback.

Leak returns to the 2005 squad as the SEC's active career leader in wins (13), touchdown passes (43), passing yards (5,632) and completions (238). In 2004, Leak was one of 13 semifinalists for the award, adding to Florida's list of seven quarterbacks which made it to the stage or further. Danny Wuerffel is UF's only recipient of the award as he took the honors in 1995 and 1996.

Semifinalists will be announced in early November as voted on by the O'Brien Selection Committee, a nationwide panel of sportswriters and commentators, as well as former O'Brien Award winners. The committee will then narrow the field to three finalists and then the winner. The winner of the 2005 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award will be announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, and will be honored Feb. 20, 2006, at the 29th annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth.

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. O'Brien led the TCU Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship and was the first player to win the Heisman, Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards in the same season.

The 33 candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Erik Ainge, Tennessee
  • John Beck, BYU
  • Corey Bramlet, Wyoming
  • Brian Brohm, Louisville
  • Shaun Carney, Air Force
  • Kellen Clemens, Oregon
  • Brodie Croyle, Alabama
  • Jay Cutler, Vanderbilt
  • Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo
  • Tye Gunn, TCU
  • Darrell Hackney, UAB
  • Marques Hagans, Virginia
  • Chad Henne, Michigan
  • Justin Holland, Colorado State
  • Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green
  • Steven Jyles, Louisiana-Monroe
  • Kevin Kolb, Houston
  • Chris Leak, Florida
  • Matt Leinart, USC
  • Clint Marks, Middle Tenn. St.
  • Reggie McNeal, Texas A&M
  • Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh
  • Jordan Palmer, UTEP
  • Paul Pinegar, Fresno State
  • Quinton Porter, Boston College
  • Jeff Rowe, Nevada
  • Brad Smith, Missouri
  • Drew Stanton, Michigan State
  • Drew Tate, Iowa
  • Marcus Vick, Virginia Tech
  • Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson
  • Vince Young, Texas
  • Jared Zabransky, Boise State

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