Stanzi O'Brien Award Semifinalist

After not being on the preseason watch list, Iowa quarterback Rick Stanzi was named a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award.

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 26, 2009) – The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) announced today its 2009 O'Brien Semifinalist List.

Narrowed down from all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterbacks, the list highlights 15 individuals who will vie for the oldest and most prestigious award honoring the nation's best college quarterback. The 2009 O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: ACC (1), Big East (2), Big Ten (2), Big 12 (3), Conference USA (1), Independent (1), Mid-American (1), Pac-10 (2), SEC (1) and the WAC (1).

2009 O'Brien Semifinalists

Matt Barkley FR USC Pac-10

Daryll Clark SR Penn State Big Ten

Jimmy Clausen JR Notre Dame Independent

Jacory Harris SO Miami ACC

Case Keenum JR Houston Conference USA

Dan LeFevour SR Central Michigan Mid-American

Jake Locker JR Washington Pac-10

Colt McCoy SR Texas Big 12

Kellen Moore SO Boise State WAC

Tony Pike SR Cincinnati Big East

Todd Reesing SR Kansas Big 12

Zac Robinson SR Oklahoma State Big 12

Ricky Stanzi JR Iowa Big Ten

Bill Stull SR Pittsburgh Big East

Tim Tebow SR Florida SEC

"We are proud to recognize this group of young men for their performances on and off the field," said Danielle Moorman, executive director of the Davey O'Brien Foundation. "The commitment, sportsmanship and leadership qualities exemplified by these quarterbacks truly embody the spirit of The O'Brien."

The Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, an elite group of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners, selected The O'Brien Semifinalists, with the Fan Vote accounting for 5 % of the total vote. The Selection Committee is asked to evaluate each candidate on the criteria of his quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, his reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. For a complete listing of the Selection Committee, visit

Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as Finalists by voting as often as once daily at Fan voting will close at noon CST on Nov. 22. Finalists will be announced on Nov. 23. The Fan Vote accounts for 5% of each round of the voting process.

The 2009 O'Brien Winner will be announced live on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show airing Dec. 10 on ESPN and will be honored at the 33rd Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner held at The Fort Worth Club on Feb. 15, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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