LeFors, a first team All-Conference selection last season, threw for 3,145 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 games as a starter. The left-hander from Baton Rouge, La., completed 61.3 percent of his passes and accounted for 3,550 yards of total offense, which was the second most in school history.
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.
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:
PLAYER Year School 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