The thirteen semifinalists, in alphabetical order, are: Jason Campbell, Sr., Auburn; Timmy Chang, Sr. Hawai'i; David Greene, Sr., Georgia; Chris Leak, So., Florida; Stefan LeFors, Sr., Louisville; Matt Leinart, Jr., USC; Reggie McNeal, Jr., Texas A&M; Kyle Orton, Sr., Purdue; Aaron Rodgers, Jr., California; Alex Smith, Jr., Utah; Andrew Walter, Sr., Arizona State; Jason White, Sr., Oklahoma; and Jared Zabransky, So., Boise State.
LeFors is at the helm of the nation's top offense and has guided the Cardinals to a 7-1 mark and a #12 national ranking. The senior from Baton Rouge, La., has thrown for 1,760 yards and 13 touchdowns. He 's completing 73.7 percent of his throws and is tops in the country in passing efficiency at 184.06. He threw for 275 yards and threee touchdowns in the Cardinals' 55-28 win over TCU on Wednesday.
The winner of the 2004 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award will be announced on the 2004 Home Depot College Football Awards Show at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. The show will air live on ESPN from the Atlantic Dance Hall on The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The winner will be honored Feb. 21, 2005, at the 28th annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth. Archie Manning, recipient of the 2004 Davey O'Brien Legends Award, and the O'Brien High School Scholarship Award winner also will be honored that night. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. For more information, please call (817) 338-3488, or visit www.daveyobrien.com.
The Davey O'Brien Foundation was established in 1977 to present the O'Brien Memorial Award, recognizing annually the outstanding college football player in the five southwestern states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. In 1981, the award was redirected to be national in scope but limited to quarterback, the favorite position of the award's namesake, 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 one season. A high school scholarship program began in 1986, awarding annually a $20,000 college scholarship to an outstanding senior student-athlete who attends high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.