Semifinalists from among the 33 candidates will be announced in late October and the winner will be announced on December 10. The O'Brien Selection Committee evaluates each candidate on the criteria of quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.
Wilson, the first freshman ever to be named the first-team All-ACC quarterback, has thrown 249 consecutive passes without an interception - the longest active streak in the nation. He led the ACC in passing efficiency (133.9), touchdown passes (17) and total offense (213.0) last season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field.
Founded in 1981, The O'Brien seeks to honor candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and character in both the athletic and academic arenas. Honorees are voted on by a national selection committee comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners.
The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation has given away more than $790,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.