The list of 30 quarterbacks will be narrowed to 16 by late October, and then the 3 finalists will be announced on November 22nd. Last year's winner, Colt McCoy, finished the year with over 3,500 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Padron, who only played the last 7 games of SMU's season (including the bowl game), finished with 1,922 yards passing and 10 touchdowns. He also completed 67% of his passes and finished the year with a 159.9 passer rating.
After ending the season with a record setting 460 yards and two touchdown MVP performance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Padron is predicted to pick up where he left off at the end of the 2009 season. If Padron stays healthy, a full year in June Jones' offense should provide him with the statistics worthy of such an award.
A non-BCS quarterback has ever won the award. However, Padron is accompanied by fellow C-USA quarterbacks G.J. Kinne from Tulsa and Houston's Case Keenum, who was one of the three finalists in 2009. Other O'Brien Award Winners have included successful NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Steve Young and Troy Aikman.
Padron and the Mustangs will look get off to a fast start in what many expect to be an offensive showcase on national television in Lubbock against Texas Tech on September 5th.
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