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 2003 O'Brien Award will be announced Dec. 11 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The winner will be honored at the 27th annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2004, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
WVU opponents Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Miami also have quarterbacks on the list.
The 42 candidates on the watch list are:
Asad Abdul-Khaliq, Sr., Minnesota Brock Berlin, Jr., Miami Jon Beutjer, Sr., Illinois Casey Bramlet, Sr., Wyoming Timmy Chang, Jr., Hawaii Casey Clausen, Sr., Tennessee Ryan Dinwiddie, Sr., Boise State Darian Durant, Jr., North Carolina Josh Fields, Jr., Oklahoma State David Greene, Jr., Georgia Gino Guidugli, Jr., Cincinnati Darrell Hackney, Soph., UAB Adam Hall, Sr., San Diego State Chance Harridge, Sr., Air Force Josh Harris, Sr., Bowling Green Carlyle Holiday, Sr., Notre Dame Craig Krenzel, Sr., Ohio State Jammal Lord, Sr., Nebraska Jared Lorenzen, Sr., Kentucky J.P. Losman, Sr., Tulane Matt LoVecchio, Jr., Indiana Scott McBrien, Sr., Maryland Luke McCown, Sr., Louisiana Tech Rasheed Marshall, Jr., West Virginia Eli Manning, Sr., Ole Miss Zack Mills, Jr., Penn State John Navarre, Sr., Michigan Kyle Orton, Jr., Purdue Cody Pickett, Sr., Washington Bryan Randall, Jr., Virginia Tech Philip Rivers, Sr., North Carolina State Chris Rix, Jr., Florida State Ell Roberson, Sr., Kansas State Ben Roethlisberger, Jr., Miami (Ohio) Rod Rutherford, Sr., Pittsburgh Matt Schaub, Sr., Virginia Ryan Schneider, Sr., Central Florida Brad Smith, Soph., Missouri Bradlee Van Pelt, Sr., Colorado State Andrew Walter, Jr., Arizona State Bill Whittemore, Sr., Kansas Danny Wimprine, Jr., Memphis