Clausen, Hiller on Davey O’Brien Watch List

Published 6:20 pm Monday, August 3, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Football Writers Association announced the first of 10 of the major awards in college football on ESPN’s College Football Live Monday afternoon.

Thirty-three college quarterbacks will start the season on the Davey O’Brien Watch List and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen and Western Michigan’s Tim Hiller finds their names among them.

The Davey O’Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee were the first to announce the watch list for their award, the 2009 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award. Nine more awards will be announce over the next two weeks.

Even though all 120 Division I-FBS schools have a quarterback that is eligible, these 33 are the only ones to start the season on the list and will be looked at on a weekly basis by the committee.

The others are voted on by fans.

The list focuses on a select group of quarterbacks who have demonstrated what members of the Selection Committee have recognized as tremendous preseason talent. The award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field.

The O’Brien will follow performances of all FBS quarterbacks until Semifinalists are selected in late October. Semifinalists will be announced Oct. 26; finalists Nov. 23; and the winner Dec. 10. During all rounds of voting, The O’Brien Selection Committee is asked to evaluate each candidate on the criteria of quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Hiller was also named to the watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as well.