Written By UNC Sports Information Dept.
FORT WORTH, Texas --- The Davey O'Brien Foundation announced the 2013 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List Wednesday, and North Carolina senior Bryn Renner was among the players listed.
Renner comes back to Chapel Hill to take aim at the Carolina career record book after one of the most prolific seasons in school history in 2012.
Renner passed for 3,356 yards and a school-record 28 touchdowns a year ago, and trails just T.J. Yates and Darian Durant in all four major passing categories.
An honorable mention All-ACC pick last season, Renner is a preseason third-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele and was also chosen for the Maxwell Award Watch List.
This year's list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, features 34 of the nation's best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season.
The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State) join five 2012 semifinalists on the Watch List: Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 25. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
2013 Davey O'Brien Watch List
David Ash, Texas, Big 12
Blake, Bortles, UCF, AAC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt
Kolton Browning, ULM, Sun Belt
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
Rakeem Cato, Marshall, C-USA
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC
David Fales, San Jose State, MWC
James Franklin, Missouri, SEC
Devin Gardner, Michigan, Big Ten
Kevin Hogan, Stanford, Pac-12
Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, MWC
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State, Pac-12
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC
Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten
AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), ACC
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12
Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC
Keenan Reynolds, Navy, Independent
Tyler Russell, Mississippi State, SEC
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss, SEC
Keith Wenning, Ball State, MAC
By conference: SEC (7), Pac-12 (5), ACC (4), Mountain West (4), Big Ten (3), Mid-American (3), American Athletic (2), Big 12 (2), Sun Belt (2), Independents (1), Conference USA (1).
UNC Sports Information Dept.