Washington State University senior quarterback Jeff Tuel was named to The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List today.
The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.
Coming off an impressive sophomore campaign, Tuel, a Fresno, Calif. native, appeared in three games while battling through injuries last season. As a sophomore in 2010, Tuel threw for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns while starting all 12 games. In the 2012 spring game this past April, Tuel completed his first 15 passes and finished the day 19-of-21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns.
This year's Davey O'Brien Award watch 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 2012 college football season.
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 124 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6.
The Cougars open their 2012 schedule Aug. 30 at BYU in a game televised nationally on ESPN. Gametime is set for 7:15 p.m. PT.
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