Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award ®
Members of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee are asked to vote for a NCAA
Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback who embodies the attributes of football
legend Davey O'Brien. As such, they are asked to evaluate each candidate on the criteria of his
quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, character, reputation as a team player,
leadership and sportsmanship.
The 2012 season marks the sixth year fans have participated in the voting. The Fan Vote counts
as 5% during each round of voting and it is combined with the results from the Selection
Committee. Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best quarterback as often as once
daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each voting round.
Watch List candidates are determined by a subset of the Selection Committee and approved by
the Executive Committee. This same subset will vote weekly for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback
of the Week which will be announced via weekly press releases from the beginning of the season
until semifinalists are announced.
The Davey O'Brien Watch List will be released July 18.
The ballot will consist of all 124 FBS quarterbacks. The Selection Committee will be asked to
select their top 16 candidates from the ballot. Ballots will be issued the week of Oct. 15 and are
due Oct. 21.
Beginning Sept. 4 fans will have all 124 FBS starting quarterbacks to choose from until the
voting closes at noon CT on Oct. 21. The Fan Vote will count for 5% of the overall semifinalist
Sixteen semifinalists will be announced Oct. 22.
The ballot is comprised of the 16 semifinalists. The Selection Committee will be asked to select
their top three choices. Ballots will be issued the week of Nov. 12 and are due Nov. 18.
Beginning Oct. 22 fans will have the semifinalists to choose from until the voting closes at noon
CT on Nov. 18. The Fan Vote will count for 5% of the overall finalist vote.
The three candidates with the most votes will be submitted to the Davey O'Brien Executive
Committee for approval. Finalists will be announced on Nov. 19.
The ballot is comprised of the three finalists. The Selection Committee will be asked to rank the
finalists. Ballots will be issued the week of Nov. 26 and are due Dec. 2.
Beginning Nov. 19 fans will have the finalists to choose from until the voting closes at noon CT
on Dec. 2. The Fan Vote will count for 5% of the overall winner vote.
The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football
Awards on ESPN Dec. 6 and will be honored at the 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner
on Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.