Top 15 Candidates For 2013 Davey O’Brien Award

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Top 15 Candidates For 2013 Davey O'Brien Award

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The Davey O’Brien award is an NCAA college football award that goes to the best quarterback in the country. It often goes to a Heisman winner or finalist. Last season, it went to Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies.

The Davey O’Brien award is not an award of popularity or even an award given to the best quarterback on the best team in the NCAA – otherwise Tim Tebow would have won it more than once. It is an award that is given to the best overall quarterback, with completion percentage, opponent strength, touchdown to interception ratio and offensive yardage among other things taken into consideration.

Oddly enough, no previous Davey O’Brien winner has gone on to eventually win a Super Bowl with an NFL team since Peyton Manning, who won the award in 1997. The best recent Davey O’Brien award winning quarterbacks are Sam Bradford, Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, who have only been in the NFL for a few years.

This season may not boast an Andrew Luck-style, NFL-ready quarterback, but there is a much larger selection of talented quarterbacks in the NCAA this season. This is going to be one of the most complicated seasons in a long time to determine winners for the different NCAA college football awards. The competition is fierce, so who will come out on top in the hunt for the 2013 Davey O’Brien award?

Here is a list of the top 15 NCAA quarterbacks that should be in the argument for the 2013 Davey O’Brien Award:

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No. 15 Kevin Hogan - Stanford Cardinals

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Though not as talented as his predecessor, Andrew Luck, Hogan led the Cardinal to a victory over the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. He may not win the Davey O’Brien award this year, but could be a late season finalist.

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No. 14 Jeff Driskel - Florida Gators

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Driskel is low on the list of candidates, not because of his talent, but because he is more of a game manager. He’s not expected to throw for 300 yards a game, but is expected to be efficient and get the ball in the endzone when it counts.

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No. 13 David Fales – San Jose State University Spartans

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Because he plays for the Spartans, very few have heard of this talented NCAA quarterback. If he wants national recognition, a win against Stanford in the second game of the season would be nice.

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No. 12 Logan Thomas - Virginia Tech Hokies

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If Thomas can’t get over the hump and get the Hokies into a BCS game this year, it will be disappointing. He’s a great quarterback, but you have to win games to get awards.

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No. 11 A.J. McCarron – Alabama Crimson Tide

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Like Driskel for the Gators, McCarron is more of a game manager. Alabama focuses on defense and its running game. However, McCarron is more than capable of putting the team on his back if necessary.

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No. 10 Jordan Lynch – Northern Illinois University Huskies

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After leading the Huskies to a BCS bowl, another outstanding season could see NIU become a favorite underdog nationally and Lynch become one of America’s favorite quarterbacks.

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No. 9 Devin Gardner – Michigan Wolverines

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Last season, Gardner proved he had the potential to become a better passing quarterback than Denard Robinson ever was. However, Michigan must beat Ohio State or Gardner doesn’t have a chance.

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No. 8 Cody Fajardo – Nevada Wolf Pack

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He won the Glen Davis award in 2009 as the best high school player in California, but can he prove himself to be the best quarterback in the NCAA in 2013?

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No. 7 Brett Hundley - UCLA Bruins

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The Bruins have progressively gotten better over the past few years, which means it is time for them to win the Pac-12. Hundley has to have a Davey O’Brien Award deserving season if he is to beat Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon.

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No. 6 Marcus Mariota - Oregon Ducks

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There may not be a more dangerous team offensively in the NCAA. Mariota can pass, and he can run. Expect big things from the Ducks’ quarterback.

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No. 5 Tajh Boyd - Clemson Tigers

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Boyd always seems to be talked about like he’s ready to become one of the top quarterbacks in the country. It is time for him to step up and prove himself.

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No. 4 Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville Cardinals

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Bridgewater is the player to watch this NCAA season. Louisville surprised everyone with their crushing BCS victory over the Florida Gators in the Sugar Bowl. Expect more upsets and a chance at a national title this season due to his play.

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No. 3 Aaron Murray - Georgia Bulldogs

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In my mind, Murray is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the country. Unfortunately, Georgia has the best running game in the country, and Murray will be confined to game management and late game heroics. They play an easy SEC schedule; Murray could use that to his advantage.

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No. 2 Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Aggies

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He’s fast, he’s accurate and he beat Alabama. The latter is what earned him the Heisman and the Davey O'Brien award last year, and it’s time for him to show that his success wasn’t a fluke.

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No. 1 Braxton Miller - Ohio State Buckeyes

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The Ohio State QB may be a surprise at this position on the list, but the Big 10 is not the SEC. Miller is in another entire class than any athlete in the Big 10 and will once again throw and run all over defenses.

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