Mason Fine (Cherokee) among top 2018 college quarterbacks
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FORT WORTH, Texas — The Davey O’Brien Foundation recently announced that North Texas quarterback Mason Fine (Cherokee Nation) has been named to the watch list for the 2018 Davey O’Brien Award, a group that includes 26 of the nation’s top college quarterbacks.
Compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, this year’s list was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2018 college football season.
All nominees are required to have previously started at least one game at their current institution. In addition, any player who was a finalist or semifinalist the previous year is automatically included.
Fine, a Peggs, Oklahoma, native, set single-season program records in passing yards (4,052), passing touchdowns (31), completions (324) and pass attempts (511) on his way to C-USA Offensive Player of the Year honors. He had 17 touchdowns of 20-yards or more, six of which went for 50-plus yards.
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.
Appearing on the watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award. Quarterbacks from all 130 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible.
Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Nov. 6. From that list, the Foundation will announce the three finalists on Nov. 19. The 2018 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live Thursday, Dec. 6, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.
In addition to the Davey O’Brien watch list, Fine is also on the Maxwell Award watch list, and was recently named as a preseason all-conference (C-USA) selection.
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