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Rix Named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

July 24, 2003


Fort Worth, Texas — Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix has been named to the 2003 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. The list consists of 42 players, including five from the ACC. The Davey O’Brien Award is given annually to the nation’s top college quarterback.


The 2000 ACC Freshman of the Year, Rix has started 21 games at quarterback in his two seasons at Florida State. He earned the Hinesman Award this spring as the most dominant player in spring practice. Rix currently ranks eighth all-time at Florida State with 4,418 career passing yards and ninth in school history with 37 touchdown passes.


The O’Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O’Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.


Only Brigham Young (3) has had more O’Brien winners than Florida State. Charlie Ward (1993) and Chris Weinke (2000) both won the O’Brien before going on to win the Heisman Trophy.


Semifinalists will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later in that month by the O’Brien National Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters, commentators and other memembers of the media. The winner of the 2003 O’Brien Award will be announced December 11th on the ESPN College Football Awards Show in Orlando. The winner will be honored at the 27th annual O’Brien Awards Dinner in February 2004 at the Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 42 Players Named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List:


Asad Abdul-Khaliq, Sr., Minnesota


Brock Berlin, Jr., Miami


Jon Beutjer, Sr., Illinois


Casey Bramlet, Sr., Wyoming


Timmy Chang, Jr., Hawaii


Casey Clausen, Sr., Tennessee


Ryan Dinwiddie, Sr., Boise State


Darian Durant, Jr., North Carolina


Josh Fields, Jr., Oklahoma State


David Greene, Jr, Georgia


Gino Guidugli, Jr. Cincinnati


Darrell Hackney, So., UAB


Adam Hall, Sr., San Diego State


Chance Harridge, Sr., Air Force


Josh Harris, Sr., Bowling Green


Carlyle Holiday, Sr., Notre Dame


Craig Krenzel, Sr., Ohio State


Jammal Lord, Sr., Nebraska


Jared Lorenzen, Sr., Kentucky


J.P. Losman, Sr., Tulane


Matt LoVecchio, Jr., Indiana


Scott McBrien, Sr., Maryland


Luke McCown, Sr., Louisiana Tech


Rasheed Marshall, Jr., West Virginia


Eli Manning, Sr., Ole Miss


Zack Mills, Jr., Penn State


John Navarre, Sr., Michigan


Kyle Orton, Jr., Purdue


Cody Pickett, Sr., Washington


Bryan Randall, Jr., Virginia Tech


Philip Rivers, Sr., NC State


Chris Rix, Jr., Florida State


Ell Roberson, Sr., Kansas State


Ben Roethlisberger, Jr., Miami (Ohio)


Rod Rutherford, Sr., Pittsburgh


Matt Schaub, Sr., Virginia


Ryan Schneider, Sr., Central Florida


Brad Smith, So., Missouri


Bradlee Van Pelt, Sr., Colorado State


Andrew Walter, Jr., Arizona State


Bill Whittemore, Sr., Kansas


Danny Wimprine, Jr., Memphis

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