July 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla — Florida State redshirt senior quarterback EJ Manuel has earned a spot on another preseason watch list.
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
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Nine days after being placed on the watch list for the Maxwell Award that’s given to college football’s best player, Manuel was added Wednesday morning to a group of 34 early candidates for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award presented at season’s end to the nation’s best signal caller.
Manuel enters his final year at FSU ranked statistically as the most accurate passer in program history thanks to his 66.1 career completion percentage. Dating back to last season, the Virginia Beach, Va. native hasn’t thrown an interception in 121 pass attempts and counting.
The 2012 season will mark Manuel’s second as the full-time starter and he boasts all-time record as 13-4. Manuel threw for 2,666 yards and 18 touchdowns last year after taking over for NFL first-round draft pick Christian Ponder.
Manuel has three bowl victories to his credit, with wins in the Gator, Chick-fil-A and Champs Sports bowls in back-to-back-to-back seasons.
2012 Davey O’Brien Watch List
Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State, Sun Belt
Matt Barkley, USC, Pac-12
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Tyler Bray, Tennessee, SEC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, Big East
Alex Carder, Western Michigan, MAC
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
B.J. Daniels, USF, Big East
Seth Doege, Texas Tech, Big 12
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC
James Franklin, Missouri, SEC
Mike Glennon, N.C. State, ACC
Landry Jones, Oklahoma, Big 12
Collin Klein, Kansas State, Big 12
EJ Manuel, Florida State, ACC
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten
AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Riley Nelson, BYU, Independent
Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12
Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
Sean Renfree, Duke, ACC
Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC
Denard Robinson, Michigan, Big Ten
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, Big Ten
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Geno Smith, West Virginia, Big 12
Trent Steelman, Army, Independent
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC
Jeff Tuel, Washington St, Pac-12
James Vandenberg, Iowa, Big Ten
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, SEC
About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®
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, and has given away more than $850,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.