Who Will Win This Year's Davey O'Brien Award?




The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in college football, but the Davey O’Brien, which is given to the best quarterback, is a close second. Let’s take a look at the watch list, and see who’s going to be around come December when the finalists are revealed.

Trace McSorley


The Penn State product is going to have the weight of the world on his shoulders this season. After losing Saquon Barkley to the NFL, McSorley is going to have to do a lot more this season with a lot less. He’s going to have an opportunity to show his playmaking ability after losing not only Barkley but top targets Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton to the NFL as well. McSorley will have five-star recruit Miles Sanders by his side, but he isn’t proven yet. We’ll see who can make plays for McSorley this year, but he should be a strong contender for the Heisman and O’Brien by the end of the year.

Jarrett Stidham


Auburn’s QB is tops on a lot of scout’s boards for the 2019 quarterback class. Is he a perfect prospect? Absolutely not, but he has a decent supporting cast, that while isn’t the best, should be able to hold up. He also has a sturdy offensive line that should hopefully buy him some extra time. Stidham could be able to coast to the semi-final list for the O’Brien on arm talent alone. But a successful season for Auburn should help boost his stock nationally.

Jake Browning


The 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year is looking to have a bounce back in 2018. Browning threw for 43 touchdowns in 2016 but fell off in 2017 after losing world-class speedster John Ross. 2018 should be a different story, featuring guys like freshman All-American Hunter Bryant, and highly touted freshman receiver Marquis Spiker.
2018 is going to be a great year for the senior quarterback who wants to improve his draft stock. Browning might not have the strongest arm, but he’s a very smart QB who knows how to make plays and definitely has the potential to win the award.

Khalil Tate


Arizona’s quarterback is an electrifying playmaker. He’s the definition of a quarterback who can do it all after he set the NCAA record last season for quarterback rushing yards in a game. He rushed for 327 yards in a game against Colorado in early October of the 2017 season. Tate’s supporting cast isn’t anywhere near what any other QB’s on this list is, but he is so good with his feet and just so fast that it might not matter. Tate will need some help from his receivers, but the biggest question is, how much will he really get?

Jake Fromm


The freshman sensation from 2017 that took five-star recruit Jacob Eason’s job, Fromm is looking to build on his freshman campaign that led Georgia to the national championship game. Behind one of the best offensive lines in the country, with a strong supporting cast, Fromm is easily in one of the best situations in the country, but he’s also just one of the most talented QBs in the country. The Georgia QB has the ability to coast and win this award because of the talent around him. Fromm is one of the hardest workers in the country too, so you know he’s going to give it his all on every play.

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