CLEMSON — Clemson’s Tajh Boyd has been selected as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award for the second year in a row.
The O’Brien is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. It honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.
Boyd was a tremendous asset to the Clemson Tigers in 2011. Now more mature and lighter on his feet, Boyd has added another dimension to Clemson’s offense.
He is a mobile quarterback who can extend the play when necessary. He is poised in the pocket, making better decisions and as a result is shaping into a high caliber player.
Boyd leads the ACC in total offense, averaging 308.4 yards per game and has thrown for 1,908 yards, 15 touchdowns and 251 yards rushing so far this season.
The 2012 Davey O’Brien Semifinalists are Matt Barkley (USC, Pac-12), Tajh Boyd (Clemson, ACC), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville, Big East), Colby Cameron ( Louisiana Tech, WAC), Seth Doege (Texas Tech, Big 12), Nick Florence (Baylor, Big 12), Landry Jones (Oklahoma, Big 12), Collin Klein (Kansas State, Big 12), EJ Manuel (Florida State, ACC), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M, SEC), Marcus Mariota (Oregon, Pac-12), AJ McCarron (Alabama, SEC), Braxton Miller (Ohio State, Big Ten), Aaron Murray (Georgia, SEC), Denard Robinson (Michigan, Big Ten) and Geno Smith (West Virginia, Big 12).
The O’Brien Award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $825,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.
Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once a day at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 18.
The three Davey O’Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and the 2012 Davey O’Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 6 on ESPN.
The 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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