Rebels’ Wallace named to Davey O’Brien Watch list
FORT WORTH, Texas – Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace (Pulaski, Tennessee) has been named to the 2014 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award® Watch List, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Wednesday.
This year’s list of the nation’s top returning quarterbacks, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2014 college football season.
This is the second preseason watch list for Wallace, who was included on the Maxwell Award’s list last week.
Entering his third season as the Rebels’ starting quarterback, Wallace ranks second in school history in total offense (7,085 yards) and passing (6,340 yards) and first in passing efficiency (140.2) and completion percentage (64.3). He is the SEC’s top returning passer after throwing for 3.346 yards last year (second-most in the league behind Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel). He has claimed bowl game MVP honors each of the last two seasons and has also been named preseason All-SEC by Phil Steele, Athlon and Lindy’s.
Jameis Winston of Florida State, the 2013 Davey O’Brien winner, is bidding to become the fourth quarterback ever to win the award twice, joining BYU’s Ty Detmer (1990-91), Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (1995-96) and Oklahoma’s Jason White (2003-04).
Nearly half (19 of 39) of the players on the watch list are seniors. Thirteen juniors and seven sophomores round out the contingent. Among conferences, the Pac-12 leads the way with eight signal callers on the list. The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC are all represented by five players.
The 38th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.