Junior Tyree Jackson of the University at Buffalo is one of 26 players named to the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which is given annually to college football’s top player at the position.
Entering his third season as the UB starter, the 6-foot-7 245-pound Jackson from Norton Shores, Mich., passed for 2,096 yards and 12 touchdowns with only three interceptions in eight starts for the Bulls last season. Also, he was an Academic All-Mid-American Conference selection.
The 16 O’Brien semifinalists will be announced Nov. 6 and three finalists named on Nov. 29. The winner will be unveiled live on Dec. 6 on the Home Depot College Football Awards.
Fans will be able to vote for the award on VoteOBrien.org. Balloting will begin on Sept. 4.
Some of the others on the watch list include: Jake Browning (Washington), Ryan Finley (North Carolina State), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Jake Fromm (Georgia), Will Grier (West Virginia), Drew Lock (Missouri), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Trace McSorley (Penn State) and Nathan Rourke (Ohio U.).
The award is named in honor of Davey O’Brien, the 1938 Heisman Trophy winner who played at TCU and later in the NFL.