Jake Bentley named to Davey O'Brian Award watch list

Jake Bentley (WACH)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – University of South Carolina sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley has been named one of 30 players to the Davey O’Brian Award watch list, it was announced Wednesday by the Davey O’Brian Foundation.

The award annually recognizes the nation’s top collegiate quarterback each year.

This year’s list was selected by the Davey O’Brian National Selection Committee and is based on player performance during the previous year and the expectations heading into the 2017 college football season.

Bentley, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore, started each of the final seven games last year. He ranks atop the Carolina list for career completion percentage at 65.8 percent and threw for 1,420 yards and nine touchdowns his freshman year.

Eleven seniors, 11 juniors and eight sophomores comprise the list. Among the leagues, the SEC leads the way with six selections while the ACC, Big 12 and Big 10 have four players a piece.

Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 7. From that list, the Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The 2017 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be announced live Thursday, Dec. 7 on The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The 2017 season marks the 11th year that fans will be invited to participate in the voting process on Results from the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote will be combined with the ballots from the Selection Committee. Fan voting, which accounts for five percent of the total balloting, will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The 41st Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

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