July 14, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas — Georgia Tech senior Joshua Nesbitt was one of 30 quarterbacks named to the 2010 Davey O’Brien National Award Watch List, the O’Brien Selection Committee announced late Wednesday afternoon.
This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of The O’Brien National Selection Committee, features 30 of the nation’s top collegiate quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2010 college football season.
Nesbitt, a 2009 First Team All-ACC selection, is considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. He has rushed for more than 2,000 career yards (2,069) and is approaching 3,000 yards passing (2,602). Last season, the Greensboro, Ga. native rushed for 1,037 yards and 18 touchdowns and threw for 1,701 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 2010 O’Brien Watch List features 13 seniors, 13 juniors and four sophomores. The ACC and Big 12 lead all conferences with five candidates each on the list. The Pac-10 is represented by four players.
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to be awarded The O’Brien. Quarterbacks from all 120 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 25. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 22. The 2010 winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 9.
The 34th Annual O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 21, 2011 at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.