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PROVO - BYU senior quarterback Max Hall was one of 33 individuals to be selected to compete for the 2009 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best quarterback in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Candidates for the O'Brien Award were selected by a subset of The O'Brien Selection Committee. The list focuses on a select group of quarterbacks who have demonstrated what members of the Selection Committee have recognized as tremendous preseason talent. The award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field.
Hall, a first-team all-MWC honoree in 2008, passed for league-highs of 3,957 yards and 35 touchdowns last fall, leading the Conference in both categories for the second straight season. His passing and total yardage (4,072) numbers ranked among the top 10 nationally while setting MWC records for a junior signal-caller.
Three former BYU quarterbacks have received the O'Brien Trophy. Ty Detmer was honored as the nation's best quarterback for the 1991 and 1992 seasons, while Jim McMahon and Steve Young earned the 1981 and 1983 awards, respectively.
The O'Brien will follow performances of all FBS quarterbacks until Semifinalists are selected in late October. Semifinalists will be announced October 26; Finalists November 23; and the winner December 10. During all rounds of voting, The O'Brien Selection Committee is asked to evaluate each candidate on the criteria of quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.
The 2009 O'Brien winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN December 10. The recipient will be honored February 15, 2010 at the 33rd Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
|**2009 O'Brien Watch List **|
|Sam Bradford||Oklahoma||JR||Big 12|
|Jarrett Brown||West Virginia||SR||Big East|
|Daryll Clark||Penn State||SR||Big Ten|
|Jimmy Clausen||Notre Dame||JR||IND|
|Robert Griffin||Baylor||SO||Big 12|
|Matt Grothe||South Florida||SR||Big East|
|Tim Hiller||Western Michigan||SR||MAC|
|Dan LeFevour||Central Michigan||SR||MAC|
|Colt McCoy||Texas||SR||Big 12|
|Kellen Moore||Boise State||SO||WAC|
|Josh Nesbitt||Georgia Tech||JR||ACC|
|Tony Pike||Cincinnati||SR||Big East|
|Taylor Potts||Texas Tech||JR||Big 12|
|Terrelle Pryor||Ohio State||SO||Big Ten|
|Todd Reesing||Kansas||SR||Big 12|
|Zac Robinson||Oklahoma State||SR||Big 12|
|Riley Skinner||Wake Forest||SR||ACC|
|Rusty Smith||Florida Atlantic||SR||Sun Belt|
|Jevan Snead||Ole Miss||JR||SEC|
|Tyrod Taylor||Virginia Tech||JR||ACC|
|Adam Weber||Minnesota||JR||Big Ten|
|Juice Williams||Illinois||SR||Big Ten|
|Russell Wilson||North Carolina State||SO||ACC|