Here’s the press release naming John Parker Wilson a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award:
TUSCALOOSA â€“ University of Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was among 13 Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks selected as semifinalists for the 2008 Davey Oâ€™Brien National Quarterback Award the Davey Oâ€™Brien Foundation and its national selection committee announced on Monday.
â€œThis is a great honor, but one that I would not be receiving if it wasnâ€™t for the play of my offensive line and really our entire team,â€ Wilson said. â€œThe quarterback play across the country has been outstanding this year and I am excited to be listed among this group of quarterbacks.
â€œOur offensive line has provided plenty of time to throw the football and our receivers and tight ends have caught almost everything thrown their way. The running game has also been a key component that has allowed us to have a balanced offensive attack.â€
Wilson, a native of Hoover, Ala., has guided the Crimson Tide to an 8-0 record and No. 2 national ranking in his senior campaign. He has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards and eight touchdowns. Wilson has thrown just three interceptions and has added two rushing touchdowns this season. He ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference in passing efficiency with a 133.66 rating.
Wilson is Alabamaâ€™s career leader in passing yards (6,911), completions (587), touchdowns (45) and attempts (1,028). He also holds the single-season record in all four of those categories.
Wilson is one of three Southeastern Conference quarterbacks listed among the 13 semifinalist. He is joined by Georgiaâ€™s Matthew Stafford and Floridaâ€™s Tim Tebow.
The Davey O’Brien Award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field. The Selection Committee is asked to evaluate all candidates on their quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. The Oâ€™Brien Selection Committee is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners as well as fans across the country with the top three quarterbacks from the Oâ€™Brien Fan Vote being added to the list.
Fans are able to vote for semifinalist candidates once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The voting will continue throughout the semifinalist and finalist rounds with five percent of the final tally coming directly from the fan vote.
The finalist will be selected on Nov. 24 and the 2008 winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN December 11. The recipient will be honored Feb. 16, 2009, at the 32nd Annual O’Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
2008 O’Brien Watch List:
Sam Bradford SO Oklahoma
Daryll Clark JR Penn State
Chase Daniel SR Missouri
Max Hall JR BYU
Graham Harrell SR Texas Tech
David Johnson SR Tulsa
Colt McCoy JR Texas
Todd Reesing JR Kansas
Zac Robinson JR Oklahoma State
Mark Sanchez JR USC
Matthew Stafford JR Georgia
Tim Tebow JR Florida
John Parker Wilson SR Alabama
About The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback AwardÂ®
The O’Brien honors the nation’s best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and leadership, The O’Brien aims to help instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The O’Brien is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation had given away over $750,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.