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    Jameis Winston named Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien FORT WORTH, Texas - Narrowed down from the starting quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.  

    The 2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists represent schools from the following conferences: SEC (5), Pac-12 (3), AAC (2), ACC (2), Big Ten (1), Big 12 (1), Mid-American (1) and Mountain West (1).

    The list features 2012 winner Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State), and 2012 semifinalists Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), A.J. McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).

       

    2013 Davey O'Brien Semifinalists

    Blake Bortles, UCF, AAC

    Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC

    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC

    Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC

    Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12

    Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC

    Sean Mannion, Oregon State, Pac-12

    Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC

    Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12

    A.J. McCarron, Alabama, SEC

    Zach Mettenberger, LSU, SEC

    Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten

    Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC

    Bryce Petty, Baylor, Big 12

    Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC

    Jameis Winston, Florida State, ACC

      

    Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 24.

    The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25 and the 2013 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday,  Dec. 12 on ESPN. The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Feb.17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

    About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

    The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $900,000 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.  

    The Davey O'Brien Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 21 awards boast 678 years of tradition-selection excellence. Visit www.NCFAA.org to learn more about our story.

    Roberto Aguayo named Lou Groza Award semifinalist

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    Courtesy of the Palm Beach Sports Commission:

    West Palm Beach, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has released the 20 semifinalists for the 2013 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Orange Bowl Committee. These twenty kickers have all excelled throughout the season in earning their places as semifinalists.

    While last year's winner Cairo Santos makes the list, the senior from Tulane is one of only five returning semifinalists, joined by Northwestern senior Jeff Budzien, Arkansas State senior Brian Davis, Oklahoma senior Michael Hunnicutt, and Texas senior Anthony Fera, who was a semifinalist in 2011 while at Penn State.

    Among the new semifinalists are four players who can each claim the top spot on one of the nation's kicking leaderboards. Texas Tech junior Ryan Bustin not only leads the nation in kick-scoring with 98 points, but his 19 field goals are also the most in FBS and have already set a new single-season Red Raider record. In terms of distance, everyone is chasing South Florida junior Marvin Kloss, whose 9 kicks from 40 yards or more lead the nation, as does his spectacular 4-for-4 showing on kicks from at least 50 yards out. Georgia sophomore Marshall Morgan missed the first two games of the season but has still kicked 13 field goals, helping him to the national lead in field goals per game. On a per-game basis, Arizona State freshman Zane Gonzalez tops all FBS kickers in scoring at 11.6 points per contest.

    Gonzalez isn't the only freshman on the semifinalist list. He's joined by Jake Elliott at Memphis, Andy Phillips at Utah, and Florida State's Roberto Aguayo, who has yet to miss on any of his 12 field goal attempts or 53 point-after tries. Aguayo's 12 field goals are the most in the nation by a kicker yet to miss, as are his 65 total kicks. He's not the only perfect kicker on the semifinalist list: Arkansas State's Davis has gone 10-for-10 on field goals, while Central Florida junior Shawn Moffitt has yet to miss on either his 9 field goals or 28 extra points.

    Semifinalists will be voted on by FBS Head Coaches and SIDs, past Groza finalists, and national and regional football writers to select the three finalists. These finalists will be announced on November 25th and honored at the 22nd annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Awards Banquet on December 10th in West Palm Beach, Florida. The winner will be announced live on ESPN at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Thursday, December 12th.

    The award is named in honor of one of the all-time great kickers in football history, Lou Groza. Groza played 21 seasons for the Cleveland Browns setting numerous franchise records, including most games played, most points scored, and an amazing 107 consecutive games in which he scored a point. Groza was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. 

    Since the first Lou Groza Award was handed out in 1992, 16 finalists, including 10 winners, have gone on to appear in the NFL, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and taking home five Super Bowls. That list includes current NFL kickers Dan Bailey, Randy Bullock, Mason Crosby, Kai Forbath, Graham Gano, Garrett Hartley, Dustin Hopkins, Sebastian Janikowski, Mike Nugent, Caleb Sturgis, and Blair Walsh.

    For more information regarding the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, please visit LouGrozaAward.com, or follow @LouGrozaAward on Twitter for updates as they happen.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting Kris Pursell, Director of Event Operations at the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3124 or kpursell@palmbeachsports.com.

    For the full PDF version of this release, including semifinalist headshots and stats, please click here.

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    ESPN Senior Director of Public Relations @MsPotts_ESPN is on FSU's campus for Saturday's ESPN College GameDay broadcast and while here she is tweeting behind-the-scene photos. Follow along below:

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    FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 2013 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Marquee Match-up for week ten highlights three-time Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Jameis Winston of Florida State and Watch List quarterback Stephen Morris of Miami (Fla.) in an ACC match-up of Top 10 programs.

    Throughout the season, the Davey O'Brien will highlight the best weekly quarterback match-up as the race for the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award continues. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 4.

    Courtesy of the Davey O'Brien Foundation:

    Marquee Match-up: No. 7* Miami (Fla.) at No. 3* Florida State

    Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC

    Jameis Winston threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns in a little over two quarters of action during Florida State's 49-17 win over North Carolina State last weekend. All three scores and 229 of his passing yards came during a school-record 35-point first quarter scoring outburst by the Seminoles.  

    Stephen Morris and the Hurricanes needed a fourth quarter rally to dispatch a determined Wake Forest squad on Saturday to set up this weekend's renewal of one of college football's storied rivalries. Miami remains undefeated in 2013 and Morris is a big reason why. The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,463 yards and 10 touchdowns through seven games this season.  

    Other Notable Games (based on start times)

    • Arizona State (Taylor Kelly) at Washington State (Connor Halliday)
      Thursday, October 31 at 9:30 pm (CT) on ESPN      
    • No. 21 Michigan (Devin Gardner) at No. 22 Michigan State (Connor Cook)
      Saturday, November 2 at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on ABC 
    • Nevada (Cody Fajardo) at No. 16 Fresno State (Derek Carr)
      Saturday, November 2 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU          

    *All rankings reflect The Associated Press Top 25 poll  

     

    About the Davey O'Brien Fan Vote 

    Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 12 on ESPN and will be honored at the 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 16-17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.

     

    About the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

    The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away nearly $900,000 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

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