The Davey O達rien National Quarterback Awardｮ is presented annually to the nation痴 best college quarterback and is the nation's oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O達rien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O達rien痴 enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics.
Prior to the start of the season, the Davey O達rien Watch List is determined by a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee. This same subset will vote weekly for the Davey O達rien Quarterback of the Week, which is featured in weekly press releases from the beginning of the season until the semifinalists are announced. The Selection Committee narrows the field of candidates to 16 semifinalists in October, three finalists in November and selects the winner in December.
In the spirit of Davey O'Brien and his great legacy, the Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners, is asked to evaluate each candidate on the following criteria:
Quarterback skills/athletic ability
Reputation as a team player
The 2012 season marks the sixth year fans have participated in the voting. The Fan Vote counts as 5% during each round of the voting process, and it is combined with the results from the Selection Committee.
The winner of the Davey O達rien Award receives a replica bronze of the original Davey O達rien Trophy and his name is engraved on the base of the original, which is housed in the Davey O達rien Hall of Fame.
American Airlines is the official travel partner of the Davey O達rien National Quarterback Award.