FORT WORTH, Texas — Oregon’s Bo Nix is one of 35 quarterbacks named to the preseason watch list for the 2023 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Tuesday morning.
Nix returns to the preseason watch list after being named a semifinalist for the 2022 Davey O’Brien Award. Nix is one of 15 returning semifinalists on the list, and one of four Pac-12 quarterbacks along with Caleb Williams (USC), Michael Penix Jr. (Washington) and Cameron Rising (Utah).
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 47th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner honoring the winner will be held Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The official Davey O’Brien midseason watch list will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 24, and will contain all active quarterbacks from the preseason watch list, all players honored as a weekly Great 8 recipient through the season’s first eight weeks and any additional quarterbacks approved by the selection subcommittee.
The midseason watch list will then be pared down to the 35-player Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2023 on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Fan voting on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) will again play a role in the semifinalist, finalist and winner voting totals when combined with the national selection committee’s ballots. Voting will begin on Oct. 31.
The list of semifinalists selected from the QB Class will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The Foundation will announce the three finalists two weeks later (Tuesday, Nov. 28). The 2023 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 7, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.
QB Bo Nix – Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List» One of the nation’s top quarterbacks in 2022, his first season at Oregon.
» Accounted for 4,103 total yards of offense and 315.6 total yards per game, ranking 12th in the nation.
» No. 5 among all FBS players with 44 total touchdowns (29 passing, 14 rushing, 1 receiving).
» Just the eighth FBS player since 2000 to record at least 29 passing TDs and 14 rushing TDs in a season.
» Ranked second nationally with a UO single-season record 71.9 completion percentage (294-of-409).
» First UO quarterback ever to complete more than 70.0 percent of his passes in a season.
» Led all FBS quarterbacks with 14 rushing TDs, second-most in a season by a UO QB.
» Just the second UO QB with multiple 400-yard passing games in a season.
Ducks on 2023 Preseason Watch ListsMaxwell Award – QB Bo NixOutland Trophy – OL Josh Conerly Jr.Bronko Nagurski Trophy – DE Brandon Dorlus, DB Evan Williams
Wuerffel Trophy – DB Trikweze Bridges
Paul Hornung Award – WR Kris Hutson
Paul Mackey Award – TE Terrance Ferguson
Rimington Trophy – OL Jackson Powers-Johnson
Biletnikoff Award – WR Troy Franklin, WR Tez Johnson
Davey O’Brien Award – QB Bo Nix