Anderson On O'Brien Award List

July 14, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's Derek Anderson is among the candidates for the 2004 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. Anderson, a senior, is one of 42 candidates for the award, which is selected by a group of national media members.

Anderson (Scappoose, Ore./Scappoose HS) was an All-Pacific-10 honorable mention selection last season, when he quarterbacked the Beavers to an 8-5 record and a win over New Mexico in the Las Vegas Bowl. As a junior, he completed 261 of 510 passes for 4,058 yards and 24 touchdowns. Anderson's passing yardage was the second-highest single-season mark in Pacific-10 history and his total offense of 302.5 yards per game ranked ninth nationally.

The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks. It is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who led Texas Christian to the 1938 national championship.

Semifinalists for the O'Brien Award will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later that month. The winner will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla., and will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February, 2005 in Fort Worth, Tex.

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