Walter Named Semifinalist for the O'Brien Award

Nov. 11, 2004

FORT WORTH, Texas - Arizona State University senior quarterback Andrew Walter is one of 13 quarterbacks that have been selected as semifinalists for the 2004 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback, the Davey O'Brien Foundation announced Thursday.

The O'Brien Selection Committee, composed of national sportswriters and commentators, as well as former O'Brien Award winners, will vote later this month to narrow the field again. The three finalists will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 23 by the National College Football Awards Association in a joint effort among college football award programs.

The thirteen semifinalists, in alphabetical order, are: Jason Campbell, Sr., Auburn; Timmy Chang, Sr. Hawai'i; David Greene, Sr., Georgia; Chris Leak, So., Florida; Stefan LeFors, Sr., Louisville; Matt Leinart, Jr., USC; Reggie McNeal, Jr., Texas A&M; Kyle Orton, Sr., Purdue; Aaron Rodgers, Jr., California; Alex Smith, Jr., Utah; Andrew Walter, Sr., Arizona State; Jason White, Sr., Oklahoma; and Jared Zabransky, So., Boise State.

This season, Walter ranks second in the Pac-10 at 277.6 passing yards per game and third in the league and 21st in the nation in total offense at 265.4 yards per game. He has completed 56.2 percent of his attempts (195-347) with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Walter's 25 touchdown passes this year are tied for the second-most among the nation's quarterbacks and also ranks sixth in the country in points responsible for at 17.1 points per contest. Walter's 25 TD passes this season rank third on the ASU single-season chart and within four of the school mark. In 2002, Walter threw 28 scoring strikes, which was one shy of the school record of 29 by Mike Pagel in 1981.

The winner of the 2004 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award will be announced on the 2004 Home Depot College Football Awards Show at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. The show will air live on ESPN from the Atlantic Dance Hall on The Boardwalk at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The winner will be honored Feb. 21, 2005, at the 28th annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in downtown Fort Worth. Archie Manning, recipient of the 2004 Davey O'Brien Legends Award, and the O'Brien High School Scholarship Award winner also will be honored that night. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. For more information, please call (817) 338-3488, or visit www.daveyobrien.com.

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