Tuitama on Davey O'Brien List

July 21, 2008

FORT WORTH, Texas--Arizona senior quarterback Willie Tuitama is among preseason candidates for the The 2008 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

The watch list was released by the Davey O'Brien Foundation and its National Selection Committee. The list spotlights 31 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) quarterbacks who will vie for the award honoring the nation's best quarterback for the 2008 football season. In addition to the Watch List, all Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks are equal candidates for The O'Brien until semifinalists are selected.

Watch List candidates were selected by a subset of the National Selection Committee and approved by the Davey O'Brien Executive Committee. Semifinalists will be announced October 27; finalists November 24. This prestigious award focuses on accomplishments both on and off the field. The Selection Committee is asked to evaluate all candidates on their quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

The 2008 winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN December 11. The recipient will be honored February 16, 2009, at the 32nd Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Tuitama, who threw for a school-record 3,668 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2007, was named earlier to the Maxwell Award list, along with senior receiver Mike Thomas.

2008 O'Brien Award Candidates

Todd Boeckman

SR

Ohio State

Sam Bradford

SO 

Oklahoma

Tom Brandstater 

SR 

Fresno State

Hunter Cantwell

SR  

Louisville

Rudy Carpenter

SR   

Arizona State

Jimmy Clausen

SO  

Notre Dame

Chase Clement 

SR     

Rice

Chase Daniel     

SR      

Missouri

Sean Glennon    

SR      

Virginia Tech

Matt Grothe         

JR       

South Florida

Max Hall               

JR        

BYU

Cullen Harper        

SR        

Clemson 

Graham Harrell       

SR        

Texas Tech

Chase Holbrook       

SR  

New Mexico State

Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada

SR   

Navy

Dan LeFevour  

JR    

Central Michigan

Jake Locker      

JR     

Washington

Colt McCoy        

JR       

Texas

Curtis Painter      

SR      

Purdue

Todd Reesing      

JR       

Kansas

Mark Sanchez      

JR 

USC

Riley Skinner         

JR  

Wake Forest

Rusty Smith            

JR   

Florida Atlantic

Matthew Stafford     

JR

Georgia

Tim Tebow               

JR 

 Florida

Mike Teel                      

SR

Rutgers

Willie Tuitama          

SR  

Arizona

Drew Weatherford      

SR  

Florida State

Pat White                     

SR  

West Virginia

Juice Williams                            

JR

Illinois

John Parker Wilson       

JR

Alabama

About The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®
The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and leadership, The O'Brien aims to help instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation had given away over $750,000 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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