Aug. 29, 2007
Berkeley - Beginning this Sunday, Sept. 2, college football fans can start casting their votes for the 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien). Unlike any other award in college football, The O'Brien will institute a fan vote that will count as five percent of the final tally. This is the first time in the award's history that fans' opinions will influence the selection process. Cal fans are encouraged to vote for O'Brien Award hopeful, Nate Longshore on DaveyOBrien.com
The rules of the voting are as follows -
Beginning with the 2007 college football season, The O'Brien will initiate an online fan vote. College football fans will be invited to vote for their choice of the nation's best college quarterback. Fans can vote for their favorite quarterback as often as once daily. Voting totals will be cleared after each voting round, and the fan vote will count as five percent of the final tally.
Semifinalists Fans will have the choice of all 119 Division I-A quarterbacks to choose from and can vote as often as once daily beginning Sunday, Sept. 2 until the voting closes at noon CST on Sunday, Oct. 28. The top three vote recipients will be added to the semifinalist list.
Semifinalists will be announced on Monday, Oct. 29.
Finalists The ballot will be refined from the semifinalist list. Fans can vote as often as once daily beginning Monday, Oct. 29 until the voting closes at noon CST on Sunday, Nov. 18.
Finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19.
Winner The ballot will be comprised of the finalists. Fans can vote as often as once daily beginning Monday, Nov. 19 until the voting closes at noon CST on Sunday, Dec. 2.
"We're thrilled to be adding the fan vote to our selection process," said Danielle Moorman, executive director of the Davey O'Brien Foundation. "For many fans, college football season is year round, so they are passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their teams. This gives them the opportunity to validate their opinions."
Fans will be able to vote for the starting quarterback from any of the 119 Division I-A football programs, leaving room for the possibility of a quarterback who is not on the Watch List (published last week) to win the award. Fans can vote once daily on The O'Brien's updated Web site, DaveyOBrien.com, in hopes of moving their pick to the final round.
The top three fan vote recipients will be added to the semifinalist list, which will then be refined to three finalists and the winner. During these rounds of voting the fan vote will count as five percent. The O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN Dec. 6.
"We understand that college football's electric atmosphere is not only because of exciting plays on the field, but also feeds off of the tradition, tailgating and fan participation at the games," said Moorman. "We want the fans to be excited about The O'Brien and take some ownership in the award."
The addition of the fan vote component is the first of many new programs in the works for The O'Brien in order to encourage more fan involvement.
"We intend to add features to the Web site throughout the season so The O'Brien can be an integral part of the fan experience," said Moorman.
The O'Brien will be one of only two college football awards to include a fan vote in their selection process. It will share that honor with the Heisman Memorial Trophy, whose winner is chosen by one fan vote and votes from 924 other electors.
Cal, ranked No. 12 in the nation, hosts No. 15-ranked Tennessee in Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1 at 5:00 p.m.