Aug. 9, 2001
BERKELEY - Cal junior quarterback Kyle Boller has been listed a one of 30 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, which is given annually to the nation's top quarterback.
Boller enters his third year as a starter for the Bears this fall. After two years, he ranks 12th on Cal's career list with 3,424 passing yards. Last season, he completed 163-of-349 passes for 2,121 yards and 15 touchdowns, ranking sixth in the Pac-10 with an average of 192.8 ypg.
The O'Brien committee, which is comprised of sportswriters and commentators from around the country, will select eight semifinalists the first week of November. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 during ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
The O'Brien Award is named in honor of the late Davey O"Brien, an All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at TCU who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.
Here is the complete list of candidates for the 2001 award:
Kyle Boller, California Eric Crouch, Nebraska Woodrow Dantzler, Clemson Rohan Davey, LSU Ken Dorsey, Miami David Carr, Fresno State Casey Clausen, Tennessee Ronald Curry, North Carolina K.C. Enzminger, New Mexico State Mark Farris, Texas A&M Daivd Garrard, East Carolina George Godsey, Georgia Tech Rex Grossman, Florida Joey Harrington, Oregon Jeff Kelly, Southern Mississippi Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech Kurt Kittner, Illinois Zak Kustok, Northwestern Byron Leftwich, Marshall Jared Lorenzen, Kentucky David Neill, Nevada Carson Palmer, USC David Priestley, Pittsburgh Casey Printers, TCU Dave Ragone, Louisville Patrick Ramsey, Tulane Philip RIvers, North Carolina State Chris Simms, Texas Jonathan Ogden, Oregon State Jason Thomas, UNLV