Every year the Davey O’Brien Award is presented to the nation’s top collegiate quarterback. This year, there’s a decent chance the winner will play for an SEC school. The winner could in fact be Georgia Bulldog Jacob Eason, who’s one of six SEC quarterbacks on the recently released thirty-member O’Brien watch list.
Joining the nation’s foremost jet ski passer on the list are Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Arkansas’s Austin Allen, Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald, Ole Miss’s Shea Patterson, and South Carolina sophomore Jake Bentley. It’s worth noting that Hurts, Eason, Patterson, and Bentley are all sophomores (Fitzgerald is a junior). In other words, there’s a good chance that the SEC’s recent run of mediocre quarterback play may be coming to an end by virtue of sheer experience.
To be fair, each of these SEC quarterbacks is probably a longshot to take home the O’Brien. The favorites are defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and 2017 Heisman contenders Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, USC’s Sam Darnold, and J.T. Barrett of Ohio State. Other high profile quarterbacks on the watch list include Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, and Washington QB Jake Browning. Until later...