State of Florida Redshirt Senior Quarterback McKenzie Milton was inducted onto the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List 2021, which was announced on Tuesday. The Davey O’Brien Award is presented annually to the best college football quarterback in the country. Milton is one of 30 quarterbacks on the preseason watchlist.
Milton is a graduate transfer from UCF who joined the Seminoles last December.
Prior to arriving at FSU, he led the Knights as a starter to a 27-6 record and two AAC championships, including an undefeated campaign in 2017. He is the only two-time AAC Offensive Player of the Year in the conference’s history, taking 2018 placed sixth and eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2017 and was a 2018 finalist for the Sullivan Award, which is presented to the outstanding amateur athlete in the USA. The native Kapolei, Hawai’i, has appeared in 33 games and made 630 of 1,020 passes for 8,683 yards and 72 touchdowns with 1,078 yards and 20 touchdowns in 280 rushing attempts for a total offensive of 9,761 yards.
The FSU has not yet named a starting quarterback for their season opener against Notre Dame on Sunday, September 5th.
Named after the former TCU quarterback and college football hall of famer, the award honors candidates who embody the enduring character of Davey O’Brien while demonstrating teamwork, athleticism and leadership skills in both academia and athletics.
This year’s list was compiled by a subgroup of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee and selected based on the performance of career players and expectations for the 2021 college football season. All nominees must have previously started at least one game on an NCAA Division I institution.
2021 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watchlist
Connor Bazelak, Missouri, Sun., 6-3, 212, Dayton, Ohio
Charlie Brewer, Utah, Sr., 6-1, 210, Austin, Texas
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, Jr., 6-1, 205, Ventura, California.
Malik Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 207, Grafton, Ohio
Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, Sun., 6-3, 185, San Bernardino, California.
JT Daniels, Georgia, Jr., 6-3, 210, Irvine, California.
Max Duggan, TCU, Jr., 6-2, 201, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, Jr., 6-0, 200, Mililani, Hawaii
Frank Harris, UTSA, Sr., 6-0,200, Schertz, Texas
Sam Howell, North Carolina, Jr., 6-1, 220, Indian Trail, NC
Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, Jr., 6-5, 226, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 184, Baton Rouge, La.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Sun., 6-3, 210, Indian Trail, NC
Graham Mertz, Wisconsin, Sun., 6-3, 225, Overland Park, Kan.
McKenzie Milton, Florida State, Sr., 5-11, 192, Kapolei, Hawaii
Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Sr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.
Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, Jr., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Florida.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Sr., 6-1, 220, Gilbert, Ariz.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, Sun., 6-1, 200, Phoenix, Ariz.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Sr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-1, 205, Denton, Texas
Kedon Slovis, USC, Jr., 6-3, 215, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Nick Starkel, San Jose State, Sr., 6-3, 214, Argyle, Texas
Carson Strong, Nevada, Jr., 6-4, 215, Vacaville, California.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA, Sr., 6-1, 200, Las Vegas, New York.
DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson, Sun, 6-4, 250, Inland Empire, California.
Grant Wells, Marshall, R-Fr., 6-2, 210, Charleston, W. Va.
Malik Willis, Liberty, Jr., 6-1, 215, Atlanta, Georgia.
Twelve of the watchlist members are former Davey O’Brien Award semi-finalists, including a trio of two-time semi-finalists in Miami’s D’Eriq King (2018, 2020), McKenzie Milton from Florida (2017, 2018) and Brock Purdy from the state of Iowa ( 2019, 2020). The other semi-finalists so far are Charlie Brewer from Utah (2019), Matt Corral from Ole Miss (2020), Dillon Gabriel from UCF (2020), Sam Howell from North Carolina (2020), Grayson McCall from Coastal Carolina (2020), Tanner Morgan from Minnesota (2019), Michael Penix Jr. from Indiana (2020), Spencer Rattler from Oklahoma (2020) and Desmond Ridder from Cincinnati (2020).
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the best college quarterback in the country and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Appearance on the watch list of the preseason is not a prerequisite for winning the award.
For the second year in a row, players honored as the Davey O’Brien Great 8 Weekly Recipients, as well as any additional quarterbacks approved by the Selection Subcommittee, will be included in the official Davey O’Brien on Monday, October 18 Midseason watchlist added The Davey O’Brien QB-Class 2021 will be announced on Monday, October 25th.
Sixteen semi-finalists selected from the list of QB classes 2021 will be named on Monday, November 8th. The foundation will announce the three finalists two weeks later (Monday, November 22nd). The 2021 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be revealed live on ESPN on Thursday December 9th during the Home Depot College Football Awards. Fan voting on social media, combined with the national selection committee ballot papers, will once again play a role in the total number of semi-finalists, finalists and winners.
The 45th annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, February 21, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Florida State is one of only two schools to have produced at least three different Davey O’Brien awardees. Charlie Ward 1993 was the first Seminole to bring home the award, followed by Chris Weinke in 2000 and James Winston In 2013.
From July 19-30, 16 price lists will be published by the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). Here is an overview of the dates for each watchlist, each award, and what the award is given for:
July 19: Bednarik Prize and Maxwell Prize
The Bednarik Award is presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year by Maxwell Football Club. FSU linebacker Amari Gainer made the watchlist. More Here.
The Maxwell Award is presented to College Player of the Year by Maxwell Football Club. FSU quarterback McKenzie Milton made the watchlist. More Here.
20th of July: Davey O’Brien Prize
The Davey O’Brien Award is given to the best quarterback in the country by the Davey O’Brien Foundation. FSU quarterback McKenzie Milton made the watch list.
21 July: Doak Walker Prize
The Doak Walker Award is presented by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum to the best running back in the country.
22nd of July: Biletnikoff Prize
The Biletnikoff Award is presented by the Tallahassee (Fla.) Quarterback Club Foundation to the country’s outstanding college recipient.
July 23: Mackey Award and Rimington Trophy
The Mackey Award is presented by Friends of John Mackey to the most outstanding tight end in the nation.
The Rimington Trophy is awarded to the leading center in the country by the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
July 26th: Jim Thorpe Prize and Butkus Prize
The Jim Thorpe Award is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the nation’s best defensive back.
The Butkus Award is given to the best linebacker in the country by the Butkus Foundation.
July 27th: Outland Trophy and Bronko Nagurski Trophy
The Outland Trophy is awarded by the Football Writers Association of America to the most outstanding interior lineman in the country.
The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded by the Charlotte (NC) Touchdown Club to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player.
July 28th: Lou Groza Prize and Ray Guy Prize
The Lou Groza Award is given by the Palm Beach County (Fla.) Sports Commission to the best court kicker in the country.
The Ray Guy Award is presented to the College Punter of the Year by the Augusta (Ga.) Sports Council.
29th of July: Paul Hornung Award and Wuerffel Trophy
The Paul Hornung Award is presented by the Louisville, Ky. Sports Commission to the most versatile player in college football.
The Dice Trophy is awarded by the All Sports Association of Fort Walton Beach (Fla) to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
30th July: Walter Camp Prize
The Walter Camp Award is given by the Walter Camp Football Foundation to the most outstanding player in the country.
Noles247.com will have updates when FSU players are revealed on each of the watchlists.
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