Whitehurst Named to the Davey O'Brien Watch List


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FORT WORTH, Texas - Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is among the preseason Davey O'Brien Watch List selections for 2004. The list was announced on Tuesday. The award is annual presented at the conclusion of the season to the top quarterback in the nation.


Whitehurst is the second Clemson quarterback to be named to the preseason watch list. Woodrow Dantzler was a mid-season addition to the list in 2000 and was named to the preseason list in 2001.
Whitehust led Clemson to a 9-4 record and number-22 final ranking in
2003 as a sophomore when he established 33 Clemson records for passing and total offense.




The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.


Semifinalists will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later in that month by the O'Brien National Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters, commentators and other members of the media. The winner of the 2004 O'Brien Award will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The winner will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2005, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 42 candidates on the watch list are:


Derek Anderson................ Sr........... Oregon State

Reggie Ball........................ So.......... Georgia Tech

Brock Berlin...................... Sr........... Miami (Fla)

Jon Beutjer........................ Sr........... Illinois

Timmy Chang.................... Sr........... Hawaii

Kellen Clemens................. Jr........... Oregon

Brodie Croyle.................... Jr........... Alabama

Jay Cutler.......................... Jr........... Vanderbilt

Darian Durant.................... Sr........... North Carolina

Charlie Frye...................... Sr........... Akron

Bruce Gradkowski............ Jr........... Toledo

David Greene.................... Sr........... Georgia

Gino Guidugli..................... Sr........... Cincinnatti

Darrell Hackney................ Jr........... UAB

Josh Haldi......................... Sr........... Northern Illinois

Scott Hall.......................... Jr........... North Texas

Stan Hill............................ Sr........... Marshall

Matt Jones........................ Sr........... Arkansas

Stefan LeFors.................... Sr........... Louisville

Chris Leak........................ So.......... Florida

Matt Leinart...................... Jr........... USC

Matt LoVecchio................ Sr........... Indiana

James Kilian...................... Sr........... Tulsa

Joel Klatt........................... Jr........... Colorado

Kevin Kolb....................... So.......... Houston

Reggie McNeal................. Jr........... Texas A&M

Rasheed Marshall.............. Sr........... West Virginia

Zack Mills......................... Sr........... Penn State

Kyle Orton........................ Sr........... Purdue

Dan Orlovsky.................... Sr........... Connecticut

Brady Quinn...................... So.......... Notre Dame

Paul Pinegar...................... Jr........... Fresno State

Bryan Randall.................... Sr........... Virginia Tech

Chris Rix........................... Sr........... Florida State

Aaron Rodgers.................. Jr........... California

Alex Smith......................... Jr........... Utah

Brad Smith........................ Jr........... Missouri

Andrew Walter.................. Sr........... Arizona State

Jason White....................... Sr........... Oklahoma

Charlie Whitehurst............. Jr........... Clemson 

Danny Wimprine................ Sr........... Memphis

Vince Young..................... So.......... Texas

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