LUBBOCK, TX – Senior quarterback Taylor Potts, fresh off winning the "Air It Out" competition at the prestigious Manning Passing Academy over the weekend, will enter the 2010 football season as one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2010 Davey O'Brien Award that honors the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks.
Potts, a native of Abilene, played in 12 games last season and threw for 3,440 yards along with 20 touchdowns. He was instrumental in Tech's win over Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl as he completed 29-of-43 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns.
This year's list, which was compiled by a subset of The O'Brien National Selection Committee, features 30 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2010 college football season.
The 2010 O'Brien Watch List features 13 seniors, 13 juniors and four sophomores. The ACC and Big 12 lead all conferences with five candidates each on the list. The Pac-10 is represented by four players.
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to be awarded The O'Brien. Quarterbacks from all 120 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 25. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 22. The 2010 winner will be announced on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 9.
The 34th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 21, 2011 at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.