Eighteen semifinalists were named Thursday, including three from the SEC, for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
According to the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Texas A&M’s Trevor Knight and Chad Kelly of Ole Miss are Davey O’Brien semifinalists, although only one will be up for the award.
According to the release, two extra Davey O’Brien semifinalists were named because Knight and Kelly are out for the season with injuries.
Hurts, a freshman, has top-ranked Alabama primed for another trip to the College Football Playoff. A dual-threat quarterback, Hurts has racked up 2,320 yards of total offense, including 1,685 through the air and 635 rushing. He has completed 62.3 percent (139-of-223) of his with 12 touchdowns compared to six interceptions.
The semifinalists were named based on selections from a committee, as well as fan voting.
The other semifinalists are J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, Jake Browning of Washington, Sam Darnold of USC, Jerod Evans of Virginia Tech, Luke Falk of Washington State, Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State, Wilton Speight of Michigan, Zach Terrell of Western Michigan, Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina, Greg Ward Jr. of Houston, Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Davis Webb of California.
The ACC and Pac-12 had four nominations apiece, while the SEC tied the Big 12 with three nominations.
Fans can vote for the award here.