RENO, Nev. – Nevada junior Cody Fajardo was named Wednesday to the Watch List for the 2013 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
A second team All-Mountain West selection in 2012, Fajardo has accounted for 6,308 yards of total offense so far in two seasons at Nevada. Last year, Fajardo threw for 2,786 yards and 20 touchdowns with just nine interceptions while rushing for 1,121 yards and 12 more scores.
Fajardo is one of 34 quarterbacks on the list and one of four from the Mountain West.
This is the third watch list for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound quarterback. He has previously been named to the watch lists for the Hornung Award (most versatile player) and Maxwell Award (player of the year). He was named by The Heisman Pundit as a Hesiman Trophy contender earlier this year.
This year's list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, features 34 of the nation's best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season.
The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner, Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and 2012 finalist Braxton Miller (Ohio State) join five 2012 semifinalists on the Watch List: Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), AJ McCarron (Alabama) and Aaron Murray (Georgia).
Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to win the Davey O'Brien Award. Quarterbacks from all 125 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools are eligible for the award until the field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Nov. 4. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Nov. 25. The 2013 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12.
The 37th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 17, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
2013 Davey O'Brien Watch List
David Ash, Texas, Big 12
Blake, Bortles, UCF, AAC
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, AAC
Terrance Broadway, Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt
Kolton Browning, ULM, Sun Belt
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
Rakeem Cato, Marshall, C-USA
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC
David Fales, San Jose State, MWC
James Franklin, Missouri, SEC
Devin Gardner, Michigan, Big Ten
Kevin Hogan, Stanford, Pac-12
Brett Hundley, UCLA, Pac-12
Chuckie Keeton, Utah State, MWC
Taylor Kelly, Arizona State, Pac-12
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, MAC
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, SEC
Marcus Mariota, Oregon, Pac-12
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten
AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Stephen Morris, Miami (FL), ACC
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12
Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC
Keenan Reynolds, Navy, Independent
Tyler Russell, Mississippi State, SEC
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC
Bo Wallace, Ole Miss, SEC
Keith Wenning, Ball State, MAC