Five Big 12 QBs are O'Brien semifinalists

Five Big 12 quarterbacks were among 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to college football's top quarterbacks.

That's the most of any conference.

Here's who made it:

I'm a little surprised to not see David Ash on the list, based on his start, but making the cut to 16 players was tough. I'm a voter, and it took quite a bit of deliberation to narrow it down.

Still, a solid group, and all five are deserving. Klein, Jones and Smith should all be in the mix to win the trophy, which has been won by a Big 12 quarterbacks in three of the past four seasons and six times since 2003.