The Davey O'Brien Award preseason watch list came out today, and it includes three quarterbacks from the Big Ten.
No surprises with these three. Stanzi is one of five semifinalists for the 2009 O'Brien Award who appear on the 2010 watch list. The list will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Oct. 25, and then to three finalists on Nov. 22 before the winner is announced Dec. 9 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show.
Quarterbacks don't have to be on the preseason watch list to contend for the honor, so I'll throw out another two more names for you: Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell. Both Cousins and Chappell have some of the better receivers in the league at their disposal this fall and could put up some big-time numbers.
Stanzi, Tolzien and Chappell appear on the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Four Big Ten quarterbacks have won the Davey O'Brien Award: Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006), Iowa's Brad Banks (2002), Penn State's Kerry Collins (1994) and Iowa's Chuck Long (1985). Penn State's Todd Blackledge won in 1982 while the Nittany Lions were still a Division I-A independent.