Vote Nelson for Davey O'Brien Award

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU)

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Davey O’Brien Foundation announced today that the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote is now open. Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org.

BYU fans can vote for senior quarterback Riley Nelson, a Davey O'Brien nominee. A senior from Logan, Utah, Nelson completed 25 of 36 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, in leading BYU to a season-opening 30-6 home win over Washington State.  BYU’s third-leading all-time rusher among quarterbacks, Nelson added 18 yards on the ground as the Cougars won their fifth consecutive game, and their season debut for a sixth consecutive season.  

“The Davey O’Brien is one of the few college football awards that gives fans an opportunity to play a significant role in the selection process,” said Danielle Moorman, executive director of the Davey O’Brien Foundation. “We’re looking forward to excellent fan participation given the strength at the quarterback position this year.”

The 2012 season marks the sixth year fans have participated in the voting. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process and is combined with the results from the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each voting round.

The Fan Vote Process

Round One: Sept. 4 – Oct. 21
Beginning Sept. 4, fans will have all 124 NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision starting quarterbacks to choose from until the voting for semifinalists closes at noon Central Time (CT) on Oct. 21.

Round Two: Oct. 22 – Nov. 18
The Fan Vote will re-open October 22 following the announcement of the 16 semifinalists. Fans may vote for quarterbacks on the semifinalist list to help determine which three will advance as finalists. Fan voting will close at noon CT on Nov. 18.

Round Three: Nov. 19 – Dec. 2
The Fan Vote will re-open for the final round of voting on Nov. 19 following the announcement of the three finalists. Fans may select from the three finalists to help determine who will be the Davey O’Brien Winner. Fan voting will close at noon CT on Dec. 2.

The 2012 Davey O’Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 6 on ESPN and will be honored at the 36th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award®

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The award is overseen by the Davey O’Brien Foundation, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, and has given away more than $850,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.