Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma and Brock Purdy of Iowa State were two of four Big 12 quarterbacks named on the Davey O’Brien Award watchlist on Tuesday.
The watchlist revealed the 30 quarterbacks that the Fort Worth, Texas-based award tracks for the 2021 season. The winner will be announced in December. The O’Brien is awarded to the best quarterback in the country. He is named after the former TCU quarterback.
Rattler led the Sooners to the Big 12 Championship last year, despite back-to-back losses early in the season to Kansas State and Iowa State. After winning the Big 12 title, the Sooners went on to beat Florida in the Cotton Bowl. In many preseason polls, the Sooners are considered a Top 5 team this year. Rattler was an O’Brien semi-finalist last season.
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Purdy led the Cyclones to one of their best seasons ever, winning nine games and placing atop the Big 12 standings in the regular season. Despite losing to OU in the Big 12 title game, the Cyclones beat Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. In most preseason polls, the Cyclones are in the Top 10. Purdy has been a two-time semi-finalist for the O’Brien Award.
The other two Big 12 quarterbacks on the preseason watch list are TCU’s Max Duggan and Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders.
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2021 Quarterback Davey O’Brien National Award Watchlist
(Big 12 players in bold)
Connor Bazelak, Missouri, So., 6-3, 212, Dayton, Ohio
Charlie Brewer, Utah, Sr., 6-1, 210, Austin, Texas
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, Jr., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
Malik Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Alabama.
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 207, Grafton, Ohio
Jayden Daniels, State of Arizona, So., 6-3, 185, San Bernardino, California.
JT Daniels, Georgia, Jr., 6-3, 210, Irvine, Calif.
Max Duggan, TCU, Jr., 6-2, 201, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, Jr., 6-0, 200, Mililani, Hawaii
Frank Harris, UTSA, Sr., 6-0, 200, Schertz, Texas
Sam Howell, NC, Jr., 6-1, 220, Indian Trail, NC
Phil Jurkovec, Boston College, Jr., 6-5, 226, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 184, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Grayson McCall, Coast Carolina, So., 6-3, 210, Indian Trail, North Carolina
Graham Mertz, Wisconsin, So., 6-3, 225, Overland Park, Kan.
McKenzie Milton, Florida State, Sr., 5-11, 192, Kapolei, Hawaii
Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Sr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.
Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, Jr., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Florida.
Brock Purdy, State of Iowa, Sr., 6-1, 220, Gilbert, Arizona.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, So., 6-1, 200, Phoenix, Arizona.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Sr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-1, 205, Denton, Texas
Kedon Slovis, USC, Jr., 6-3, 215, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Nick Starkel, State of San José, Sr., 6-3, 214, Argyle, Texas
Carson Strong, Nevada, Jr., 6-4, 215, Vacaville, Calif.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA, Sr., 6-1, 200, Las Vegas, Nevada.
DJ Uiagalelei, Clemson, So, 6-4, 250, Inland Empire, Calif.
Grant Wells, Marshall, R-Fr., 6-2, 210, Charleston, W.Va.
Malik Willis, Liberty, Jr., 6-1, 215, Atlanta, Georgia.