Josh Allen, Brett Rypien Named To Davey O’Brien Award Watch List
Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Boise State’s Brett Rypien are among the nation’s best quarterbacks, and being named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list is the latest confirmation.
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What will it take for a Mountain West quarterback to take home one of the college football’s highest individual honors?
The Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the nation’s best quarterback, released its watchlist with 30 quarterbacks this morning and, to no one’s surprise, the Mountain West’s top two quarterbacks made the cut.
Josh Allen led Wyoming to its first Mountain division title, throwing for 3,203 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also ran for 712 yards (after adjusting for sacks) and seven touchdowns, impressing fans and scouts alike with his arm strength and fearlessness. If he can cut down on turnovers – Allen had 15 interceptions in 2016, and lost five fumbles – the Cowboys could have an even more special season ahead of them in 2017.
Boise State’s Brett Rypien improved in his second year as a starter with 3,646 yards, 24 touchdowns and a 61.9% completion rate. Though he was still prone to some inconsistency, his track record makes him one of the best quarterbacks in the Group of 5, and the Broncos are as good a bet as any to seize a New Year’s Day bowl spot.
Last year’s winner was Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.