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Cal QB Boller among O’Brien candidates

Daily Planet Wire Services
Saturday August 11, 2001

Cal junior quarterback Kyle Boller has been listed a one of 30 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top quarterback.  

Boller enters his third year as a starter for the Bears this fall. After two years, he ranks 12th on Cal’s career list with 3,424 passing yards. Last season, he completed 163-of-349 passes for 2,121 yards and 15 touchdowns, ranking sixth in the Pac-10 with an average of 192.8 yards per game.  

The O’Brien committee, which is comprised of sportswriters and commentators from around the country, will select eight semifinalists the first week of November. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 during ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show.  

The O’Brien Award is named in honor of the late Davey O’Brien, an All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at TCU who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.