FORT WORTH, Texas – Coastal Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Grayson McCall was chosen as one of 17 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Monday.
The semifinalists were selected after results of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee’s ballots as well as social media fan votes courtesy of the Davey O’Brien Fan Vote.
In all, 17 players received the honor, while 16 will be eligible to be named finalists. Indiana’s Michael Penix Jr. was voted a semifinalist but will not be eligible for finalist honors due to a season-ending injury. Per Foundation protocols, the next highest vote getter was added to the semifinalist contingent.
In his first season in running the Coastal Carolina offense, McCall has completed 127-of-189 pass attempts for 1,832 yards and 20 touchdowns compared to just one interception. He has also rushed 86 times for 433 yards and five scores.
McCall, who has passed from two or more touchdowns in seven games this season, has thrown for over 200 yards in six games this season and has not thrown an interception over his last 131 pass attempts.
The North Carolina native ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency (182.5), 12th in passing touchdowns (20), 12th in yards per pass attempt (9.69), 13th in points responsible for (152), 15th in passing yards per completion (14.43), 19th in completion percentage (67.2), 21st in points responsible for per game (16.9), and 38th in passing yards (1,832).
The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, first issued in 1981, is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious quarterback award. The Foundation’s national selection committee is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators, and former winners.
The Davey O’Brien Fan Vote instituted a change to its format in 2020, as fans voted for their favorite quarterback’s post from the Davey O’Brien official accounts via three social media platforms—Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The top five vote getters on those platforms each received bonus committee member votes. Those vote recipients included Book, Gabriel, Rattler, Wilson, and McCall on Instagram; Trask, Wilson, Rattler, Book, and Purdy on Twitter; and Trask, Jones, Wilson, Grant Wells (Marshall), and Gabriel on Facebook.
The next step in the process will be to select the award’s three finalists from these 16 quarterbacks. Round two fan voting is now open and will close on Sunday, Dec. 20. National selection committee voting will take place from Dec. 16-20.
The three finalists will be named on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The winner is to be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, on the 30th annual The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will be held virtually from 7-8:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.
Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalists
Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Matt Corral, Ole Miss, So., 6-1, 205, Ventura, Calif.
Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 225, Austin, Texas
Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.
Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.
Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-3, 214, Jacksonville, Fla.
D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 202, Manvel, Texas
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina, Fr., 6-3, 200, Indian Trail, N.C.
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas
*Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, So., 6-3, 218, Tampa, Fla.
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.
Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, Fr., 6-1, 205, Phoenix, Ariz.
Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati, Jr., 6-4, 215, Louisville, Ky.
Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 240, Manvel, Texas
Zach Wilson, BYU, Jr., 6-3, 210, Draper, Utah
*Semifinalist honoree but ineligible for finalist voting due to season-ending injury.