Alex Carder on Davey O'Brien Award Watch List
FORT WORTH, Texas - WMU's Alex Carder finds his name on the Davey O'Brien Award Watch List for the second time in as many seasons, joining 33 other signal callers.
Carder is one of only two Mid-American Conference quarterbacks on the list in 2012 and one of seven QB's not in BCS AQ conferences.
The Shawnee, Kan., native rewrote the passing record book in 2011, throwing for a program best 3,873 yards as a junior, including the two most prolific passing games in school history with 479 yards at Connecticut and 548 at Toledo. His seven TD passes at Toledo tied a MAC record and set a new Bronco mark.
Carder finished last year ranked fifth in total offense (345.25 ypg) and sixth in passing (27.50 comp/g). He enters the 2012 season has the nation's top returning QB in total offense and second behind only Texas Tech's Seth Doege in passing.
The Davey O'Brien Award also incorporates a Fan Vote component that counts as 5% during each round of voting. Beginning Sept. 4 fans are invited to cast their vote as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote is combined with the result from the Selection Committee and totals are cleared after each voting round.
2012 Davey O’Brien Watch List
Ryan Aplin, Arkansas
State, Sun Belt
Matt Barkley, USC, Pac-12
Tajh Boyd, Clemson, ACC
Tyler Bray, Tennessee, SEC
Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, Big East
Alex Carder, Western Michigan, MAC
Derek Carr, Fresno State, MWC
B.J. Daniels, USF, Big East
Seth Doege, Texas Tech, Big 12
Cody Fajardo, Nevada, MWC
James Franklin, Missouri, SEC
Mike Glennon, N.C. State, ACC
Landry Jones, Oklahoma, Big 12
Collin Klein, Kansas State, Big 12
EJ Manuel, Florida State, ACC
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska, Big Ten
AJ McCarron, Alabama, SEC
Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Big Ten
Aaron Murray, Georgia, SEC
Riley Nelson, BYU, Independent
Casey Pachall, TCU, Big 12
Keith Price, Washington, Pac-12
Sean Renfree, Duke, ACC
Bryn Renner, North Carolina, ACC
Denard Robinson, Michigan, Big Ten
Nathan Scheelhaase, Illinois, Big Ten
Connor Shaw, South Carolina, SEC
Geno Smith, West Virginia, Big 12
Trent Steelman, Army, Independent
Tyler Tettleton, Ohio, MAC
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, ACC
Jeff Tuel, Washington St, Pac-12
James Vandenberg, Iowa, Big Ten
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, SEC
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