Michigan's Denard Robinson and Ohio State's Braxton Miller were named semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. Robinson is one of five standouts named an O'Brien Award semifinalist for the second straight year. Current Big Ten schools have produced six O'Brien Award winners, most recently when the Buckeyes' Troy Smith was honored in 2006.
Narrowed from all 124 starting quarterbacks from NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools, semifinalists were selected by the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, with the Fan Vote accounting for five percent of the total vote. The committee was asked to consider the following criteria: quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship. Fans may now help determine which three quarterbacks will advance as finalists by voting as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. Fan voting will close at noon (CT) on Nov. 18. The three Davey O'Brien finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19 and the 2012 Davey O'Brien winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Thursday, Dec. 6 on ESPN.