Aug. 3, 2009
The second-year signal-caller from Copperas Cove, Texas, is one of seven sophomores on the 33-man watch list and among six Big 12 quarterbacks included.
Griffin burst on the college football scene during a standout freshman season in 2008, when as an 18-year-old (the nation's youngest starting quarterback) he accounted for 28 touchdowns and set an NCAA record for most passes thrown without an interception to start a career (209). He was selected Freshman All-America and Big 12 freshman/newcomer of the year.
The O'Brien semifinalists will be announced Oct. 26 and finalists Nov. 23. The O'Brien Selection Committee evaluates each candidate on the criteria of quarterback skills and athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. The 2009 O'Brien winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show airing on ESPN Dec. 10. The recipient will be honored Feb. 15, 2010, at the 33rd Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. Founded in 1981, The O'Brien seeks to honor candidates who exemplify Davey O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and character in both the athletic and academic arenas. Honorees are voted on by a national selection committee comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation has given away more than $790,000 in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life.