Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Houston's Case Keenum and Stanford's Andrew Luck have been named the three finalists for the 2011 Davey O'Brien Award, giving annually to college football's best quarterback. It's the second year in a row that Luck has been named a finalist.
Griffin III almost single-handily carried the Baylor Bears into the national spotlight during his time in Waco, TX. His senior season has been his best, with 3,572 yards, 33 passing TDs, 550 rushing yards and five rushing TDs.
Keenum has put up some ungodly numbers in some games for the Houston Cougars. Overall, Keenum leads the undefeated Cougs with 4,269 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also has 54 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Luck has thrown for 2,937 yards and 31 touchdowns for the Stanford Cardinal this season. Considered by many to be the sure-thing No. 1 draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Luck had led Stanford to a 10-1 record so far.
Cam Newton took home the O'Brien Trophy last season after leading the Auburn Tigers to the national championship game against Oregon. Newton threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns to seven interceptions on the season, adding 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground. He beat out the likes of Luck and Kellen Moore for the honor.
The award was established in 1981 in honor of former Texas Christian University quarterback Davey O'Brien. In one of the best seasons ever by a college player, O'Brien took home the Heisman, Maxwell and Walter Camp awards in 1938, becoming the first player ever to do so.