16 semifinalists were announced earlier this week for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, which goes to the top QB in the nation. Four of those 16 semifinalists come from the Big Ten (and two are from the state of Michigan): Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Michigan's Denard Robinson, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Iowa's Ricky Stanzi.â†µ
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this list including four Big Ten quarterbacks is that there easily could have been more. The conference has a ton of talented QBs that aren't on the list, like Dan Persa from Northwestern, Ben Chappell from Indiana and Scott Tolzien from Wisconsin.â†µ
Just for comparison's sake, here is a look at the stats so far this season for the four quarterbacks actually on the list:â†µ
Cousins: 141-212, 1948 yards, 14 TD, 4 INTâ†µ
Robinson: 97-143, 1319 yards, 9 TD, 5 INT, 137 rushes, 1096 yards, 9 TDâ†µ
Pryor: 134-203, 1775 yards, 18 TD, 6 INT, 79 rushes, 408 yards, 3 TDâ†µ
Stanzi: 124-182, 1732 yards, 16 TD, 2 INTâ†µ
The list will be narrowed down to three finalists on Nov. 22 and the award will be handed out on Dec. 9.