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Kedon Slovis named to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

USC quarterback Kedon Slovis was named to the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List on Tuesday. The award is given annually to the nation’s best quarterback.

Slovis took over at quarterback late in the first half of the first game of the 2019 season, when starter JT Daniels went down with a knee injury. In his first start the following week against Stanford, Slovis threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns while completing 84.8% of his passes.

And while there were some ups and downs throughout the year, Slovis proved that he will be a major bright spot for the USC offense over the coming seasons. Statistically, his true freshman season was remarkable.

Slovis finished third nationally in completion percentage (71.9%), seventh in passing efficiency, ninth in passing yards and 10th in completions. He also finished among the top 20 quarterbacks in passing touchdowns and total offense. His completion percentage mark established new Pac-12 and USC records, as well as a new NCAA freshman season record.

His 282 completions, 392 attempts and 3,502 yards are records for USC freshmen and his 30 touchdowns are a record for USC true freshmen.

He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and is one of just two Pac-12 quarterbacks named to this watch list, along with Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels.

Thirty quarterbacks were selected to the Davey O’Brien Watch List, with eight of them coming from Slovis’ sophomore class. Returning finalist Justin Fields of Ohio State is listed, along with last year’s semifinalists in Charlie Brewer (Baylor), Shane Buechele (SMU), Sam Ehlinger (Texas) , Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Tanner Morgan (Minnesota), Brock Purdy (Iowa State) and Brady White (Memphis).

USC has never produced a Davey O’Brien Award winner.

Complete Watch List:

2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List

Hank Bachmeier, Boise State, So., 6-1, 200, Murrieta, Calif.

Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas

Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas

Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas

Jack Coan, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 221, Sayville, N.Y.

Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 219, Cincinnati, Ohio

Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 201, Grafton, Ohio

Micale Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.

Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, So., 6-3, 175, San Bernardino, Calif.

Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 230, Austin, Texas

Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.

Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii

Donald Hammond III, Air Force, Sr., 6-2, 220, Hampton, Ga.

Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1 1/4, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.

Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-2, 205, Jacksonville, Fla.

D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas

Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.

Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 190, Baton Rouge, La.

Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas

Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Jr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.

Jamie Newman, Georgia, Sr., 6-4, 230, Graham, N.C.

Bo Nix, Auburn, So., 6-2, 207, Pinson, Ala.

Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.

Chris Robison, Florida Atlantic, Jr., 6-1, 200, Mesquite, Texas

Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, So., 6-1, 199, Denton, Texas

Kedon Slovis, USC, So., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-1, 210, Trussville, Ala.

Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 239, Manvel, Texas

Brady White, Memphis, Sr., 6-3, 215, Santa Clarita, Calif.



Erik McKinney
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Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.


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