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.