Aug. 21, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas --- Washington State senior quarterback Jason Gesser was named to the preseason watch list for the 2002 Davey O Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback.
The winner of the 2002 O Brien Award will be announced Dec. 12 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. Three finalists will be selected by the Davey O'Brien Advisory Committee in late November and will appear on the show. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters and commentators and will vote several times throughout the season to narrow the field.
The winner will be honored at the 26th annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2003, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Tex. The O'Brien Award is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.
Gesser threw for 3,010 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2001 while leading the Cougars to a 10-2 record and a victory in the Sun Bowl. The Hawaii native enters his final season poised to break WSU career records for passing yardage, total offense, and touchdown passes.
Washington State begins the 2002 season Aug. 31 in Seattle against the Nevada Wolf Pack.
DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST:
RJ Anderson, Jr., Syracuse
Kyle Boller, Sr., California
Marquel Blackwell, Jr., South Florida
Brooks Bollinger, Sr., Wisconsin
Timmy Chang, Soph., Hawaii
Casey Clausen, Jr., Tennessee
Ryan Dinwiddie, Jr., Boise State
Ken Dorsey, Sr., Miami
Jason Gesser, Sr., Washington State
David Greene, Soph., Georgia
Rex Grossman, Jr., Florida
Gino Guidugli, Soph., Cincinnati
Mark Farris, Sr., Texas A&M
Kliff Kingsbury, Sr., Texas Tech
Byron Leftwich, Sr., Marshall
Jared Lorenzen, Jr., Kentucky
Luke McCown, Jr., Louisiana Tech
Eli Manning, Jr., Mississippi
Zack Mills, Soph., Penn State
Carson Palmer, Sr., USC
Cody Pickett, Jr., Washington
Dave Ragone, Sr., Louisville
Philip Rivers, Jr., North Carolina State
Chris Rix, Soph., Florida State
Ben Roethlisberger, Soph., Miami Ohio
Chris Simms, Sr., Texas
Jeff Smoker, Jr., Michigan State
Brian St. Pierre, Sr., Boston College
Jason Thomas, Sr., UNLV
Jon Van Cleave, Jr., Louisiana-Lafayette
Seneca Wallace, Sr., Iowa State
Jason White, Jr., Oklahoma