Nov. 6, 2001
FORT WORTH, Texas --- Washington State junior Jason Gesser was selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2001 Davey O' Brien National Quarterback Award, given annually to the nation's best collegiate signal caller.
Gesser, a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, has thrown for 2,294 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. The second-year starter leads the Pac-10 in passing yards and total offense.
Oregon's Joey Harrington is the only other Pac-10 quarterback on the list. The other 10 candidates include Fresno State's David Carr, Nebraska's Eric Crouch, Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler, Brigham Young's Brandon Doman, Miami's Ken Dorsey, Florida's Rex Grossman, Mississippi's Eli Manning, Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury, Illinois' Kurt Kittner, and Chris Simms of Texas.
Gesser is one of six underclassmen in the group of semi-finalists. The winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.
Washington State kicker Drew Dunning and free safety Lamont Thompson join Gesser as possible postseason award recipients. Dunning, a sophomore, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza award last week, while Thompson is one of 12 candidates for the Jim Thorpe Award.