Bowman Tabbed to Davey O'Brien Award Watch List
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman garnered his second watch list mention in as many days Tuesday as he was named a preseason candidate for the Davey O'Brien Award, which honors the nation's top quarterback.
Bowman is one of 30 signal callers named to the preseason watch list, which was selected based on player performance during the 2018 season as well as expectations heading into the 2019 campaign. All preseason nominees were required to have previously started at least one game at their current institution.
Bowman, who was named to the Maxwell Award watch list Monday, is one of four Big 12 quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien list, joining Charlie Brewer (Baylor), Sam Ehlinger (Texas), Brock Purdy (Iowa State). He was also one of only six sophomores recognized.
Bowman, a native of Grapevine, Texas, was among the top freshmen in the country a year ago as he threw for 2,638 yards and 17 touchdowns despite playing in only eight games due to a pair of injuries. He averaged 329.8 yards per game, which ranked fourth nationally and led all freshmen quarterbacks.
In the process, Bowman snapped both the Big 12 and Texas Tech freshman records for single-game passing after torching Houston for 605 yards through the air in only his second career start. Bowman became only the third freshman in NCAA history to throw for at least 600 yards in a game, joining the likes of David Neill (Nevada) and Luke Falk (Washington State).
The Davey O'Brien Award will trim its watch list to 16 semifinalists on Nov. 13 and then three finalists on Nov. 25. The 2019 Davey O'Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN during the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 12.
The 2019 season will also mark the 13th year fans will be invited to participate in the voting process on VoteOBrien.org. Results from the Davey O'Brien fan vote will be combined with the ballots from the selection committee.