When Deshaun Watson left for the NFL, Clemson’s quarterback future was unclear. Kelly Bryant was clearly talented, but he had massive shoes to fill.
Bryant hasn’t been as dynamic as Watson, but he’s been very good. On Tuesday, he was named a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback. Watson won the award the last two seasons.
Here are the 16 semifinalists, in alphabetical order:
J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Jake Browning (Washington), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Sam Darnold (USC), Luke Falk (Washington State), Riley Ferguson (Memphis), Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State), Will Grier (West Virginia), Kenny Hill (TCU), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State) and Khalil Tate (Arizona).
Bryant has thrown for 1,773 yards this season and has accounted for 16 touchdowns. He has a chance to lead Clemson to its third straight College Football Playoff appearance.
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