Sam Darnold makes semifinal cut for 2017 Davey O’Brien Award

USC’s Sam Darnold was named one of 16 semifinalists on Tuesday for the 2017 Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to the nation’s top quarterback. It’s the nation’s oldest and most prestigious award for quarterbacks.

Darnold is one of four Pac-12 QBs to make the cut, joining Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Washington’s Jake Browning and WSU’s Luke Falk.

Most recently, Darnold out-dueled Tate at the Coliseum. He’s thrown 22 touchdowns this season against 11 interceptions and passed for 2,869 yards, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. The sophomore ranks No. 8 nationally in total yards and No. 11 in total touchdowns.

In SI.com’s latest mock draft, Darnold was projected as the No. 1 overall pick — “It’d be pretty tough for [the] Cleveland [Browns] to say no to another potential franchise QB,” Albert Breer wrote.

Three finalists for the award will be named Nov. 20 and the winner will be announced Dec. 7.

USC travels to Colorado this weekend for a 1 p.m. PT kickoff on Pac-12 Network.

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