As far as watch lists go, the Davey O'Brien's succinct list of 30 is pretty restrained, as if the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee took real time and effort to compile the ballot. And unlike the crappy Dodd Trophy, it's not stacked with the obvious Power Five superstars. In fact, 36% of this year's Davey O'Brien watch list is comprised of bona fide Underdogs (led by the AAC with 4). Bravo, committee members!
Underdogs have experienced a bit of a Davey O'Brien dry spell. We haven't won one since BYU's Ty Detmer toted a Davey for the WAC in 1991. (In fact, BYU has won a whopping five Davey O'Briens, which boggles the mind.)
Because I'm a swell guy who, under the right lighting, can be devastatingly handsome, I listed the 11 Underdogs up for a Davey O'Brien just for you.
Underdogs who appear on the 2016 Davey O'Brien Watch List
Dave Evans, Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Quinton Flowers, South Florida Bulls
Taylor Lamb, Appalachian St. Mountaineers
Tanner Mangum, BYU Cougars
Nick Mullens, Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Cooper Rush, Central Michigan Chippewas
Brett Rypien, Boise State Broncos
Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Zach Terrell, Western Michigan Broncos
Phillip Walker, Temple Owls
Greg Ward Jr., Houston Cougars