Howard named to Davey O’Brien watch list


Staff Report

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University senior quarterback Skyler Howard was one of 30 quarterbacks from across the nation to be named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List, today, as announced by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

Last season, Howard completed 221-of-403 passes for 3,145 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was the Cactus Bowl Offensive MVP after throwing for 532 yards and five touchdowns in the 43-42 win over Arizona State, marking the second most passing yards in a game in WVU history. Howard’s 3,647 yards of total offense ranked No. 3 in school history and his 3,145 passing yards ranked as fifth best in season history.

Howard graduated in August 2015 with his bachelor’s degree in communications studies and is currently working on a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications. He was an All-Big 12 Conference Academic Second-Team selection and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and WVU’s Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll.

Compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, this year’s list was selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2016 college football season. All nominees are required to have previously started at least one game at their current institution.

The reigning Davey O’Brien Award winner, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, headlines the list. The junior is bidding to become the award’s first two-time winner since Oklahoma’s Jason White (2003-04). In addition, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, one of three finalists a year ago, returns for his junior season.

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