Tuesday, July 13, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas -- University of Alabama junior quarterback Brodie Croyle has been named to the 2004 Davey O'Brien preseason watch list, presented to the nation's top quarterback.
The Rainbow City native became the first sophomore in Alabama history to pass for 2,000 or more yards in a season last year. He was the Tide's starting quarterback in 11 of the 13 games, missing starts against Georgia and Southern Miss with a shoulder injury.
Croyle completed 182 of 341 pass attempts for 2,303 yards, with 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2003. His 341 pass attempts set the school record and his 16 touchdowns tied the single season record, coincidentally held by his coach, Mike Shula. That record was set in 1985.
Croyle is also second on the single season chart of completions (182) and in passing yards (2,303). He also set the school record for most total offensive plays in a season with 413 (341 pass, 72 rush) and is third in total offense yards with 2,311.
He hit 24 of 42 passes (.571) for 195 yards and one TD against Oklahoma and threw for 276 yards (22 of 39) against Northern Illinois. He had 248 yards passing and two TDs (21-of-29) against Ole Miss and 247 yards and two TDs (20-of-37) in the season finale against Hawaii. He and Zach Fletcher connected on an 86-yarder against Mississippi State, the fourth-longest scoring pass in Alabama history. He had three passing TDs twice, against Arkansas and Mississippi State. Brodie earned the Dixie Howell Memorial award as the Most Valuable Player of the spring game and was also the Derrick Thomas Community Award winner.
The winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award receives a bronze of the original O'Brien trophy. His name is engraved on the base of the original trophy, which is housed in the O'Brien Hall of Fame.
The award carries with it a $10,000 grant to the scholarship program of the university in which the winner is enrolled. The university also receives a bronze of the original O'Brien trophy.
Voting is based on six guidelines for standards set on and off the field: (1) Scholarship/academic standing; (2) Sportsmanship/competitive spirit; (3) Dedication to team success; (4) Leadership/ability to inspire others; (5) Quarterback skills; and (6) Achievements.
The O'Brien Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the country for college quarterbacks and is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, the All-American and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for Texas Christian University who led the Horned Frogs to the 1938 national championship.
Semifinalists will be announced in early November and narrowed to three finalists later in that month by the O'Brien National Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of nationally known sportswriters, commentators and other members of the media. The winner of the 2004 O'Brien Award will be announced Dec. 9 on the ESPN College Football Awards Show from Orlando, Fla. The winner will be honored at the 28th Annual O'Brien Awards Dinner in February 2005, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.