Kansas State senior quarterback Jake Waters was named to the watch list for the 2014 Davey O’Brien Award — presented annually to the nation’s best quarterback — the O’Brien Foundation announced Wednesday.
Waters, who was one of 39 players nationally and five from the Big 12 to be named a candidate for the honor, joins a list of prominent K-State QBs who have received consideration for the honor.
Chad May and Matt Miller were each one of 10 finalists in 1994 and 1995, respectively, prior to Michael Bishop winning the award in 1998. Most recently, Collin Klein was one of three finalists in 2012.
The honor is the second for Waters this preseason, as he is a member of the Maxwell Award watch list as well — picking up the Wildcats’ 15th major college football award candidacy.
A product of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Waters threw for 2,469 yards and 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season, completing 159-of-260 (61.2 percent) passes in his first season in Manhattan.
The former community college transfer played his best during the Wildcats’ 6-1 record over the final seven contests when he passed for just more than 200 yards per game with 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions.
Waters, who enters his senior campaign with the top career passing efficiency rating (156.8) in school history, ranked fourth nationally in yards per completion (15.53) and 14th in passing efficiency in 2013. He also finished third in the Big 12 in passing yards per game (189.9) and total offense per game (213.9).
The Davey O’Brien Foundation will announce semifinalists for the award on Nov. 3 and three finalists on Nov. 24. The winner of the award will be announced on Dec. 11 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN.