Apparently I missed the fanpost from yesterday, sorry about that guys. I guess that's what happens when you have to sneak your BHGP fill in during meetings and the like.
Ricky Stanzi was named as one of 15 semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien award. The award honors the nation's best Quarterback.
Stanzi, a 6-4, 218-lb junior from Mentor, O., has quarterbacked the Hawkeyes to an 8-0 record and a fourth-place spot in the current BCS standings. Stanzi has already passed for 1,715 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He has posted a 16-3 record as a Hawkeye starter.
Now, I love it when Hawkeye players get the respect they deserve on a national level, but I have to wonder, is Stanzi really one of the 15 best QBs in the country? His record certainly argues that he is. But we've all seen too many Stanziballs! to really believe that he has a shot at an award like this. Check out the competition:
2009 O'Brien Semifinalists
Matt Barkley FR USC Pac-10 Daryll Clark SR Penn State Big Ten JimmyClausen JR Notre Dame Independent Jacory Harris SO Miami ACC Case Keenum JR Houston Conference USA Dan LeFevour SR Central Mich. Mid-American Jake Locker JR Washington Pac-10 Colt McCoy SR Texas Big 12 Kellen Moore SO Boise State WAC Tony Pike SR Cincinnati Big East Todd Reesing SR Kansas Big 12 Zac Robinson SR Oklahoma State Big 12 Ricky Stanzi JR Iowa Big Ten Bill Stull SR Pittsburgh Big East Tim Tebow SR Florida SEC
But when I look at this list, I have to say, there isn't anyone here that blows my mind this season. Tebow isn't playing well (or as well as in the past), neither is Colt McCoy (except last week). My personal vote would go to Daryll Clark who has been outstanding with one notable exception. So what do you all think, does Stanzi the Manzi stand a chance?