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Wilton Speight makes Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Speight makes the initial list that acknowledges the best quarterback in the country

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Wilton Speight has not been named the starting quarterback for the 2017 Michigan Wolverines, but that isn’t stopping writers from putting him on a big watch list. Speight has made the cut for the Davey O’Brien Watch List, which goes to the best quarterback in the nation.

The list was chosen based on player performance last season and expectations for the 2017 season. Last year in his first season as a starter, Speight threw for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, completing 61.6% of his passes.

Speight also made the Maxwell Award Watch List last week, which goes to the best player in the nation. Only 30 quarterbacks made the cut for the O’Brien Watch List. Check out the full list below:

2017 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List

Austin Allen (Arkansas, Sr., Fayetteville, Ark.)

Josh Allen (Wyoming, Jr., Firebaugh, Calif.)

J.T. Barrett (Ohio State, Sr., Wichita Falls, Texas)

Jake Bentley (South Carolina, So., Opelika, Ala.)

Jake Browning (Washington, Jr., Granite Bay, Calif.)

Shane Buechele (Texas, So., Arlington, Texas)

Sam Darnold (USC, So., Capistrano Beach, Calif.)

Eric Dungey (Syracuse, Jr., Lake Oswego, Ore.)

Jacob Eason (Georgia, So., Lake Stevens, Wash.)

Jesse Ertz (Kansas State, Sr., Burlington, Iowa)

Luke Falk (Washington State, Sr., Logan, Utah)

Riley Ferguson (Memphis, Sr., Matthews, N.C.)

Nick Fitzgerald (Mississippi State, Jr., Richmond Hill, Ga.)

Quinton Flowers (USF, Sr., Miami, Fla.)

Deondre Francois (Florida State, So., Orlando, Fla.)

Jalen Hurts (Alabama, So., Houston, Texas)

Lamar Jackson (Louisville, Jr., Pompano Beach, Fla.)

Daniel Jones (Duke, So., Charlotte, N.C.)

Tanner Mangum (BYU, Jr., Eagle, Idaho)

Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma, Sr., Austin, Texas)

Trace McSorley (Penn State, Jr., Ashburn, Va.)

Shea Patterson (Ole Miss, So., Shreveport, La.)

Josh Rosen (UCLA, Jr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.)

Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State, Sr., Rock Hill, S.C.)

Brett Rypien (Boise State, Jr., Spokane, Wash.)

Brandon Silvers (Troy, Sr., Orange Beach, Ala.)

Wilton Speight (Michigan, Jr., Richmond, Va.)

Brent Stockstill (Middle Tennessee, Jr., Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Mike White (Western Kentucky, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Logan Woodside (Toledo, Sr., Frankfurt, Ky.)