Colin Kaepernick of the Nevada Wolf Pack has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Davey O’Brien Award.
The Davey O’Brien Award is given to the best quarterback each year in college football and the Unitas Award is given to the top senior quarterback.
Kaepernick, who became the Wolf Pack’s starter at quarterback just six games into his freshman season in 2007, threw for 2,052 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 1,183 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound right-hander also was intercepted just six times.
Kaepernick, from Turlock, Calif., is one of three quarterbacks from the Western Athletic Conference named to the Unitas watch list along with Fresno State’s Ryan Colburn and Idaho’s Nathan Enderle. Boise State’s Kellen Moore, a junior, joins Kaepernick and Enderle as WAC quarterbacks on the O’Brien watch list.
Missing from both watch lists is Utah State’s Diondre Borel, The senior passed for 17 touchdowns and 2,885 yards and threw just four interceptions a year ago.
Kaepernick and the Wolf Pack will face four quarterbacks on the Unitas and O’Brien Award watch lists. In addition to WAC opponents Enderle, Colburn and Moore, the Pack will also meet California and quarterback Kevin Riley this season.
The complete Unitas Award watch list:
Austen Arnaud, Iowa State; Ben Chappell, Indiana; Ryan Colburn, Fresno State; Andy Dalton, TCU; Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee State; Pat Devlin, Delaware; Ricky Dobbs, Navy; Nathan Enderle, Idaho; Zach Fraser, Connecticut; Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M; Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; Case Keenum, Houston; Jake Locker, Washington; Greg McElroy, Alabama; Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech; Christian Ponder, Florida State; Kevin Riley, California; Trey Revell, Louisiana-Monroe; Ricky Stanzi, Iowa; Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech; Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin; T.J. Yates, North Carolina.
The complete O’Brien award watch list:
Matt Barkley, USC; Zach Collaros, Cincinnati; Andy Dalton, TCU; Dwight Dasher, Middle Tennessee; Ricky Dobbs, Navy; Nathan Enderle, Idaho; Nick Foles, Arizona; Blaine Gabbert, Missouri; Robert Griffin, Baylor; Jacory Harris, Miami; Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; Case Keenum, Houston; G.J. Kinne, Tulsa; Jake Locker, Washington; Andrew Luck, Stanford; Ryan Mallett, Arkansas; Greg McElroy, Alabama; Kellen Moore, Boise State; Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech; Kyle Padron, SMU; Christian Ponder, Florida State; Taylor Potts, Texas Tech; Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State; Tom Savage, Rutgers; Ricky Stanzi, Iowa; Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech; Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin; Russell Wilson, North Carolina State.