FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Davey O'Brien Foundation has announced that University of Michigan junior quarterback Chad Henne (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson HS) is one of 18 semifinalists for the 2006 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. Celebrating its 30th year, the prestigious award is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback.
Henne is one of three Big Ten Conference signal callers on the Davey O'Brien list. He is joined by conference players Troy Smith of Ohio State and Wisconsin's John Stocco.
Henne is completing a league-best 63.1 percent of his passes in Big Ten play. He is 94-of-149 passing for 1,150 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions in six conference games and his 10 TD passes are fourth in the Big Ten.
Heading into the Indiana game, Henne is drawing closer to his third straight 2,000-yard passing season. He has completed 145-of-237 passes (61.2 pct) for 1,773 yards and 16 touchdowns with six interceptions this season. Henne has thrown for over 200 yards in four of the last eight games. Eight of his 16 scores have come on third down.
Three finalists for the Davey O'Brien Award will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 21. The winner of the 30th annual award will be announced during ESPNs Home Depot College Football Awards Show scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. EST.
Following are the 18 semifinalists for the 2006 Davey O'Brien Award:
Erik Ainge, Tennessee
John Beck, Brigham Young
John David Booty, Southern California
Colt Brennan, Hawai'i
Brian Brohm, Louisville
Chad Henne, Michigan
Kevin Kolb, Houston
Chris Leak, Florida
Nate Longshore, California
Colt McCoy, Texas
Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
Bobby Reid, Oklahoma State
JaMarcus Russell, Louisiana State
Troy Smith, Ohio State
John Stocco, Wisconsin
Pat White, West Virginia
Jared Zabransky, Boise State
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