When the Davey O’Brien Award watch list was announced in mid-July, there was a heavy connection to Notre Dame football.
Davey O’Brien Watch List out. Everett Golson makes it. So do QB’s of six opponents (Michigan, Stanford, FSU, Navy, ASU & USC).— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) July 16, 2014
And while quarterback play at Notre Dame is always the hot topic—and deservedly so—the strong stable of opposing signal-callers whom the Irish will face is also quite important.
Most notably, Notre Dame will have to defend reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston when Florida State hosts the Irish in October. It should come as no surprise Winston will be one of the five best quarterbacks Notre Dame will see this season.
But who else makes the list?
We’ll consider the quarterback’s past performance and preseason projections, while attempting to separate his play from the rest of his team’s. In other words, just because Michigan is a class (or two or three) above Navy doesn’t mean the Wolverines quarterbacks are necessarily better than those for the Midshipmen.