Kurt Kittner was named to the 30-candidate list for the O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top college quarterback.
Sept. 1, 2000
PARK RIDGE, IL - Five Big Ten quarterbacks have been named to the Davey O' Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List and three Conference senior signal callers have made the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List.
The O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top college quarterback, announced a 30-candidate list this week which includes Brooks Bollinger of Wisconsin, Purdue's Drew Brees, Kurt Kittner of Illinois, Scott Mullen from Iowa and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El.
A panel of national sports writers and commentators will choose eight semi-finalists on November 8. Three finalists will be picked in late November and the award will be announced on December 7 during ESPN's College Football Awards Show in Orlando. The award is named in honor of the late Davey O'Brien, All-American and Heisman Trophy winner, who led Texas Christian to the 1938 national championship.
Two Big Ten QBs have won the O'Brien Award - Iowa's Chuck Long in 1985 and Kerry Collins of Penn State in 1994.
The Unitas Award, named in honor of former Louisville standout Johnny Unitas, is presented annually to the nation's top senior quarterback. Candidates are judged not only on athletic achievement, but also on citizenship, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.
In its 13 years of existence, a Big Ten quarterback has never won the Unitas Award. Named to this year's 23-man Watch List are Rashard Casey of Penn State, along with Brees and Mullen.
A panel of national football experts selects the Unitas Award. Five finalists (and any ties) will be announced on October 25. This year's recipient will be announced on November 21, with the award presentation on December 8. NFL Hall of Famer Unitas will present the award at the ceremony in Louisville.