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King Selected to Watch List for O'Brien Award

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — University of Miami quarterback D’Eriq King was among the 30 players selected to the watch list for the 2021 Davey O’Brien Award honoring college football’s top quarterback, it was announced Tuesday.

King picked up his second preseason honor in as many days after being selected to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, honoring college football’s player of the year, on Monday.

King is entering his second season as starting quarterback at The U after a standout campaign in 2020. The Manvel, Texas native threw for 2,686 yards and 23 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, helping guide Miami to an 8-3 overall record and a 7-2 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. King, who earned All-ACC Honorable Mention accolades a season ago, set Miami’s single season standard for rushing yards by a quarterback with 538 in 2020.

The recognition is the second for King, who is one of two Hurricanes to be recognized with preseason honors; safety Bubba Bolden was named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Appearing on the preseason watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award.