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Sean Clifford Named To 2020 Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

Penn State football’s Sean Clifford became one of 30 players named to the Davey O’Brien Award preseason watch list Tuesday.

Each year, the honor is annually awarded to the best quarterback in college football.

Clifford will enter his second season as the Nittany Lions’ starting quarterback this fall. He started 12 games during the 2019 season and totaled 2,654 passing yards and 28 total touchdowns (23 passing, five rushing). His 23 passing touchdowns tied for the third-most in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Minnesota’s Tanner Morgan.

Two Nittany Lions, Todd Blackledge (1982) and Kerry Collins (1994), have taken home the honor. If Clifford were to win, he’d be the first Big Ten signal-caller since Ohio State’s Troy Smith (2006) to receive the honor.

Clifford is one of four Big Ten quarterbacks on the list, joining Wisconsin’s Jack Coan as well as Fields and Morgan.

LSU’s Joe Burrow won last season after throwing for a whopping 5,671 yards and 60 touchdowns en route to the Tigers’ undefeated season. Burrow went on to be selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2020 NFL Draft just a few months later.

Clifford is the second Penn State football player to appear on an award watch list so far this offseason. Micah Parsons was previously named to the Bednarik Award watch list and the Lott IMPACT Trophy watch list earlier this summer.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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