The preseason watch lists for several national college football awards have been pared down to semifinalists now that the season is making the turn into the home stretch, and several candidates from the Big 12 are still in the running.
Baylor first-year quarterback Bryce Petty is among the s16 emifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, given annually to college football’s top quarterback. Michael Hunnicut of Oklahoma, Anthony Fera of Texas and Ryan Buslin of Texas Tech are all semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award honoring the country best placekicker of the college football season.
Through eight games, Petty has competed almost 70 percent of his passes and leads the country in passing efficiency (219.0) and yards per completion (20.11). He has passed for 2,453 yards and has thrown 18 touchdowns in 2013. He has passed for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in every game this season.
OU’s Hunnicut has been successful on 16 of 18 field goal attempts this season, the country’s third highest success ratio (89 percent) among those who have attempted a minimum FGs. Only three other FBS kickers have made m0re field goals in 2013 than Hunnicut.
Fera has been equally impressive, making 11 of his 12 field goal tries and 32 of 33 extra-point attempts. Buslin has been good on 19 of 22 field goals and is 41 for 41 on extra points.
Three finalists will be named for both the Davey O’Brien Award and the Lou Groza Award on Nov. 25.