On Wednesday another USF football player was placed on a National award watch list when B.J. Daniels was named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the nation's best quarterback.
The Bulls senior quarterback started in 11 games after an injury against Miami forced him to miss the Louisville game and finished the year with 3,186 total yards. Daniels threw for 2,585 passing yards on 215-of-365 passing (58.9%) and threw 13 TDs against 7 interceptions and also added 601 rushing yards and six TDs. He increased his passing yards by 900 yards and his total yards by over 1,000 yards from the previous season from the previous season despite playing in one less game, and his TD to INT ratio ranked as the third-best improvement in the Nation by returning starters from 2010 to 2011.
Daniels has 7,973 combined career yards and is 2,903 yards away from breaking the Big East conference's top career mark in total offense that is being held by former USF quarterback Matt Grothe (10,875).
The Davey O'Brien Award will be narrowed down to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. Three finalists will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19, and the winner will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards show Thursday, Dec. 6.
Daniels joins four five other Bulls who are on national watch lists.
DE Ryne Giddins and LB DeDe Lattimore on the Lombardi list, for the Nation’s top linemen or Linebacker.
Danous Estenor has been nominated for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of college football's most prestigious off-the-field honors for a selected group that's made a difference in the community.
Maikon Bonani was placed on the Lou Groza watch list for the best College Kicker Award, his second straight nomination.
Mark Popek, The Bulls starting left tackle has been named to the Outland Trophy Watch, for the best college lineman