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App State senior QB Zac Thomas named to Davey O’Brien Award pre-season watchlist

Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. July 14, 2020. BOONE, NC App State senior quarterback Zac Thomas has been named to the watch list for the 2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.

COVER IMAGE: App State QB Zac Thomas (12) leaps ahead against North Carolina for a big gain on the ground.

The list presented by The Davey O’Brien Foundation includes 30 of the nation’s top returning college quarterbacks. Thomas is one of 14 seniors on the national list and one of nine quarterbacks from a Group of Five program.

Thomas has a 22-3 record as a starter after leading App State to a 13-1 record and top-20 final ranking in 2019. He accounted for 35 touchdowns (28 passing) and 3,158 total yards (2,718 passing) last season, increasing his career totals to 67 total TDs (49 passing) and 5,779 total yards (4,790 passing).

In two seasons as a starter, he was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and a first-team All-Sun Belt pick by PFF College in 2019.

Sixteen semifinalists selected from the final watch list will be named on Nov. 10.

2020 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List

  • Hank Bachmeier, Boise State, So., 6-1, 200, Murrieta, Calif.
  • Ian Book, Notre Dame, Sr., 6-0, 206, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
  • Alan Bowman, Texas Tech, So., 6-3, 210, Grapevine, Texas
  • Charlie Brewer, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 206, Austin, Texas
  • Shane Buechele, SMU, Sr., 6-1, 207, Arlington, Texas
  • Jack Coan, Wisconsin, Sr., 6-3, 221, Sayville, N.Y.
  • Sean Clifford, Penn State, Jr., 6-2, 219, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dustin Crum, Kent State, Sr., 6-3, 201, Grafton, Ohio
  • Micale Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., 6-1, 200, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Jayden Daniels, Arizona State, So., 6-3, 175, San Bernardino, Calif.
  • Sam Ehlinger, Texas, Sr., 6-3, 230, Austin, Texas
  • Justin Fields, Ohio State, Jr., 6-3, 228, Kennesaw, Ga.
  • Dillon Gabriel, UCF, So., 6-0, 186, Mililani, Hawaii
  • Donald Hammond III, Air Force, Sr., 6-2, 220, Hampton, Ga.
  • Sam Howell, North Carolina, So., 6-1 1/4, 225, Indian Trail, N.C.
  • Mac Jones, Alabama, Jr., 6-2, 205, Jacksonville, Fla.
  • D’Eriq King, Miami, Sr., 5-11, 195, Manvel, Texas
  • Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., 6-6, 220, Cartersville, Ga.
  • Levi Lewis, Louisiana, Sr., 5-10, 190, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Kellen Mond, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-3, 217, San Antonio, Texas
  • Tanner Morgan, Minnesota, Jr., 6-2, 215, Union, Ky.
  • Jamie Newman, Georgia, Sr., 6-4, 230, Graham, N.C.
  • Bo Nix, Auburn, So., 6-2, 207, Pinson, Ala.
  • Brock Purdy, Iowa State, Jr., 6-1, 212, Gilbert, Ariz.
  • Chris Robison, Florida Atlantic, Jr., 6-1, 200, Mesquite, Texas
  • Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State, So., 6-1, 199, Denton, Texas
  • Kedon Slovis, USC, So., 6-2, 200, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • Zac Thomas, Appalachian State, Sr., 6-1, 210, Trussville, Ala.
  • Kyle Trask, Florida, Sr., 6-5, 239, Manvel, Texas
  • Brady White, Memphis, Sr., 6-3, 215, Santa Clarita, Calif.By Conference: Big 12 (5), Southeastern (5), Big Ten (4), Atlantic Coast (4), American Athletic (3), Mountain West (2), Pac-12 (2), Sun Belt (2), Conference USA (1), Mid-American (1), Independents (1).
  • By Class: Senior (14), Junior (8), Sophomore (8).

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