Kansas Quarterback Todd Reesing Named O'Brien Semifinalist

Oct. 29, 2007

<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award it was announced on Monday.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Reesing, a first-year starter, has guided Kansas to an 8-0 record and a national ranking of eighth. The sophomore enters this week’s nationally televised game (Fox Sports Net) with Nebraska ranked 19th in the NCAA in pass efficiency (144.21) and 25th in total offense (272.25).

“This is a huge honor to be included on this list of great quarterbacks,” Reesing said. “I am excited to be a semifinalist, however the most important thing to me is that our team keeps winning.”

The Austin, Texas native has averaged 248.1 yards passing per game as he is 150 of 253 for 1,985 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown just four interceptions on the season and none in the last three games.

Reesing has etched his name into the Kansas record books this year and already holds school records in game passing yards by a sophomore (368 vs. Florida International), season passing yards by a sophomore (1,985), season total offense by a sophomore (2,178), season touchdown passes by a sophomore (17), and consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass (seven).

Through eight games Reesing is moving up on KU’s season and career lists. His season rankings include eighth in completions (150, needs 24 for third), fourth in completion percentage (59.3), seventh in passing yards (1,985, needs 146 for fifth), seventh in total offense yards (2,178, needs 156 for fourth), second in touchdown passes (17, needs one to tie for first), and tied for fifth in touchdowns responsible for (18, needs two for third).

Kansas career listings for Reesing, who saw limited time in three games as a freshman last year, include 15th in passing yards (2,189) and tied for eighth in touchdown passes (20).

The semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists on Nov. 18 with the winners being announced on Dec. 6.

When voting, the Selection Committee for The O’Brien is asked to evaluate each candidate on quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship. The combination of votes from the Selection Committee and fan vote will determine the Finalists as well as the Winner this season, with 5% of the total vote coming from dedicated fans.

Fans are able to vote for Semifinalist candidates once daily on The O’Brien’s Web site, www.DaveyOBrien.com. The voting will continue throughout the Semifinalist and Finalist rounds until The O’Brien winner is announced.

Davey O’Brien Quarterback Award Semifinalists

Todd Boeckman, OhioState

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

Colt Brennan, Hawai’i

Brian Brohm, Louisville

Shaun Carney, Air Force

Rudy Carpenter, Arizona State

Chase Daniel, Missouri

Dennis Dixon, Oregon

Graham Harrell, Texas Tech

Corey Leonard, ArkansasState

Todd Reesing, Kansas

Matt Ryan, BostonCollege

Tim Tebow, Florida

Pat White, West Virginia

Andre Woodson, Kentucky