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Hogs’ K. J. Jefferson Added to Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

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FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas recently announced that Hogs senior quarterback K.J. Jefferson has been added to the watch list for this season’s Davey O’Brien Award that is given to the nation’s best quarterback.

According to Razorbacks assistant director of communications, Oliver Grigg, Jefferson “Is one of 35 players included on the watch list for the award presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback. The award also honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. Jefferson, who is one of seven SEC signal-callers on the watch list, helped lead the Hogs to a nine-win season in 2021 – their most wins in a year since 2011 – as well as their first New Year’s Day bowl game win since the 2000 Cotton Bowl. The Sardis, Miss., native started all 13 games at quarterback, completing 198-of-294 (67.3%) passes for 2,676 yards and 21 touchdowns.”

The University continued to say, “The official mid-season watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The mid-season watch list will then be cut down from the 35-player Davey O’Brien QB Class of 2022 on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The 46th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, at The Fort Worth Club in Fort Worth, Texas.”

Arkansas fans have high expectations for this year’s Razorbacks team, but Arkansas will face one of, if not the toughest schedule in the nation. That schedule will begin in Fayetteville on September 3 when the Hogs welcome the Cincinnati Bearcats to Donald W. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium. The Bearcats were one of four college football playoff teams in 2021 and will be a big national test for Arkansas in its season opener. ESPN’s “SEC Nation” show will be on campus on September 3 for this important, national non-conference match-up.

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