Keith Wenning, a senior quarterback on the Ball State 2013 football team, has been named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List.
This year’s list, which was compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, features 34 of the nation’s best college quarterbacks who were selected based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2013 college football season. The field will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists Nov. 4. The Foundation and the selection committee will announce three finalists Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 12. The 37th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner will be held Feb. 17, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Wenning was earlier named to the Maxwell Award Preseason Watch List for an award which goes to the nation’s college football player of the year. He was named to the All-MAC Second Team in 2012 and was a two-time MAC Player of the Week. Wenning enters his senior season second in career passing yards (7,254) and first in career pass attempts (1,144) at Ball State. He started 33 straight games before missing the 2012 regular season finale with an injury, but returned to start the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl. A 2013 team captain, Wenning received Ball State's John Magnabosco Most Valuable Offensive Player Award as a junior.
Also a team captain as a junior, Wenning's name has shattered many of the school's single season marks. Wenning ranked 31st in the nation last season with 257.9 passing yards per game. He completed 301-of-460 passes for 3,095 yards in 2012 with 24 TD passes. Wenning set the school record for pass completions in a single season and career last season. Wenning has passed for 7,254 career yards and is only the second player in Ball State history to surpass the 7,000-yard passing plateau.
Wenning, whose name is on two national award watch lists, joins the following teammates who have been named to national award lists – Zane Fakes (Mackey Award), Jamill Smith (Hornung Award) and Willie Snead (Biletnikoff Award).
Ball State, under the direction of third-year head football coach Pete Lembo, will open the 2013 season Thurs., Aug. 29, in a home game vs. Illinois State at Scheumann Stadium.