Meggett placed on Doak Walker watch list; O’Brien on the Davey O’Brien list
DALLAS – Davin Meggett and Danny O’Brien, both expected to be keys for the Maryland offense in the fall, earned spots on preseason national award lists Friday.
Meggett was named to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award (top running back in country), while O’Brien was placed on the preseason list for the Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback).
A 2011 consensus preseason All-ACC choice, Meggett ranks 20th in school history in career rushing yards (1,515) and his 14 career rushing touchdowns are tied for 17th. The senior from Surrattsville, Md., led the team with a career-high 720 rushing yards in 2010.
Handing off to Meggett in the fall will be O’Brien who was the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and a 2011 consensus preseason first team all-league pick.
The sophomore from Kernersville, N.C., saw action in all 13 games last season, posting a 7-3 mark as a starter. He ranked fifth in the FBS among freshmen in passing efficiency (134.5 rating) and threw for 2,438 yards, the sixth-best effort for a first-year player in ACC history.
O’Brien, who is already on the watch list for the Maxwell Award (top player in the nation) is one of three quarterbacks from the ACC on the 38-man Davey O’Brien list, while Meggett is one of five league running backs among the 51 players on the Doak Walker list.
The O’Brien Award list will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Oct. 24 and three finalists on Nov. 21. Ten semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award will be announced on Nov. 11.
The winners of both awards will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 8.
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Uplifting Athletes Raises Money for Charity: Maryland’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, a national nonprofit organization, held its second annual `Lift for Life’ event Tuesday in order to raise money to fight cystic fibrosis, a deadly disease which affects near 30,000 Americans. Almost the entire team participated in a number of strength and conditioning drills with donations totaling nearly $9,000 as of Wednesday, which is almost triple last year’s output. Funds will be donated to the Boomer Esiason Foundation which helps cystic fibrosis research. For more information, go to: http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071311aab.html
An Evening with Randy Edsall: The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will hold ‘An Evening with Randy Edsall’ on Monday, Aug. 1. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and includes a program surrounding Edsall’s career and his plans for the Maryland football program. For more information, go to: http://www.baberuthmuseum.com/press/homenews/index.html?article_id=218
Upcoming Dates for Maryland Football
· July 24-25 – ACC Media Day in Pinehurst, N.C.
· Aug. 4 – Edsall preseason news conference (time TBA)
· Aug. 8 – Players report to preseason camp
· Aug. 9 – First day of preseason practice
· Aug. 16 – Media Day (time TBA)
· Sept. 5 – Season opener vs. Miami
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