July 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

Michigan's Devin Gardner, MSU's Connor Cook on watch list for top quarterback award

Devin Gardner and the Wolverines open the season Aug. 30 at home against Appalachian State. (John T. Greilick / Detroit News)

Michigan senior Devin Gardner and Michigan State junior Connor Cook are among five Big Ten quarterbacks on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award.

There are 39 players total on the watch list for the award, which is presented to the top quarterback in college football. The winner will be announced on the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 11.

The other Big Ten quarterbacks on the list are Penn State sophomore Christian Hackenberg, Ohio State senior Braxton Miller and Wisconsin junior Joel Stave.

Gardner threw for 2,960 yards in 2013, the second-highest single-season total in Michigan history. Cook has completed 58 percent of his passes,232-of-397) in 17 career games for the Spartans.

DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST

Anthony Boone, Duke

Terrance Broadway, Louisiana

Shane Carden, East Carolina

Rakeem Cato, Marshall

Connor Cook, Michigan State

Jeff Driskel, Florida

Cody Fajardo, Nevada

Devin Gardner, Michigan

Jared Goff, California

Everett Golson, Notre Dame

Garrett Grayson, Colorado State

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

Connor Halliday, Washington State

Grant Hedrick, Boise State

Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion

Taysom Hill, BYU

Kevin Hogan, Stanford

Brett Hundley, UCLA

Matt Johnson, Bowling Green

Chuckie Keeton, Utah State

Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

Cody Kessler, USC

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

Sean Mannion, Oregon State

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Nick Marshall, Auburn

Hutson Mason, Georgia

Braxton Miller, Ohio State

John O’Korn, Houston

Bryce Petty, Baylor

Dak Prescott, Mississippi State

Keenan Reynolds, Navy

Joel Stave, Wisconsin

P.J. Walker, Temple

Bo Wallace, Ole Miss

J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State

Jake Waters, Kansas State

Davis Webb, Texas Tech

Jameis Winston, Florida State