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      Shaw, Boyd on QB award watch list

      USC QB Connor Shaw

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -USC's Connor Shaw and Clemson's Tajh Boyd are among 34 candidates named to the 2012 Davey Oâ??Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List.

      Shaw, a 6-1, 207-pounder from Flowery Brach, Ga., has won eight of his nine career starts, while completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 1,671 yards with 15 touchdowns while tossing just eight interceptions. An excellent runner, Shaw has carried the ball 167 times for 690 yards with eight scores, including one 100-yard performance.

      Boyd was one of 16 semifinalists on the list last year. He had not been named to the preseason Watch List a year ago. In 2011 he quarterbacked Clemson to its first ACC Championship in 20 years and its first Orange Bowl bid in 30 years. The now junior threw for 3828 yards and 33 touchdowns a year ago, school records in both categories. He set an ACC record for touchdown responsibility as well with 38 scores, 33 passing and five rushing.

      The field is narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, Oct. 22. The Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce three finalists on Monday, Nov. 19. The 2012 Davey Oâ??Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, Dec. 6.