SOURCE: Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

November 27, 2007 15:00 ET

The O'Brien Finalists Revealed: Chase Daniel

This Release Is First in a Series of Three Highlighting The O'Brien Finalists

FORT WORTH, TX--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel is one of three featured on the 2007 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award® (The O'Brien) Finalist List, announced on November 19. Daniel, a junior, is competing against senior Dennis Dixon of Oregon and sophomore Tim Tebow of Florida for The O'Brien Trophy.

Daniel's 2007 stats are spectacular. With numbers of almost 4,000 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 155.9, Daniel probably blushes when praised by the fans and media. It should be no surprise that his Tigers have secured the top ranking in the BCS, and will attempt to continue that winning pace.

"I've been fortunate to be around a lot of special, high-level quarterbacks in my 30 years of coaching, but I've never been around anyone like Chase. He is the most accurate thrower I've seen, and he's such a great leader, not only for the offense, but the entire team," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel. "I call him my battlefield commander, and there is no one who I would rather have on my side than him. There are a lot of great quarterbacks out there, but if there is a better one than Chase Daniel, you've got to show me."

Daniel, a hard-throwing Southlake Texan who seems to understand that all ambitions should be Texas-sized, strives to instill his natural football talents upon a Missouri program that longs for a team that can do no wrong. Ever since Daniel took over the quarterback position he has been tearing up the field with record-setting performances that have led his team to levels of achievement that Missouri hasn't experienced in decades.

Before Daniel's domination of the Big XII North, Chase quarterbacked the renowned Southlake Carroll high school team for two years and achieved an overall record of 31-1. Chase compiled more than 11,000 yards in total offense and 127 total touchdowns in his two seasons as a starter for the Dragons, and inspired EA Sports to award him the title of National Player of the Year as a senior.

In 2006, Daniel's first year as the Tiger's starting quarterback, his determination to limit defeats inspired a season that tallied eight victories -- a record that has been achieved only 10 times in Missouri history. This season Daniel has propelled his team to an even higher degree of accomplishment. The 11-1 team is currently experiencing a storybook season that Missouri hasn't seen since the legendary Tiger team of 1960 brought home 11 wins.

Off the field, Chase Daniel, also known as "CD" by his friends, is a "Laguna Beach" watching, Brett Favre idolizing, entrepreneurial spirit who is confident about a prosperous future. When he isn't browsing the Internet on his iPhone or using his laid back demeanor to loosen up his teammates in the locker room, Daniel serves as a positive role model to his friends, always making sure that they stay as driven and optimistic as they can be. Ultimately, Daniel is a good-hearted individual who wants nothing more than to see his friends and family succeed in their own unique and exciting ways.

"I knew Chase was going to have an amazing season from the moment I saw him in the first game of the year against Illinois," said executive director of the Davey O'Brien Foundation, Danielle Moorman. "Sure enough, he has played above all expectations and showed relentless commitment in the game Saturday against Kansas. He is poised for success with the momentum he is carrying into the Big XII title game."

Fans will be able to vote for their favorite Finalist to win this coveted award once daily on The O'Brien's Web site, Voting for this year's Winner will close at noon Central Time on Sunday, December 2.

The Fan Vote counts as 5% in determining the Winner of The 2007 O'Brien Award, and now is the time for fans to make their voices heard. Daniel is currently in first place in the Fan Vote. "With 97 members on the Selection Committee, the Fan Vote can certainly make a difference in determining our Winner," said Moorman.

The other 95% of the vote will come from the O'Brien Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters and former O'Brien Winners. The Committee is asked to evaluate each Finalist on their quarterback skills, athletic ability, academics, reputation as a team player, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Fans can find ideas on ways to promote their favorite Finalist by visiting and clicking on the SPREAD THE WORD link on the home page. Fans who have not yet registered to vote can do so on the home page as well.

All Finalists will be in attendance in Orlando, Fla., where The O'Brien Winner will be announced on "The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show" December 6.

About The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award®

The O'Brien honors the nation's best college quarterback of the year and inspires student-athletes to triumph both on and off the field. By recognizing and honoring athletes who excel in both sports and academics while exhibiting strong character and leadership, The O'Brien helps to instill a lifelong moral fiber in each candidate. The O'Brien is overseen by the Davey O'Brien Foundation, which was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The Foundation provides scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit

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