College Football: Allen on Watch List, Quick Transferring to Fresno State

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Two former Central Valley football standouts were in the news Wednesday, as it was announced that Josh Allen had made the Davey O’Brien Award Watch List and we learned that Michiah Quick is transferring to Fresno State. 

Allen was one of only 30 college quarterbacks named to the 2017 O’Brien Watch List on Wednesday.  The award is presented to the nation’s best college quarterback. 

Sixteen semifinalists for the award will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 7. From that list, the Foundation and the Selection Committee will announce the three finalists on Monday, Nov. 20. The 2017 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be announced live Thursday, Dec. 7 on The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The former Firebaugh High School and Reedley College star is coming off a terrific sophomore campaign in Laramie, and at this point, is projected to be one of the top picks in next year’s NFL Draft.

Meantime, Sports Central learned Wednesday night that former four-star recruit Michiah Quick out of Central High in Fresno will redshirt this year with the Bulldogs, and then play out his final year of college eligibility with Fresno State in 2018. 

Quick chose the Sooners over scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, and USC back in 2014.  As a freshman at Oklahoma, Quick played receiver, finishing with 25 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown, but caught only 9 balls as a sophomore. 

He was switched to cornerback after spring practice before his junior season.  He moved into the starting lineup to begin Big 12 play, and had 8 tackles against Ohio State and a pair of pass breakups against TCU. Against Texas, he had a key pass breakup early but suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the first half. 

The injury was expected to keep Quick out at least six weeks, but in late November, then-Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said Quick was no longer on the team because of a violation of team rules. 

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